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Blu-ray, DVD Release: To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 27, 2013

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Carole Lombard and Jack Benny make a joke out of the Nazis in To Be or Not to Be.

Jack Benny (The Jack Benny Program) and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard (My Man Godfrey) star in To Be or Not to Be, a 1942 screwball comedy masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch (Trouble in Paradise).

As nervy as it is hilarious, the classic film features Benny and Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous plot wherein a Polish soldier is trying to track down a German spy.

To Be or Not to Be is a Hollywood film of the undeniably bold black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled.

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