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A Must Have Box Set,
This review is from: Humphrey Bogart Classics: Vol 1 - Casablanca / High Sierra / Dark Passage [DVD] (DVD)
This box set is excellent value for money. At full price you get 2 films plus the special edition of a cinema classic. Just the films alone would make this a must have.
What can you say about Casablanca? This is a well told, moving and superbly acted film. It has everything from the hard bitten loser in love to an ending where the best man gets the police chief. No Bogart does not say the immortal line. However who can forget the great dialogue of "Round up the usual suspects"?
This film became a classic from humble origins. They used a second hand set, not the first choice of lead and a drummer for a pianist. This was meant to be more of a filler than an enduring legend. Yet there is something that makes this film shine.
You get a great print of the film. So good it looks like new. The extras are some of the berst you'll see. Especially when you think that this film is over 60 years old and the leading actors are no longer with us. My brother-in-law has never seen this. He told me he didn't want too 'cos its in black and white and he'd be bored. I called him a Philistine. Who's right?
Coupled with it you get Dark Passage & High Sierra. You get superb performances from Bogart and Bacall and 2 superb films. This helps to reinforce the point that Bogart was never a one trick pony but a consistently good actor. He is watchable as a crook or a good guy.
This is 3 great films at 1 great price. Buy it, watch it and treasure it. If only Hollywood would learn from its past and still produce consistently good films. This proves that a high budget is not required to produce films that will last forever.