"The Best of Bogart Collection" is a bonus-packed assemblage of four movies that can truthfully be called "Bogie's Best." All are classics.
"Casablanca" (1942), one of the most popular, most quoted films of all time, takes place in the title city during World War II. The plot revolves around a couple of letters of transit, an old flame unexpectedly turning up, a corrupt police captain, and a villainous Nazi general. The excellent cast includes Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, and Conrad Veidt. This is Bogart's most famous picture as well as a Best Picture Academy Award winner and, in pristine Blu-ray, it has never looked better. Bonus extras include commentary by Roger Ebert, additional scenes and outtakes, vintage cartoon, and an introduction by Lauren Bacall.
"The Maltese Falcon" (1941) focuses on Sam Spade (Bogart), a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The girl (Mary Astor) who hired him to follow the man turns out not to be who she says she is and is involved in an intrigue with a certain statue of the title bird. This Maltese Falcon is also the obsession of two shady characters, Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) and Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet). Bonus extras include commentary by a Bogart biographer, a background featurette, a studio blooper reel, make-up tests, and 3 audio-only radio adaptations.
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948), has Bogie in Hollywood's definitive action drama about the destructive effects of greed, with an Academy Award-winning performance by Walter Huston. Bonus extras include making-of featurettes, a profile of director John Huston, newsreels, classic cartoons, and a comedy short.
The last film of the collection, "The African Queen" (1951) takes place in 1914. Bogart as cantankerous, unkempt sailor Charlie Allnut trades witty repartee with Katharine Hepburn as the outspoken sister of a missionary aboard a rickety boat that they contrive to navigate through rough waters to do their part for the British war effort. A behind-the-scenes featurette chronicles the difficulties of shooting on location in Africa in an era when most motion pictures were shot in studios and on backlots.