“The Philadelphia Story” Gets the Criterion Collection Treatment This November

The Philadelphia Story is George Cukor’s sophisticated screwball gem, adapted from Philip Barry’s play set in Philadelphia’s tony Main Line suburbs, Katharine Hepburn re-creates her stage role as society girl Tracy Lord, whose upcoming second marriage is imperiled by the attentions of her playboy ex-husband, Dexter (Cary Grant). He hopes to win Tracy back by sabotaging the wedding with the help of a tabloid reporter (James Stewart), but Dex doesn’t count on how attractive she begins to find the charming stranger.

Due to the film’s unrivaled at the time star power and a script packed with warmth and wit, The Philadelphia Story was a smash hit for MGM in 1940, earning a total gross of $3,000,000. Time has been kind to the feature, so much so that it is earning a place of prestige among titles released by the Criterion Collection. On November 7th, Criterion will release a new Blu-ray edition of the film that will include the following special features:

• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger
In Search of Tracy Lord, a new documentary about the origin of the character and her social milieu
• New piece about actor Katharine Hepburn’s role in the development of the film
• Two full episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1973, featuring rare interviews with Hepburn, plus an excerpt of a 1978 interview from that show with director George Cukor
Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1943, featuring an introduction by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille
• Restoration demonstration
• Trailer
• PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

This restoration will having the film looking and sounding better than ever, thrusting a timeless classic into the 21st century with all of its humor and unforgettable performances. This November, be sure to check this release out. It’s a Story worth being told again and again!