20th Century (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Howard Hawks, 1934)
Release date: 24 April 2023
Standard Edition Blu-ray

The second film Howard Hawks (The Criminal Code) made at Columbia Pictures is among his greatest works. John Barrymore plays a theatre impresario down on his luck. Carole Lombard is his former protégé, now a major star. When the two meet by chance aboard the Twentieth Century locomotive, their love-hate relationship is reignited.

Now recognised as a classic, Twentieth Century is the film which established the template for the screwball comedy – and made Lombard a star.


  • 4K restoration
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film critic and writer Farran Smith Nehme (2021)
  • Stars in Her Eyes (2021, 17 mins): academic Lucy Bolton discusses the film career of actor Carole Lombard
  • Peter Bogdanovich Recommends ‘Twentieth Century’ (1989, 5 mins): appreciation by the acclaimed filmmaker
  • Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation
  • The Campbell Playhouse: ‘Twentieth Century’ (1939, 57 mins): radio adaptation starring Orson Welles and Elissa Landi
  • Austin Film Society trailer (2016)
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing