Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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Director: John Huston

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt

     
 

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John Huston and Humphrey Bogart were both at the top of their form in this classic drama, which has been given a sterling presentation for this special edition DVD. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English,See more details below

Overview

John Huston and Humphrey Bogart were both at the top of their form in this classic drama, which has been given a sterling presentation for this special edition DVD. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, while the disc features optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Film historian Leonard Maltin hosts a featurette called 'A Night at the Movies' 1948; other bonus material includes documentaries on star Humphrey Bogart and director John Huston, a 1949 radio adaptation of the story featuring Bogart and other members of the film's cast, a Bugs Bunny short parodying the film called 8 Ball Bunny, and newsreel footage of the film's victory at the Academy Awards.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This superb adaptation of B. Traven's novel about gold and greed reunited Humphrey Bogart with writer-director John Huston, whose 1941 version of The Maltese Falcon put both of them on Hollywood's A-list. In an unusually daring bit of casting, Bogart played an unsympathetic protagonist: down-at-heel Fred C. Dobbs, a man of weak character whose larcenous impulses get the better of him while on an ill-fated expedition in the Sierra Madre mountains. Accompanied by newfound friend Curtin (erstwhile cowboy star Tim Holt), Dobbs trails along with Howard (Walter Huston, the director's father), a crusty, eccentric old prospector who needs the younger men to help him mine the gold he has found in the desolate hill country. Huston's screenplay initially focuses on the camaraderie of these unlikely partners, then on their euphoria at striking pay dirt, and later on the greed and paranoia that grips them. Bogart's characterization of Dobbs, who believes his partners are scheming to steal his share of the gold, is a tour de force unequalled in this legendary actor's distinguished career. But Walter Huston, who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his bravura turn as the wizened desert rat, upstages even the remarkable Bogie. In fact, that year's Oscar ceremony was a bonanza for the whole family: John won two awards of his own for the film's script and direction. More than a half century later, Treasure still impresses as a powerful commentary on the dark side of human nature. Gritty and uncompromising, it tells a basically unpleasant story but does so quite entertainingly -- which is why it remains a favorite of movie buffs and filmmakers alike.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Loosely based on the Biblical parable of the thieves and the "Pardoner's Tale" in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, John Huston's morality tale is one of the great cinematic proofs of the Biblical adage radix malorum est cupitidas, or, the root of evil is the love of money. The film is a clever study of the erosive effect that money can have on flawed men's characters. Shot entirely on location in Mexico, the film's dry and dusty atmosphere is clearly authentic. Humphrey Bogart's maniacal Fred Dobbs is one of moviedom's great characterizations, a conglomeration of cunning, greed and paranoia. As his wealth mounts, so does his distrust. While external threats abound, the real enemy lies within. The Treasure of the Sierre Madre examines the essential existential hopelessness and loneliness of the avaricious man, drawing an implicit parallel between the prospectors and man's contemporary pursuit of material wealth. A failure with audiences who apparently didn't want to see Bogie playing such a nefarious anti-hero, the movie is now recognized by most critics as an American classic: AFI voted it #30 on the list of 100 all time great American films, while for the first time ever, a father and son -- John (for directing and screenplay) and Walter Huston (for best supporting actor) -- won Oscars for their stellar work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
UPC:
0012569581623
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
42,353

Special Features

All-new digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements; Probing documentaries on the movie's making and John Huston's career; Audio commentary; Leonard Matin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1948 with trailer, newsreel, comedy short, cartoon and additional vintage cartoon galleries of art/photo/publicity materials; Audio only 1949 radio show; Humphrey Bogart trailers; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Fred C. Dobbs
Walter Huston Howard
Tim Holt Curtin
Bruce Bennett Cody
Barton MacLane McCormick
Alfonso Bedoya Gold Hat
Arturo Soto Rangel Presidente
Manuel Donde El Jefe
Jacqueline Dalya Flashy Girl
Harry Vejar Bartender
Margarito Luna Pancho
Robert Blake Mexican Boy
John Huston White Suit
Pat Flaherty Customer
Ann Sheridan Senorita Lopez
Jack Holt Flophouse Man
Roberto Cañedo Mexican Lieutenant
Spencer Chan Proprietor
Ralph Dunn Flophouse Bum
Martin Garralaga Railroad Conductor
Julian Rivero Barber
José Torvay Pablo
Clifton Young Flophouse Bum

Technical Credits
John Huston Director,Screenwriter
Henry Blanke Producer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
John Hughes Art Director
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Owen Marks Editor
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
William McGann Special Effects
Max Steiner Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Movie
1. Credits [:57]
2. Down-at-the-Heat [2:20]
3. Third Time [3:39]
4. Swindled [4:17]
5. What Gold Does [3:28]
6. Debt Collectors [3:12]
7. All or Nothing [3:40]
8. Train Attack [2:19]
9. Fool's Gold [4:33]
10. Riches Underfoot [3:32]
11. Men of Property [4:38]
12. Cave-In [2:34]
13. On a Money Basis [4:00]
14. Sleepless Night [2:38]
15. Seeing Monsters [4:32]
16. Cody [4:08]
17. Unwanted Guest [4:44]
18. Cards on the Table [1:12]
19. Bandits [2:49]
20. No Badges [3:39]
21. Rescued from Intruders [3:09]
22. The Letter [3:37]
23. Thanks, Mountain [2:42]
24. Visitors [1:58]
25. Saving a Life [3:43]
26. A Claim on Howard [3:24]
27. Who's Boss? [3:02]
28. Betting Over Sleep [2:10]
29. Curtains for Curtin [3:52]
30. Missing [5:10]
31. Temptations [3:58]
32. Water-Hole Reunion [3:08]
33. Dobb's Fate [4:22]
34. Marked for Execution [2:14]
35. Blown Away [4:37]
36. What Next? [4:40]
37. Cast List [2:35]
Side #2 -- Bonus Materials
1. Forward; His Own Man [4:56]
2. His Own Giant [4:11]
3. Writer in the Making [4:47]
4. The Maltese Falcon [4:38]
5. The Battle of San Pietro [6:52]
6. Let There Be Light [3:49]
7. Ladies' Man [1:28]
8. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [4:33]
9. Horse Crazy [3:26]
10. Papa and Cheena [3:11]
11. The Asphalt Jungle; The Red Badge of Courage [3:57]
12. Facing Death Unafraid (September Song) [3:27]
13. The African Queen [4:58]
14. Moulin Rouge [3:13]
15. Soul of a Painter [2:23]
16. Beat the Devil [3:49]
17. Ireland [6:30]
18. Moby Dick [3:23]
19. Heaven to The Unforgiven [6:20]
20. The Misfits [4:26]
21. The Night of the Iguana [3:40]
22. The Actor [2:18]
23. Weaknesses [1:59]
24. For Love or Money [4:27]
25. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean [3:04]
26. The Man Who Would Be King [5:35]
27. Mexico; Going Fast [6:32]
28. Family Legacy (Prizzi's Honor) [4:35]
29. The Dead [:35]
30. Knock 'Em Dead [3:11]
31. End Credits [2:04]

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