The Bogart Collection (Casablanca/The Maltese Falcon/To Have and Have Not/The Big Sleep/The Treasure of the Sierra Madre)
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The legendary Bogie stars in five of his very best films, including The Big Sleep (1944/116 min.), Casablanca (2-Disc Special Edition)(1943/102 min.), The Maltese Falcon (1941/101 min.), To Have and Have Not (1944/101 min.) and The Treasure of Sierra Madre (2-Disc Special Edition)(1948/126 min.). 7 DVDs. B&w/NR/fullscreen.
- Contains these five Humphrey Bogart films:
- The Big Sleep
- Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)
- The Maltese Falcon
- To Have and Have Not
- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Two-Disc Special Edition)
- See individual DVDs for full details
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These are the movies from the 1940s that featured Humphrey Bogart. He usually played criminals is his early movies (“The Petrified Forest”). I think “High Sierra” was a better drama than “The Maltese Falcon”. The 1941 version of TMF seems more comic than the first and better 1931 version. The Hollywood Production Code of 1934 censored most earlier movies (until modern times). Controversial issues were often featured before 1934. These movies follow the usual plot where something unusual happens, it is researched, a criminal is exposed, and justice is done. Just like in real life. Read the individual reviews for more details on each movie.
“The Maltese Falcon” (1941) begins with a search for a missing woman. But this is only a ruse by a scheming woman to find a man. The sought object is a statue of a black bird which is believed to contain great wealth hidden behind its coat of enamel. This search of “something for nothing” ends in death and disappointment for its hunters. [Does this symbolize other activities?]
“Casablanca” (1942) begins in a city where many are waiting to flee abroad to avoid the Nazis. Rick runs a gambling casino and operates on the fringes of the law. He has protection from the Police Chief who has a curious personality and a fondness for Rick. Victor Laszlo escaped from the Gestapo and wants to go to America with his wife Ilse. [Why not London to operate with the Free French?]
“To Have and Have Not” (1944) takes place in Martinique, an island in the Caribbean, after the Fall of France. Captain Steve Morgan owns a charter fishing boat. He talks to Slim about life. Steve takes a dangerous job to pick up passengers at sea in the night. Can a patriot be rescued from Devil’s Island? Steve will try and plans to leave Martinique. Can a good guy use a pistol to get papers signed so he will do good? [Does this echo the movie “Casablanca”?]
“The Big Sleep” (1946) tells about an investigation into the gambling debts (or blackmail?) of a young and wild wealthy heiress, and the disappearance of a trusted employee. Marlowe visits the casino and learns about other activities controlled by a gangster. Marlowe visits two book stores to gather information. He finds a body and reports this to the police. At the end he makes an appointment with the gang boss to meet at Geiger’s house. Marlowe arrives first. The problem is solved with an ironic ending. [The book has a better story.]
“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) tells about some construction workers who get their pay and decide to search for gold in the mountains. It is hard work to haul water to flush away dirt from the gold dust (heavier than water). Then they split their gold dust and return to civilization. But bandits attack two of the men and spill the gold dust into the desert sands, the wind blows sand to bury the results of their labor! Poor Dobbs was caught with an empty gun! What will be the fate of the survivors?
This dvd set features five ESSENTIAL Bogart films. It's true that The Big Sleep, To Have And Have Not, and The Maltese Falcon could all do with some restoration --but I'd say that the flaws don't detract that much from the films themselves, and until that day comes this set is a must for the Bogart fan.
Humphrey Bogart is still considered by many to be the greatest movie star of all time. These five films are a brilliant testament as to why. I advise you to score.
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