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Jari K
01-12-2005, 04:27 PM
These are not far away... To me, one of the biggest releases of 2005, no doubt, and it´s still January.. ;)

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=13139

R1 - Warner Gangsters Collection:

**The Public Enemy (1931)
The Public Enemy showcases James Cagney’s powerful 1931 breakthrough performance as streetwise tough guy Tom Powers, but only because production chief Darryl F. Zanuck made a late casting change. When shooting began, Cagney had a secondary role but Zanuck soon spotted Cagney’s screen dominance and gave him the star part. From that moment, an indelible genre classic and an enduring star career were both born. Bristling with ’20s style, dialogue and desperation under the masterful directorial eye of William A. Wellman, this is a virtual time capsule of the Prohibition era: taut, gritty and hard-hitting. Contains several restored scenes (deleted from subsequent reissue versions due to enforcement of the Production code) from the original release version of the film, unseen since 1931.

Features include:
* Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1931 with Newsreel, Comedy Short The Eyes Have It, Cartoon Smile, Darn Ya, Smile and 1931 Trailer Gallery
* New Featurette Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public
* Commentary by Film Historian Robert Sklar
* 1954 Re-release Foreword
* Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

**White Heat (1949)
Playing a psychotic thug, Cody Jarrett, devoted to his hard-boiled "ma," James Cagney gives a performance to match his electrifying work in The Public Enemy. Bracingly directed by Raoul Walsh, this fast-paced thriller tracing Jarrett’s violent life in and out of jail is among the most vivid screen performances of Cagney’s career, and the excitement it generates will put you on top of the world!

Features include:
* Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1949 with Newsreel, Comedy Short So You Think You’re Not Guilty, Cartoon Homeless Hare and 1949 Trailer Gallery
* New Featurette White Heat: Top of the World
* Commentary by Film Historian Drew Casper
* Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

**Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
Off-screen pals James Cagney and Pat O’Brien team up for the sixth time in this enduring gangster classic nominated for three Academy Awards. Cagney’s Rocky Sullivan is a charismatic tough kid from New York’s Hell’s Kitchen whose underworld rise makes him a hero to a gang of slum punks. O’Brien is Father Connolly, the boyhood chum-turned-priest who vows to end Rocky’s influence. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), the film also stars Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan. Cagney’s role as Rocky earned him the 1938 New York Film Critics Award for Best Actor along with his first Best Actor Oscar® nomination.

Features include:
* Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1938 with Newsreel, Musical Short Out Where the Stars Begin, Cartoon Porky and Daffy and 1938 Trailer Gallery
* New Featurette Angels with Dirty Faces: Whaddya Hear? Whaddya Say?
* Commentary by Film Historian Dana Polan
* Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Production with the Film’s 2 Stars
* Languages: English & French
* Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

**Little Caesar (1930)
"R-I-C-O, Little Caesar, that’s who!" Edward G. Robinson bellowed into the phone and Hollywood got the message. The 37-year-old Robinson, not gifted with matinee-idol looks, was nonetheless a first-class star. Little Caesar is the tale of pugnacious Caesar Enrico Bandello (Robinson), a hoodlum with a Chicago-sized chip on his shoulder, few attachments, fewer friends and no sense of underworld diplomacy.

Features include:
* Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1930 with Newsreel, Spencer Tracy Short The Hard Guy, Cartoon Lady Play Your Mandolin and 1930/31 Trailer Gallery
* New Featurette Little Caesar: End of Rico, Beginning of the Antihero
* Commentary by Film Historian Richard B. Jewell
* 1954 Re-release Foreword
* Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

**The Petrified Forest (1936)
A rundown diner bakes in the Arizona heat. Inside, fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweats out a manhunt, holding disillusioned writer Alan Squier, young Gabby Maple and a handful of others hostage. The Petrified Forest, Robert E. Sherwood’s 1935 Broadway success about survival of the fittest, hit the screen a year later with Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart magnificently recreating their stage roles and Bette Davis ably reteaming with her Of Human Bondage co-star Howard. The film presented Bogart with his first major starring role and helped launch his brilliant movie career.

