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You'll Take it and Like It; Humphrey Bogart Signature Collections

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HUMPHREY BOGART: THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION VOL. 2 DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 12

DVD Debuts of The Maltese Falcon 3-Disc Special Edition and Bogie Classics Across The Pacific, Action In the North Atlantic, All Through The Night and Passage To Marseille

Burbank, Calif., June 12, 2006 – On September 12, Warner Home Video honors one of the most popular movie actors of all time with the DVD release of Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume 2. Highlighting this collection is a deluxe new 3-Disc Special Edition of The Maltese Falcon, featuring a newly-remastered edition of the 1941 John Huston masterpiece starring Bogart as Dashiell Hammett’s definitive Sam Spade. This new deluxe set is loaded with hours of bonuses including the 1931 version of The Maltese Falcon and the 1936 film, Satan Met a Lady, commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, a recently recovered additional scene as well as vintage Warner “Night at the Movies” features.

Also contained in the collection are four more Bogart classics making their DVD debuts -- Across the Pacific, Action in the North Atlantic, All Through the Night and Passage to Marseille. Each film has been restored from the original camera negatives and has been digitally remastered, with each title enhanced with entertaining features. The new five film, seven-disc gift set will sell for $59.92 SRP; all titles are exclusive to the collection, except The Maltese Falcon 3-Disc Special Edition, which will also sell separately for $29.92 SRP.

Named AFI’s #1 male movie star of all time, Humphrey Bogart has been a cult figure throughout the world since the 1940s. Mostly, he played characters who were smart, playful, courageous, tough, and reckless -- who lived in a corrupt world yet were anchored by an inner moral code. He also excelled portraying men with flaws and weaknesses that ultimately led to their downfall. One of the most prolific actors in motion picture history, he appeared in 85 films which have demonstrated their enduring popularity by selling to date more than five million copies on video and DVD. Bogart won a Best Actor Academy Award® for his performance in The African Queen and earned an Oscar® nomination for Casablanca and The Caine Mutiny.

The Maltese Falcon Three-Disc Special Edition (1941)
This nominee for three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Screenplay (Huston) – solidified Bogart’s stardom and launched John Huston’s illustrious directorial career. An all-star cast (including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) joins Bogart in this classic film noir story about hard-boiled detective Sam Spade (Bogart) and the gallery of lowlifes he’s after to find his partner’s killer as well as the jewel-encrusted life size statue of a falcon. Filled with twists and turns, the crackling mystery masterwork was based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel. The Maltese Falcon was added to the National Film Registry in 1989 and is #23 on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) List of 100 Greatest Movies.

This all-new 3-Disc Special Edition is full of extras, including two features which preceded Bogie’s landmark Falcon -- the 1931 pre-code version of The Maltese Falcon and the 1936 film, Satan Met a Lady, starring Bette Davis.

Disc One Special Features:
· New digital transfer of 1941 movie from restored elements
· Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax
· Warner Night at the Movies 1941 short subjects gallery:
o Vintage Newsreel, Oscar®-Nominated Technicolor musical short The Gay Parisian
o Classic Cartoon: Oscar® nominee Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt
o Trailers of The Maltese Falcon and 1941’s Sergeant York
· Languages: English & Français (1941 movie only)
· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (1941 movie only)

Disc Two Special Features:
· 2 Previous movie versions of the classic Hammett caper:
o The Maltese Falcon (1931) with Bebe Daniels and Ricardo Cortez
o Satan Met a Lady (1936) with Bette Davis and Warren William
· Theatrical trailers

Disc Three Special Features:
· New Documentary The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird
· Robert Osborne Hosts Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
· Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel
· Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations featuring the movie’s original stars including a version starring Edward G. Robinson

Across the Pacific (1942)
The winning team from The Maltese Falcon is reunited for Across the Pacific. This crisply written wartime thriller reunites three Falcon leads -- Bogart, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet. The Maltese Falcon’s John Huston directs this reunion, and once again, the combination of stars and director comes up a winner. Like The Maltese Falcon, the film has “the same irresistible mixture of darkness, double-cross and quirky humor,” according to Tom Milne, Time Out Film Guide. Here Bogart plays counterspy Rick Leland who trades romantic barbs with Alberta (Mary Astor), matches wits with sly Lorenz (Sydney Greenstreet) and swaps bullets with saboteurs of the Panama Canal.

DVD Special Features:
· Warner Night at the Movies 1942 Short Subjects Gallery:
o Vintage newsreel
o Patriotic Technicolor short Men of the Sky
o Classic cartoon The Draft Horse
o Trailers of Across the Pacific and 1942’s Captains of the Clouds
· New featurette Hollywood Helps the Cause
· Breakdowns of 1942: Studio Blooper Reel
· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
This World War II salute to the Merchant Marines is an action-filled voyage of a besieged freighter and shows how the role of these men supplying the war effort was the lifeblood of democracy’s arsenal. Humphrey Bogart, a World War I seaman and an avid recreational sailor, stars as First Officer Joe Rossi who, along with his captain (Raymond Massey), matches tactics with U-boats and the Luftwaffe. The tactics were so on target that this became a Merchant Marine training film.

