Best of Bogart Collection (BD) [Blu-ray]
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"Casablanca" (1942), one of the most popular, most quoted films of all time, takes place in the title city during World War II. The plot revolves around a couple of letters of transit, an old flame unexpectedly turning up, a corrupt police captain, and a villainous Nazi general. The excellent cast includes Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, and Conrad Veidt. This is Bogart's most famous picture as well as a Best Picture Academy Award winner and, in pristine Blu-ray, it has never looked better. Bonus extras include commentary by Roger Ebert, additional scenes and outtakes, vintage cartoon, and an introduction by Lauren Bacall.
"The Maltese Falcon" (1941) focuses on Sam Spade (Bogart), a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The girl (Mary Astor) who hired him to follow the man turns out not to be who she says she is and is involved in an intrigue with a certain statue of the title bird. This Maltese Falcon is also the obsession of two shady characters, Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) and Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet). Bonus extras include commentary by a Bogart biographer, a background featurette, a studio blooper reel, make-up tests, and 3 audio-only radio adaptations.
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948), has Bogie in Hollywood's definitive action drama about the destructive effects of greed, with an Academy Award-winning performance by Walter Huston. Bonus extras include making-of featurettes, a profile of director John Huston, newsreels, classic cartoons, and a comedy short.Read more ›
With that being said it would be hard to give this collection fewer than four stars simply because the content is so strong. But the packaging is not perfect and is not deserving of a perfect score. The reason, as noted is the decision to stack the discs which can easily lead to damage. I would note also that I purchased a similar collection at the same time, also stacked and when removing these it was very clear these discs are thinner, they clearly bent removing them, not so much that they didn't play but all were thinner.
My biggest beef was not with the packaging though but in the fact that I use Vudu (the Disc to Digital service supported by just about all major film companies) this lets you register your Blu-Ray discs and for a dollar keep them in the cloud (similar to I-Tunes, but far cheaper). Thus far I have done this with nearly 200 Blue Rays and have only had issues with two discs. But in this collection they did not recognize the digital rights to Casablanca or African Queen. It said the discs did not have the rights on them which is really odd. I am sure they are not bootlegs but they registered like they were bootlegs. So I was unable to get digital copies based on the rules the film companies have (understandable). So just be aware if you plan to purchase and transfer these to digital, unless you rip them to I-Tunes, you will not be able to do so, at least not for two of the best films.
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Great collection. All Classic Bogey. All four movies look great in Blu ray and the added mini movie posters are a great addition as well.Published 8 days ago by Bob
It has all of my favorite Bogart movies in it in nice clean restoration.Published 4 months ago by Paul Kemp
So far we've watched Maltese Falcon. Quality is very good. I think for what is included the price is good for this four movie Blu-ray.Published 6 months ago by Jayhawker
Many people may complain about some titles not being in this pack. I disagree with those critics! I think this is the perfect Bogart collection with only four selections to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Logan May
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