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"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Fred Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) is an American in early 20th century Mexico, trying to scrape by.  After someone tries to rip them off, he teams up with another American, Bob Curtin, and an old prospector named Howard to go out into the country in search of gold.  In their quest they'll face many obstacles, from lack of money and resources, to bandits and the weather, but what they never see coming is what winds up as their biggest threat of all.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 1948, B&W, Not Rated, 2 Hr 6 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English DTS-HD MA 1.0
  • Starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston
  • Directed by John Huston
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Before watching this film, all that I knew was that I had heard Werner Herzog say it was his favorite film during an interview on NPR.  That brought me into it with high expectations, and I have to say that those were met.  A wonderful film that I really recommend for everyone.

Technical

Shot over 60 years ago, Treasure of the Sierra Madre arrived on Blu-ray looking fantastic.  Warner Brothers has a good history with classic titles and this one doesn't hurt their reputation at all.  Grain is present of course, but there is fantastic contrast and detail in the image, and it's probably as good as this film will ever look again.  Audio is good, though the dynamic range isn't fantastic, but dialog is very easy to understand and that's about as much as you can hope for in a mono movie from this period.

Extras

Some featurettes, the original trailer, and a radio version of the film are included.