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Maltese Falcon, The: Special Edition (DVD) (3-Disc)]]>
This handsome transfer of John Huston's 1941 masterpiece gets the usual mix of bonus features, with a couple of major additions: the two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett's landmark detective novel. Neither gets it right, although both are fun examples of everyday Warner Bros. fare. The 1931 Maltese Falcon, starring Ricardo Cortez as gumshoe Sam Spade, has plenty of cheek but precious little magic--although it's fascinating to hear some of the same verbatim Hammett dialogue later enshrined in Huston's classic. The 1936 Satan Met a Lady pitches the story as a screwball comedy, with Warren William and Bette Davis playing it as though they wandered in from a Thin Man picture.
Other goodies include a historically minded commentary track from Bogart biographer Eric Lax. Three different radio versions of the Falcon are here, two starring Bogart and one with Edward G. Robinson, and a useful half-hour documentary, The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird. Turner Classics host Robert Osborne presents a fun 44 minutes' worth of Bogie coming-attractions trailers. An uncensored collection of bloopers, Breakdowns of 1941, has some hysterical gaffes. Shorts include two Oscar nominees: the cartoon "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt," with Bugs Bunny intruding on the famous poem; and "The Gay Parisian," a colorful and historically valuable performance by the fabled Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo. (Although what Sam Spade would've thought of such a thing can only be imagined.) A humorous cartoon war-effort short, "Meet John Doughboy," gives good flavor of the mood of the era. --Robert Horton
A fun entertaining mystery yarn with great cast- Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. Read morePublished 8 days ago by jeffrey
A FILM MASTERPIECE . BEST STORY, WRITING , DIRECTING AND ACTING.Published 15 days ago by F.L.Gibson
No one can touch Bogart for his Sam Spade, or Philip Marlowe roles! Great, great movie.Published 16 days ago by Jeffry L. Smith
Holy crap, if people were really this stupid in the early 20th century it's surprising the human race has developed to the level it is in now. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Todd K.
An excellent movie version of a classic detective story, but not quite as good as the book. A couple of scenes are omitted and Mary Astor is too old to be believable as the much... Read morePublished 21 days ago by George E. Burns
My review is meaningless because this is such a classic that any negative comments, of which I have none, would be silly. Who hasn't seen this movie? Read morePublished 1 month ago by JerseyJoe
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