BLUEBEARD'S EIGHTH WIFE - LE
(Ernst Lubitsch, 1938)
Release date: 27 March 2023
Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK premiere)
Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night) and Gary Cooper (Morocco) play the leads in Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife, a classic comedy from director Ernst Lubitsch (Broken Lullaby).
Seven-times married, the wealthy playboy Michael Brandon meets the beautiful, tempestuous Nicole, and makes her his eighth wife. Determined she won’t be just another of his conquests, Nicole contrives to frustrate Michael’s advances in order to keep him keen. Michael, however, believes she is trying to force him to divorce her in order to take advantage of a generous pre-nuptial agreement, and a battle of wills ensues.
One of Lubitsch’s greatest films, and a huge influence on the modern romantic comedy, Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife boasts a sizzling screenplay by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder (The Lost Weekend, Sunset Blvd.), and a memorable supporting turn from David Niven (A Matter of Life and Death).
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- High Definition remaster
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with academic and curator Eloise Ross (2023)
- The Guardian Interview with Claudette Colbert (1984, 57 mins): archival audio recording of the celebrated performer in conversation at London’s National Film Theatre
- United States (1944, 46 mins): military training film, narrated by David Niven during his time away from Hollywood to serve in the Army, and produced to instruct British troops in the history of their American allies
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Pamela Hutchinson, archival production reports, contemporary profiles of producer-director Ernst Lubitsch, an account of the lost 1923 adaptation of Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife starring Gloria Swanson and Huntley Gordon, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Fiona Kelly on United States, and full film credits
- UK premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies for the UK
BBFC cert: PG