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Hollywood Classics Double Feature: Beat the Devil/Call It Murder
Hollywood Classics Double Feature Beat the Devil/Call It Murder
Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Jennifer Jones, Henry Hull
Directors: Chester Erskine, John Huston
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2000     0hr 1min


     
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Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Jennifer Jones, Henry Hull
Directors: Chester Erskine, John Huston
Creators: Chester Erskine, John Huston, Anthony Veiller, Claire Sifton, James Helvick, Paul Sifton
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Classics, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Madacy Records
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 02/01/2000
Original Release Date: 03/07/1934
Theatrical Release Date: 03/07/1934
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 0hr 1min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

What a shame and a waste. . .
R. Sparks | Norman, Oklahoma United States | 01/03/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"As valuable as many of our "heritage films" have proven themselves to be, it's a real crime to allow a second (or in this case, THIRD) rate video producer to get their hands on them. Both "Midnight" (later released as "Call it Murder") and "Beat the Devil" as decent films in their own right, but this compilation DVD just needs to be burned, or at least banned. Compilations like this one are just another reason our appreciation of older films is in decay. I wouldn't drive a 58 Corvette if it were in this condition, I'm certainly not going to recommend such poor quality DVD reproductions of great movies.The video is aweful. The audio lags. Practically no special features.I STRONGLY URGE YOU NOT TO BUY THIS DVD OR ANY BY THE SAME COMPANY-"
A terrible example of DVD technology.
E. R. Johnson | Yuma, AZ USA | 10/31/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The manufacturer of this DVD did not make any effort to digitally re-master the source material. Imagine an old vacuum-tube TV set with just a piece of aluminum foil for an antenna, then try to imagine viewing this movie via on-air broadcast from a TV station 100 miles away. Can you immagine that? Good! You'd have better picture quality in that scenario than you have from this DVD. Sound on "Call It Murder" is delayed by a second or so, making you wonder just who in the picture is doing the talking. Add to that the loud background hiss coming from your speakers the whole time. This DVD is trash. Even if you were given this DVD for free, you'd want to throw it away. Don't waste your money!"
Hollywood Tough Guys DVD 3 Pack
R. Libby | San Jose, CA | 02/07/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is a big waste of money. With the audio lagging the video by 5+ seconds, it's impossible to watch"
You're very wise to get out of it, escape, while you can.
A. Gyurisin | Wet, Wild, Wonderful Virginia | 09/24/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"What happened in this film? I couldn't tell you. One of the major downfalls of these films were the lack of quality that was used to transfer this film to DVD. I felt at times that I was watching a very old VHS version of these films. There is even a moment where you get squiggle lines at the top of the screen as if you are watching this film on a rackety VHS player. The fade in's and fade out's were horribly miscalculated. I am always a believer that you should let your character finish his/her line or action before you go to a fade, that way you don't have audience members straining to hear or to catch a final glimpse of what is happening. I am trying really hard to watch some of these older films. They are the backbone to modern cinema ... but can't they be any better. I am still waiting for me to discover that gem. I think that is my mission now. I want to see an older film that is virtually unheard of, but is movie making at its best. Beat the Devil gets one star, while Call it Murder also gets one. That is why this entire pack gets two stars. Addition. Blach! Watch out for these ... they're doozies!!

Grade: ** out of *****"