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The George Sanders Saint Movies Collection

 

directed by John Farrow, John Paddy Carstairs, Jack Hively
USA 1939

Many years before Roger Moore donned the halo of The Saint, George Sanders played Simon Templar in this series of five mysteries. Sanders had yet to cement his acting reputation playing the ultimate in cads, and brings his worldly air of charm, wit, and erudition to his portrayal of the debonair thief turned detective. Sander's mordant wit and cynicism lift the film series' banter up a level with its added bite. Ably supported by a great rotating cast of players, Sanders' The Saint helped set the standard for detective tales for decades to come. Five films, one great set, one greater value!

THE SAINT STRIKES BACK (1939) The Saint travels to San Francisco, to aid and abet a slain cop’s daughter turned criminal.

THE SAINT IN LONDON (1939) The Saint returns to London, only to become embroiled in a foreign currency scam.

THE SAINT'S DOUBLE TROUBLE (1940) Sanders does double duty, playing Templar and his mob boss look-alike.

THE SAINT TAKES OVER (1940) Templar works overtime to clear the name of his framed police inspector pal.

THE SAINT IN PALM SPRINGS (1941) Simon Templar must solve a murder mystery while acting as a courier for some very expensive stamps.

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 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
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 5 movies on 2 discs

DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011

 

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George Sanders made only five feature films playing lovable rouge Simon Templar known around the world as The Saint. He was not the first to play The Saint on the big screen (that honor goes to Louis Hayward in The Saint in New York), nor the most prolific (Roger Moore stared in British TV series with 118 episodes over 6 years), nor the most recent (Val Kilmer was seen in a Russia-set misfire from 1997), but this character fit Sanders like a glove and these highly enjoyable and fast paced films. Jonathan Hale reprises his role from The Saint in New York as Inspector Henry Fernack in three of these films and Wendy Barrie can be seen as three different characters in three of them; she would continue good rapport with Sanders in the first two Falcon pictures).

All five pictures were previously available in various boxed sets in Finland, Spain and France and the last three are available separately in UK, but we could not obtain these discs for comparison. The George Sanders Saint Movies Collection debuts in region 1 as a dual-layered 2-disc set from made-on-demand Warner Archive Collection. The films are not advertised as remastered and the first two pictures that share the first disc are problematic with some damaged frames, some marks and specs. The quality improved greatly once we move to the second disc with the last three pictures. There are still some marks and specs, but fewer and far between. The mono soundtrack is decent for all pictures, but per usual standard, there are no subtitles available. Unfortunately, there are no extras, not even a trailer, but still, we can recommend this release. Warner Archive also recently released Sanders' next series - The Falcon. Hopefully the Saint wasn't abandoned and we will see another volume collecting The Saint pictures with other actors.

  -Gregory Meshman

 


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directed by John Farrow
USA 1939

Theatrical Release: 8 March 1939 (New York City)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:04:16
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

 

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1


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directed by John Paddy Carstairs
USA 1939

Theatrical Release: 29 June 1939 (UK)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:12:12
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Chapters 8

  


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directed by Jack Hively
USA 1940

Theatrical Release: 26 January 1940 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:06:52
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Chapters 7

 


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directed by Jack Hively
USA 1940

Theatrical Release: 27 May 1940 (New York City)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:09:24
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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directed by Jack Hively
USA 1941

Theatrical Release: 24 January 1941 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:05:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Chapters 7

 


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