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#1 of 73 Herb Kane

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Posted June 12 2006 - 06:27 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE ATTACHED





A Warner Bros. Icon - for His Time and for All Time

HUMPHREY BOGART: THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION VOL. 2 DEBUTS October 3

DVD Debuts of The Maltese Falcon 3-Disc Special Edition and
Bogie Classics Across The Pacific, Action In the North Atlantic,
All Through The Night and Passage To Marseille



Burbank, Calif., June 12, 2006 – On September 12, Warner Home Video honors one of the most popular movie actors of all time with the DVD release of Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume 2. Highlighting this collection is a deluxe new 3-Disc Special Edition of The Maltese Falcon, featuring a newly-remastered edition of the 1941 John Huston masterpiece starring Bogart as Dashiell Hammett’s definitive Sam Spade. This new deluxe set is loaded with hours of bonuses including the 1931 version of The Maltese Falcon and the 1936 film, Satan Met a Lady, commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, a recently recovered additional scene as well as vintage Warner “Night at the Movies” features.



Also contained in the collection are four more Bogart classics making their DVD debuts -- Across the Pacific, Action in the North Atlantic, All Through the Night and Passage to Marseille. Each film has been restored from the original camera negatives and has been digitally remastered, with each title enhanced with entertaining features. The new five film, seven-disc gift set will sell for $59.92 SRP; all titles are exclusive to the collection, except The Maltese Falcon 3-Disc Special Edition, which will also sell separately for $29.92 SRP.



Named AFI’s #1 male movie star of all time, Humphrey Bogart has been a cult figure throughout the world since the 1940s. Mostly, he played characters who were smart, playful, courageous, tough, and reckless -- who lived in a corrupt world yet were anchored by an inner moral code. He also excelled portraying men with flaws and weaknesses that ultimately led to their downfall. One of the most prolific actors in motion picture history, he appeared in 85 films which have demonstrated their enduring popularity by selling to date more than five million copies on video and DVD. Bogart won a Best Actor Academy Award® for his performance in The African Queen and earned an Oscar® nomination for Casablanca and The Caine Mutiny.



The Maltese Falcon Three-Disc Special Edition (1941)

This nominee for three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Screenplay (Huston) – solidified Bogart’s stardom and launched John Huston’s illustrious directorial career. An all-star cast (including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) joins Bogart in this classic film noir story about hard-boiled detective Sam Spade (Bogart) and the gallery of lowlifes he’s after to find his partner’s killer as well as the jewel-encrusted life size statue of a falcon. Filled with twists and turns, the crackling mystery masterwork was based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel. The Maltese Falcon was added to the National Film Registry in 1989 and is #23 on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) List of 100 Greatest Movies.



This all-new 3-Disc Special Edition is full of extras, including two features which preceded Bogie’s landmark Falcon -- the 1931 pre-code version of The Maltese Falcon and the 1936 film, Satan Met a Lady, starring Bette Davis.



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Disc One Special Features:

· New digital transfer of 1941 movie from restored elements

· Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax

· Warner Night at the Movies 1941 short subjects gallery:

o Vintage Newsreel, Oscar®-Nominated Technicolor musical short The Gay Parisian

o Classic Cartoon: Oscar® nominee Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt

o Trailers of The Maltese Falcon and 1941’s Sergeant York

· Languages: English & Français (1941 movie only)

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (1941 movie only)

Disc Two Special Features:

· 2 Previous movie versions of the classic Hammett caper:

o The Maltese Falcon (1931) with Bebe Daniels and Ricardo Cortez

o Satan Met a Lady (1936) with Bette Davis and Warren William

· Theatrical trailers

Disc Three Special Features:

· New Documentary The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird
· Robert Osborne Hosts Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
· Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel

· Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations featuring the movie’s original stars including a version starring Edward G. Robinson



Across the Pacific (1942)

The winning team from The Maltese Falcon is reunited for Across the Pacific. This crisply written wartime thriller reunites three Falcon leads -- Bogart, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet. The Maltese Falcon’s John Huston directs this reunion, and once again, the combination of stars and director comes up a winner. Like The Maltese Falcon, the film has “the same irresistible mixture of darkness, double-cross and quirky humor,” according to Tom Milne, Time Out Film Guide. Here Bogart plays counterspy Rick Leland who trades romantic barbs with Alberta (Mary Astor), matches wits with sly Lorenz (Sydney Greenstreet) and swaps bullets with saboteurs of the Panama Canal.

DVD Special Features:

· Warner Night at the Movies 1942 Short Subjects Gallery:

o Vintage newsreel

o Patriotic Technicolor short Men of the Sky

o Classic cartoon The Draft Horse

o Trailers of Across the Pacific and 1942’s Captains of the Clouds

· New featurette Hollywood Helps the Cause

· Breakdowns of 1942: Studio Blooper Reel

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)



Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

This World War II salute to the Merchant Marines is an action-filled voyage of a besieged freighter and shows how the role of these men supplying the war effort was the lifeblood of democracy’s arsenal. Humphrey Bogart, a World War I seaman and an avid recreational sailor, stars as First Officer Joe Rossi who, along with his captain (Raymond Massey), matches tactics with U-boats and the Luftwaffe. The tactics were so on target that this became a Merchant Marine training film.

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DVD Special Features

· Warner Night at the Movies 1943 short subjects gallery:

o Vintage newsreel

o Musical short Cavalcade of Dance

o Classic cartoon Greetings Bait

o Trailers of Action in the North Atlantic and 1943’s Northern Pursuit

· New featurette Credit Where Credit Is Due:

· Audio-only bonus: radio show with George Raft and Raymond Massey

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)



All Through the Night (1942)

In this comedy thriller, Bogart had fun in the change-of-pace role of Gloves Donahue, a NY gambler and petty crook. Gloves is definitely more interested in his racing sheet and favorite cheesecake than he is in current events, until the baker gets bumped off, and that changes everything. The fun is winningly contagious in a spoof that pits him against Nazi spies. The wonderful supporting cast of shady, but good guys includes William Demarest, Jackie Gleason and Phil Silvers, all of whom seem to have stepped from Damon Runyon’s Guys and Dolls world.

DVD Special Features:

· Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and Bogart biographer Eric Lax

· Warner Night at the Movies 1942 short subjects gallery:

o Vintage newsreel

o Joe Doakes comedy short So You Want to Give Up Smoking

o Classic cartoon Lights Fantastic

o Trailers of All Through the Night and 1942’s Gentleman Jim

· New featurette Call the Usual Suspects: The Craft of the Character Actor

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)



Passage to Marseille (1944)

Humphrey Bogart reunites with director Michael Curtiz and other key Casablanca personnel (including co-stars Claude Rains, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet). Bogart plays Jean Matrac, a World War II French patriot who escapes Devil’s Island, survives a dangerous freighter voyage and becomes a gunner in the Free French Air Corps.



The film sailed into theaters on stormy seas. Controversy surrounded the scene in which Matrac machine-guns the helpless survivors of a downed plane that attacked the freighter. That a soldier of freedom would act ignobly brought protests from religious and censorship groups.

Special Features:

· Warner Night at the Movies 1944 short subjects gallery:

o Vintage newsreel

o Oscar®-winning patriotic short I Won’t Play and Oscar® nominee Jammin’ the Blues

o Classic cartoon The Weakly Reporter

o Trailers of Passage to Marseille and 1944’s Uncertain Glory

· New featurette The Free French: Forgotten Unsung Victors

· Breakdowns of 1944: Studio Blooper Reel

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)



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Additional biographical information on Bogart:

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on December 25, 1899, the son of a Manhattan surgeon and a magazine illustrator. He had a privileged upbringing but was expelled from an elite East coast private school, after which he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. In the early ‘20s, he managed a stage company owned by a family friend and began performing regularly. In 1930 he got a contract with Fox and made his feature film debut in a short called Broadway’s Like That, co-starring Ruth Etting and Joan Blondell.

After five more years of stage and minor film roles, Bogart finally got his big break when he reprised his Broadway role as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest. He signed a contract with Warner Bros. and was on his way to mega-stardom with roles in such classics as High Sierra, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, The African Queen and, of course, The Maltese Falcon and the other films in this collection.

Bogie also had a storied personal life, having been married four times, the last to actress Lauren Bacall, with whom he appeared in four films. The first was To Have and Have Not, in 1944, with the 19 year old Bacall making her screen debut at age 19. The role marked the beginning of her great acting career as well as one of Hollywood’s legendary love stories. Bogie and Bacall were married in 1945 and their marriage thrived, despite a 25-year age difference, until Bogart died in 1957 from throat cancer. In her autobiography, By Myself, Bacall notes, “No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it.”



HUMPHREY BOGART: THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION VOL. 2

Street Date: September 12, 2006 See Post #14-October 3, 2006

$59.92 SRP

Maltese Falcon Three Disc Special Edition $29.92 SRP

All the films are presented in Standard Format, B&W and Not Rated



The Maltese Falcon Three-Disc Special Edition
Run Time: 100 Minutes

Across the Pacific
Run Time: 96 Minutes

Action in the North Atlantic
Run Time: 127 Minutes

All Through the Night
Run Time: 107 Minutes

Passage to Marseille
Run Time: 109 Minutes






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#2 of 73 JohnPM

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Posted June 12 2006 - 06:40 AM

Great news to start off the week. Camera negatives? If so, these will look incredible. Can't wait for "Action In The North Atalantic" in particular, but all these are gems. Could those Errol Flynn trailers suggest another box with "Gentleman Jim", "Northern Pursuit", and "Uncertain Glory"? Hope so!

