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Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1931, with newsreel, comedy short "The Eyes Have It," cartoon "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile," and theatrical trailers
New featurette: "Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public" 1954 release foreword
The Public Enemy (1931) is one of the earliest and best of the gangster films from Warner Bros. in the thirties. The film's screenplay (by John Bright and Kubec Glasmon), which received the film's only Academy Award nomination, was based upon their novel Beer and Blood. Unfortunately, the film wasn't even given a Best Picture nomination, nor was Cagney rewarded with a nomination for his dynamic and kinetic performance. Jean Harlow's small role as a sexy call-girl was her only screen appearance with Cagney and her only lead role with Warners.
Director William Wellman's pre-code, box-office smash, shot in less than a month at a cost of approximately $151,000, was released at approximately the same time as another classical gangster film - Little Caesar (1930) that starred Edward G. Robinson as a petty thief whose criminal ambitions led to his inevitable downfall. The Public Enemy was even tougher, more violent and realistic (released before the censorship codes were strictly enforced), although most of the violence is again off-screen.
The lead character is portrayed as a sexually magnetic, cocky, completely amoral, emotionally brutal, ruthless, and terribly lethal individual. However, the protagonist (a cold-blooded, tough-as-nails racketeer and "public enemy") begins his life, not as a hardened criminal, but as a young mischievous boy in pre-Prohibition city streets, whose early environment clearly contributes to the evolving development of his life of adult crime and his inevitable gruesome death. Unlike other films, this one examined the social forces and roots of crime in a serious way.
Cagney's character was based on real-life Chicago gangster Earl "Hymie" Weiss (who also survived a machine-gun ambush) and bootlegging mobster Charles Dion "Deanie" O'Banion (an arch-rival to Al Capone). Reportedly, an exasperated Weiss slammed an omelette (not a grapefruit) into the face of his girlfriend. Similarities also exist between the demise of Nails Nathan and the 1923 death of real-life Samuel J. "Nails" Morton of the O'Banion mob. The retaliatory horse killing in the film was a replay of a similar incident when organized crime figure Louis "Two-Gun" Alterie (and other North Side gang members) executed the offending horse in Chicago after the death of their friend.
James Cagney's dynamic, charismatic and magnetic characterization of the murderous thug was his fifth film performance. He had previously performed tough-guy roles in two other Warner Bros. features: Sinner's Holiday (1930) (his film debut with co-star Joan Blondell) and director Archie Mayo's The Doorway to Hell (1930). This volatile role made him famous and instantly launched his celebrated film star career, but it also typecast him for many years. [Originally, the roles were reversed, with Edward Woods playing the lead role, and Cagney in a secondary role, but a switch occurred when the contract screenwriters suggested that a mistake had been made. Therefore, the end credits bill Edward Woods above Cagney.] Cagney went on to play other criminal roles, including such films as Smart Money (1931) with Edward G. Robinson (their only teaming together), and Lady Killer (1933).
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Jonah Woodson Hex is a Western comic book antihero created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga and published by DC Comics. Hex is a surly and cynical bounty hunter whose face is horribly scarred on the right side. Despite his poor reputation and personality, Hex is bound by a personal code of honor to protect and avenge the innocent. Thomas Jane provided his voice in a DC Animated short film.
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Christopher Reeve (Actor), Margot Kidder (Actor), Richard Donner (Director)
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A box-office smash, an Academy Award winner* and a fan favorite since it first flew into theatres in December 1978, Superman: The Movie assembles a cast and creative contingent as only a big movie can. At its heart (just as in three sequels) is Christopher Reeve's intelligent, affectionate portrayal of a most human Man of Steel. Watching Superman again isn't just like being a kid again. It's better. The movie's legacy soared even higher when director Richard Donner revisited this beloved adventure 22 years later and integrated eight minutes into the film. Enjoy more footage of the Krypton Council, a glimpse of stars of prior Superman incarnations, more of Jor-El underscoring his son's purpose on Earth and an extended sequence inside Lex Luthor's gauntlet of doom. Reeve, Marlon Brando (Jor-El), Gene Hackman (Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) give indelible performances that fuel the film's aura of legend.
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Disc 1: Original 1978 Theatrical Movie with Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital
5.1, Commentary by Producer Pierre Spengler and Executive Producer Ilya Salkind;
Disc 2: 2000 Expanded Edition with Commentary by Director Richard Donner and
Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz, Music-Only Audio Track;
Disc 3: Documentaries - "Taking Flight: The Development Of 'Superman'", "Making
'Superman': Filming The Legend" and "The Magic Behind The Cape", Restored Scenes,
Screen Tests and Audio-Only Bonus: Additional Music Cues;
Disc 4: Vintage TV Special "The Making Of 'Superman: The Movie'", 1951 Movie
"Superman And The Mole Men", starring George Reeves, Nine 1940s Fleischer Studios
"Superman" Cartoons Mastered From Superior Vault Elements: "Superman", "The
Mechanical Monsters", "Billion Dollar Limited", "The Arctic Giant", "The
Bulleteers", "The Magnetic Telescope", "Electric Earthquake", "Volcano" and
"Terror On The Midway"; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Actors: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman
Directors: Richard Donner
Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Special Edition,
Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 4
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
Run Time (in minutes): 294 minutes
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See how BATMAN really began. BATMAN started it all, and it's now available on DVD for the first time ever! Watch as mild-mannered Bruce Wayne (Lewis Wilson) becomes Batman, the classic superhero who, with Robin (Douglas Croft), protects Gotham City from the evil schemes of Dr. Tito Daka (J. Carrol Naish). Packed with adventures involving a radium-powered death ray, a deadly alligator pit, electronic zombies, and even the original Bat Cave, the BATMAN 2-disc set is a must-own DVD for any fan of the Caped Crusader!
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