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    The Maltese Falcon
  • English: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Icelandic: Dolby Digital Mono
    They Drive By Night
  • English: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
    High Sierra
  • English: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
    To Have and Have Not
  • English: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
  Subtitles
    The Maltese Falcon
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, English - Hearing Impaired, Italian - Hearing Impaired, Romanian, Bulgarian
    They Drive By Night
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, English - Hearing Impaired, Italian - Hearing Impaired, Romanian
    High Sierra
    English, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, English - Hearing Impaired, Italian - Hearing Impaired, Romanian
    To Have and Have Not
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, English - Hearing Impaired, Italian - Hearing Impaired, Romanian
  Extras
    The Maltese Falcon
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Featurette
    They Drive By Night
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Documentaries - making-of
  • Short film - vintage short musical
    High Sierra
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Documentaries
    To Have and Have Not
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Featurette
  • Documentaries
The Bogart Collection One
Warner Bros./Warner Home Video . R4 . B&W . 379 mins . PG . PAL

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This box-set presents a well-balanced picture of the evolution of Humphrey Bogart, from stereotyped minor screenplayer specialising in cheap criminal roles, to cinema legend.

It opens with the 1940 melodrama They Drive by Night, a ripping tale of truckdrivers fighting fatigue and repelling manic women, in which Humphrey had only fourth-billing.

A year later came High Sierra, which had Bogart receiving lead billing alongside Ida Lupino - and this tale of criminal passion in the mountains really set his career on fire.

The third movie in the box, The Maltese Falcon from 1941, is one of Humphrey's all-time classics. He's crossed sides. Instead of a criminal, he is now Sam Spade, Private Detective - a hardboiled, cynical rough diamond. And for the first time, he's got a script which combines drama with sophisticated pacey humour - and the strong support cast includes two of the smartest character actors of all time, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet.

The final flick mightn't be the cinematic gold that makes up The Maltese Falcon, but To Have and Have Not from 1944 does bring into the Bogart formula a new ingredient - 19-year-old Betty Perske, who changed her name to Lauren Bacall, and whose offstage affair with Humphrey was as hot as their on-screen collision. She couldn't act, but no-one could deliver better seductive smoulder, and she had a great line in come-on lines.

So here are four movies which helped define an actor who still, for many cinema-lovers, represents the Hollywood legend at its most potent - Humphrey Bogart.

Individual titles reviews
REVIEW: The Maltese Falcon
"Here's Bogart as Sam Spade, his first great hardboiled-detective role. This is the stuff dreams are made of..."
- Anthony Clarke

REVIEW: They Drive By Night
"This is a ripper - a tough action movie with a bit of romance, but not enough to slow down the action."
- Anthony Clarke

REVIEW: High Sierra
""You'll never take me alive, coppers!" shouts Bogie, as he makes the defiant stand which made him a star."
- Anthony Clarke

REVIEW: To Have and Have Not
"When Bogart meets Bacall, the screen sizzles and the celluloid starts to melt, as the two lead players slowly fuse together..."
- Anthony Clarke

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Even though the collection has only one dead-set Bogart classic (The Maltese Falcon, it is strong overall, with movies you'll often want to return to. Get it.

Three of the movies -- They Drive By Night, High Sierra and To Have and Have Not -- are available in Region Four only in this collected edition.

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      And I quote...
    "Was Humphrey Bogart THE cinema star of the 20th century? Get this set and make up your own mind."
    - Anthony Clarke
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