Howard Hawks’ “Only Angels Have Wings” is coming to the UK Criterion Collection in April
More than 30 years after they began to set the bar for film presentation with their lovingly restored and feature packed LaserDisc special edition releases, the US indie The Criterion Collection is finally headed to the UK, thanks to a new deal with Sony Pictures.
The deal will see a selection of past and future titles getting a UK release (rights deals permitting of course), with identical artwork and extra features to those found in the US, and at very reasonable prices, especially when you compare them the cost of getting a US import (and the requirement for multi-region player to watch it on).
The first batch of 6 titles are released on April 18th, and include the Howard Hawks classic Only Angels Have Wings
Electrified by the verbal wit and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks (Red River), Only Angels Have Wings stars Jean Arthur (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome yet aloof daredevil pilot, played by Cary Grant (Notorious), who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to and repelled by his romantic sense of danger, she decides to stay on, despite his protestations. This masterful and mysterious adventure, featuring Oscar®-nominated special effects, high-wire aerial photography, and Rita Hayworth (Gilda) in a small but breakout role, explores Hawks’s recurring themes of masculine codes and the strong-willed women who question them.
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between filmmakers Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich
- New interview with film critic David Thomson
- Howard Hawks and His Aviation Movies – a new program featuring film scholars Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
- Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, and Thomas Mitchell, and hosted by director Cecil B. DeMille
- PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow