They Drive By Night Gets Warner Archive Blu-ray

They Drive By Night–starring Humphrey Bogart before leading-man stardom–was recently upgraded to Blu-ray by the Warner Archive Collection. George Raft and Ann Sheridan may have received top billing but the film would be a pivotal moment in the careers of both Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. Can you imagine Bogie being the fourth-billed actor in any movie?!? It’s unthinkable, right? And yet, this is exactly the case in the Warner Bros. adaptation of A. I.…

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The Roaring Twenties Gets Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD

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…

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Objective, Burma! Is A Solid-But-Flawed War Film

Objective, Burma! is based on the six-month raid by Merrill’s Marauders, albeit loosely, as a part of the Southeast Asian theatre in WW2. In short, Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn) leads a group of U.S. Army paratroopers into Burma. Their objective is to take out a Japanese radar station because of it’s strategic location. Unfortunately, they miss their rendezvous because the Japanese are waiting at the airstrip. Captain Nelson makes the call and the 36-men team–after splitting…

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High Sierra: Film Noir Joins The Criterion Collection

High Sierra, which made Humphrey Bogart a leading man and enabled John Huston to transition to directing, joins The Criterion Collection. This film was pivotal for helping both Humphrey Bogart and John Huston to advance in their careers. The two were friends and drinking partners. Prior to High Sierra, Bogart was a mere supporting player. Because of this, Bogart had to fight Raoul Walsh for the role. Walsh wanted someone like George Raft or Paul…

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White Heat: One of James Cagney’s Finest Roles

Oscar-winning actor James Cagney delivers one of his finest roles in Warner Bros. gangster drama White Heat after being away from the genre. The psychotic Arthur “Cody” Jarrett (James Cagney) is the leader of the aptly named Jarrett gang.  While Cody is married to Verna (Virginia Mayo), one could certainly make the argument that he’s really married to his mother.  The relationship here is certainly a character study in its own right. The gang robs…

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