DVD Special Features
· Warner Night at the Movies 1943 short subjects gallery:
o Vintage newsreel
o Musical short Cavalcade of Dance
o Classic cartoon Greetings Bait
o Trailers of Action in the North Atlantic and 1943’s Northern Pursuit
· New featurette Credit Where Credit Is Due
· Audio-only bonus: radio show with George Raft and Raymond Massey
· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

All Through the Night (1942)
In this comedy thriller, Bogart had fun in the change-of-pace role of Gloves Donahue, a NY gambler and petty crook. Gloves is definitely more interested in his racing sheet and favorite cheesecake than he is in current events, until the baker gets bumped off, and that changes everything. The fun is winningly contagious in a spoof that pits him against Nazi spies. The wonderful supporting cast of shady, but good guys includes William Demarest, Jackie Gleason and Phil Silvers, all of whom seem to have stepped from Damon Runyon’s Guys and Dolls world.

DVD Special Features:
· Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and Bogart biographer Eric Lax
· Warner Night at the Movies 1942 short subjects gallery:
o Vintage newsreel
o Joe Doakes comedy short So You Want to Give Up Smoking
o Classic cartoon Lights Fantastic
o Trailers of All Through the Night and 1942’s Gentleman Jim
· New featurette Call the Usual Suspects: The Craft of the Character Actor
· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Passage to Marseille (1944)
Humphrey Bogart reunites with director Michael Curtiz and other key Casablanca personnel (including co-stars Claude Rains, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet). Bogart plays Jean Matrac, a World War II French patriot who escapes Devil’s Island, survives a dangerous freighter voyage and becomes a gunner in the Free French Air Corps.

The film sailed into theaters on stormy seas. Controversy surrounded the scene in which Matrac machine-guns the helpless survivors of a downed plane that attacked the freighter. That a soldier of freedom would act ignobly brought protests from religious and censorship groups.

Special Features:
· Warner Night at the Movies 1944 short subjects gallery:
o Vintage newsreel
o Oscar®-winning patriotic short I Won’t Play and Oscar® nominee Jammin’ the Blues
o Classic cartoon The Weakly Reporter
o Trailers of Passage to Marseille and 1944’s Uncertain Glory
· New featurette The Free French: Forgotten Unsung Victors
· Breakdowns of 1944: Studio Blooper Reel
· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Additional biographical information on Bogart:

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on December 25, 1899, the son of a Manhattan surgeon and a magazine illustrator. He had a privileged upbringing but was expelled from an elite East coast private school, after which he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. In the early ‘20s, he managed a stage company owned by a family friend and began performing regularly. In 1930 he got a contract with Fox and made his feature film debut in a short called Broadway’s Like That, co-starring Ruth Etting and Joan Blondell.

After five more years of stage and minor film roles, Bogart finally got his big break when he reprised his Broadway role as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest. He signed a contract with Warner Bros. and was on his way to mega-stardom with roles in such classics as High Sierra, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, The African Queen and, of course, The Maltese Falcon and the other films in this collection.

Bogie also had a storied personal life, having been married four times, the last to actress Lauren Bacall, with whom he appeared in four films. The first was To Have and Have Not, in 1944, with the 19 year old Bacall making her screen debut at age 19. The role marked the beginning of her great acting career as well as one of Hollywood’s legendary love stories. Bogie and Bacall were married in 1945 and their marriage thrived, despite a 25-year age difference, until Bogart died in 1957 from throat cancer. In her autobiography, By Myself, Bacall notes, “No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it.”

HUMPHREY BOGART: THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION VOL. 2
Street Date: September 12, 2006
$59.92 SRP
Maltese Falcon Three Disc Special Edition $29.92 SRP
All the films are presented in Standard Format, B&W and Not Rated

The Maltese Falcon Three-Disc Special Edition
Run Time: 100 Minutes

Across the Pacific
Run Time: 96 Minutes

Action in the North Atlantic
Run Time: 127 Minutes

All Through the Night
Run Time: 107 Minutes

Passage to Marseille
Run Time: 109 Minutes
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Old 12-06-2006, 19:20   #2
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Great news . That sounds like a fantastic package.

Pity they couldn't have found room for Conflict & The Two Mrs Carrolls though. Still, I won't complain when there's more Bogie on the way.
Only problem is how the hell I'm going to afford all this .
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Great stuff! The only movie I'm not a fan of is Passage to Marseille ("hey, y'know what would be a great idea - let's cast Bogie as a French guy! And tell the story in a flashback within a flashback within a flashback!"). Would have much preferred Conflict, as per Livius' suggestion. Don't mean to give the impression I'm not pleased with the set though - the other titles are more than enough to sell me on it. Should be particularly interesting to compare The Maltese Falcon to its earlier incarnations, and I'm also looking forward to that commentary from Eric Lax; I enjoyed his Bogart bio a lot.
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Brilliant, can't get enough Bogie
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From the HTF, a slight change:
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Everyone take a deep breath.... just in from WB:
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Please be advised that the DVD release of Warner Home Video’s Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume 2 has been changed to October 3.
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more money to WB.

