'Nothing Sacred' and 'A Farewell to Arms' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 12:00 PM PDT by

Two 1930s classics are getting the high-definition treatment in December.

In an early announcement to retailers, Kino Video has revealed 'Nothing Sacred' starring Academy Award nominee Carole Lombard and Academy Award-winner Fredrich March will hit Blu-ray on December 20.

As potent today as it was when released in 1937, this classic screwball satire stars Carole Lombard as Hazel Flagg, the small-town girl who mistakenly believes she's dying of radium poisoning. Sensing a great human interest story that will tug the public's heartstrings and help sell newspapers, exploitative journalist Wally Cook (Fredric March) brings Hazel to New York City and turns her into a media darling. Wally's callous strategy takes a sudden turn when he starts having feelings for the vulnerable Hazel. Filmed in early three-strip Technicolor and scripted by Ben Hecht and James H. Street, this sharp comedy still sizzles with its cynical take on media profiteering, and the matching of Lombard and March is unforgettably entertaining.

Kino Video will also be releasing the 1932 two-time Academy Award-winning drama 'A Farewell to Arms' starring Academy Award winners Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes on Blu-ray on the same date.

A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry (Cooper) and Nurse Catherine Barkley (Hayes) during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together. The film also analyses Lt. Henry's feelings on war and the purpose of fighting.

This first ever Blu-ray release of both films will be mastered in HD from an original 35mm nitrate print and will be the only version of the original films authorized for release from the estate of David O. Selznick.

Specs and supplements have yet to be revealed, but suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $29.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Nothing Sacred' and 'A Farewell to Arms' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under December 20.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Nothing Sacred (Blu-ray)
A Farewell to Arms (1932) (Blu-ray)
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