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Warners Doesn't Do It Again,
This review is from: The Maltese Falcon (DVD)Warner Brothers has one of the greatest film catalogs of any studio; yet they don't appear to take their DVD issues very seriously. Who on earth would put "Goodfellas" on two sides of a disc? or not release the "Director's Cut" version of "Eyes Wide Shut" (imagine the added revenue if they had)? or release a slapdash collection of Kubrick's films? or almost never digitally enhance the audio or visual transfer or provide any significant extras? Compared to the deluxe packages that Universal, Criterion, and, even, Paramount has mustered, Warners' issues - all released in cheap and easily breakable snap cases - are a peculiar desecration of a vaunted film legacy.
Case in point: "The Maltese Falcon". Arguably the greatest detective film ever made, Warners at least releases it with a decent video transfer. Unfortunately, the audio synchronizing is off during the last 15 minutes of the movie (by a second but it's still noticable) and I wasn't able to access all the people on the "Cast and Crew" menu (no, it wasn't a machine error, as I tested on several discs thereafter). Moreover, although I enjoyed the "Trailers of Humphrey Bogart" section, it would have been nice if Warners spent the money to create a documentary history of the film the way they did on Universal's "Casablanca" release.
Much ink has been spilt praising "The Maltese Falcon" so I won't go into any panegyrics here. It's just a shame that Warners doesn't take this market seriously enough to put more care into the DVD releases of their finest films.
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Initial post: Sep 26, 2006 11:37:21 AM PDT
J Muz says:
This review dates back to 2000 and although Warner may not have released optimum quality DVD at the time, things have considerably changed.
Please ignore this review which is not relevant anymore.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2006 5:18:19 PM PDT
Agreed. But could someone who's seen the new 3-Disc Special Edition comment on what the newly restored digital transfer looks like?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2006 10:38:23 AM PDT
Larry M says:
A friend purchased the 3 disc special edition. We watched it last week and it seemed to be a pretty good transfer. I am told however that the transfer in the Humphery Bogart Collection Volume 2 is even better. I'll be ordering that (budget permitting) It's twice as expensive and but it does contain several of his other films in a pretty nifty collection.
I guess if price is an issue, then the 3 disc special edition is a good choice but, if you are one of us who can "Binge on Bogard" in one sitting; meaning start with one of his films and continue watching them - ordering the necessary Chinese, Pizza or Subs by delivery and taking the necessary "nature" breaks - then the Volume 2 collection is worth the extra expense.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2008 8:39:58 PM PDT
Shlomo Sinatra says:
Thank you! If I had only read the review, and not seen your comment, I might have wound up buying the version this reviewer was talking about!
In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2008 4:56:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2008 5:00:27 PM PDT
S. Pearson says:
Larry: everything, including common sense says that the 3-disc version included in the "Bogart Collection" is the very same as this individual 3-disc release of the movie. And they are indeed identical in every way. Why would the transfer be different? It has been released separately because many including myself were not willing to pay over $70 to get "The Maltese Falcon" boxed with a bunch of lesser movies.
Dooby: the movie looks great here, the other versions of Hammett's story are not the greatest movies, but have historical interest. The other extras are OK and I haven't listened to the commentary yet. It's by a Bogy biographer and if his love of film matches his knowledge it should be good.
Posted on Jul 30, 2008 10:31:15 PM PDT
Hawkeye Hughes says:
This review is 8 years old. Some things do not apply
In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2009 8:27:19 AM PDT
Nowhere Man says:
Yes. I agree. My review from February, 2000, is out of date now and the newer, three-disc special edition is much improved.
Posted on Apr 30, 2011 11:41:10 AM PDT
J. Ganem says:
A director's cut edition of EYES WIDE SHUT is available on BLU-RAY, it just isn't advertised as such. But if you check the ratings box, it says unrated. That version has no little black painted silhouettes in the film. Kubrick was meticulous in his editing, and it is my understanding that he approved both versions. The BLU-RAY version may say something about being the international release of the film.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2011 4:42:16 PM PDT
L. B. Kestner says:
If so, K. Garner, why not either delete this comment or edit to reflect the improvements...?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2012 10:08:20 AM PST
Nowhere Man says:
Dear L.B. - I didn't re-edit the review because it reflected my view of this particular late 90's DVD release at the time. Besides, most people these days will seek out the deluxe edition anyway. It didn't really see a need to do anything with it.