Never thought that TMF would get three discs. Three versions is great
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Ooh yeah!!!!!

Can't get enough Bogie (and Bacall for that matter!!) Warner Brothers rule! Doesn't get much better than this.

My footy team (Aussie Rules) coped a hammering on Sunday - but this makes up for it!

Nice to wake up to

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the only item in this set that I don't particularly like is Action in the North Atlantic (it's just a straight WW2 picture, and they do nothing for me)--but I'm overjoyed at the prospect of seeing the 2 trial runs for Huston's Falcon! (especially, given my William Dieterle fixation, Satan Met a Lady!)

All Through the Night is such a great movie, and I suspect we owe its presence here to Vincent Sherman's amazing longevity and continued vitality (may he live forever! and may Saturday's Children and The Hard Way appear soon, with Sherman commentary tracks)

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the only item in this set that I don't particularly like is Action in the North Atlantic ........All Through the Night is such a great movie, and I suspect we owe its presence here to Vincent Sherman's amazing longevity and continued vitality
Have to agree on both counts. I think Action in the North Atlantic (from memory at least) is the weakest entry in the set.
All Through the Night is a hell of a lot of fun, a nice change of pace for Bogie.

Also good to see that Sherman is still with us and on the point of reaching his ton.
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Some box art at that link now...and

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Warner are also listing the Humphrey Bogart Signature Collection Vol.1 for the same date - which I realise they never actually released before. There was a 'signature collection' in everything but name however, and that had the old release of The Maltese Falcon as part of the set.

The films included with the Signature Collection Vol.1 are:

Casablanca: Special Edition
High Sierra
They Drive By Night
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The: Special Edition

All are the same as the existing editions.

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I'm quite tempted by that vol 1 collection - never got around to picking up High Sierra, They Drive by Night or ToSM, and it'll be cheaper than buying seperately.
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Now up for pre-order at Amazon:
Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection volume 1

Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection volume 2
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DVDpacific have them up for pre-order as well. But bear in mind that overseas customers cannot order more than 12 discs at one time M
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DVDpacific have them up for pre-order as well. But bear in mind that overseas customers cannot order more than 12 discs at one time M
You could put them through as separate orders, though. Of course that'd raise the shipping costs ...
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After emailing a request, they agreed to send both my Ford sets as one shipment, so it's not written in stone. They arrived well packed, over three weeks after they'd shipped. The total cost, including the Royal Mail handling charge and VAT, amounted to just £2-£3 shy of what I would have paid had I taken the usual (shipped from within the UK, hence customs free) and quicker route I usually take for box sets.
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Bit of a guide about that documentary on The Maltese Falcon, One Magnificent Bird; the R2 extras are being classified at the BBFC now and show it to feature (who else?) Peter Bogdanovich and it lasts 31m 46s.

Who wants an 'Ultimate Collectors Edition' with a snap brim fedora and a blue-nosed gat?
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Davis DVD has cover art for the 'Falcon' here.
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Don't like the Maltese Falcon special edition cover. Does this mean we can't rely on Warner anymore, to always use original poster art? The film does have alternate original art that could've been used to distinguish it from the first Falcon DVD, right?

Has anyone seen the Bogie/Bacall set in stores? I'm in Canada and there's often a huge delay...I'm getting used to never finding classic DVDs in my local stores, and I order almost everything from Amazon.com (despite my fear of discs arriving scratched, and wishing I could just buy it in a nearby store and return/exchange it more easily - but then again Warner tends to edit the Canadian versions anyway - so I pretty much *have* to order online!) ... Anyway I've heard this Bogie/Bacall set contains keepcases and I'd like to upgrade my snappers, like I'm planning to do for the Humphrey Bogart Signature Collection Vol. 1 titles... but I'm reluctant to order Bogie/Bacall from Amazon.com because there were reports that they sent people the box with ill-fitting snappers inside instead! I don't want to take the chance.

If anyone knows which online stores (that are willing to ship to Canada) are selling this set, and can confirm that it's the keepcase version... I'd appreciate the info.
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hey Chris! Warner edits Canadian editions? can you cite examples of this?

I've recently switched to an amazon.com ordering policy (it started because I didn't want to wait an extra month for film noir vol 3)

also agree with you on the Maltese Falcon art--pretty lame (although the disks themselves look awesome--and as the world's biggest William Dieterle fan, I'll be thrilled to see Satan Met a Lady on DVD!), although not nearly as bad as the cover for the Bette Davis Box II version of Jezebel...
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