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Can you 'Take This Woman' on DVD? Apparently so

Has arguably the least seen of Carole Lombard's Paramount features been issued on DVD? If an eBay seller's ad is true, yes.

"I Take This Woman," the 1931 film Carole made with Gary Cooper, is being advertised on eBay, as three other relative Lombard rarities -- "Sinners in the Sun" (1932), "Bolero" (1934) and "Rumba" (1935). But "public domain" DVDs of those titles have been around for several years (none have received an official, studio-backed release). "I Take This Woman" is a newcomer to all this.

Feared lost for decades, "I Take This Woman" was discovered in 16mm form at a house belonging to author Mary Roberts Rinehart, whose novel "Lost Ecstasy" was adapted into the film. It was restored, premiered in New York in June 2001 and appeared at several other houses in ensuing years (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/45444.html).

More recently, a 35mm print in near-pristine condition was found, fully restored by the UCLA Archive, and shown this past March at the Westwood campus Billy Wilder Theater; I finally was able to see it (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/859635.html).

Now, you may be able to as well, although I don't know whether the source is the 16mm or 35mm print. Nor can I vouch for the quality of this DVD.

You can purchase it for $19.99 under eBay's "buy it now" option or make an offer. Details are at https://www.ebay.com/itm/I-Take-This-Woman-1931-DVD-R-Gary-Cooper-Carole-Lombard/272941278255?hash=item3f8c91642f:g:ipMAAOSwCcZaD7q9.

And those other DVDs? "Sinners in the Sun" has a $14.99 "buy it now" price (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sinners-in-the-Sun-1932-DVD-R-Carole-Lombard-Cary-Grant/272941283329?hash=item3f8c917801:g:tAsAAOSwyXNaD7yR), as does "Rumba" (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rumba-1935-DVD-R-George-Raft-Carole-Lombard-Margo-Gail-Patrick/272941294263?hash=item3f8c91a2b7:g:d-MAAOSwkLhaD74C). "Bolero" comes more cheaply, at $11.99 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bolero-1934-DVD-R-George-Raft-Carole-Lombard-Ray-Milland-Ann-Sheridan/272941265455?hash=item3f8c91322f:g:6~kAAOSwy0JaD7hb).


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