The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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John Huston won the Academy Award(R) for writing and directing this powerful saga that pits gold and greed in the wilds of Mexico and stars his father (Walter Huston) and Humphrey Bogart. Year: 1948 Director: John Huston Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt]]>
For those who crave DVD extras, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre will surely satisfy. First and foremost, this remastered DVD, presented in its original full-screen format and mono audio, looks and sounds fantastic. The commentary, by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, is very informative. This is a commentator who really knows a lot about Bogart and it comes across in this track. Extra nuggets to be found in this set include two detailed documentaries: Discovering Treasure, a new Warner Brothers documentary on the film, and John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1989), a wonderfully exhaustive documentary of the Hollywood legend. Two other nice additions are the Lux Theatre radio broadcast of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and the Looney Tunes' "8 Ball Bunny" costarring Bugs and Bogart. All in all, a great package for a golden classic. --Rob Bracco
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But when it came to Blu-ray, I gave it a shot because black and white movies in high definition are often, I'm discovering, very beautiful. And this one is indeed nice to look at. But it's also a tight, lean, muscular thriller with sharp dialogue and panache. It's hard for me to track down what really makes a movie work. Rhythm, pacing, tone, mood, all working together in nuanced ways. The directors know I reckon, which is why they make the big bucks. Anyway, what ever IT is, this movie has got it. Not just Bogie's morally bankrupt down-and-outer, and of course the elder Huston's amazing tour de force, but there are a lot of fine choices in the smaller casting, like director John Huston's quick but memorable turn as the American in Tampico, the bandits, and the little boy who sells the lottery tickets. These smaller performances really enhance the film. I put this up there in the top three Bogie movies, along with the other two I've mentioned. And man does the Blu-ray look great.
Treasure of the Sierra Madres belongs in every man cave. Families should have a tradition of passing it down as a matter of film cultural heritage. This is a classic morality play. Fate demands it's just reward, but the good must also learn their lessons. It is old time story-telling and rich entertainment.
In the arts, and esp in classic story telling, when a drinking man speaks we are to listen.
En vino Vertas: in wine there is truth.
In this tightly scripted morality play the phrase is: In aurum est insani - In gold there is insanity.
This is not a spoiler as an attentive viewer will know the basic story line by 15 minutes into the story. Score one for the execution of an efficient set up of the overall plot. Screen play credits and very well done walk on by John Houston.
Down on their luck but mostly decent working men Humphrey Bogat as Dobbs and Tim Holt as Curtin meet up in Mexico team up with Walter Hoston as Howard. Together they will seek out gold in the most remote hills they can find. How decent are the two working men? Even when deliberately cheated out of just wages, they settle for whipping up on the thieving boss and taking only the money to which they are entitled. Walter Houston , playing the old man who has seen it all and provides nothing but good advice is the man who can make them all rich- Rich beyond the dreams of avarice; except that avarice can dream very big.
This movie is unfairly faulted for it most famous line. It is delivered by a hulking Mexican with poor English. "We d'on need no bad-jes". This line is one that can get a modern speaker into trouble. A more attentive viewer will notice that the Mexicans and other native people of Mexico are portrayed as varied as any randomly selected population. Watch closely and see that there are no abiding stenotypes of any race. People are people and come in all degrees of honesty and morality. At least two young local boys will play critical parts in moving the plot by acting as honest and hardworking people.
Among my personal problems with many movies is a refusal to show that people can get covered in dirt, grow beards and otherwise fail to look freshly groomed, esp after months spent in the wilds. Treasure lets you see that life in the wild tends to roughen ones appearance. Entire film school papers could be written on the themes made real by the different versions of Bogart's face.
Bogart has the range to act all of the personas that are Dobbs. He is not alone in presenting varied and believable acting. Walter Houston is so comfortable with himself and his character it is almost impossible to watch him and be aware that he is acting.
Classic story telling. Bogart. What else needs to be said?
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