The Big Sleep [Blu-ray] [1946]

  • SKU: 30443451
  • Release Date: 02/23/2016
  • Rating: NR
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

    Special Features


    • 1945 alternate version
    • Introduction by Robert Gitt
    • The Big Sleep comparisons 1945/1946
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    The Big Sleep
    The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned to the home of the fabulously wealthy General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), Marlowe is hired to deal with a blackmailer shaking down the General's sensuous, thumb-sucking daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers). This earns Marlowe the displeasure of Carmen's sloe-eyed, seemingly straight-laced older sister Vivian (Bacall), who is fiercely protective of her somewhat addled sibling. As he pursues the case at hand, Marlowe gets mixed up in the murder of Arthur Geiger (Theodore von Eltz), a dealer in pornography. He also runs afoul of gambling-house proprietor Eddie Mars (John Ridgely), who seems to have some sort of hold over the enigmatic Vivian. Any further attempts to outline the plot would be futile: the storyline becomes so complicated and convoluted that even screenwriters William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthmann were forced to consult Raymond Chandler for advice (he was as confused by the plot as the screenwriters). When originally prepared for release in 1945, The Big Sleep featured a long exposition scene featuring police detective Bernie Ohls (Regis Toomey) explaining the more obscure plot details. This expository scene was ultimately sacrificed, along with several others, in favor of building up Bacall's part; for instance, a climactic sequence was reshot to emphasize sexual electricity between Bogart and Bacall, obliging Warners to replace a supporting player who'd gone on to another project. The end result was one of the most famously baffling film noirs but also one of the most successful in sheer star power. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Humphrey Bogart
      Humphrey Bogart - Philip Marlowe
    • Lauren Bacall
      Lauren Bacall - Vivian Sternwood Rutledge
    • John Ridgely
      John Ridgely - Eddie Mars
    • Martha Vickers
      Martha Vickers - Carmen Sternwood
    • Charles D. Brown
      Charles D. Brown - Norris, The Butler



    Customer rating

    4.8
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bogart and Bacall at their best

      Posted
      MovieMaven
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      The Big Sleep is one of my favorites and how good it is to have a blu-ray edition. Beyond the fact that it is simply a wonderful movie, the special features in this edition -- with the presentation of the shelved earlier version of the film and the discussion of the changes made to create the final version -- are a treat for those who love film history.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Bacall

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      Portland
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      This movie has a very interesting back story, and could have been Bacall's last. The extras on this video is a history lesson into how movies are made and how they are released. Worth the trip, to see Bogart and Bacall.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful movie

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      Shipwright
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      My favorite Bogey movie after Casablanca. I have the DVD, and the transfer on this blu-ray just blows that one away -- really nice.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Complex

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      DhavalVyas
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      Extremely complex film that is well worth the watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Bogie classic!

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      Lowrider
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      One of my all time favorites! Bogie and Bacall rule!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good classic film

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      Haddman
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      Good mystery,sometimes hard to follow. Bogart and Bacall are great together

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GREAT ACTING

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      Vetlover
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      Wouldn't expect anything different from Bogart. Really like all of his movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding film noir

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      mrjohnnyb
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      Classic Howard Hawks detective film with Bogie and Bacall.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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