Heaven Can Wait

Edition no. 291

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Licensor
20th Century Fox
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry’s sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 1 Disc |  DVD-9

Supplements

  • New video conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris
  • Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson (1982), a 30-minute program exploring the screenwriter’s life and career
  • Audio seminar with Samson Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977
  • Lubitsch home piano recordings
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Insert featuring a new essay by film scholar William Paul

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Release Credits

Artwork: Eric Skillman
Producer: Karen Stetler

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