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on 27 July 2005
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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on 11 February 2014
This is an absolute classic, made in an era when high quality films were not uncommon.
Without giving anything away, it is about an important subject, made to combine the documentary style with the dramatic. The combination is seamless and flawless in every way including the acting, directing, writing, photography, and sound. The old songs from the twenties and thirties serve as the musical score. It would be impossible to make a film of this quality today no matter who would try to make it.

The DVD transfer is excellent because it is from the studio that made it, instead of some company you never heard of. The commentary is very interesting as well. This was the last great gangster film ever made.

As I said above, this film is for the intelligent film viewer, which means those who can appreciate a film made by artists who have talent as opposed to what you have now - which are not artists and only interested in money.
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on 8 December 2017
Simple and hard hitting. Classic gangster movie with nice touches of humanity.
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on 24 September 2017
One of my all-time favourite films.
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on 12 November 2017
Yes, yes and yes
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on 21 January 2015
Roaring Twenties is a classic gangster movie, with a top line cast who are pitch perfect.
Cagney and Bogart who can ask for more.
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on 9 June 2016
great quality
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on 12 February 2016
Cagney at his best. All very dramatic.
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on 15 December 2014
good srvice
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on 8 December 2014
I award Czech out five stars for thier
first class service.The DVD was well wrap and presented, I e mailed them and I recivied an answer to another DVD that I was looking for, in
about an hour laterI , czech out is (on top of the World).
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