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There are many actors who might get a 24-film set released which would make for a collection of great and/or important films, but few would be so filled with legendary efforts. This is not only true today, as The Humphrey Bogart Essential Collection makes its way to stores, but it will probably always be true. The combination of talent, charisma, and timing is unlikely to come together in such a way again, and no matter what actors come along, none of them will exist in the right decade.
Certain films may leap to mind, of course, like – Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, etc. – and these giants are wonderful to own, but the collection really gets its value from some of the films that aren’t on the short list of titles that everyone automatically thinks of when they hear his name. »
- Marc Eastman
Blu-ray is often sold as the ideal way to watch big-budget blockbusters on your home theater system. Yet, as Disney's home entertainment division has shown, the format can also be used to give classic films a new lease of life. In the last couple of months Warner Home Video (Whv) has re-issued several such movies on Blu-ray. Two of the most recent are The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart. There is little point in reviewing the quality of these films because they are widely acknowledged as landmarks in cinema history. Instead, this review focuses on how they look in Hi-Def and the extra features provided on each release.
The good news is that Whv, like Disney, has done its past proud. As with many of its releases of modern blockbusters, the company knows how to deliver a quality product.
From 1941 to 1953, John Huston and Humphrey Bogart worked on six films together that made Huston a highly respected director and Bogart the leading man of his time (Casablanca notwithstanding). While my favorite remains The Maltese Falcon, the other one most often touted as their best is undoubtedly The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Those two films actually make for a fine double feature, not only because they are the highlights of this collaboration, but also because it's fun to contrast one against the other. They're similar in design, yet operating on totally different constructs. Bogart hunts a legendary treasure in both and has to fight his way through hell to get to them, but while The Maltese Falcon is stalked by shadows, deep in the noir genre, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a high-riding adventure in sunkissed Mexico.
Somewhat stepping aside from the charismatic leading man role to »
- Arya Ponto
Chicago – Having written about DVDs for years, I’ve been lucky enough to receive and buy dozens of star-centered box sets: collections of films based around an actor or director ranging from Bette Davis to Mel Brooks. More often than not, the set is missing an essential film or two, features lackluster video/audio transfers, or includes bare-bones DVDs without bonus material. None of that is true about “Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection,” one of the best DVD box sets ever released.
DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0
The first thing one will notice about “Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection” is that it lives up to its name. The set includes 24 films from the period in which Bogart went from a stage star to one of the biggest stars in the world. And, from that period, everything that matters is here including Bogart’s most-beloved classics: “High Sierra,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca, »
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This week’s Wamg Top 10 is having a look at all the on and off-screen couples of Hollywood. The Drew Barrymore/Justin Long romantic-comedy, Going The Distance, comes out next Friday on September 3rd, so we thought we’d give it a go with our list of favorite “Work and Play Couples.” Let us know what you think and who you would put on the list in the comments section below.
Lucille Ball was a rising star under contract to Rko Studios when she was cast as the female lead in the film version of the Broadway smash Too Many Girls. Prior to the start of filming she was introduced to the young Cuban singer who had taken New York City by storm, Desi Arnaz. Stories from several sources in that Rko office said that sparks flew when they locked eyes on each other. »
- Movie Geeks
Lauren Bacall on TCM: To Have And Have Not, The Big Sleep Schedule (Pt) and synopses from the TCM website: 3:00 Am Confidential Agent (1945) A Spanish spy and an American heiress battle fascists in England. Cast: Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall, Peter Lorre. Dir: Herman Shumlin. Bw-118 mins. 5:00 Am Dark Passage (1947) A man falsely accused of his wife’s murder escapes to search for the real killer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead. Dir: Delmer Daves. Bw-106 mins. 7:00 Am Blood Alley (1955) An American sailor breaks out of a Chinese jail and dodges Communist agents on the road to Hong Kong. Cast: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix. Dir: William A. Wellman. C-115 mins. 9:00 Am Cobweb, The (1955) Inmates and staff at a posh asylum clash over love and lunacy. Cast: Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Gloria Grahame. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. C-124 mins. 11:30 Am Key Largo (1948) A [...] »
- Andre Soares
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Hollywood is celebrating what would have been actress Claire Trevor's 100th Birthday with a double feature of the classic noir films Key Largo (for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress) and Murder My Sweet at the Aero Theater in Los Angeles, California on March 11th, 2010. She was nicknamed the "Queen of Film Noir" because of her many appearances in "bad girl" roles in black-and-white thrillers. She appeared in over 60 films...
Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 7:30 Pm, Aero Theatre
Double Feature - Claire Trevor 100th Birthday:
Key Largo, 1948, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. John Huston. Humphrey Bogart is Frank McCloud, a down-on-his-luck veteran visiting the father (Lionel Barrymore) and sister (Lauren Bacall) of his dead WWII buddy at their Florida Keys hotel just as a hurricane is about to hit. To make matters worse, on-the-run mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) has decided to lay low there »
Hey, isn't it supposed to be the other way around? Win an Oscar, then get drunk? Ah, well, here's a toast to Jeff Bridges' pending victory for playing a stumbling, jelly-belly drunk in "Crazy Heart." Getting soused or high on screen is an almost surefire way to win an Academy Award in a town where that pastime is a major sport off screen. Consider these notable, boozy wins: Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas"), Elizabeth Taylor ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"), Ray Milland ("Lost Weekend"), Gig Young ("They Shoot Horses, Don't They?") James Dunn ("A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"), Claire Trevor ("Key Largo"), Maggie Smith ("California Suite"). Alcohol was brewing behind some of the biggest upsets »
Jean Simmons, who has died aged 80, had a bounteous moment, early in her career, when she seemed the likely casting for every exotic or magical female role. It passed, as she got out of her teens, but then for the best part of 15 years, in Britain and America, she was a valued actress whose generally proper, if not patrician, manner had an intriguing way of conflicting with her large, saucy eyes and a mouth that began to turn up at the corners as she imagined mischief – or more than her movies had in their scripts. Even in the age of Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, she was an authentic beauty. And there were always hints that the lady might be very sexy. But nothing worked out smoothly, and it is somehow typical of Simmons that her most astonishing »
- David Thomson
9 items from 2010
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