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The Maltese Falcon
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This commentary is only available on the 2006 3-Disc Special Edition.
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Humphrey Bogart biographer Eric Lax
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Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on February 24th, 2008
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Bogart biographer Lax hits the ground running, spending the first half-hour detailing the life and careers of just about everyone who appears on-screen! But as this information is just a couple mouse clicks away for anyone truly interested it just leaves you wanting him to get to the film in hand.
Eventually he does, offering plenty of solid information on the history and production of the film (while still making those detailed career detours for anyone new he mentions) with, as you'd expect, a bias towards Bogart's involvement, plus changes made from the source novel and the reasons, along with Houston's filming methods; and it's all meticulously researched and often backed up by interview/autobiography quotes from various participants.
Maybe not one you'd want to revisit then, but it's certainly worth a listen, once you've got past that breathless opening salvo...
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