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Meet John Doe/A Farewell to Arms
Meet John Doe/A Farewell to Arms
Actors: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips
Directors: Frank Borzage, Frank Capra
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Military & War
NR     2001     3hr 12min

195 minute double feature film DVD.


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Actors: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips
Directors: Frank Borzage, Frank Capra
Creators: Benjamin Glazer, Ernest Hemingway, Laurence Stallings, Oliver H.P. Garrett, Richard Connell, Robert Presnell Sr.
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Frank Capra, Love & Romance, Classics, Military & War
Studio: Marengo Films
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 02/28/2001
Original Release Date: 05/03/1941
Theatrical Release Date: 05/03/1941
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 3hr 12min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Digitally Remastered and as good as new!
Barbara (Burkowsky) Underwood | Manly, NSW Australia | 11/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Judging by earlier reviews, the DVD that was given to me is obviously a new edition by Marengo Films: digitally remastered and with a different cover picture than the one currently displayed here. This one deserves a 5-star rating both for its excellent picture and sound quality, and for the two marvellous and unforgettable cinema classics. "A Farewell to Arms" from 1932 is based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and is a tragic love story set in Italy during World War I with nice sets and some good and unusual camera work at times. The love affair between the American ambulance driver (Cooper) and a nurse cannot run smoothly due to the war and Cooper's interfering friend, but get your tissues out for the ending! The second Gary Cooper feature, "Meet John Doe" from 1941 is quite different, as is Cooper's character, John Doe, who goes through various emotions and reveals deeper layers of character as the story unfolds. What starts out as a reporter's last desperate attempt to keep her job ends up being a nationwide movement to motivate people to care about one's neighbour and give the average person a voice and power (hence 'John Doe'). Of course, there's always a baddie who wants to take advantage of this people-power, while John Doe struggles with himself, his identity and his feelings for the fiery lady reporter (played nicely by Barbara Stanwyck). I really got a lot out of this movie as well, and I highly recommend this DVD to any general movie fan and especially of classics like these. Just make sure it's the digitally remastered edition: written across the bottom in yellow letters on a red label."
I'm Betting that Amazon's Release Date is 2001
Long Island, East, member | USA | 08/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Two great movies for an excellent price. Though some might not like the quality of DVD reproduction, I point out that it is better than my VHS copies which look cartoonish from their afforable, early reproduction. With that having been said. Enjoy MEET JOHN DOE: Gary Cooper is a tossed-away citizen who is chosen by a reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) to man the soapbox on a charity campaign. FAREWELL TO ARMS 1932 film of an American soldier (Gary Cooper) falling in love with his British nurse (Helen Hayes) during WWI. Based on Ernest Hemingway novel."
Craig H. Cosgray | DALLAS, TEXAS USA | 08/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Marengo Films remastered these two prints in 2006. We have found new film collectors and swapped prints and the new software is much better than it was in 2001 when we originally put this double feature out... We spent much of 2006 re-mastering a fair number of our DVD's and this is one.

I believe you will find both of these prints highly satisfactory and in fact we believe they are the VERY BEST ON THE MARKET.

We appreciate your business.

Best regards,

Marengo Films"
Craig H. Cosgray | 09/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For people who love to watch great acting go no further than Meet John Doe and its star Gary Cooper. His style is almost perfect... he is the "everyman" in the USA and he was able to play... not the glamorous Movie Star that he was... he played the Average Guy... he did it here, he did it in Sergeant York and he did it in A Farewell to Arms.This DVD was nicely done by Marengo Films and well worth the money."