Rent The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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Rent The Maltese Falcon (aka The Gent from Frisco / The Knight of Malta) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why - and who'll take the fall for his partner's murder. An all-star cast (including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) joins Bogart in this cracking mystery masterwork written for the screen (from Dashiell Hammett's novel) and directed by John Huston.
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Directors:
Producers:
Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke
Writers:
John Huston, Dashiell Hammett
Aka:
The Gent from Frisco / The Knight of Malta
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Collections:
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BBFC:
Release Date:
05/02/2007
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, German Hard of Hearing, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Commentary By Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
  • Warner Night At The Movies 1941
  • Oscar-nominated Technicolor musical short "The Gay Parisian"
  • 2 classic cartoons:"Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" and "Meet John Doughboy"
  • Trailer of 1941's Sergeant York
  • 'The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird' documentary
  • Studio blooper reel make up tests
  • Robert Osborne hosts becoming atractions
  • The trailers of Bogart breakdowns of 1941
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- 'The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird' documentary
- Robert Osborne hosts becoming atractions
- Studio blooper reel make up tests
- The trailers of Bogart breakdowns of 1941
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/01/2013
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese Dolby Digital 1.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Eric Lax
  • Warner Night At The Movies newsreel
  • The Gay Parisian Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt
  • Meet John Doughboy
  • Theatrical Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/04/2023
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Castillian, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German Hard of Hearing, Italian Hard of Hearing, Latin American Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax

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Reviews (3) of The Maltese Falcon

Classic Thriller. - The Maltese Falcon review by Steve

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15/06/2012

One of the great Hollywood films. Credit goes to Dashiell Hammett's wonderful novel, faithfully adapted by debut director John Huston. The dialogue and narrative is all Hammett. He was a former Pinkerton Agent who knew what he was writing about. In Sam Spade, he gave us cinema's first authentic PI. And Humphrey Bogart's first signature role.

The rest of the story is actually quite theatrical, with the elaborate McGuffin of the Knight Templars' falcon, and the band of colourful crooks in pursuit. That the three male conspirers are obviously gay, seems a remarkable detail, given the censorship of the period. It's a caper film but with the darker shading of the emerging film noir style.

The stars are phenomenal, especially Bogart as the morally ambiguous antihero, the fast talking Spade. Mary Astor is the deliciously duplicitous femme fatale, a noir legend. Elisha Cook and Peter Lorre are the henchmen. Best of all is Sidney Greenstreet as the huge, loquacious, dangerous boss. Bogart's chemistry with all the support cast is sensational.

The Maltese Falcon is a fascinating thriller, with its cast of totally unreliable criminals, and a hero you are never sure of. The photography is artistic. The script is full of memorable, quotable dialogue, particularly in the long, thrilling final scene. It was a huge leap forward for the Hollywood crime film, and it seems to keep getting better.

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Comforting and nostalgic entertainment - The Maltese Falcon review by RJ

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30/03/2020

I find it difficult to adopt much of a critical/intellectual approach to films like this. I've never quite got my head around viewing directors like John Huston as 'auteurs', at least not in the way that I understand, for example, Kubrick, Lynch, Weerasethakul, Chaplin, Tarkovsky etc etc to be auteurs. My tendency is to view directors like Huston, Hawks and so on as being efficient, reliable and skilful directors who knew how to tell stories in an entertaining way. This tendency is, I am sure, a reflection of my ignorance and no doubt does these directors a huge disservice.

All of which is just a roundabout way of getting to my point, which is that I do not come to films like The Maltese Falcon with the same kind of critical approach that I do for many of the other films that I watch. I view them as pure entertainment, and on this level The Maltese Falcon delivers the goods. It's an involving story about the various shady characters trying to lay their hands on the titular Falcon (a classic MacGuffin), a statuette believed to be hundreds of years old and worth millions of dollars. Humphrey Bogart plays Sam Spade, the private detective who gets caught up in the middle of it all. It's the kind of tough, cynical, wisecracking performance so well associated with Bogart. Add in the brilliant Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr and it all adds up to a highly entertaining couple of hours - what more could you ask for?

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THE Classic Detective Thriller - The Maltese Falcon review by GI

Spoiler Alert
18/11/2023

Classical Hollywood at its finest and the quintessential Chandleresque detective story although the original book is by Dashiell Hammett. Director John Huston's first effort from his own screenplay and although intended for George Raft the film sets the movie persona of Humphrey Bogart. He's the dry, cynical and very craggy Sam Spade who along with his partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan) is hired by a beautiful woman (Mary Astor) to find her younger sister and get her away from a man called Thursby. When Miles and Thursby are both murdered Sam sets out to find out what's going on especially as he's become a suspect of the police for the murders. A conspiracy soon emerges involving the woman, a dandy named Cairo (Peter Lorre) and a sinister businessman (Sydney Greenstreet) over a valuable statuette called The Maltese Falcon. It's a sheer delight of a story, full of twists and turns and the events, for the most part, are controlled by Spade who always seems to know or suspect what is going on. Bogart plays him as a very dark, almost malevolent character and certainly one who will sacrifice anyone for the end result. It's definitely one of his finest roles. The camerawork and narrative plotting are all typical examples of classical Hollywood filmmaking but with extra panache and whilst the script has the characters overexplain things which occasionally jars the flow of the film by todays standards this is still a private eye film masterpiece.

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