Why isn’t Make Way for Tomorrow on DVD ?

I want to see it dammit! Someone out there, hear this call and get off your butt and supply me with the goods!!! PLEASE 😦

10 responses to “Why isn’t Make Way for Tomorrow on DVD ?

  1. Orson Welles said it could make a stone cry. I am afraid to see it.

    But it is insensible that it is not publically available on home video.

  2. I have a dubbed VHS copy sitting around somewhere that, if you can’t find it elsewhere, I could transfer to DVD and supply you with. (I think some website–5minutestolive or something like it–had this on a gray-market DVD, didn’t they?) But feel free to email me if this is something you’d be interested in.

  3. Dave Kehr was making this same plaint not too long ago. I would have to go back and check his post and comments, but while no one knows for sure what the hold-up is and the studio isn’t talking, I think the suspicion is that the print is in bad shape and the will/$$ to restore it isn’t there … yet.

    We should start a petition. Aux barricades! I have never seen this one myself.

  4. I’ll check out the website, hopefully it’ll be announced soon. I actually do know where to get a copy, but it’s a terrible TV transfer with french subs that I frankly found unwatcheable. It’s a shame

    Ahh print problems! That’s terrible, I hope someone realises there is a demand and does something though. A petition is not a bad idea, I know many people who are willing and waiting to see it. One of those online things maybe, I don’t know how well they work though.

  5. If there is any way I could get a copy of a DVD or VHS for “Make Way for Tomorrow,” I’d sure like to hear from someone who could help!

  6. In John (Hollywood press agent) Springer’s nostalgic, “They Had Faces Then,”(Citadel Press 1974) detailing the biographical and professional lives of hundreds of 1930’s Hollywood actresses; he sited Beulah Bondi’s performance as Lucy Cooper among the 10 best female characterizations of that fabulous decade.
    I quote, “When you are speaking of the most moving movie scenes of all times, certainly you’re going to choose several from Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow”…and…”the person who tore you apart at all of those moments was the beloved Beulah Bondi, surely the most versatile character actress on all levels the movies have known. She wasn’t one of those darling lavender-and-old-lace ladies. Her Lucy Cooper in Make Way for Tomorrow could be a cranky, cantankerous old girl. But she was so real, she was frightening. Academy Oscars ceased to have their full value the year she did not get a nomination for Make Way for Tomorrow.”

    I purchased a dvd copy (most definitely a cheap copying job) a couple of years ago, but instantly returned it, as the VHS/TV copy I made was far superior. A loving restoration of this picture is long overdue.

  7. I was lucky to purchase a VHS copy from someone who used to have a website selling rare old “not yet or ever released to DVD films, but shut it down, probably because he was afraid he was going to be sued, BUT the copy he made was pretty good, and I had a friend make me a DVD copy. I also had the pleasure of seeing it on the big screen in Chicago at a film society. MAN, it made me call my Mom in Phoenix after I got home, it was so powerful. The audience was in TEARS at the end. If THIS film doesn’t make you cry, you must have had terrible parents!

  8. Make Way for Tomorrow entered and exited American movie theaters in May, 1937 without much attention at all, and has retained that secretive status to this day. It comes under the class of Movies That No One Has Seen But Me, Or So It Seems. It’s hard to love it so much and have it unknown. That is, up until now.

    Paramount allowed Leo McCarey to make this motion picture; (he waived his salary to be able to) but they refused to promote it due to its subject matter. Then, released from his contract due to its commercial failure, McCarey went on to score a hit for Columbia and a Best Director Academy award for himself with “The Awful Truth.”

    There is a wonderful moment from the 1937 Academy Awards Ceremony; preserved on film and found in the twentieth minute of the “Frank Capra Jr. Remembers,” accompanying special feature for the dvd, “You Can’t Take It With You,” where Capra Sr. presents the Oscar to McCarey, shakes his hand, and then reaching back, grabs the statuette by the torso and with a good-natured, smiling expression, attempts to tug-of-war it away from Mr. McCarey. What Mr. Capra seems to jokingly be trying to say is that he thinks he should have won the award for his film, “Lost Horizon.” The ten-second clip ends before we see who wins the match, but we know that it is indeed McCarey, as we’re certain Mr. Capra would surrender it gracefully. And besides, Mr. McCarey has a hold of Oscar by the base.

    Then as he steps up to the podium to speak about his quirky 1937 comedy, Mr. McCarey said to all those in attendance, “Thanks, but you gave this to me for the wrong picture.”

    McCarey’s drama gave his two lead players more armfuls of the sweetest embraces, both physical and literary, than any actor/actress teaming in my long term memory. Victor Moore was splendid as the funny and warm old gentleman who had failed to prepare for his retirement, but it was always Beulah Bondi: surely the most versatile character actress on all levels the movies have known, that tugged at my heart during any number of her very stirring scenes. Her darling Lucy Cooper could be both a warm granny and a meddling, cantankerous old girl; but her performance of this 70-something woman was so real, it was staggering in its depth. All the more so when you realize that she was only in her mid-40’s at the time. It wasn’t the fine make-up job that made Ma Cooper so real, it was Miss Bondi’s superb crafting of this marvelous character.

    -Author John Springer wrote in his book, “They Had Faces Then,” (Citadel Press, 1974) that, “Academy Awards ceased to have their full value the year she did not get a nomination for Make Way for Tomorrow. That role alone–if she had done none of her others–would make her a screen immortal.”
    -Jean Renoir famously said that Leo McCarey understood people better than anyone else in Hollywood.
    -Orson Welles said that this movie would make a stone cry.

    After waiting for decades for this picture to be released on VHS, how wonderful that Criterion has granted MWFT its deserved restoration. Based on the menu of special features and judging by the devoted preservation Criterion has given to other motion picture treasures, I am confidently anticipating a tender and tearful reunion with the Coopers. Though it may not be as grand as other masterpieces such as Gone With The Wind, Citizen Kane or Casablanca, it inhabits my heart more dearly than those or most other film ever will.
    And for that, I/we have Mr. Leo McCarey and our beloved Miss Beulah Bondi to thank.

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