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  • Actors: James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Jeffrey Lynn
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N8P392
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,559 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: The speakeasy era never roared louder than in this gangland chronicle that packs a wallop under action master Raoul Walsh's direction. Against a backdrop of newsreel-like montages and narration, it follows the life of jobless war veteran Eddie Bartlett (James Cagney) who turns bootlegger, dealing in "bottles instead of battles." Battles await Eddie within and without his growing empire. Outside are territorial feuds and gangland bloodlettings. Inside is the treachery of his double-dealing associate (Humphrey Bogart). It would be 10 years before Cagney played another gangster (in 'White Heat'), a time in which gangster movies themselves became rare. "He used to be a big shot," Panama Smith (Gladys George) says at the finale, marking Bartlett's demise... and signalling the end of Hollywood's focus on the gangster era. ABOUT THE DVD: This is a release by WARNER HOME VIDEO for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to view it) - The film is presented in its original BLACK & WHITE and FULL SCREEN format (1.37:1 aspect ratio) and runs for a total of 102 minutes - the AUDIO is the original ENGLISH language and MONO (there is also an Italian dubbed soundtrack on the disc) - SUBTITLES are in English, English for Hearing Impaired, French, Italian, Italian for Hearing Impaired, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian and Romanian - SPECIAL FEATURES are an Introduction by Leonard Maitlin with vintage newsreel, Warner Bros Shorts 'The All Girl Revue' and 'The Great Library Misery', plus the cartoon 'Thugs With Dirty Mugs' * the film's original Theatrical Trailer * a featurette 'THE ROARING TWENTIES: THE WORLD MOVES ON' * an Audio Commentary by Lincoln Hurst.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. G. Carroll on 27 July 2005
Format: DVD
This movie - the pluperfect example of the Warner gangster film - seems a better film today than at the time it was released. Directed with flair by Raoul Walsh, it moves at a cracking pace and is especially well cast with a gallery of Warner Bros regulars. Cagney dominates the picture with one of his most likeable and poignant performances, always full of humour and above all, humanity. The attention to period detail is outstanding and especially, with regard to its music score - a brilliant collage of contemporary popular songs woven into a marvellous dramatic score by that unsung genius, Ray Heindorf who also provides the knockout orchestrations.
The finale is pure magic, as Cagney dies in the arms of Gladys George, on the steps of a large church (one of the most ubiquitous standing sets on the Warner Lot - Bette Davis runs up those steps at the start of Deception (1946) and it stood in as a Court House in a dozen films). Bogart makes a great ratfaced crook and his verbal sparring with Cagney is a delight.
The DVD is all one could ever wish for - a sparkling restoration with terrific sound and a host of extras to delight the most discerning of buffs. My only quibble - for some weird reason, my copy lost synchronisation between sound & picture for about 15 minutes (Reel 2?). However, I have seen other copies and it was fine.
Bravo Warners! This great film is now immortally preserved and its stature can only grow with each passing decade. The last line is one of the great curtain calls...and if you don't feel your eyes moisten, you are made of stone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 26 May 2014
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Three American soldiers meet in WW1, after the conflict is over, they come out of the army and when they return to the streets of New York, find themselves penniless and jobless.
However with the introduction of the Volstead Act it is not long before two out the three friends are bootlegging booze and soon join forces and begin to run booze through the speakeasies of New York and across prohibition America, creating their own empire.
Inevitably this leads to not only trouble from the law, but also enticing a feeding frenzy of mobster sharks, who're also trying to monopolize New York's underground liquor racket. But the friends are tough and manage to see off all competition, that is until the biggest threat to the friends' empire comes in the unlikely form of a young female singer..

This is a great gangster film, that's up there with the best. Cagney plays the lead anti~hero, with Bogart as his sadistic partner. The feel and look of this are pretty much before it's time and The Roaring Twenties still has a lot of style even today. The support cast (especially George) do a fine job, even though you could argue that the dialogue makes it easy for them, written as well as it is!
Ultimately it's a rise and fall story, with the friends becoming enemies and a few other twists along the way, until the conclusion, which should satisfy most gangster film fans. With fans of Bullet in the Head (1990) ( Die xue jie tou ) ( Bloodshed in the Streets ) sure to see similarities.
After all, personally I think this is probably right up there with Cagney's best stuff..

The dvd version I saw was the TCM 'prohibition gangster collection'. The print was very clear.

4.5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Davies on 20 Dec. 2009
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brilliant old style movie. A classic, and typical of the day. Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham on 10 Aug. 2014
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This film is not the best of the thirties gangster films. Its starts promising but then starts to drag its feet with mundane predictability. Around its time the gangster film had started to wane and with The Roaring Twenties its not difficult to understand why. It just does not compare to the likes of Little Ceaser, Scarface, The Public Enemy and others.
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By R. Poole on 8 Jun. 2012
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Arguably the best gangster movie ever made and one of the best lines spoken by the wonderful Gladys George at the films end.This charts the rise and fall ,basically,of a bootlegger during this period.First rate performances from Cagney ,Bogart and the aforementioned Ms George(who really brings some pathos to scenes as Panama Smith).Jeffrey Lynn and Priscilla Lane ,the other main protaganists are,i'm afraid,the weaker set of characters here and slightly let the film down (other wise I would have given this film 5 stars)
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By Tomlan on 12 April 2013
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James Cagney was surely born to make this movie. One of the best films about the unpopular prohibition period in America's history, Cagney displays all the acting attributes that made him famous, without ever referring to large unhealthy rodents. He makes and looses a fortune, doesn't get the girl, takes care of Bogart, saves his old friend before dying magnificently in a hail of bullets on the steps of a church.

Need I say more?

Excellent!
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This is a terrific film which represents the apogee of the 1930s American gangster film. A deft portrayal of an unsavoury period in US social history as experienced by a handful of its protagonists, the film is brilliantly conceived, acted and directed; for my money, this is James Cagney at the peak of his lengendary powers and Priscilla Lane is gorgeous too!
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