Directed by William Keighley
USA 1936

 

  "They rule by the fear of their guns. They must be stopped by the power of your ballots." They refers to Bugs Fenner and other mobsters whose illicit rackets will be smashed to smithereens by undercover cop Johnny Blake. When Warner Bros.' Depression-era gangster movies began to draw protests, the studio reinvigorated the genre with stories emphasizing law enforcers instead of lawbreakers. The swift, sturdy Bullets or Ballots reflects that, with Edward G. Robinson (as Blake) siding with the good guys for the first time in a gangland saga. Humphrey Bogart plays the short-fused Fenner. And Joan Blondell and Louise Beavers, in an unusual story element for the times, are thriving numbers operators whose grift is usurped by the mob.

Theatrical Release: June 6th, 1936

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Can be bought individually or as part of the Warner Bros. Pictures Tough Guys Collection which also includes City for Conquest / Each Dawn I Die / G Men, San Quentin and A Slight Case of Murder.

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:21:33 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Warner Night at the Movies 1936 short subjects gallery: vintage newsreel, musical short George Hall and His Orchestra, classic cartoon I'm a Big Shot Now
• New featurette Gangsters: The Immigrant's Hero
• Commentary by film historian Dana Polan
• How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 10: Trouble Shots
• Breakdowns of 1936 studio blooper reel
• Audio only bonus: 4/16/1939 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: July 18th, 2006

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Chapters: 24

 

 

Comments:

A unique (for the times) 'undercover cop' story with some Film Noir earmarks. Great cast with Edward G., young Bogie and sweet looking Blondell.

Possibly a shade softer than some of the others in the set this transfer boasts some excellent contrast and shadow detail. Darker scenes, of which the film is filled, look exceptionally good.

I enjoyed Dana Polan's commentary on Border Incident of the Film Noir 3 set and this was equally as satisfying. Stacked with extras - the 'Breakdown of 1936' was cute and the Lux radio broadcast is a rare fine (where else in the world would you be able to listen to this?).

Classic film with solid transfer and generous extras. You certainly can't beat this value for the individual price unless you purchase the entire boxset - which we recommend!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Can be bought individually or as part of the Warner Bros. Pictures Tough Guys Collection which also includes City for Conquest / Each Dawn I Die / G Men, San Quentin and A Slight Case of Murder.

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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