The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1948]

John Huston and Humphrey Bogart were both at the top of their form in this classic drama, which has been given a sterling presentation for this special edition DVD. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, while the disc features optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Film historian Leonard Maltin hosts a featurette called 'A Night at the Movies' 1948; other bonus material includes documentaries on star Humphrey Bogart and director John Huston, a 1949 radio adaptation of the story featuring Bogart and other members of the film's cast, a Bugs Bunny short parodying the film called 8 Ball Bunny, and newsreel footage of the film's victory at the Academy Awards.
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Special Features

  • All-new digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements
  • Probing documentaries on the movie's making and John Huston's career
  • Audio commentary
  • Leonard Matin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1948 with trailer, newsreel, comedy short, cartoon and additional vintage cartoon galleries of art/photo/publicity materials
  • Audio only 1949 radio show
  • Humphrey Bogart trailers
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Synopsis

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
John Huston's 1948 treasure-hunt classic begins as drifter Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), down and out in Tampico, Mexico, impulsively spends his last bit of dough on a lottery ticket. Later on, Dobbs and fellow indigent Curtin (Tim Holt) seek shelter in a cheap flophouse and meet Howard (Walter Huston), a toothless, garrulous old coot who regales them with stories about prospecting for gold. Forcibly collecting their pay from their shifty boss, Dobbs and Curtin combine this money with Dobbs's unexpected windfall from a lottery ticket and, together with Howard, buy the tools for a prospecting expedition. Dobbs has pledged that anything they dig up will be split three ways, but Howard, who's heard that song before, doesn't quite swallow this. As the gold is mined and measured, Dobbs grows increasingly paranoid and distrustful, and the men gradually turn against each other on the way toward a bitterly ironic conclusion. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a superior morality play and one of the best movie treatments of the corrosiveness of greed. Huston keeps a typically light and entertaining touch despite the strong theme, for which he won Oscars for both Director and Screenplay, as well as a supporting award for his father Walter, making Walter, John, and Anjelica Huston the only three generations of one family all to win Oscars. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Humphrey Bogart
    Humphrey Bogart - Fred C. Dobbs
  • Walter Huston
    Walter Huston - Howard
  • Tim Holt
    Tim Holt - Curtin
  • Barton MacLane
    Barton MacLane - McCormick
  • Alfonso Bedoya
    Alfonso Bedoya - Gold Hat

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