St. Valentine's Day Massacre

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Director: Roger Corman

Cast: Jason Robards Jr., George Segal, Ralph Meeker

     
 
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre gets a no-frills treatment on this disc. The only extra is a trailer, which is sure to disappoint fans. Since Roger Corman frequently does commentaries and interviews for DVDs, it would have really enhanced the disc's value to have him involved. That said, the most important thing on a disc is the

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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre gets a no-frills treatment on this disc. The only extra is a trailer, which is sure to disappoint fans. Since Roger Corman frequently does commentaries and interviews for DVDs, it would have really enhanced the disc's value to have him involved. That said, the most important thing on a disc is the quality of its transfer, and thankfully The St. Valentine's Day Massacre is a knockout in this respect. The letterboxed, anamorphic transfer finally returns the film to its original, scope-format glory, and the results are impressive: the colors are rich, the detail level is sharp as a tack, and the overall image is virtually free of blemishes. Mono and stereo options are offered for the listener and both offer a vivid, crisp soundtrack. More supplements would have been appreciated, but this excellent transfer does the film justice and makes this disc of The St. Valentine's Day Massacre worth its midrange price tag.

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All Movie Guide
A simple way to describe The St. Valentine's Day Massacre is that it is an old gangster film spiced up with some modern violence. Its docudrama approach, complete with grim Paul Frees narration, gives it the feel of a newsreel brought to life, and Roger Corman's slick direction gives it that shot-on-the-backlot look that conjures up memories of The Roaring Twenties and The Public Enemy. However, the film amps up the casual brutality common to these films (the penthouse brawl between George Segal and a nagging girlfriend goes much further than a vintage Warner Bros. gangster outing would) and the event alluded to in the title is handled in a memorably grisly and brutal fashion. Thankfully, this "best of both worlds" approach works well and makes The St. Valentine's Day Massacre a rousing crime film. The script delivers a dizzying array of double-crosses and action set pieces, and Corman's direction gives it the snappy pace it needs. Best of all, it's got a fantastic cast that dives into the material with gusto: George Segal is gleefully nasty as a tough-guy enforcer Peter Gusenberg and Jason Robards gives a bombastic, scenery-devouring turn as Al Capone. It all adds up to fast, brutal fun that is well worth a look for fans of old-school crime films.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
UPC:
0024543238669
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
1,666

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Robards Al "Scarface" Capone
George Segal Peter Gusenberg
Ralph Meeker George "Bugs" Moran
Jean Hale Myrtle Nelson
Clint Ritchie "Machinegun Jack" McGurn
Frank Silvera Nicholas Sorello
Richard Bakalyan Senlisi
David Canary Frank Gusenberg
Bruce Dern John May
Harold J. Stone Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti
Kurt Kreuger James Clark
Paul H. Frees Narrator
Paul Richards Charles Fischetti
Joe Turkel Gusik
Milton Frome Adam Heyer
Mickey Deems Reinhart Schwimmer
John Agar Dion O'Bannion
Celia Lovsky Josephine Schwimmer
Tom Reese Ted Newberry
Jan Merlin Willie Marks
Reed Hadley Earl "Hymie" Weiss
Gus Trikonis Rio
Charles Dierkop Salvanti
Tom Signorelli Bobo Borotto
Alex Rocco Diamond
Leo Gordon Heitler
Daniel Ades Little Jerry Molina
Mary Grace Canfield Mrs. Doody
Jack Del Rio Actor
Richard Krisher Desk Clerk
Barboura Morris Jeanette Landsman
Jack Nicholson Gino
Ken Scott Policeman
Joan Shawlee Edna
Dale Van Sickel Actor
Ron Gans Chapman
Nick Borgani Capone's Board Member
Joseph Campanella Al Wienshank
Rico Cattani Albert Anselmi
Dick Miller Actor
Alex D'Arcy Joey Aiello

Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director,Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Howard Browne Screenwriter
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Philip M. Jefferies Art Director
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
William B. Murphy Editor
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Steven Potter Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Fred Steiner Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
1. It Really Happened [2:33]
2. Main Titles [1:14]
3. The Underworld's Underlings [6:21]
4. How the Big Boys Play [4:43]
5. Weiss's Warning [2:21]
6. How to Impress the Boss [2:44]
7. The North Side Boys [3:30]
8. Payback [2:24]
9. The Road to Capone [2:11]
10. The Setup [:22]
11. Pete and Myrtle [2:31]
12. The Death of Patsy [11:46]
13. Bills to Pay [4:32]
14. Room to Kill [3:13]
15. Backroom Plans [2:53]
16. A Valentine for Bugs [7:01]
17. Las Morning of Their Lives [4:46]
18. Garlic Bullets for Bugs [3:34]
19. Two That Lived [3:51]
20. End Titles [2:45]

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