(June 12, 2006 - Burbank, CA) – On September 12, Warner Home Video honors one of the most popular movie actors of all time with the DVD release of "Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume 2." Highlighting this collection is a deluxe new 3-Disc Special Edition of "The Maltese Falcon," featuring a newly-remastered edition of the 1941 John Huston masterpiece starring Bogart as Dashiell Hammett’s definitive Sam Spade. This new deluxe set is loaded with hours of bonuses including the 1931 version of "The Maltese Falcon" and the 1936 film, "Satan Met a Lady," commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, a recently recovered additional scene as well as vintage Warner “Night at the Movies” features. Also contained in the collection are four more Bogart classics making their DVD debuts -- "Across the Pacific," "Action in the North Atlantic," "All Through the Night" and "Passage to Marseille." Each film has been restored from the original camera negatives and has been digitally remastered, with each title enhanced with entertaining features. The new five film, seven-disc gift set will sell for $59.92 SRP; all titles are exclusive to the collection, except "The Maltese Falcon" 3-Disc Special Edition, which will also sell separately for $29.92 SRP. Orders are due August 8. Additional biographical information on Bogart Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on December 25, 1899, the son of a Manhattan surgeon and a magazine illustrator. He had a privileged upbringing but was expelled from an elite East coast private school, after which he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. In the early ‘20s, he managed a stage company owned by a family friend and began performing regularly. In 1930 he got a contract with Fox and made his feature film debut in a short called Broadway’s "Like That," co-starring Ruth Etting and Joan Blondell. After five more years of stage and minor film roles, Bogart finally got his big break when he reprised his Broadway role as Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest." He signed a contract with Warner Bros. and was on his way to mega-stardom with roles in such classics as "High Sierra," "Casablanca," "The Big Sleep," "Key Largo," "The African Queen" and, of course, "The Maltese Falcon" and the other films in this collection. Bogie also had a storied personal life, having been married four times, the last to actress Lauren Bacall, with whom he appeared in four films. The first was "To Have and Have Not," in 1944, with the 19 year old Bacall making her screen debut at age 19. The role marked the beginning of her great acting career as well as one of Hollywood’s legendary love stories. Bogie and Bacall were married in 1945 and their marriage thrived, despite a 25-year age difference, until Bogart died in 1957 from throat cancer. In her autobiography, By Myself, Bacall notes, “No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it.” With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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