Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New on DVD: Warner Gangsters Collection, Vol. 3

Today was the release date for a great new set, the Warner Gangsters Collection, Vol. 3.

As you might expect, the set features plenty of Cagney, Bogart, and Robinson. The titles included are PICTURE SNATCHER, LADY KILLER, THE MAYOR OF HELL, SMART MONEY, BLACK LEGION, and BROTHER ORCHID.

Although sadly there are no new featurettes in this set, all the movies do have commentaries as well as the Warner Night at the Movies with trailers, newsreels, shorts, and cartoons accompanying each film in the set. The commentary tracks are by James Ursini, Alain Silver, Anthony Slide, Eric Lax, Patricia King Hanson, Greg Mank, and Alan L. Gansberg.

All of the movies will also be available for purchase as single-title releases.

Volume 1 and Volume 2 were reissued today. (If you have a Costco membership, I saw Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 today for under $30 apiece, an excellent price.) If you happen to remember there wasn't a Vol. 2, the answer to that is Warners has rereleased and retitled the set it originally called the Tough Guys Collection; the Tough Guys set is now Gangsters, Vol. 2.

"G" MEN, which is part of Vol. 2, was reviewed here last weekend.

Glenn Erickson reviews the new set at DVD Savant.

April 4th Update: And here's a review at The Shelf.


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