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Monday, October 18, 2010

The Maltese Falcon Blu-Ray Review

The Maltese Falcon Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why--and who'll take the fall for his partner's murder. An all-star cast (including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) joins Bogart in this crackling mystery masterwork written for the screen (from Dashiell Hammett's novel) and directed by John Huston. This nominee for 3 Academy Awards00Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Screenplay (Huston)--catapulted Bogart to stardom and launched Huston’s directorial career. All with a bird and a bang!

Review: The Maltese Falcon is a classic film, its possibly one of the best noir detective films ever made.   Humphry Bogart masterfully portrays Sam Spade in this transfer into high-definition.  The blu-ray transfer looks great, the entire film is crisp and looks phenominal.  This classic definately holds up.

The special features on the blu-ray release include: Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax,
Featurette The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird, Breakdowns of 1941: Studio blooper reel, Makeup tests, Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
Warner Night at the Movies 1941 short subjects gallery: Newsreel, musical short The Gay Parisian, 2 classic cartoons: Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt and Meet John Doughboy
Trailers of This Movie, 1941's Sergeant York and 1936's previous Falcon movie adaptation Satan Met a Lady, Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations--two featuring the movie's original stars, plus another starring Edward G. Robinson

Interest Range: Classic Film, Humphry Bogart