The Major and the Minor

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The Major and the Minor

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:50 pm

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From one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed auteurs, Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard), comes the charming comedy classic The Major and the Minor.

Legendary actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (Monkey Business) stars as Susan Applegate, a struggling young woman who pretends to be an 11-year old girl in order to buy a half-price train ticket. Fleeing the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland, The Big Clock, The Pyjama Girl Case). The Major believes Susan is a child and takes her under his wing, but when they arrive at the military academy where Kirby teaches, his fiancée (Rita Johnson) grows suspicious of Susan's ruse...

Co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett (Hold Back the Dawn), The Major and the Minor assumes the guise of a light romance narrative in order to cleverly explore themes of identity and deception. Wilder’s American debut is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition, with a selection of illuminating extras.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Half Fare Please!, a newly filmed video appreciation by film critic Neil Sinyard
  • Archival interview with Ray Milland
  • Rare hour-long radio adaptation from 1943 starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland
  • Image gallery
  • Original trailer.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: COLLECTOR’S BOOKLET WITH ESSAY BY RONALD BERGAN

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Re: The Major and the Minor

#2 Post by reaky » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:11 pm

Is this as queasy as it sounds?

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Re: The Major and the Minor

#3 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:26 pm

Not really, but it actually worked better when Martin and Lewis remade it, since that jettisoned the romance entirely and Jerry Lewis playing a child is a match made in Heaven. The Wilder movie does have one wonderful visual gag concerning Veronica Lake though

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Re: The Major and the Minor

#4 Post by Rayon Vert » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:10 pm

I wrote my thoughts about it in the 40s list project thread. I wish this would have been announced two weeks ago so that I would have waited for this release for the rewatch.

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Re: The Major and the Minor

#5 Post by swo17 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:26 pm

Our list project schedule is all mapped out for the next seven years for any enterprising boutique labels wanting to get back in any of our good graces

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Re: The Major and the Minor

#6 Post by Rayon Vert » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:01 pm

Damn right.

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