By Chaz Lipp
On May 21, 2013, Warner Home Entertainment will release two collections of gangster films on Blu-ray, each containing five discs. Most exciting is the Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classic for the simple fact that its four films are making their Blu-ray debut—The Public Enemy (1931), Little Caesar (1931), The Petrified Forest (1936), and White Heat (1949). Each of these ‘30s and ‘40s classics will also be available separately as well.
The collection includes a fifth disc, the feature-length documentary Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Drama which explores Warners’ impact on the genre. The documentary examines the rise of the stars from the Classic collection, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and Humphrey Bogart.
Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary consists of five already-available titles bundled together—Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, The Departed, Mean Streets, Michael Mann’s Heat (starring Al Pacino & Robert De Niro), and Paramount’s The Untouchables (directed by Brian De Palma).
Each film in the Contemporary collection will include the same special features found on the previously available editions. The films in the Classic collection will feature supplements carried over from their previous DVD editions. That includes a film historian commentary track, featurette, and Leonard Maltin-hosted “Warner Night at the Movies” for each film.
Both collections will include 32-page booklets with info about each film. Retail price for each is set at $49.99.