Monday, October 27, 2008
preview: wb gangster collection, vol.4
Continuing last week's roundup of some must have titles hitting shelves last week, today we preview Warner Brothers Gangster Collection, Vol. 4. Out of all of the many WB Box sets that have come out in the last 5 years, The Thin Man set, The Film Noir series and the Gangster series ranks at the top of my list as some of their best collections. The last 3 entries in the Gangster series did not disappoint and this one looks to be just as worthy an entry!
The films included in the set are: The Little Giant, Larceny, Inc., Invisible Stripes, Kid Galahad and The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse. The films star some of the great Warner Brother gangster and action headliners of all time: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, and lots of Edward G. Robinson (James Cagney-lite this go round). And the plots run the gamut, almost stretching the "Gangster" meme a bit. Methinks that their Tough Guys moniker for Vol.2 was more apprapros and they should've stuck with it. But it doesn't matter- it's all semantics when in comes to some great vintage WB tough guy flicks. Invisible Stripes is a tough-nosed prison programmer and Kid Galahad (as one would devine from the title) is a boxing/gambling/double-crossing themed film. The Little Giant, Larceny, Inc and The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse are gangster themed comedies starring the suprisingly funny Edward G. Robinson (remember Brother Orchird from the last set? One of my favorites!)
And as always WB lays on thick a fabulous wealth of extras including an all new documentary: Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film, the always welcome Warner Night at the Movies collection of shorts, commentaries and more. Hopefully, we'll have a full review shortly. Suffice it to say, if you are a fan- you are looking into picking it up. Classic movie fans know that these sets are the tops and can expect more of the same.
Coming up: More Halloween fun and new week of releases.
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