Bringing Up Baby (#1085)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Screwball sparks fly when Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn let loose in one of the fastest and funniest films ever made—a high-wire act of invention that took American screen comedy to new heights of absurdity. Hoping to procure a million-dollar endowment from a wealthy society matron for his museum, a hapless paleontologist (Grant) finds himself entangled with a dizzy heiress (Hepburn) as the manic misadventures pile up—a missing dinosaur bone, a leopard on the loose, and plenty of gender-bending mayhem among them. Bringing Up Baby’s sophisticated dialogue, spontaneous performances, and giddy innuendo come together in a whirlwind of comic chaos captured with lightning-in-a-bottle brio by director Howard Hawks.


New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich

New video essay on actor Cary Grant by author Scott Eyman

New interview about cinematographer Russell Metty with cinematographer John Bailey

New interview with film scholar Craig Barron on special-effects pioneer Linwood Dunn

New selected-scene commentary about costume designer Howard Greer featuring costume historian Shelly Foote

Howard Hawks: A Hell of a Good Life, a 1977 documentary by Hans-Christoph Blumenberg featuring the director’s last filmed interview

Audio interview from 1969 with Grant

Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley and, for the Blu-ray, the 1937 short story by Hagar Wilde on which the film is based