|Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett & others. John Huston, director|
|Pages/Publication Date:||2 / 2003|
|Aspect Ratio:||Full screen|
(Winner of 3 Academy Awards/Best Director/John Huston; Screenplay; Supporting Actor/Walter Huston) Arguably the definitive American movie about greed and paranoia, John Huston's 1948 film is an adaptation of B. Traven's hard-hitting novel. The director's father Walter Huston is seen here in perhaps his finest role, as the grizzled yet wise prospector Howard, while Humphrey Bogart delivers one of his best performances as the increasingly unreliable and vicious Fred C. Dobbs. A young and uncredited Robert Blake plays the Mexican boy whose lucky lottery ticket kick-starts the plot. Bonus materials on this two-disc special edition include a feature on the movie's making and John Huston's career; the classic Looney Tunes Short 8 Ball Bunny starring Bugs Bunny, which delights us with a now-legendary riff on Sierra Madre; and an April 18, 1949 Lux Radio Theater broadcast of the film, with Bogart and Huston re-creating their screen roles. This edition also includes a feature-length commentary by Eric Lax, co-author of Bogart Warner Night at the Movies, which is introduced by Leonard Maltin; a newsreel; the comedy short subject So You Want to Be a Detective; and another Bugs Bunny Merrie Melodies cartoon, Hot Cross Bunny.