Warner Gangsters Collection

Warner Gangsters Collection

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney

     
 

Early in its existence, Warner Bros. became known as the studio that specialized in gritty gangster films. Six of the films that show how the studio earned that reputation are collected on this box set. Little Caesar, Public Enemy, White Heat, The Petrified Forest, The Roaring Twenties, and Angels With Dirty Faces are eachSee more details below

Overview

Early in its existence, Warner Bros. became known as the studio that specialized in gritty gangster films. Six of the films that show how the studio earned that reputation are collected on this box set. Little Caesar, Public Enemy, White Heat, The Petrified Forest, The Roaring Twenties, and Angels With Dirty Faces are each presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. This is a great set for genre enthusiasts and those with an interest in classic Hollywood films.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Perfection is notoriously difficult to achieve, but we can find no room for improvement in Warner Home Video’s collection of vintage gangster movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Indeed, the six films included in this handsomely designed box set collectively represent the pinnacle of the genre: Not only are they all truly classics; they are the best movies of this type ever made. All but one were made during or shortly after Prohibition and the accompanying growth of organized crime in America, and they reflect the times with surprising accuracy. Warner Bros. was always known for its tough, gritty crime thrillers, just as MGM was for its musicals and Universal for its horror movies. Little Caesar, the first gangster film of the talkie era, made a star of Edward G. Robinson and established the rise-and-fall motif employed in most of the genre’s offerings. Public Enemy was, if anything, even tougher; this is the movie with the iconic scene in which charismatic bootlegger James Cagney smacks leading lady Mae Clarke in the face with a grapefruit. Vicious and uncompromising, it upped the ante for future films of its type. The Petrified Forest, based on a Broadway play, was somewhat more genteel but notable for the riveting, star-making portrayal of Humphrey Bogart, whose Duke Mantee is one of the silver screen’s most memorable triggermen. Angels with Dirty Faces, which teamed Cagney with Bogart and threw in Pat O’Brien and the Dead End Kids for good measure, remains the quintessential Warner gangster movie; often imitated and even more often parodied, it contains all the characters and conventions most viewers equate with urban-based shoot-‘em-ups. The Roaring Twenties also shines the spotlight on Cagney, here marginally sympathetic as a World War I veteran who turns to crime only after failing to succeed “on the level.” Bogie appears as his bête noire yet again, and the erstwhile public enemy meets his end in another memorable denouement (with a classic curtain line delivered as a eulogy by leading lady Gladys George). Rounding out the set is 1949's White Heat, the film that rung down the curtain on old-school Hollywood gangsters. This one, too, stars Cagney, who brings feverish intensity to his portrayal of a psychopathic hoodlum with a mother fixation. Little Caesar and White Heat make perfect “bookends” to the genre: there would be many other gangster movies, from Warner and other studios as well, but none of them would have the larger-than-life qualities of the six films collected herein. The Warner Gangster Collection is one killer box set no lover of classic Hollywood cinema should be without.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0012569672826
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
9:01:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Each digitally remastered with: Making-of featurette; Historian commentary Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies; complete with music, comedy or crime shorts, cartoons, newsreels and trailers, plus radio shows on selected titles

