Sep 282021

A Night at the Opera debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection and stars the Marx Bros.: Groucho, Chico and Harpo, and the Blu-ray includes all of the bonus features from the previous DVD release.



A Night at the Opera
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Musical, Comedy, Romance
Warner Archive | NR – 91 min. – $21.99 | September 28, 2021

Date Published: 09/28/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Sam Wood
Writer(s): George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind (screenplay)
Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones

Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Vintage Shorts, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/ Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 34.73 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.74 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



The Marx Brothers run amuck in the world of opera when Otis B. Driftwood (GROUCHO MARX) meets aspiring singer Ricardo (ALLAN JONES), who is determined to win the love of fellow performer Rosa (KITTY CARLISLE). Aided by Fiorello (CHICO MARX) and Tomasso (HARPO MARX), Otis attempts to unite the young couple, but faces opposition from the preening star Lassparri (WALTER KING), who also has his sights on Rosa. Traveling from Italy to New York, Otis and friends rally to try and win the day.



All of the features from a previous DVD release has been ported over, with one new addition. Included is an Audio Commentary by Leonard Maltin; Remarks on Marx (34:00) documentary that was newly made upon the original DVD release; Groucho Marx on The Hy Gardner Show (5:23) from the 1961 broadcast; 3 Vintage Shorts: Los Angeles: Wonder City of the West, Sunday Night at the Trocadero and How to Sleep; and last the Theatrical Trailer (2:18).


VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 4/5

Warner Bros. releases A Night at the Opera onto Blu-ray and is presented in the original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. There’s no mention in the press release of this being a new picture and perhaps it was initially restored for the DVD release so the restored negative was used for this one, but whatever the case, detail is fairly decent and the black and white presentation has a good starkness. It’s not entirely pristine with some minor ailments from time to time however it’s still a well done transfer.

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track, like most of these, especially for movies released in the 30s and 40s, tend to be more than adequate. Dialogue does come across with impressive clarity as does the music which never really tops out, however there is some minor hissing that I detected, so not perfect but definitely satisfying enough.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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