The Essential Collection: Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart had the look of a basset hound that had been repeatedly punched in the face. His voice sounded like he had a mouthful of mashed potatoes and, by many accounts, he spit profusely whenever he spoke (picture that next time you’re watching him woo Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina). Yet he is arguably the most commanding masculine presence in film history, and he found the nerve centers in men ranging from the suavely damaged (Casablanca) to the sensitively sociopathic (High Sierra). The Essential Collection: Humphrey Bogart collects 24 of the films that Bogart made for Warner Bros., with a ridiculous addendum of commentaries, documentaries and collectibles. That said, there’s nothing here that hasn’t been previously released; it’s absent non-Warner classics like Beat the Devil and In a Lonely Place, and a handful of the movies aren’t worth your time.