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Angels With Dirty Faces
1. Credits [:58]
2. Young Hoodlums [4:05]
3. Life of Crime [3:27]
4. Father Jerry [5:53]
5. That Little Fresh Kid [2:24]
6. Agreement With Frazier [4:24]
7. Rolled for His Poke [5:42]
8. Beans to Basketball [4:04]
9. New Referee [6:02]
10. Drugstore Trap [4:55]
11. He's Sore [3:04]
12. Stashing the Dough [5:36]
13. Guys Who Talk [5:08]
14. Money Talks [5:54]
15. A Job for Laury [3:07]
16. Reverend's Request [5:02]
17. Other Lives [5:40]
18. Gunfight at El Toro [5:04]
19. Hostage Standoff [5:02]
20. One Last Favor [5:27]
21. Walk to the Chair [2:28]
22. Dying Yellow [2:52]
23. Cast List [:46]
Side #2 -- Little Caesar
1. Credits [:48]
2. Be Somebody [3:21]
3. Little Caesar [2:04]
4. Maybe This Time [3:20]
5. Diamond Pete's Warning [4:39]
6. Calling the Shots [4:57]
7. Bronze Peacock Job [4:03]
8. You Can't Go Back [3:02]
9. Tough Breaks [4:20]
10. Mama's Boy [3:02]
11. The Last of Tony [3:08]
12. Man of the Hour [3:56]
13. Stolen Item [2:04]
14. Shot on the Street [4:26]
15. Taking Over [4:06]
16. Getting Up in the World [5:10]
17. Nobody Quits Me [5:50]
18. Face to Face With Joe [4:54]
19. Closing In [2:27]
20. Return to the Gutter [4:20]
21. Calling the Cops [2:00]
22. The End of Rico [2:16]
Side #3 -- The "Petrified Forest"
1. Credits [1:02]
2. God Save the Republic [4:18]
3. Going Into His Act [4:06]
4. Visitor to Black Mesa [4:32]
5. Gramp's Acquaintances [2:48]
6. Swell Poetry [3:33]
7. Something to Believe In [3:10]
8. Brains Without Purpose [4:30]
9. Just a Kiss [2:20]
10. Ride With the Chisholms [1:51]
11. The Mantee Gang [3:15]
12. Café Reunion [2:23]
13. Ringside Seats [4:00]
14. Rugged Individualism [4:38]
15. Gabby Declares Herself [4:50]
16. Candidates for Hanging [3:51]
17. Alan's Proposal [1:57]
18. Edith's Advice [7:02]
19. Love Outspoken [5:09]
20. Closing in on Duke [2:40]
21. Shootout With the Posse [2:53]
22. Bullet on Request [3:37]
23. Poetic Sendoff [2:04]
Side #4 -- The Public Enemy
1. Credits [1:55]
2. Two Young Toughs [3:10]
3. Strap to Swag [4:47]
4. Big Job [3:10]
5. Bad Company [3:56]
6. Friends of Paddy [3:06]
7. Brothers at Odds [3:49]
8. Prohibition Partners [5:05]
9. Lady Killers [4:13]
10. Nails Nathan's Crew [5:18]
11. Beer and Blood [5:26]
12. Grapefruit at Breakfast [2:31]
13. Gwen Allen [3:06]
14. The Nose Is Familiar [3:38]
15. Payback [3:19]
16. Blood Money [2:10]
17. Love You to Death [4:12]
18. Gangland Wars [5:34]
19. Coal and Lead [3:59]
20. I Ain't So Tough [3:27]
21. Hospital Reunion [3:18]
22. Kidnapped [2:09]
23. Homecoming [2:26]
Side #5 -- The Roaring Twenties
1. Credits and Foreward [1:53]
2. Soldiers Three [6:35]
3. Eddie and Danny [4:28]
4. Unemployed [4:14]
5. Dream Girl Jean [3:26]
6. Arrested [3:46]
7. Panama's Recruit [6:22]
8. Big Business [4:07]
9. Mineola Girl [6:03]
10. Jean's Audition [3:34]
11. Moving Too Fast? [3:59]
12. I'm Just Wild About Harry [2:01]
13. Not Quite Engaged [1:36]
14. Unexpected Partners [5:24]
15. My Old Sergeant [5:12]
16. It Had to Be You [2:30]
17. Mutual Distrust [1:57]
18. Afraid of the Truth [3:11]
19. Drawing the Line [3:52]
20. Not Danny's Racket [2:51]
21. Shootout At Nick's [3:29]
22. Sock in the Kisser [4:19]
23. The 1929 Crash [3:12]
24. Old Friends [3:58]
25. Death Threat [2:47]
26. Out of the Money [4:31]
27. Unbeatable Rap [4:38]
28. Used to Be a Big Shot [1:41]
29. Cast List [:39]
Side #5 -- "White Heat"
1. Credits [1:19]
2. Train Heist [4:07]
3. Red-Hot Buzzsaw [5:12]
4. Taking Care of Silky [4:22]
5. Tip-Off, Tip Over [3:12]
6. Tailing Ma [4:43]
7. The Lesser Rap [4:32]
8. Not Going Fishing [5:05]
9. Psychopath Profile [3:04]
10. Danger of Discovery [2:48]
11. Little Tricks [3:16]
12. Ma's Watchful Eye [2:16]
13. Metal Shop Accident [2:49]
14. Payback Vows [1:58]
15. Breakout Planning [3:23]
16. Ma's Dead [6:13]
17. Raving Maniac [2:47]
18. Taking a Little Trip [2:48]
19. Giving Him Some Air [4:40]
20. Cody Wouldn't Like It [1:48]
21. In the Back [2:47]
22. Big Ed's Fall [3:03]
23. Trojan Horse [3:03]
24. The Trader [3:45]
25. Maybe I Am Nuts [3:27]
26. Radio Fixer [3:17]
27. Mirror Message [3:27]
28. Catching the Signal [4:10]
29. Hank Fingered [2:30]
30. Cody Jarrett Talking [4:21]
31. Refinery Chase [2:31]
32. Come and Get Me [2:35]
33. Top of the World [2:00]

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