Includes: Little Caesar, White Heat, Public Enemy, The (1931) & Petrified Forest, The]]>
Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics (Little Caesar / The Public Enemy / The Petrified Forest / White Heat [Blu-ray]
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For the price of the upgrade I'm not sure it's worth losing the two other classics that are truly representative of the genre while 'The Petrified Forest' is really a stunning adaptation of a Broadway play that focuses more on human condition and folly than gangsters tho you do have Bogie's stellar debut performance as Duke Mantee. True collectors can fuss over that. The blu-ray editions are crisp without true remastering...but not perfect. The sound is no better than the DVD's and it costs more. I have both but I'm a sucker for these movies. If you truly want to be introduced to the genre then go with the DVD collection. The two movies it includes beside the four included in both are true classics and will expand your knowledge of how pervasive the effect of these films became. Even the most die hard fan of the ilk know why Angels With Dirty Faces was made and why Cagney played the role. That movie alone is worth the DVD collection believe me.
LITTLE CAESAR - 1931 - 79 minutes - Director: Mervyn LeRoy - Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks - Genre: Crime, film noir - Plot: Rico, a ruthless and ambitious criminal, moves east and rises in the mob hierarchy.
THE PUBLIC ENEMY - 1931 - 83 minutes - Director: William A. Wellman - Starring: James Cagney, Jean Harlow - Genre: Crime, drama - Plot: A young hoodlum rises through the criminal underworld, even as a mob boss's death threatens a bloody gang war.
THE PETRIFIED FOREST - 1936 - 82 minutes - Director: Archie Mayo - Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard, Bette Davis - Genre: Crime, film noir - Plot: The lives of a waitress, a hobo, and a bank robber intertwine in a lonely diner in the desert.
WHITE HEAT - 1949 - 114 minutes - Director: Raoul Walsh - Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo - Genre: Crime, film noir - Plot: A dangerous criminal escapes from prison and leads his old game in a daring heist. Very quickly, things go wrong.
Now let's crunch some numbers. This set costs $39.56, and contains 4 films. When we divide $39 by 4, we find a price of $9.89 per film, a fair price for this excellent collection of classic gangster films. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio Formats: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono, Spanish Castilian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono ('Little Caesar' and 'White Heat'), Spanish Latin Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono ('The Petrified Forest' and 'White Heat'), German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, French Subtitles, Spanish (Castilian) Subtitles, Spanish (Latin) Subtitles, German SDH, Portuguese Subtitles
4 Audio Commentaries
Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies, featuring vintage trailers, newsreels, short subjects, and animated shorts
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The picture quality of the "White Heat" Blu-ray is very much improved over the DVD (maybe a 15% improvement to my eyes), and that's saying something since the DVD was already pretty good. There's a tremendous amount of detail revealed in nearly every scene. The blu-ray unveils the textures of skin, clothing, furniture, and machinery to very good effect, making the film more lifelike.
There is one shot in the opening sequence (during the train robbery) that has poor image quality, but that was true on the DVD as well. Perhaps it looked that way originally.
Audio quality may have improved, but I didn't notice a great change from the DVD.
Overall I am very pleased with the Blu-ray of "White Heat," and consider the upgrade wotth the cost.
I look forward to reading what others have to say about the 3 remaining films in this set.
All 4 movies are a must have for those who remembering them from 30's and the 40's or just want to see what real gangsters were like back then.
5 stars and 2 thumbs up to boot, I am hoping for more classic movies like these get the same type of restoration from the negatives for Blu-rays.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had never seen any of these. They were all 4 really great movies. If you're a fan of theatre, these need to be watched.Published 11 months ago by Jordan Miller
Offered at around $20, the blu-ray upgrades of films previously purchased in DVD format were definitely worth the double dip.Published 12 months ago by Torpedo
Excellent upgrade from the dvd box set but, sadly, Warners did not see fit to include blu-ray remastering of two of the films from that original set--- "Angels With Dirty... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JHB-4
I loved this box set in bluray but warner when is volume 2 coming out i hope in my lifetime.Published 15 months ago by BOB SZVETICS
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