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James Cagney Signature Collection - Top Of The World Ma!
on 16 February 2011
This review is for the James Cagney Signature Collection, Black card slipcase with a picture of Cagney and his signature across the front, ASIN: B002L7O830.
This set collects seven classic Cagney features into one box. Each film is on a separate disc, held in two normal size DVD cases enclosed in a neat black card slipcase.
The films are a well chosen selection that showcase Cagney's hard man persona and his more genial knockabout side. From his breakthrough film Public enemy, the masterpiece that is White Heat, a topical (for the time) war film the fighting 69th and on to a more lighthearted romantic adventure The Bride Came COD, Cagney's magnetic charm comes shining through on the screen, and shows just why he is a screen icon.
Cagney is helped in these films by having great scripts, directors and co-stars. The films here hail from a time when Hollywood relied on good stories and characters rather than just stunt after stunt. This really gave Cagney every opportunity to show just how good an actor he was, and to draw the viewer in to some enthralling tales.
Each film is on a separate disc. The transfer of each is as good as can be, with no obvious defects and a crisp and sharp picture. The sound is in similarly good shape. Some time and care has obviously been taken over these.
The seven films (in the order they are presented in the set) are:
White Heat (1949)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Public Enemy (1931)
The Bride Came COD (1941)
The Fighting 69th (1940)
The Torrid Zone (1940)
West Point Story (1950)
An excellent set, well worth getting.