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Ernst Lubitsch's pre-code comedy starring Gary Cooper, Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins and Alfred Hitchcock's comic thriller would make great holiday gifts.

December 12, 2011
  • Miriam Hopkins in "Design For Living."
Miriam Hopkins in "Design For Living." (UCLA Film and Television…)

A pair of new Blu-ray releases might make the perfect gifts for the cinephile on your list. Gary Cooper, Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins star in Ernst Lubitsch's "Design for Living," a pre-code comedy adapted from Noel Coward's play "Brief Encounter." The 1933 classic centers on a beautiful commercial artist courted by a dashing painter (Cooper) and a dashing playwright (March) that she meets on a train trip to Paris. Another train-centered film fan favorite, Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 comic thriller "The Lady Vanishes," stars Margaret Lockwood as a woman traveling across Europe when she encounters a spinster (Dame May Whitty) who seems to disappear. The Blu-ray includes a high-definition digital restoration of the film, audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder and excerpts from Francois Truffaut's 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 46 words Type of Material: Correction
"Design for Living": In the Dec. 12 Calendar section, an article about two 1930s films getting Blu-ray releases said that Ernst Lubitsch's "Design for Living" was adapted from Noel Coward's play "Brief Encounter." It was adapted from Coward's play of the same name, "Design for Living."

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