Features include:
* Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1936 with Newsreel, Musical Short Rhythmitis, Cartoon The Coo Coo Nut Grove and 1936 Trailer Gallery
* New Featurette The Petrified Forest: Menace in the Desert
* Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
* Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Adaptation Starring Bogart, Tyrone Power and Joan Bennett
* Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

**The Roaring Twenties (1939)
The speakeasy era never roared louder than in this gangland chronicle directed by Raoul Walsh (White Heat). Against a backdrop of newsreel-like montages and narration, The Roaring Twenties follows the life of jobless war veteran Eddie Bartlett (James Cagney) who turns bootlegger, dealing in "bottles instead of battles." However, battles await Eddie both inside and out of his growing empire. Outside are territorial feuds and gangland bloodlettings and inside is the treachery of his double-dealing associate George Hally (Humphrey Bogart).

Features include:
* Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1939 with Newsreel, Musical Short All Girl Revue, Comedy Short The Great Library Misery, Cartoon Thugs with Dirty Mugs and 1939 Trailer Gallery
* New Featurette The Roaring Twenties: The World Moves on
* Commentary by Film Historian Lincoln Hurst
* Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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R2 "UK-version" is called "James Cagney: The Signature Collection". It inc. "The Public Enemy", "White Heat", "Angels with Dirty Faces" and "The Roaring Twenties". Also released individually: "Little Caesar", and "The Petrified Forest".
http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=55745

William R.
01-12-2005, 04:37 PM
I've been debating over this set highly. I don't want all of them, but I think it'd be the cheapest and best bet to get the set as a whole. I can always trade the ones I don't want or sell them to Blockbuster and make a profit. Decisions, decisions.

Bill Pissott
01-12-2005, 05:11 PM
I really can't wait for this set. I've had the darn thing pre-ordered since it was announced. :)

Denise*G
01-12-2005, 05:17 PM
not one stinker in the bunch! essential purchase for fans!

Jari K
01-13-2005, 07:17 AM
Yes, the whole box set is the only way. ;)

Aaron G
01-13-2005, 06:36 PM
These are all great films. I was lucky enough to see 'the public enemy' in a cinema 2 years ago, and if you liked 'Goodfellas' or DePalmas 'Scarface' for one second, or any crime movies, includinjg 'polizeis' then this box is an absolute must get.

Ian Jane
01-13-2005, 06:55 PM
I'm on a bit of a noir kick this last month, and I think I need this. I can't really afford it right now, but that's never stopped me before.

Bill Pissott
01-13-2005, 07:37 PM
I'm on a bit of a noir kick this last month, and I think I need this. I can't really afford it right now, but that's never stopped me before.


You must get this set Ian!

Ian Jane
01-13-2005, 08:06 PM
You must get this set Ian!

I know, I know. My Visa curses you all!

Gorgeous cover art though...

Bill Pissott
01-13-2005, 08:13 PM
I know, I know. My Visa curses you all!

Gorgeous cover art though...


Ian, you've seen "The Public Enemy" right?

William R.
01-13-2005, 09:24 PM
I buckled and pre-ordered the set after watching THE ROARING TWENTIES, LITTLE CAESAR and THE PETRIFIED FOREST today on TCM. The only movie I don't really care for out of the lot is ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES. Cagney is beyond great in the film and it's a has a wonderful ending, but I didn't like Pat O'Brien's performance and those damn Bowery Boys (East Side/Dead End whatever the hell they were) are awfully annoying. I've seen O'Brien in a few pictures and I just don't think I'm fond of the man as an actor. It's worth it for Cagney alone I suppose, but I don't see myself watching it much.

Bill Pissott
01-13-2005, 09:26 PM
Will, have you seen "The Public Enemy" or "White Heat"?

William R.
01-13-2005, 09:35 PM
No, I haven't and I can't wait to watch them both. I did catch some of WHITE HEAT on TCM and got so engrossed with Cagney I had to change the channel because I didn't want to finish the movie without seeing it from the beginning.

