Bogart Shines on New Warner Archive Blu-ray Double Feature

March 7, 2016 – Warner Archive, one of the companies still doing physical media in a smart and consumer-friendly way, just recently added two classic Humphrey Bogart titles to their library, and they were kind enough to send over both for review. I did a double feature of THE BIG SLEEP and KEY LARGO while I was recovering this weekend, and in both cases, I was so absorbed in the new prints that I forgot to feel bad while they were playing.

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KEY LARGO Blu-ray Review

February 27, 2016 – “The Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray of KEY LARGO is a polished and powerful encoding of this B&W picture, looking clean as a whistle.” – Glenn Erickson

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THE BIG SLEEP (1946) Blu-ray Review

February 27, 2016 – “The Big Sleep is truly classic film noir and this gorgeous Blu-ray belongs in the collection of every serious film aficionado.” – Richard Gallagher

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KEY LARGO a Great Showcase for Bogart

February 16, 2016 – “… of all the ways to see it (at least since its opening in 1948), this new Blu-ray is the best.” – Mick LaSalle

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DVD Talk: THE BIG SLEEP (1946) Review

February 23, 2016 – Darkness and atmosphere are such a major part of THE BIG SLEEP that this improved image yields a more satisfying and effective experience overall; in short, nothing of importance is lost in the shadows. Without question, this is a pitch-perfect visual presentation that fans and first-timers should appreciate.

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THE BIG SLEEP: Blu-ray Review

February 23, 2016 – THE BIG SLEEP is a dark film, in both its subject matter and its appearance; much of it takes place at night and in dimly lit rooms. WAC’s 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray features appropriately deep blacks, which, on a properly calibrated display, have gradations that reveal fine detail . . . The film’s lighting style often accentuates the film’s grain texture, but WAC and MPI have treated the grain respectfully and resolved it with clarity.

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DVD Talk: KEY LARGO Blu-ray Review

February 23, 2016 – “This exceptional film has been lavished with a similarly remarkable presentation on Blu-ray.” – Adam Tyner

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KEY LARGO Blu-ray Review

February 23, 2016 – “After much anticipation, the Warner Archive Collection has brought KEY LARGO to Blu-ray in yet another sterling presentation. The only disappointment is the lack of extras, but KEY LARGO has always suffered in that department.” – Michael Reuben

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THE BIG SLEEP Blu-ray Review

February 13, 2016 – The Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray of THE BIG SLEEP gives tough guy and film noir fans what they want, a much-improved HD scan of the Bogie-Bacall classic, with a great soundtrack that makes gunshots seem especially loud and nails every Max Steiner cue. All those elaborate exterior/interior sets look much better when properly timed, with the added contrast range of Blu-ray. The digital cleanup and restoration is first rate.

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A Few Words About THE BIG SLEEP (1946) in Blu-ray

January 29, 2016 – “That gorgeous print pales in comparison to what the Warner Archive has just made available, with full grain structure, wide shadow detail and rich blacks. Resolution, when the element was shot totally sharp, is undeniable.” – Robert Harris

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