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on November 12, 2014
Excellent!!! They always have great items.
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on April 2, 2015
another classic to add to my collection
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on August 17, 2014
They don't make them like this anymore.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon March 23, 2011
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "MALTESE FALCON" (1941) (101 min/B&W) -- Starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Barton MacLane & & Peter Lorre

Directed by John Huston

Outstanding detective drama with Bogey as Dashiell Hammett's creation Sam Spade finding himself surrounded by shadey characters all greedily fighting for possession of a statue of a falcon containing priceless jewels. John Huston's first directorial effort (which he also scripted) moves at lightning pace.

Academy Award nominations for Picture (Warner Bros), Screenplay, Best Writing (John Huston) and Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet)

George Raft was originally cast as Sam Spade. He turned it down because it was "not an important picture," taking advantage of a clause in his contract that said he did not have to work on remakes.

Although this was the 62-year old Sydney Greenstreet's film debut, he had already worked as a prominent stage actor for forty years.

Notable for being also the initial combination of Greenstreet & Lorre on film (they appeared 8 times together).

Other films to feature the Greenstreet / Lorre combination were Casablanca (1942), Background to Danger (1943), Passage to Marseille (1944), The Mask of Dimitrios (1944), The Conspirators (1944), Three Strangers (1946) & The Verdict (1946)

1. John Huston [Director]
Date of Birth: 5 August 1906 - Nevada, Missouri
Date of Death: 28 August 1987 - Middletown, Rhode Island

2. Humphrey Bogart [aka: Humphrey DeForest Bogart]
Date of Birth: 25 December 1899 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 14 January 1957 - Los Angeles, California

3. Mary Astor [aka: Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke]
Date of Birth: 3 May 1906 - Quincy, Illinois
Date of Death: 25 September 1987 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

4. Sydney Greenstreet [aka: Sydney Hughes Greenstreet]
Date of Birth: 27 December 1879 - Sandwich, Kent, England, UK
Date of Death: 18 January 1954 - Hollywood, California

5.Peter Lorre (aka: László Löwenstein)
Date of birth: 26 June 1904 - Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary [now Ruzomberok, Slovakia]
Date of death: 23 March 1964 - Los Angeles, California

6. Barton MacLane
Date of Birth: 25 December 1902 - Columbia, South Carolina
Date of Death: 1 January 1969 - Santa Monica, California

7. Gladys George [aka: Gladys Clare Evans]
Date of Birth: 13 September 1900 - Patten, Maine
Date of Death: 8 December 1954 - Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 101 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (10/05/2010)
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on March 28, 2016
excellent cant be duplicated
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on May 3, 2016
A classic made better with Blu-ray.
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on July 29, 2015
Excellent bogart movie.
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on September 10, 2001
Many know of how much fun this movie is to watch. What is inexcusable is that such a famous, well loved movie would be so sloppily placed on dvd. Among other problems, a scene is actually left out, I can only assume that the people transferring this movie to the dvd were not fans of the movie, had never seen it in the past, and had no idea they left out this scene. The deleted scene is the one whereby Lorre is given back his gun by Bogart, lorre then points it at Bogart yet again-and the dvd fades to black to prepare for the next scene. What is deleted is Bogart laughing at Lorre and saying "Go right ahead (laugh, laugh), You go right ahead" THEN fade to black. I saw this scene in the old RCA video disk (1982?), and I still have the disc, I know it exists. Inexcusable!
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on May 8, 2000
Another DVD for which the makers seemed more concerned with rushing out a DVD than taking the opportunity to clean up the audio and video and make it the definitive release this classic deserves. Picture quality is noticeably inconsistent; audio flutters and is recorded too low--there is white noise during the quieter moments at normal playing volume. A VHS-quality release, but at least it won't degrade with repeated viewings. The extras are worthwhile, except for the ill-conceived cast bios, which fool one into thinking there's supposed to be more, when in fact there's only one bio--Bogart's.
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on February 6, 2016
very nice
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