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HTF REVIEW: Warner Brothers Gangster Collection (VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).

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#1 of 106 OFFLINE   Herb Kane

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Posted January 24 2005 - 05:24 AM

My Top 25 Noirs:

25. 711 Ocean Drive (1950), 24. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), 23. Desperate (1947), 22. Pushover (1954), 21. The Blue Dahlia (1946), 20. The File on Thelma Jordon (1949), 19. He Ran All the Way (1951), 18. The Asphalt Jungle (1950), 17. The Killing (1956), 16. I Walk Alone (1948),...

#2 of 106 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted January 24 2005 - 05:29 AM

Herb, you've just made my day. Thanks Warners - top of the world...
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#3 of 106 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 24 2005 - 05:39 AM

Herb, So much great effort put in by Warner Brothers for this boxed set. So much great effort put into your review. I am thankful for both.


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#4 of 106 OFFLINE   Haggai



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Posted January 24 2005 - 05:44 AM

Awesome review, Herb! You really pulled out all the stops for this one. Now, Amazon, come on and get it to me.

#5 of 106 OFFLINE   SteveGon


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Posted January 24 2005 - 05:52 AM

Pardon my drool...

#6 of 106 OFFLINE   Rodney


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Posted January 24 2005 - 05:55 AM

All I can say is...WOW! I cannot wait to get my hands on this collection. Thanks for a great review.

#7 of 106 OFFLINE   LorenzoL


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Posted January 24 2005 - 06:50 AM

Thanks for the review Herb and thanks for WB for releasing this wonderful box set. Made it Ma! Top of the World!

#8 of 106 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted January 24 2005 - 07:16 AM

I'm waiting impatiently for my shipping notification. Although DVDPlanet hasn't been very regular with E-mail and often my discs show-up before the E-mail. I'm holding out hope for it to be on my doorstep tonight? Is "Thugs With Dirty Mugs" the cartoon where Bugs tries to hide Eddie G. in a trunk and keeps dragging him up and down the stairs ending with Eddie saying "Get me away from that Crazy Rabbitt?"

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Posted January 24 2005 - 07:25 AM

My has been shipped already by DVD Soon and is on its way to Germany. Can't wait to lay my hands on it.

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#10 of 106 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H


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Posted January 24 2005 - 07:49 AM

There couldn't be a finer collection of movies in one box, in my opinion. This should definitely be in everyone's collection.

#11 of 106 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted January 24 2005 - 08:40 AM

Awesome review, Herb, except -- I'm not sure that Taxi Driver fits this category. Maybe you should replace it with Once Upon A Time In America instead. Posted Image
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#12 of 106 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted January 24 2005 - 09:20 AM

That's "Racketeer Rabbit." Wow, after reading this review and DVD Beaver's, I'm itching to get the box set. By the way, Herb... do you think you could get some screenshots from the 6 cartoons? I'm wondering if the two B&W Merrie Melodies are restored versions.

#13 of 106 OFFLINE   Deepak Shenoy

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Posted January 24 2005 - 10:06 AM

DVDPlanet hasn't shipped mine yet Posted Image This set includes some titles that I have waited a long time for and it looks like the DVDs are worth the wait.

Thanks Herb for one of the most comprehensive reviews I have seen. It is a great idea to include a brief background on the history of the films as well as some interesting trivia.


#14 of 106 OFFLINE   Douglas R

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Posted January 24 2005 - 10:12 AM

Great review Herb. My set is in the post and I can't wait to get these. I still argue with people over the meaning of the final scene of Angels with Dirty Faces!

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Posted January 24 2005 - 10:31 AM

That was an excellent review Herb. Posted Image Posted Image

Actually it kind of makes me sad I don't have a hot DLP projector setup to take advantage of these classics. So many older movies I've never seen and it would be ashame to have to settle for a first experience watching them on a TV.
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Posted January 24 2005 - 10:43 AM


Impressive review. Lot of effort there. Posted Image

I think it is fair to say that you all of us psyched to get this set in our mitts.

Hearing about that Fountainhead trailer ... I'd love to see Warner release The Fountainhead, it if only for the terrific sets that film has.

#17 of 106 OFFLINE   Lars Vermundsberget

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Posted January 24 2005 - 11:11 AM

Should DVD Planet be trusted with orders at all? In my opinion no, but I haven't used them in a year at least. There is an old thread about that in the retailer feedback section.

My strongest impression of "Eddie G" does in fact come from Bugs Bunny. Lately I've experienced that Bugs' impersonation was very much on the mark. Posted Image

I'm looking forward to this. Posted Image

#18 of 106 OFFLINE   Jason Adams

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Posted January 24 2005 - 11:40 AM

I saw The Roaring Twenties on Turner Classic Movies a while back...I loved the movie. I would probably buy it...and I would assume that you can buy these films seperately?

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Posted January 24 2005 - 01:49 PM

I was gearing myself up for this, but...

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#20 of 106 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted January 24 2005 - 01:58 PM

Excellent review Herb. Behind the Lewton set, this was my most wanted title of the year so I'm very happy it's up to the usual Warner standards. However, it does make me a little sad to see the other majors not bothering too much with their classics while Warner has pumped out a wonderful box each and every month for nearly the past year. I had no idea there were so many extras included in this set. I must have missed the "Night at the Movies" segment. I'm embarrassed to say I've never seen the B&W version of ANGELS. I first watched this film around the age of 10 and it took a couple years before I realized this was supposed to be a B&W film. I always told people ANGELS was the ugliest color film I had ever seen. :b

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