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The Maltese Falcon [Blu-ray] [1941]

  • SKU: 1318731
  • Release Date: 10/05/2010
  • Rating: NR
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features


    • 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
    • 2 Featuring the Movie's Original Stars, Plus Another Starring Edward G. Robinson

    Synopsis


    The Maltese Falcon
    After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett's detective classic The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. finally got it right in 1941--or, rather, John Huston, a long-established screenwriter making his directorial debut, got it right, simply by adhering as closely as possible to the original. Taking over from a recalcitrant George Raft, Humphrey Bogart achieved true stardom as Sam Spade, a hard-boiled San Francisco private eye who can be as unscrupulous as the next guy but also adheres to his own personal code of honor. Into the offices of the Spade & Archer detective agency sweeps a Miss Wonderly (Mary Astor), who offers a large retainer to Sam and his partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan) if they'll protect her from someone named Floyd Thursby. The detectives believe neither Miss Wonderly nor her story, but they believe her money. Since Archer saw her first, he takes the case -- and later that evening he is shot to death, as is the mysterious Thursby. Miss Wonderly's real name turns out to be Brigid O'Shaughnessey, and, as the story continues, Sam is also introduced to the effeminate Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) and the fat, erudite Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet, in his film debut). It turns out that Brigid, Cairo and Gutman are all international scoundrels, all involved in the search for a foot-high, jewel-encrusted statuette in the shape of a falcon. Though both Cairo and Gutman offer Spade small fortunes to find the "black bird," they are obviously willing to commit mayhem and murder towards that goal: Gutman, for example, drugs Spade and allows his "gunsel" Wilmer (Elisha Cook Jr.) to kick and beat the unconscious detective. This classic film noir detective yarn gets better with each viewing, which is more than can be said for the first two Maltese Falcons and the ill-advised 1975 "sequel" The Black Bird. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Humphrey Bogart
      Humphrey Bogart - Sam Spade
    • Mary Astor
      Mary Astor - Brigid O'Shaughnessy
    • Peter Lorre
      Peter Lorre - Joel Cairo
    • Sydney Greenstreet
      Sydney Greenstreet - Kasper Gutman the Fat Man
    • Ward Bond
      Ward Bond - Detective Tom Polhaus



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great Film, Not-So-Great HD

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      AriHz6
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      This is a fantastic film at a fantastic price; however, the HD does leave something to be desired. The film does not take up the entire screen, so there are black spaces on the sides of the screen. In order to get the film to HD, it is clear the film was modified to be smaller as opposed to being digitally restored. Can't complain too much, though. It's fairly priced!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Timeless Classic

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      Gman
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      Until now, I've only heard this movie was great. Now after watching this blu ray release? I 100% agree that this movie lived up to all the positive talk I've heard about it. Highly recommend it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome film noir!

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      bryceage
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      Great Blu-ray! I have always enjoyed this movie and it was great to see it on Blu-ray. Great special features; would recommend this to any movie lover.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bogart at His Best!

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      nitebird69
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      One of my all time favorite movies. Great cast and a must have your your DVD collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic Film Noir

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      actionman420
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      Influential, entertaining, twisty, and totally awesome on every level.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best ever

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      franciose
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      Bogart at his best. The supporting crew was fabulous.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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