Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of the The Best of Bogart Collection, which includes The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948) and The African Queen (1951), with hours of special features and art cards for each film. The Bogart Collection streets on March 25, 2014.
Warner has yet to fully detail the 4-film set, or reveal if it offers any exclusive special features. All four films are currently available on Blu-ray from Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures.
Yeah, a bit of a pointless release, I already have all of these (including both releases of Casablanca). Warner seemed to be picking up speed a bit with back-cataloguue releases, but now they've stalled again.
This is a really good deal for those who are just now getting into Blu-ray or those wanting to own some of Bogeys better films. Like many of you, I already own these four movies. Maybe we will see some new Bogart very soon. Come on Warner.. we have money to spend.... give us more Bogart!
Any "Best of Bogart" collection that doesn't feature In a Lonely Place (his greatest performance, and a Sony title) is a joke.
Otherwise, this is just a repackaging, as Warner often does (the Ultimate Gangsters collection, Moderns set). As I have the four individual titles, I think I can live without the art cards. Actually, if they had put an exclusive title or feature in the bunch (as they do with the Kubrick Digibooks), I would have been angry about it. Here, I'm just neutral. They don't try to make me buy the same stuff twice or thrice.
Really Warners! I, too, would love to see The Big Sleep, Action in the North Atlantic, Key Largo, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage, etc. With all the great Bogart titles that Warners has in their library, why re-release titles that anyone who is buying Bogart on Blu already has purchased???? Complete waste of energy.
I'm in the same boat as many here: I already have the individual releases, so there's no reason to bother with this. Now, if they had decided to do a blu-ray upgrade of their "Bogie & Bacall Signature Collection" DVD set (To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo), I'd be all over it like white on rice.