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Angels with Dirty Faces debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars James Cagney, Pat O’Brien and Humphrey Bogart and is out December 7th.



Angels with Dirty Faces
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Warner Archive | NR – 97 min. – $21.99 | December 7, 2021

Date Published: 12/11/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Writer(s): Rowland Brown (story), John Wexley and Warren Duff (screenplay)
Cast: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, The ‘Dead End’ Kids, Humphrey Bogart

Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 44.81 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.75 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Rocky Sullivan (JAMES CAGNEY) and Jerry Connolly (PAT O’BRIEN) were brought up in one of New York’s toughest neighborhoods, Hell’s Kitchen. While his buddy Rocky gets caught up in racketeering in reform school, Jerry decides to become a priest. Years later, Rocky is released from prison and returns to Hell’s Kitchen, where Jerry works with at-risk children. Rocky wants a temporary safe haven with his old friend before resuming his life of crime, but Jerry hesitates, testing their relationship.



The bonus materials have been ported over from a previous DVD release. Features include Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1938 (TRT 36:00) with Newsreel, Music Short Out Where the Stars Begin, Cartoon Porky and Daffy and Theatrical Trailers; Angels with Dirty Faces: Whaddya Here? Whaddya Say? (22:16) featurette; an Audio Commentary by Film Historian Dana Polan; audio-only Radio Production (59:07) with the two stars; Theatrical Trailer (3:20).


VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4¼/5

Warner Bros. through their Archive Collection releases Angels with Dirty Faces onto Blu-ray presented with a new 1080p high-definition transfer taken from a 4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative. As always with the Archive Collection, this picture looks stunning. The black and white presentation is sharp and nicely defined throughout with the natural film grain still intact and outside of a few minor specs, is fairly clean.

The disc includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. Dialogue comes across with relative clarity and some minor depth for the cityscape sounds along with the music and score. Nothing phenomenal but when you consider this is a movie going on nearly 75 years old, it’s still impressive.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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