Monday, 9 February 2015

Casablanca (1942)

Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

3-disc 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set Blu-ray bought in 2013
 102m 37s
2-disc Special Edition DVD bought in 2003 


Blu-ray Gift Set extras include -

Two commentaries - the first with film critic Roger Ebert and the second with historian Rudy Behlmer
Introduction by Lauren Bacall
Warner Night at the Movies -
a vintage war-effort newsreel
"Vaudeville Days" (a history of Vaudeville short)
three cartoons "The Bird Came C.O.D." "The Squakin' Hawk" "The Dover Boys at Pimento University"
Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (83mins)
Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of  (37mins)
Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic (35mins)
You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca (35mins)
As Time Goes By: The Children Remember
Deleted scenes, outtakes,
"Who Holds Tomorrow" tv show
"Carrotblanca" cartoon
You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (289 minutes)
The Brothers Warner (94 minutes)
Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul (58 minutes)

Captains of the Clouds (1942)

Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall and Alan Hale.

DVD bought in 2013
113m 17s
Part of the 'James Cagney Collection'

Warner Night At The Movies -
Vintage Newsreel
Sports Short - Rocky Mountain Big Game
Classic Cartoons - Fresh Hare and What's Cookin' Doc?
Trailers of Captains Of The Clouds and 1942's In This Our Life

The Black Swan (1942)

Directed by Henry King and starring Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, George Sanders and Anthony Quinn.

DVD bought in 2006
84m 36s

Commentary by Rudy Behlmer and Maureen O'Hara
Restoration Comparison

Bambi (1942)

Produced by Walt Disney and directed by David Hand. 69m 50s.

2-disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray bought in 2011

2-disc Special Edition DVD bought in 2005


Blu-ray extras - 

Bambi: Inside Walt's Story Meetings
The Making of Bambi: A Prince is Born
Interactive Galleries
Deleted Scenes
Deleted Song
Inside the Disney Archives
Disney Second Screen
Disney's Big Book of Knowledge
Tricks of the Trade
The Old Mill - A 1937 Academy Award-winning "Silly Symphony" animated short.
Original Theatrical Trailer (SD, 2 minutes): Bambi's original 1942 theatrical trailer.

Dumbo (1941)

Produced by Walt Disney and directed by Ben Sharpsteen. 64mins

70th Anniversary 2-disc Blu-ray bought in 2010

60th Anniversay DVD bought in 2004


Blu-ray extras - 

• All-New Digital Restoration
• Disney View -- Expanded Viewing Experience
• Cine-Explore Experience
• Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene
• Never-Before-Heard Deleted Song
• Taking Flight: The Making Of Dumbo
• The Magic Of DUMBO: A Ride Of Passage
• Audio Commentary
• Celebrating DUMBO -- Featurette
• Art Galleries
• Animated Short "The Flying Mouse"
• Animated Short "Elmer Elephant"

They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

Directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy and Anthony Quinn.

DVD bought in 2005
Part of the 'Errol Flynn Collection'

Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies -
Soldiers in White military short,
A Tale of Two Kitties cartoon,
New featurette: They Died with Their Boots on: To Hell or Glory

The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

Directed by William Dieterle and starring Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, James Craig, Anne Shirley and Jane Darwell.

DVD bought in 2009
Eureka- Masters of Cinema series
106m 17s

'Here is a Man' - preview version comparison
60 page booklet with archival imagery and an essay by Professor Tony Williams

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet.

2-disc 3-film Special Edition DVD bought in 2007
100m 23s


2 Previous Movie Versions of the Dashiell Hammett caper:
The Maltese Falcon (1931) with Bebe Daniels and Recardo Cortez
Satan Met a Lady (1936) with Bette Davis and Warren William

Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax
Warner Night at the Movies
vintage newsreel,
Technicolor musical short The Gay Parisian,
classic cartoons Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt and Meet John Doughboy
New Documentary "The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird"
The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel
Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations of The Maltese Falcon

Citizen Kane (1941)

Directed by Orson Welles and starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead and Everett Sloane.

2-disc Special Edition DVD bought in 2003

Digitally Remastered Blu-ray bought in 2015
119m 18s


Blu-ray extras -

Anatomy of a Classic: a 50-minute feature presented by Barry Norman
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Ken Barnes
The original film budget
The original 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds
Welles' 1945 commerical recording of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince
The Restoration of Citizen Kane (Blu-ray exclusive)