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Posted June 12 2006 - 06:49 AM

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Posted June 12 2006 - 07:26 AM

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Great news to start off the week. Camera negatives? If so, these will look incredible.

That really is good news; The Maltese Falcon already looks pretty good, and won't need much of a digital wash and brush up to look damn near perfect.

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Posted June 12 2006 - 07:55 AM

All Through the Night (1942)

In this comedy thriller, Bogart had fun in the change-of-pace role of Gloves Donahue, a NY gambler and petty crook. Gloves is definitely more interested in his racing sheet and favorite cheesecake than he is in current events, until the baker gets bumped off, and that changes everything. The fun is winningly contagious in a spoof that pits him against Nazi spies. The wonderful supporting cast of shady, but good guys includes William Demarest, Jackie Gleason and Phil Silvers, all of whom seem to have stepped from Damon Runyon’s Guys and Dolls world.

DVD Special Features:

· Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and Bogart biographer Eric Lax

I was hoping that Vincent Sherman recorded a commentary for this very underrated film when he worked with Warner on doing some commentaries last year. A fun film with Bogart at his best.

Another excellent boxset from Warner!





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#6 of 73 Robert Crawford

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Posted June 12 2006 - 07:57 AM

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Great news to start off the week. Camera negatives? If so, these will look incredible. Can't wait for "Action In The North Atalantic" in particular, but all these are gems. Could those Errol Flynn trailers suggest another box with "Gentleman Jim", "Northern Pursuit", and "Uncertain Glory"? Hope so!

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Warner already stated earlier in the year during our chat with them that another Flynn boxset will be coming out most likely in 2007.





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#7 of 73 John Stell

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Posted June 12 2006 - 08:09 AM

Great news! I cannot help but hope Vincent Sherman recorded commentary for The Return of Dr X with Bogart that could be included on a Dr X DVD.
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Posted June 12 2006 - 08:55 AM

THREE discs for MALTESE FALCON!?
I hope they give THE BIG SLEEP similar treatment-or at least a nice remaster-I think it falls within the "Classic" Bogart category-as listed below, even though a box including the original 2000 snapper disc came out in April;

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CASABLANCA-already repolished*
TREASURE OF THE SEIRRA MADRE-likewise*
THE MALTESE FALCON- " " soon*
THE BIG SLEEP -needs an 2 disc SE or at least remaster.

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TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT are great, and should at least be remastered. I dont know if they qualify for the "Classic" category though. IMHO
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Posted June 12 2006 - 09:35 AM

Wasn't there a Spanish version of "The Maltese Falcon" that was going to be included also?

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Posted June 12 2006 - 10:51 AM

wow 3 disc set for The Maltese Falcon

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Posted June 12 2006 - 10:59 AM

This is what I've been waiting for. Maltese Falcon is my #1 film of all time and I've been waiting for this news although I had no idea it would be a 3 disc set and I had no idea it would be this soon! I've not seen any of the other films in the set so this is a no brainer must buy for me.

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Posted June 12 2006 - 11:15 AM

Cool! Something on which to spend the money that was going to buy some other DVDs that I won't mention.
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Posted June 12 2006 - 11:22 AM

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Wasn't there a Spanish version of "The Maltese Falcon" that was going to be included also?
I only remembered Warner mentioning the two other versions that are included in this set.

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Posted June 12 2006 - 12:26 PM

Everyone take a deep breath.... just in from WB:
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Please be advised that the DVD release of Warner Home Video’s Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume 2 has been changed to October 3. The new order due date is August 29.
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Posted June 12 2006 - 12:51 PM

This is excellent news. A new and improved Maltese Falcon and 3 films I've been waiting a long time for (I don't care much for All Through the Night). This will leave only 1 hole in my Bogie collection - The African Queen (I have a dvd burned from the ld, but I still want a real dvd of this).
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Posted June 12 2006 - 12:54 PM

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Posted June 12 2006 - 12:59 PM

Great news, though I feel like Warner Bros. is neglecting The Big Sleep, which I prefer over Maltese. It very much needs a new transfer. The faded sections on the current disc are distracting.

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Posted June 12 2006 - 02:24 PM

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Great news, though I feel like Warner Bros. is neglecting The Big Sleep, which I prefer over Maltese. It very much needs a new transfer. The faded sections on the current disc are distracting.
I must have a different dvd of The Big Sleep than yours because I see nothing wrong with that dvd presentation. Evidently, Warner feels the same way, when asked about another possible release of it, they responded another release wasn't necessary at this time.




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