Bill Pissott
01-13-2005, 09:39 PM
I think you are in for a real treat with both films Will. I look forward to your thoughts on them and good going buying that set! :)

William R.
01-13-2005, 09:44 PM
I was debating, wondering if I should just go for the Cagney's I wanted, but THE PETRIFIED FOREST pretty much solidified the purchase. I look forward to discussing the films with you, Bill. :)

Kyle Field
01-13-2005, 10:07 PM
I've pre-ordered this. I've seen most of these at a film fest @ LACMA and this is the first time I'll be owning them. So far, this is my most anticipated release for 2005. Can't wait!

Ian Jane
01-13-2005, 10:47 PM
Ian, you've seen "The Public Enemy" right?

A few times, yep.

Bill Pissott
01-13-2005, 11:43 PM
I look forward to discussing the films with you, Bill. :)


Me too Will!

Ian - Not to give anything specific away but I don't know about you but that ending to "The Public Enemy" still haunts me everytime I see the film.

Aaron G
01-14-2005, 12:24 AM
Yeah the 'Public enemy' is a fricken killer movie. Very harrowing, amazing they made it in 1930 something, but before the Hayes code American films were pretty edgy and out there, something the kids of today should now about, because film today is retarded and Xboxed.

Ian Jane
01-14-2005, 12:32 AM
Yeah, it's a phenomenal endnig. Haven't seen it in a few years and am looking forward to checking out this set soon....

Damian P
01-25-2005, 02:44 PM
Saw this set at Best Buy today. One of the few DVD sets released lately that made me lick my chops. Such great films. I used to have White Heat and Public Enemy/Little Caesar on laserdisc. It will be nice to see them again.
I'm gonna order it from DDD. They have it for $48.55.

Bill M
01-25-2005, 03:24 PM
Saw this set at Best Buy today. One of the few DVD sets released lately that made me lick my chops. Such great films. I used to have White Heat and Public Enemy/Little Caesar on laserdisc. It will be nice to see them again.
I'm gonna order it from DDD. They have it for $48.55.
i hope you dont wnat it soon as its out of stock at DDD as well as Digital Eyes and DVD Planet. they are all run out of the same warehouse and did NOT get the set in stock yet (which sucks!)

Damian P
01-25-2005, 03:26 PM
i hope you dont wnat it soon as its out of stock at DDD as well as Digital Eyes and DVD Planet. they are all run out of the same warehouse and did NOT get the set in stock yet (which sucks!)

I just placed an order at DDD. I'm sure it will be in stock soon enough. It's been years since I have seen any of the films, I can wait a little more, esp. for such a fine price (no tax and free shipping).

Bill Pissott
01-25-2005, 07:27 PM
Got my e-mail today from DVD Empire that my Gangsters Set has been shipped! I know what I'll be watching this weekend!

Jeff Gr
01-25-2005, 09:01 PM
Just picked this up... What a great set. The five most essential classic gangster films (+ The Petrified Forest). Sweet deal.

Darren Nemeth
01-25-2005, 11:38 PM
Footage has been restored to one of those films from a print found in the UK.

This DVD set represents the first time that the footage has been released in the USA.

The info is in one of the last several articles linked to on this page.
Yellow Layer Failure, Vinegar Syndrome and Miscellaneous Musings (http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/robertharris/index.html)

Darren Nemeth
01-26-2005, 02:40 AM
Footage has been restored to one of those films from a print found in the UK.

This DVD set represents the first time that the footage has been released in the USA.
The film is "Public Enemy."

evidence (http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/robertharris/harris102504b.html)

GF: Public Enemy was censored for the post-production code re-issue, and we were hopeful that we could fill in the missing scenes from 16mm, but 35mm elements have been located in Britain, and those will be part of that
release when that comes out.

RAH: That's going to be exciting. That's going to be the first time in over
seventy years that the film has been seen un-censored.

GF: And I've got to tell you. Public Enemy and Little Caesar have always looked so awful, and while I haven't seen what they look like for real, but
I've seen VHS copies of the documentaries about them which will be on our
upcoming DVDs, and they look amazing. They're clean and bright and
beautiful.

