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Algiers [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Charles Boyer    DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charles Boyer
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Vidtape
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CR4GY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible print 9 Mar 2010
Be warned, this (the Alpha Video Region 1 release) is a terrible condition print and soundtrack, which seriously hinders the viewing pleasure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Algiers" is a sharp, shrewd, and wonderful film 30 July 2007
The 1938 film "Algiers" is a superb cinematic period piece with sharp dialogue(some of it written by the great James Cain), great camera work, and wonderful ensemble work from the cast. Looking forward to the film noir period, this film makes great use of the symbolic play between light and darkness and it has a great eye for grotesque and/or sardonic physiognomies. I love how the camera occasionally lingers on a face to register subtle changes of emotion. The Casbah is portrayed as a kind of maze with the French master criminal at the centre of it. I cannot praise the ensemble work here high enough. Every little touch is just perfect and even the smallest performance right on the button. I got a particular kick out of the couple who wanted passionately to sample "local music." Is this prophetic humour or what? It foretells the whole fascination with "world" music that is still with us today(and satirically tweaks the patronizing attitude that often goes with such an interest). I love the portrayal of the perfectly awful man who is the fiance of the French master criminal's (main) love interest - golddiggers out there should take note! I also get a huge kick out of the actor playing the local police officer - a masterpiece of sly shrewdness(but with the occasional touch of humanity). It's great how the cameras snake through the Casbah, occasionally catching some telling pieces of seemingly insignificant detail. It mirrors the serpentine mood of the film itself. The great French criminal, in effect, just wants to go home. But would he ever be happy if he got there? We - and he- will never know. Here he is the rooster in a rather small henhouse(would that romantic conquests were that easy!), but there he'd just be another man on the run. Read more ›
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Algiers-Pepe Le Moko [DVD] 20 Aug 2011
By nonver
As described good fast service, twenty words long. nice dvd and good acting, I think. the black and white film is not the same as colour it looks less colourful.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware: Does NOT Include Pepe Le Moko 5 Mar 2013
By brian
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This seemed like a reasonable deal to get Algiers and the original French Pepe Le Moko in one package. When it arrived I discovered you only get Algiers. And unfortunately for me, Algiers was mostly a disappointment. The only strong point is the cinematography. The rest was a triumph of miscasting and bad acting. Save your money.
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely bad DVD quality 19 Sep 2002
By Jim Tarleton - Published on
This movie is 1930's history. It's always fun to see a great cast like Boyer & Lamarr. But this print that was put on DVD is unwatchable. Grainy, jumpy, inaudible, faded - and this is being kind. At one point, there was even a double soundtrack being heard. I strongly advise - let's put a stop to this type of DVD being offered to the public. DVD's are a marvel to watch. It's a crime when you are subjected to this type of mess!!DO NOT BUY IT!
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie / average DVD 29 Jan 2004
By Ein Kunde - Published on
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed "Algiers". The combination of plot, atmosphere, music, and great character acting moved the film right along and kept my interest. It's easy to see that this is what Warner Brothers had in mind when they made "Casablanca", and while "Casablanca" is a much better film, "Algiers" certainly does not deserve to sink into oblivion.
Charles Boyer does a fine job as a charming Parisian jewel thief hiding out in the "casbah" of Algiers (then a French colony); Hedy Lamarr, as the slumming tourist, is also very good. There are good supporting actors in most of the other parts, including Alan Hale (senior), father of Alan Hale (junior) who was "Skipper" on TV's "Gilligan's Island". Gene Lockhart, as the betrayer, is also a standout.
The "casbah" itself, part North African/part Hollywood, is also a star here. Lots of good set design and camerawork (James Wong Howe). I was curious about the music: it's partially credited to "Mohammed Igarbouchen" (a.k.a. Mohamed Ygerbuchen) and I found that he also did the music for the French "Pépé le Moko" of which "Algiers" was a re-make.
-- A word about the DVD: millions of dollars were not spent to restore picture and sound quality and provide lots of extras. Too bad. This DVD, from Alpha Video, is just the movie. The overall quality is not pristine. There are some scratches on the film and some noise on the soundtrack. A film from 1938 could look and sound a lot better. It looks like what's on the DVD probably came from a made-for-TV print, because the picture is slightly enlarged to completely fill the screen. This is obvious at the beginning when part of the credits text is off the edge of the screen. Still, as of this time, this is your only chance to get "Algiers" on DVD, and Alpha Video offers it at a bargain price; my recommendation is "buy it".
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy THIS copy not the other! 20 Oct 2006
By S. Moseley - Published on
Apparently Amazon sells two DVD versions of this movie. I bought this version because the reviews of the other version (ASIN: B00006II5I) reported extremely poor video and audio quality, and warned people not to buy it. This version has none of those reported problems.

As far as video and audio quality, it is obvious that this DVD was recorded directly from one of the old 1938 copies of the film. It has NOT been restored in any way. You see a few scratches in the film every so often, and there is a slight hiss in the audio just as you would expect while watching a movie this old. If you went to an old theater and they were running one of the original 1938 copies of this movie, this DVD is exactly what you would see. It's a matter of personal choice if you will like the authentic look of this DVD or prefer your old movies to be visually restored with enhanced audio.

The movie itself is a classic. It's a "must own" for anyone who is a collector of 1930's movies or a fan of Charles Boyer/Hedy Lamarr. This is the movie that really introduced Hedy Lamarr to American audiences after she moved to the U.S. and left her Ecstasy days behind.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy Alpha Version, Buy Another 20 Jun 2005
By Proxlie - Published on
First, 4 stars for the film, 0 for this version! This Alpha Video version (DVD) has a dreadful 20 minute sequence where some stupid Sci-Fi movie's audio dominates this movie's sound. Alpha should not produce/sell any more of these unless they correct the problem. Amazon sells another version, ASIN: B0002CR4GY (Release date 09/28/2004, one of the ones without a picture as of this review date, you can see the picture on another site perhaps) that does NOT have that problem. Buy that one instead if you want to see this film.

As enticement... the film opens thus: "Algiers. Where blazing desert meets the blue Mediterranean, and modern Europe jostles ancient Africa. A stone's throw from the modern city, the native quarter, known as the Casbah, stands like a fortress above the sea. Its population includes many tribes and races, drifters and outcasts from all parts of the world --- and criminals who find this a safe hiding place from the long arm of the law. Supreme on these heights rules one man --- Pepe le Moko --- long wanted by the French police."

I loved it. This is a remake of the foreign film "Pepe le Moko" about this criminal (Charles Boyer) who is the ruler of what is also his prison, the Casbah, a dark and layered labyrinth that frustrates all of the French and Algerian authorities, except for one man. Slimane (Joseph Calleia), Pepe's rival and friend, slyly introduces the stunningly beautiful Gaby (Hedy Lamarr) to entice Pepe to leave the protection of the Casbah. Will it work? Or will the conniving plans of others get in the way? If you want to know, then as Boyer said (actually, the cartoon character Pepe LePew said this), you'll have to "Come with me to the Casbah!"
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the other DVD version! 20 Oct 2006
By S. Moseley - Published on
After reading the EXTREMELY bad reviews here of this DVD copy, I bought the other version (ASIN: B0002CR4GY) for sale here on Amazon.

The other version has none of the quality problems reported here. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a better version just because the photo on this DVD case is in color and the other in black & white. See my review on the other version for more information.

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