The lady Eve
- BLU-RAY COMEDY (CEN)
Blu-ray special edition.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, Martha O'Driscoll, William Demarest, Eric Blore, Melville Cooper, Janet Beecher.
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 
1 videodisc (94 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm)
"Barbara Stanwyck sizzles, Henry Fonda bumbles, and Preston Sturges runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and swoonworthy romance. Aboard a cruise liner sailing up the coast of South America, Stanwyck's conniving card sharp sets her sights on Fonda's nerdy snake researcher, who happens to be the heir to a brewery fortune. But when the con artist falls for her mark, her grift becomes a game of hearts--and she is determined to win it all. One in a string of matchless comedic marvels that Sturges wrote, directed, and produced as part of a dazzling 1940s run, this gender-flipped battle-of-wits farce is perhaps his most emotionally satisfying work, tempering its sparkling wit with a streak of tender poignancy supplied by the sensational Stanwyck at her peak."--Container.
Screenplay based on a story by Monckton Hoffe.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1941.
Special features: New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; audio commentary from 2001 featuring film scholar Marian Keane ; introduction from 2001 by filmmaker Peter Bogdonavich, filmmakers James L. Brooks and Ron Shelton, and critics Susan King, Leonard Maltin, and Kenneth Turan ; new video essay by film critic David Cairns ; costume designs by Edith Head ; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1942 featuring Barbara Stanwyck and Ray Milland ; audio recording from 2013 of "Up the Amazon," a song from an unproduced stage musical based on the film ; trailer.