Jari K
01-26-2005, 05:46 AM
Here´s the big review:
http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htforum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=224055

This is what NY Times says (in their article):

"Both "Little Caesar" and "The Public Enemy" look better on these discs from Warner Home Entertainment than they have in decades, thanks to transfers that seem to have come from sources close to the camera negative. "The Public Enemy" even restores three scenes that were cut from the negative when the pre-Hays Code film was re-released in the more cautious late 30's, including one astounding comic moment in which a highly effeminate tailor measures Cagney's inseam, an experience both men seem to enjoy."

Denise*G
01-26-2005, 06:57 AM
one of the best sets i own!
i'm still waiting for a personal fav of mine "Each Dawn I Die" to get released.
there's (of course) so many to wait for, but that one i want next! (after the Flynn set)

Bill M
01-26-2005, 07:37 AM
Got my e-mail today from DVD Empire that my Gangsters Set has been shipped! I know what I'll be watching this weekend!
you are lucky...on backorder ay DigitalEyeys and DDD until 2/15..sometimes its worth the few extra bucks to get it on time

Denise*G
01-26-2005, 08:32 AM
i got mine from DVDPlanet for $48.24 w/free shipping (now it's $51.71 since it's released) and they pre-street shipped! booya!

Bill M
01-26-2005, 09:19 AM
hmmm..dvdplanet ships from the same warehouse as DDD and Digital eyes too..oh well
and after Digital eyes said they would have it backordered until 2/15 i get a shipping notice today..must have found a stack of them under neath the stockboys ass while he was sitting on them eating his lunch

Denise*G
01-26-2005, 09:33 AM
hmmm..dvdplanet ships from the same warehouse as DDD and Digital eyes too..oh well

that shit happens all the time. DDDVD shipped my Zeta Gundam set a week before street, yet there were complaints that some customers wouldn't get theirs until after Xmas... there were stories about the Star Wars sets like that, too, etc.
it's the luck of the draw.

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Bill M
01-26-2005, 09:40 AM
worst part is my original order was bought using credit I had. The shipping notice shows a completey different order number and the numbnuts are charging me full price. Last couple orders with these clowns ive ended up having to call the cust svc number..i think this is my last purchase from them
Ill stick with DDD

Bill Pissott
01-27-2005, 07:06 PM
Got mine delivered today. The set is absolutely gorgeous. Love the cover art on all of them. Can't wait to start watching. :)

Aaron G
01-27-2005, 07:26 PM
I pre-ordered with DVDSoon from canada...but it takes them 6 weeks on average to get DVDs shipped from the US for some reason..

Jari K
01-28-2005, 02:40 AM
I pre-ordered with DVDSoon from canada...but it takes them 6 weeks on average to get DVDs shipped from the US for some reason..

Well, just make sure it says "in stock". If it says "on order", it will take some time. Basic rule with DVDsoon. ;)

I use that all the time (I have the fidelity card also), and they have kinda slow shipping with some titles. Doesn´t mean that much to me, since I have plenty of titles "to be watched", but with this set it might. ;)

Chuk H
01-28-2005, 03:00 AM
I'm gonna see if they have this at costco tomorrow. They often beat even DDD on new releases and box sets.

Bill M
01-28-2005, 03:39 PM
I'm gonna see if they have this at costco tomorrow. They often beat even DDD on new releases and box sets.
i believe costco is sellign it for 40 bucks or so

Denise*G
01-28-2005, 04:33 PM
i believe costco is sellign it for 40 bucks or so
yeah... their prices seem to be reported as being just low enough that after you add your local sales tax, it's about the same as an online discount. i'd go for the instant purchase if there was a Costco around here.

Chuk H
01-28-2005, 08:59 PM
Picked it up for $40.99 at Costco today. With tax that comes out $44.37, a few bucks cheaper than online, so if you have a Costco card you may want to check it out.

Can't wait to watch these!

Damian P
02-02-2005, 02:18 AM
Thanks for the pic Denise. Gots me some new wallpaper. :)

Denise*G
02-02-2005, 02:23 AM
Thanks for the pic Denise. Gots me some new wallpaper. :)
right on ;)