Criterion includes a nice collection of supplements on this DVD release. I'm amazed that they were even able to add more to this set since they covered Preston Sturges so extensively in their other two releases for his films The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels.
The commentary on this disc is a bit of an odd beast. I can't say I cared much for it and I have to say it hurt the grade for the supplements on the disc. It brings together Sturges experts James Harvey, Brian Henderson, and Diane Jacobs together. They talk about Sturges, his career, and his work overall, focusing on the film itself less than I would have liked. In all honesty I didn't find it altogether too interesting, except when someone would disagree with another view. But I think the next supplement would be better to spend time with rather than the commentary.
Next we get a 17-minute interview with former Python member Terry Jones, a big Sturges fan. He starts by talking about how he first discovered Preston Sturges and how much he loves his films. He then states that he wasn't the biggest fan of Unfaithfully Yours and wasn't looking forward to viewing it again for this DVD release. But it appears he took a full 180 as he now loves the film. The remainder of the interview is him deconstructing the film, explaining what's so good about the film and talking about the sequences he now loves. Excellent, analytical interview that works better than commentary.
Also included is a 24-minute interview with Preston's widow, Sandy Sturges. It's an excellent interview as she gives her personal feelings about Preston, talks about how they met and got married, his working technique and then anecdotes about the film, including its advertising and reception. She's a very engaging speaker and manages to cover his career and the film quite thoroughly for a small piece.
A gallery includes a lot correspondence between Sturges and various other players, most notably Daryl Zanuck. These actually make for interesting reading if you can make out everything. The set up allows you to navigate through using the arrows on your remote, showing an entire page on one screen but then zoom in on a specific portion on the next. The one letter I found interesting was one from Zanuck saying that the title (originally called A Symphony Story or Unfinished Symphony) could not have the word "symphony" in it. Okay... I also found it interesting once we got to letters showing Zanuck's concern about how well the film might perform. The gallery then concludes with production photos.
And then you get a trailer which is pretty bad. It's all over the place never signifying what the movie is really about. Itís interesting more in the fact itís obvious Fox had no idea what to do with the film, and it also contains a few alternate takes of some scenes.
And there you have it. Itís not as jam-packed as Criterionís Sullivan's Travels DVD but Criterion has gone all out in trying to give you a great bang for your buck, not releasing it at the higher-tier $39.95 price point but rather the lower $29.95 price. Despite my dissatisfaction with the commentary (which maybe others might enjoy) itís not a mark against this release since the rest of the supplements more than make up for it. 7/10