(October 20, 2004 – Burbank, CA) – Six of Warner Bros. greatest classic gangster films – starring Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson -- will be available on DVD January 25 for the very first time as the “Warner Bros. Pictures Gangsters Collection.” The six-disc set from Warner Home Video (WHV) will include “The Public Enemy,” “White Heat,” “Angels with Dirty Faces,” “Little Caesar,” “The Petrified Forest” and “The Roaring Twenties.” The collection will be available for $68.92 SRP. Each title is also available separately for $19.97 SRP/$14.95 MAP. Orders are due December 28. All six titles have been fully restored and digitally remastered, and are loaded with special features including historian commentaries and new making-of featurettes. Each disc also contains an exclusive “Warner Night at the Movies” segment. Hosted by Leonard Maltin, each bonus feature recreates moviegoer attractions such as newsreels, comedy shorts, cartoons and trailers from the years each film was released. In addition, “The Public Enemy” DVD contains several minutes of recovered footage not seen in more than 70 years. Major Hollywood studios in the ‘30s and ‘40s were each known for their distinctive styles (MGM for its musicals; Universal for its horror films, etc.). Warner Bros. was best known for firmly establishing the genre of gangster films, which were also noted for their socially conscious themes as well as their simple visual look (low key lighting and sparse sets). Nowhere were these elements more prominent than in the films of the “Warner Bros. Pictures Gangsters Collection.” With operations in 89 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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