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Humphrey Bogart - The Columbia Pictures Collection

 

Love Affair (1932)       Tokyo Joe (1949)       Knock on Any Door (1949)

 

Sirocco (1951)       The Harder They Fall (1956)
 

 

Five diverse examples of the films Bogart made for Columbia are showcased in this set from the obscure romantic drama LOVE AFFAIR (1932), in which the studio was testing his potential as a leading man, to the postwar melodrama TOKYO JOE (1949) to the hard-hitting social drama, KNOCK ON ANY DOOR (1949). SIROCCO (1951), an exotic espionage thriller in the tradition of Casablanca, and THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956), a boxing racket expose that received an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, are also highlights. Pairing Bogart with such celebrated directors as Nicholas Ray and Curtis Bernhardt as well as acclaimed actors like Sessue Hayakawa, Lee J. Cobb and Rod Steiger, this collection reveals yet another side to the actor whose screen persona became forever identified with the tough guys, loners and anti-heroes he played.

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Sony Pictures joined forces with Turner Classic Movies to release some of the films from their library unavailable on DVD. Unfortunately, most of the films in their Humphrey Bogart collection are already available on DVD. Knock on Any Door makes its region 1 debut, but otherwise has been available in other regions for some time and only Love Affair (1932) makes its digital debut. One wishes Sony included Beat the Devil, saving it from public domain hell. Five films in the set are on five discs, one for each film, in a three-sided digipack. I guess, Sony is still trying to perfect the worst packaging ever as discs are packaged on top of each other (except Love Affair which gets its own hub) and hard to release and can be easily scratched (worst packaging award still goes to Sony's Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection ). Each films features an introduction by Ben Mankiewicz and various galleries, but we loose all subtitles that were present on previous releases. Some of the films get a bit of digital clean-up (compare the third capture for The Harder They Fall with marks now gone from the transfer). If you don't own previous editions of these films and won't be missing subtitles, the set is recommended. Love Affair is a curio with a winning performance by Dorothy Mackaill, but it is not some lost Bogart classic worth a rediscovery.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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directed by Thornton Freeland
USA 1932

Theatrical Release: 17 March 1932 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:07:38
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
• Scene Stills Gallery
• Lobby Cards Gallery
• Movie Poster Gallery
• Humphrey Bogart Biography (text screens)

DVD Release Date: November 28, 2011
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 8

 


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USA 1949

 

This marked the first outing for Bogart's own Production Company Santana and features a powerful performance from rising young star Derek. Attorney Andrew Morton (Bogart) is persuaded to represent underprivileged teen Nick Romano (Derek) who's up on a murder charge. Set within the confines of the courtroom director Ray breaks out to location by the use of flashbacks telling the story of Romano's no-hope upbringing. The excitement and tension is built up nicely, and although it touches on the melodramatic at times, remains crisp and sharp throughout.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: February 21st, 1949

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Sony Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:39:42
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
• Publicity Stills Gallery
• Scene Stills Gallery
• Behind the Scenes Photos Gallery
• Movie Posters Gallery

DVD Release Date:
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Chapters 12

 

Comments

This transfer is compared to the Japanese and German editions HERE.


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Directed by Stuart Heisler
USA 1949

 

Not every Humphrey Bogart film is a winner, though most are at least watchable. "Tokyo Joe" falls into the latter category. In this 1949 effort from director Stuart Heisler ("The Glass Key") Bogart plays a World War II hero who returns to postwar Japan to reclaim the life and wife he had long believed dead.

This is fairly routine melodrama of the era, but Bogart, as always, raises it a notch, elevating the story with a gritty sense of urgency and emotional credibility. The script isn't much to scream about, but Bogart is wonderful as is future "Bridge on the River Kwai" star Sessue Hayakawa.

Review by BoxOffice.com's Wade Major located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 26th, 1949

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Runtime 1:28:24
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
• Publicity Stills Gallery
• Scene Stills Gallery
• Behind the Scenes Photos Gallery
• Lobby Cards Gallery
• Movie Posters Gallery

DVD Release Date:
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 10

 

Comments

Compared to the 2004 single-disc DVD reviewed HERE.


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directed by Curtis Bernhardt
USA 1951

Theatrical Release: 1 June 1951 (UK)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Humphrey Bogart: The Columbia Pictures C) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Sony Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:38:12
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
• Publicity Stills Gallery
• Scene Stills Gallery
• Lobby Cards Gallery
• Movie Posters Gallery

DVD Release Date:
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 12


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directed by Mark Robson
U.S.A. 1956

A boxing drama with Bogart (in his last role) typecast as the sports publicist who finally does the right thing and sets out to expose the syndicate, The Harder They Fall bears the hallmark of its producer/writer Philip Yordan all over it. Robson tries vainly to give the movie the look of a thriller with lots of shadows and bleak lighting, but Yordan consistently returns it to the field of melodrama by setting his drama in the home - as Bogart and his wife Sterling agonise over his job of exposing the fixed fights - rather than in the boxing ring.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 9 May 1956

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Runtime 1:48:36
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.6 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
• Publicity Stills Gallery
• Scene Stills Gallery
• Behind the Scenes Photos Gallery
• Lobby Cards Set Gallery
• Movie Posters Gallery

DVD Release Date:
5 Discs in a digipack

Chapters 12

 

Comments

This transfer is compared to the original Columbia and the European edition HERE.


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Distribution

Sony Pictures, Turner Classic Movies

Region 1 - NTSC

 

 


 




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