The Roaring Twenties Gets Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD

Priscilla Lane and James Cagney in The Roaring Twenties. Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The last film to star both James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, The Roaring Twenties is making its arrival on 4K Ultra HD.

In arriving onto 4K UHD, the film has been digitally restored in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack. A new digital master was created from the 35 mm nitrate original camera negative, in addition to a safety fine-grain for some sections.  The film is presented in Dolby Vision HDR on the 4K UHD disc. The Blu-ray contains both the film and bonus features.


Ripped from the headlines of the turbulent era between the Great War and the Great Depression, this dynamic, nostalgia-tinged crime drama balances tommy-gun action with epic historical sweep. Legends James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart star as army buddies whose fortunes rise and fall as their fates intersect, first in a foxhole on the front lines of World War I, then in Manhattan’s Prohibition-era underworld. Directed by Hollywood master Raoul Walsh, and based on a story by prolific journalist turned screenwriter and producer Mark Hellinger, The Roaring Twenties brought to a close the celebrated Warner Bros. gangster cycle of the 1930s, and it remains one of the greatest and most influential crime films of all time.

Bonus Features

  • Audio commentary with film historian Lincoln Hurst
  • New interview with critic Gary Giddins
  • Excerpt from a 1973 interview with director Raoul Walsh
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Mark Asch

DIRECTOR: Raoul Walsh
SCREENWRITERS: Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay, and Robert Rossen
CAST: James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, with Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, Paul Kelly

Warner Bros. Pictures released The Roaring Twenties in theaters on October 28, 1939.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.