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Falcon Mystery Movie Collection 1 [DVD] [1943] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005XB8SWI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,062 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This collection was quite up to expectation. These films are of their generation-attitudes and language changes over the decades are very apparent eg. the use of the word 'gay' to mean happy or carefree. The ladies fashions are amazing, the men not so much. The latter films in the collection star Tom Conway as The Falcon, who was better in the character than George Sanders.
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done better quality copies off tv myself would give no stars if I could
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HASH(0x92edca38) out of 5 stars Two Falcons for the price of one 13 Dec. 2011
By James Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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I pre-ordered this the moment I saw it offered,and,for the most part,was quite happy with this release.
Being a grumpy you know what,though,I must complain about the drawbacks.
Warner archives is charging full DVD prices for no frills DVD-R releases that have absolutely no extras and can't even bother to put a Falcon themed menu on the discs,either.
A static shot of the Warner Bros. lot is on all these archive discs.
The retail price of $44.99 is outrageous for DVD-R and I wouldn't have touched it if not for the much more reasonable Amazon price.
The discs are also not burned very well.
Disc one and two are dual layer (disc 3 has only one film,so I assume it is a DVD 5)and have scratches and also show signs of being burned at multiple speeds,which can sometimes cause playback problems.
Is there even any quality control on these archive discs,or do they crank them out as fast as humanly possible?
Three of the seven films have 'sticking' problems when played back-one slight,the other two quite bad.
I am debating whether returning it will solve the problem,or just give me more badly burned discs.
The picture quality and sound are pretty good but I don't think these were remastered like many of the archive releases are.
The films are all good fun,but slightly repetitive.
Both the Lawrence brothers(George Sanders is Gay Lawrence and Tom Conway is his brother Tom Lawrence)are quite the ladies' man(or is that men)and are constantly paying too much attention to all beautiful woman who cross their paths.
They seem to always have a steady girlfriend/fiance who goes nuts over these attentions for comedic effect.
It can get a little old to an enlightened 21st century guy (I'm actually just jealous)but these are a product of their time.
He always has an ex-con assistant/helper/lackey/whatever to assist(they are of great assistance sometimes and always loyal),or more likely,provide comic relief.
"I heard you were incarcerated."
"I haven't touched a drop!" --is the kind of relief I'm talking about.
The Falcon is always being framed for someone's murder (or other crime in conjunction) and has to prove his innocence.
Sanders is a charming cad but still comes across as likable,but I have to say,I prefer Conway as the Falcon.
George Sanders will always be the Saint to me,not the Falcon.
Tom Conway gets short shrift here in this set,as he is not featured on the cover art or on any of the disc art.
George Sanders is fully in the first three films but is barely in the fourth,when he hands over the reins of the series to his on screen (and off screen) brother Tom Conway(who is fully in 4 of the 7 films).
Sanders exit from the series was badly done,In my opinion.
I think the later films in this set were done better than the first ones,and the Falcon and the Co-eds was my favorite of the bunch(of course,I couldn't really watch two of them because of the sticking problem).
Tom Conway was always seemingly waiting in the wings to replace someone.
He replaced Basil Rathbone on the Sherlock Holmes radio series,Vincent Price on the Saint radio series and even his own brother on the Falcon movies.
Anyone wanting plot synopsis of these films individually can always go to IMDB for details,I'm just giving a heads up on this DVD release,not the films themselves.
Here is hoping they release the remaining six films in volume two as well as learn how to properly burn a stinkin' DVD correctly(8x or 12x for DVD 5,2.4x or 4x for DVD 9 as anything faster can produce errors,especially on an older burner).
Tom will at least get featured on volume two's cover.
72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92edcc60) out of 5 stars Oh my! And I really wanted to love these. Save the packaging too! 26 Dec. 2011
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I've seen these movies many times and love them all. But I must very reluctantly agree with other reviewers these are mediocre prints of very, very good 40's detective movies. From WB yet! I was hoping for some outstanding cleaned up and stabilized discs. No such luck. Not much more to say. Oh yes...keep your packaging material there was only one disc in the box (yes they shorted me a disc, I can't believe the sloppiness, as I said...from WB yet!!). Well I won't be buying any more that look and feel like this rendition. I wonder if they outsourced the manufacture and the OEM just doesn't care?
87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92edcec4) out of 5 stars DVD-R junk! 1 Mar. 2012
By Thomas Hurst - Published on Amazon.com
I was initially excited to see this (and the companion release, the Saint films with George Sanders) - they really are great fun from a bygone era of clever and classy, low-key mystery movies - but I groaned out loud when I saw that they were not just DVD-R junk, but dual-layer DVD-R junk at that. Warner should know that the many true fans already have DVD-R's (made from TV broadcasts) of all of these films, and based on the one Warner Archive DVD-R I've seen, homemade DVD-R's are hands-down better than the ones Warner is trying to sell - for one thing, it's been my experience that homemade DVD-R's will play on any device, while Warner's DVD-R's seem to play only in dedicated DVD players of the type one hooks up to a television. Truly, Warner - like Sony, Sears Craftsman, etc., amazes me with their moronic quest for brand dilution by making junk rather than quality products befitting their good name. I know something of the DVD business, and I assure you that they are saving pretty close to nothing by making DVD-R's rather than properly pressed DVD'S, yet nevertheless they choose to cheapen their name by doing so! Indeed, as far as I'm concerned, the entire Warner Archive series is a massive marketing failure: scores of films that I would buy in an instant if they were proper DVDs offered at a reasonable price, yet don't buy because they are slip-shod DVD-R's offered at what seem to me high prices considering the product. This is my stand, Warner: offer proper, pressed DVD's and I'll gladly buy; continue to offer DVD-R's and I won't.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92edce40) out of 5 stars Freezing Problems 26 April 2012
By Ricky - Published on Amazon.com
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The Falcon Volume One is a great set. These films remain a great example of what RKO could do when they tried. The prints themselves are from 35mm transfers, in fact they are the same prints used on TCM. I recorded the series off of TCM a few years back, and compared them to the Warners version. They are the same prints. So we have the same collection used for TV broadcast. A quick note on the freezing issues some folks are having. I played all three discs without any issues. However, these are dual layer discs which can be very sensitive sometimes. Before you return the dics as being defective you should try two things. First, get a DVD player cleaning disc. The one offered by Maxell is good. If the laser head becomes dirty or worn it will not read the signal and can cause freezing or skipping. Second, try playing them on another DVD player. If you still have issues than the disc may be defective.
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ee0450) out of 5 stars AWFUL QUALITY!!! 30 July 2012
By S. northington - Published on Amazon.com
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I HAVE BEEN WAITING A VERY LONG TIME TO FIND THESE MOVIES ON DVD. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. THEY WOULD NOT EITHER PLAY, OR HALF WAY THROUGH THE MOVIE THEY WOULD STOP AND THAT WAS THAT. IF WB WOULD IMPROVE HOW THESE DVD'S ARE FORMATTED, I WILL PURCHASE AGAIN. I WILL BE WATCHING THE REVIEWS IN ANTICIPATION OF THAT EVENT.
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