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Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics (Little Caesar / The Public Enemy / The Petrified Forest / White Heat [Blu-ray]

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Ultimate Gangsters Collection (Classic) (BD)

Includes: Little Caesar, White Heat, Public Enemy, The (1931) & Petrified Forest, The

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Edward G. Robinson
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh, Mervyn LeRoy, Archie Mayo, William Wellman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Box set, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 358 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCGUJ5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Richard The Buying Hearted VINE VOICE on October 27, 2013
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In DVD you get these four classics and The Roaring Twenties and Angels With Dirty Faces in a collection called Warner Brothers Pictures Gangster's Collection Volume 1. Here in the Hi-Def upgrade you get The Petrified Forest, Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and White Heat.
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.
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This isn't really a review; I just thought I'd list some important information about the films, as I noticed the Product description is lacking. I hope this information is useful:

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.
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The 4 films: Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, The Petrified Forest, and White Heat. You get 4 Blu-rays and a bonus DVD in this collection along with an illustrated 32-page hardcover collectible booklet. Overall, the picture quality is terrific and the audio quality is great. All of the transfers in this collection are top-notch and greatly improve upon their respective DVD counterparts but 'The Roaring Twenties' and 'Angels With Dirty Faces' are absent. All of the extras from the DVD box set have been ported over including the excellent documentary 'Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film'. There is almost 5.5 hours of total bonus content plus 4 audio commentaries.

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

Special Features:
4 Audio Commentaries
Featurettes
Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies, featuring vintage trailers, newsreels, short subjects, and animated shorts
Feature-Length Documentary
Theatrical Trailers

Buy this collection.
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I bought the Blu-ray of "White Heat" separately, but since it's included in this set, I figured I'd post a comment here.

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.
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These are probably the movies in gangster films of all time, and worth the price. Cagney(2 movies), Bogart, Robinson, all playing vicious gangsters back in the heyday of prohibition. The 1 gangster film that stands out for me is White Heat, Cagney should have won the Oscar for the role of Cody Jarret, and the thing that creeps me out the most?... his character was like the Joker in Batman books. I wonder if Bob Kean saw the movie and pictured the Cody Jarret character as the Joker?
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.
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