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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars only if you don't already have all of these..., July 17, 2010
This review is from: Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection (DVD)
...and every one of these films are already available - at least in DVD collections - previously put out by Warner Brothers. There is not one new release in the set. What it does do is put back into circulation several individual titles that have gone out of print. At least Warner Brothers has not entirely shut off their supply of classic films new to DVD, but it is down to a trickle if you don't count the Warner Archive.

Do note that several of Bogart's films are being released on Blu-Ray, so if high definition classics are your thing you might want to rethink the following:
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Maltese Falcon
These two are due out on Blu the same time that this collection is being released. What differentiates Humphrey Bogart's career from other Warner legends such as Errol Flynn and James Cagney is that Bogart was in films for over ten years and largely as a supporting player before he finally broke through into leads in consistently good films, thus he has twenty films that are not on pressed DVD to which Warner Brothers holds the rights. The following Bogart films are under the control of Warner Brothers and have never been on DVD:
Love Affair (1932)
Big City Blues (1932)
Two Against the World (1936)
China Clipper (1936)
Isle of Fury (1936)
The Great O'Malley (1937)
Swing Your Lady (1938)
Men Are Such Fools (1938)
Racket Busters (1938)
King of the Underworld (1939)
Oklahoma Kid (1939)
You Can't Get Away With Murder (1939)
It All Came True (1940)
The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)
The Big Shot (1942)
Conflict (1945)
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Chain Lightning (1951)
The Enforcer (1951)
Crime School is available via the Warner Archives.
Granted, quite a few of these are B or even B- pictures and/or have Bogart in a supporting role but they're still Bogart films. It would be nice to see at least a few of them be released properly.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2010, 7:14:11 AM PDT
David Mead says:
Good listing on these films. Many of those you list have been shown on TCM and can be recorded on DVD+/-R until their release. The Enforcer is also known as Murder, Inc. and can be seen on TCM. The Oklahoma Kid and Virginia City are for serious fans only, not Bogie at his best as one can tell he was very uncomfortable in this genre.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 9:04:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2010, 7:59:03 AM PST
Mary says:
absolutely! We need some Bogie that hasn't been out there for years,but even though I have half of these titles listed I'd like to have the ones I don't have and I hear this set has some GREAT extras.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2010, 8:49:41 AM PDT
calvinnme says:
I really liked the Oklahoma Kid because it was so unusual. But really, they'd have to do some serious work on that soundtrack. The score has so much distortion it has me screaming "aaargh me ears!!!!"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2010, 3:04:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2010, 8:02:21 AM PST
Mary says:
calvinnme,Can you give us any of the details on this sets "extras"?

11/23/10
Or I guess I could try reading the "Special Features" section of the page. Wow,what a dunce I can be at times.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010, 11:45:02 AM PDT
B. I SIMPSON says:
Good listing of unreleased films, and thanks for that! I wish the box included "In a Lonely Place" which is one of Bogie's best. The lesser known "Conflict" shows how subtle yet incisive an actor he could be.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2010, 5:11:07 AM PDT
calvinnme says:
"In A Lonely Place" belongs to Columbia, and is already out on DVD too. Conflict is Bogie's best WB film not yet on DVD, IMHO.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010, 11:56:18 AM PDT
Aloha Bob says:
"The Enforcer" is available on DVD from Amazon for a mere $9.99 - it's a great movie!

If Warners had put "Conflict" and "The Big Shot" in this collection, I would have bought it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2010, 6:25:58 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 13, 2010, 9:30:10 AM PDT
If "It All Came True" was in this set, it would be worth the whole price of this box set alone and I would have pre-ordered it. Not even available in the Warners Archive so I made myself a DVD-R from TCM. The copy they play is very decent and DVD quality so I don't understand what the big idea is. I had to do the same for "Conflict". Thanks for the list, really good to see what's in the vault but not available. I believe TCM showed all these films when they had him as Star of the Month last December. There are so many movies of his that should get more recognition!! Hey Warner's, take a look at this list and give us "The Unknown Collection" or something...I'd buy!

Posted on Nov 15, 2010, 12:04:31 AM PST
Z. Goode says:
Hmmm...Do you really think it's worth waiting for all these on Blu Ray? I'll probably be suckered into buying this at Costco for Xmas...Dark Passage might be my underrated fave, but if memory serves, I remember Dad taking me to see King of the Underworld at the Waverly in NYC when I was a kid. Bogie said something like "When you get slapped, you'll take it and like it" and it always stuck with me. Would love to see that again on dvd.
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