The Treasure of the Sierra Madre on Blu-Ray

October just ain’t a month for scary movies anymore. I am spending every extra minute of my day watching movies and writing and I feel like I am hardly making a dent in these Bogart films. I was lucky enough to get through the newly released Blu-Ray version of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The movie looks and sounds great. The clean slick B&w makes the movie seem even more tense and powerful and while I will always like Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon more, having this high quality version of the film makes it so much more watchable.

Here is a little summary of the film for those unacquainted:
Gold in the hills, avarice in the hearts of men. Two hard-luck drifters (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) and a grizzled prospector (Walter Huston) discover gold. Then greed and paranoia set in. John Huston won Academy Awards for his direction and screenplay. And his dad took the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Without awards, but with enduring acclaim, is Bogart’s performance, transforming from a likable hobo to a heartless thug simmering in greed. Treasures place on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 American Films list reaffirms it’s still a powerful movie.

With this disc, not only do you get a great transfer of an Academy Award winning film, you also get a decent amount of extras, including:

* Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax
* Featurette: Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of theSierra Madre
* Feature-length documentary profile: John Huston
* Classic cartoon 8 Ball Bunny
* Warner Night at the Movies 1948 short subjects gallery
* Newsreel
* Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Be a Detective
* Classic cartoon Hot Cross Bunny
* Trailers of this movie and 1948’s Key Largo
* Audio-only bonus: Radio show adaptation featuring the movie’s original stars

I still have so much Bogart to get through (it will probably extend in November), but I can say the first two movies have been great. So much more to look forward to from the incredibly talented Bogart.

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The Maltese Falcon on Blu-Ray

I am a Bogart fan. What is not to like about this guy when he is on screen. He has charisma in spades and he can bring subtlety to even the most flatly written tough guy. I have been making my way through the recent Bogart Collection and will be posting about it soon. The other night I had the opportunity to sit down and watch two Bogart classic that recently arrived on Blu-Ray. The first I watched is one my favorite Bogart films, The Maltese Falcon.

For those not familiar
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!

maltese falcon

This is a great Blu-Ray film. The movie looks and sound great and while the film is lighter on extras then some of the other DVD releases that went before it, their is certainly enough for any hardcore fan. On this disc you get:

* 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

Not bad right? Well what are you waiting for, order your copy of of The Maltese Falcon on Blu-Ray today.