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The Maltese Falcon [Blu-ray]

Humphrey Bogart , Mary Astor , John Huston    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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Still the tightest, sharpest, and most cynical of Hollywood's official deathless classics, bracingly tough even by post-Tarantino standards. Humphrey Bogart is Dashiell Hammett's definitive private eye, Sam Spade, struggling to keep his hard-boiled cool as the double-crosses pile up around his ankles. The plot, which dances all around the stolen Middle Eastern statuette of the title, is too baroque to try to follow, and it doesn't make a bit of difference. The dialogue, much of it lifted straight from Hammett, is delivered with whip-crack speed and sneering ferocity, as Bogie faces off against Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet, fends off the duplicitous advances of Mary Astor, and roughs up a cringing "gunsel" played by Elisha Cook Jr. It's an action movie of sorts, at least by implication: the characters always seem keyed up, right on the verge of erupting into violence. This is a turning-point picture in several respects: John Huston (The African Queen) made his directorial debut here in 1941, and Bogart, who had mostly played bad guys, was a last-minute substitution for George Raft, who must have been kicking himself for years afterward. This is the role that made Bogart a star and established his trend-setting (and still influential) antihero persona. --David Chute

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This special edition contains trailers and a 45-minute documentary look at Bogart's Warner Bros. career. Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart is hosted by Robert Osborne.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Warners Doesn't Do It Again Feb. 21 2000
Warner Brothers has one of the greatest film catalogs of any studio; yet they don't appear to take their DVD issues very seriously. Who on earth would put "Goodfellas" on two sides of a disc? or not release the "Director's Cut" version of "Eyes Wide Shut" (imagine the added revenue if they had)? or release a slapdash collection of Kubrick's films? or almost never digitally enhance the audio or visual transfer or provide any significant extras? Compared to the deluxe packages that Universal, Criterion, and, even, Paramount has mustered, Warners' issues - all released in cheap and easily breakable snap cases - are a peculiar desecration of a vaunted film legacy.
Case in point: "The Maltese Falcon". Arguably the greatest detective film ever made, Warners at least releases it with a decent video transfer. Unfortunately, the audio synchronizing is off during the last 15 minutes of the movie (by a second but it's still noticable) and I wasn't able to access all the people on the "Cast and Crew" menu (no, it wasn't a machine error, as I tested on several discs thereafter). Moreover, although I enjoyed the "Trailers of Humphrey Bogart" section, it would have been nice if Warners spent the money to create a documentary history of the film the way they did on Universal's "Casablanca" release.
Much ink has been spilt praising "The Maltese Falcon" so I won't go into any panegyrics here. It's just a shame that Warners doesn't take this market seriously enough to put more care into the DVD releases of their finest films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My second favourite movie March 13 2014
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This and the Casablanca are my favourite movies of all time. great for any collection. I've played it many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps The Greatest Movie Ever ! Sept. 4 2013
By Fraser D. Riddell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a high quality DVD that has a twist, it contains 3 seperate versions of the movie. The best known being Bogarts version, but one of the others come very close. What a cast of characters, even a young Gunsel who went on to play Icepick on Magnum PI as an old man. Greenstreet and the lovely Mary Astor shine. Great movie, great actors. Buy this DVD, you won't be disappointed. I recommend this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Humphrey Bogart mystery Jan. 20 2013
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Excellent Humphrey Bogart mystery, he playing the private detective Sam Spade. Good supporting cast . Good quality DVD. Suspenseful and well worth it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1936 or 1941 July 12 2008
The date given for this item is 1936 (why?), but the film was made in 1941.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In 1539 The Knights Templar of Malta... July 22 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
...paid tribute to Charles V of Spain, by sending him A Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels..."

The Falcon was lost in time.

Our mystery begins when a beautiful but enigmatic woman (Mary Astor) shows up at the Spade and Archer detective agency. She gives them a story that is implausible; however they are well paid. This leads to the death of Archer.

Who did it and why? The police suspect Sam Spade.

Who do you suspect?

As the story unfolds many interesting characters (suspects) show up and the story takes different turns as the mystery of the missing falcon continues.

I will not go through the whole story However there is many well know actors and Hammett dialog.

Be sure to view the earlier version of this story "Dangerous Female" (1931); you will get a different view.

Sam Spade (Ricardo Cortez)

Ruth Wonderly (Bebe Daniels)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bogart classic June 29 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Director: John Huston
Format: Black & White
Studio: Warner Studios
Video Release Date: February 1, 2000
Humphrey Bogart ... Private Detective Sam Spade
Mary Astor ... Brigid O'Shaughnessy
Gladys George ... Iva Archer
Peter Lorre ... Joel Cairo
Barton MacLane ... Det. Lt. Dundy
Lee Patrick ... Effie Perine
Sydney Greenstreet ... Kasper Gutman
Ward Bond ... Det. Tom Polhaus
Jerome Cowan ... Miles Archer
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Wilmer Cook
James Burke ... Luke
Murray Alper ... Frank Richman
John Hamilton ... Bryan
Charles Drake ... Reporter
Chester Gan ... Bit part
Creighton Hale ... Stenographer
Robert Homans ... Policeman
William Hopper ... Reporter
Walter Huston ... Capt. Jacobi
Hank Mann ... Reporter
Jack Mower ... Announcer
Emory Parnell ... Ship's mate
This is a cult classic Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) film. The cast included all-time greats Peter Lorre, Sidney Greestreet, Walter Huston, Ward Bond, and other veterans like Mary Astor and Jerome Cowan.

John Huston directed, and kept the tension high throughout.

This is a story about a statue of a falcon that the Knights Templar had made as a gift for the King of Spain in gratitude. It was lost in transit to the king. Crusted with jewels of immense value, but covered with black lacquer to disguise its worth, it was lost for centuries. This story is about the struggle between factions of villains to get the bird.

If you have never see Bogart in this movie, you have missed one which is partly responsible for his fame.

Joseph (Joe) Pierre
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4.0 out of 5 stars Defining Bogart June 6 2004
By H Y Seo
Of all the movies and reviews of Humphrey Bogart, let this one stand and pronounce that the scene when he slaps Peter Lorre's face and tells him, "shut-up and like it..." is the defining moment in Bogart's career and especially this movie.
Well crafted, but a bit loose on plot developement, The Maltese Falcon is what too many mystery/suspense movies trying to live up to an assumed description of what a "noir" film is supposed to be about, pledge their loyalties.
Entertaining more than a fine film, The Maltese Falcon is a tour de force performance for Bogart. If you are a fan, then this is a must see. The camera work is also a good source for cameramen wannabes.
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