(aka 'G'Men' or 'G-Men')

Directed by William Keighley
USA 1935

 

  It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers - they don't carry weapons and have to get local police approval for arrests - that doesn't stop fresh Law School grad Eddie Buchanan from joining up, and he encourages his former roommate James "Brick" Davis (James Cagney) to do so as well. But Davis wants to be an honest lawyer, not a shyster, despite his ties to mobster boss McKay, and he's intent on doing so, until Buchanan is gunned down trying to arrest career criminal Danny Leggett. Davis soon joins the "G-Men" as they hunt down Leggett (soon-to-be Public Enemy Number One) and his cronies Collins and Durfee, who are engaged in a crime and murder spree from New York to the midwest.

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Theatrical Release: April 18th, 1935

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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 Bullets or Ballots / City for Conquest / Each Dawn I Die / San Quentin and A Slight Case of Murder.

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:26:12 
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 1935: vintage newsreel, comedy short The Old Grey • Mayor starring Bob Hope, classic cartoon Buddy the Gee Man
• New featurette Morality and the Code: A How-to Manual for Hollywood
• Commentary by film historian Richard Jewell
• How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No 11: Practice Shots
• Things You Never See on the Screen: Breakdowns of 1935 studio blooper reel
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: July 18th, 2006

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Chapters: 26

 

 

Comments:

Although possibly the weakest looking of the 6 in the boxset - this DVD transfer is still more than acceptable. It is a shade softer with a bit more noticeable digital noise. the film however I found one of the most enjoyable. It starts with a prologue added for a late 1940s - kind making us privy to a government agents training session.

Richard Jewell gives a good commentary and discusses the government link (FBI agents) in early Hollywood film. Warner continues to offer extensive supplements including a featurette on censorship - Code: A How-to Manual for Hollywood. Input from such notable as Martin Scorsese is of interest. The DVD menus look a little like the old Lobby Cards that were produced for film such as these - a nice alternative touch to the package.

Overall, lots of DVD value here - great gem of a film in a solid transfer. Recomended!

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 Bullets or Ballots / City for Conquest / Each Dawn I Die / San Quentin and A Slight Case of Murder.

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




 

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