Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2010


"The Maltese Falcon" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



The film opens with a scroll about The Maltese Falcon, a rare artifact that has been lost for hundreds of years now.  The film then shifts to current day San Francisco, and the private investigation firm of Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) and Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan).  Hired by Ruth Wonderly (Mary Astor) to help track down her sister and return her home, Archer winds up being killed that night with Spade as the main suspect in his case.  However, Spade will quickly discover that Miss Wonderly is not who she claimed to be at the start, and her actual intentions have nothing to do with her sister, but to attempt to discover the missing Maltese Falcon before another group can find it.  Sam Spade will now have to work to figure out who is working against whom, and how to get himself out of the trouble he's already in.


  • Warner Brothers
  • 1941, B&W, Not Rated, 1 Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English DTS-HD MA 1.0
  • Starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre
  • Directed by John Huston
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


The film that helped make Humphrey Bogart into a film star, The Maltese Falcon is a film classic, and one that is still enjoyable to this day.  Starting out quickly and moving right along, the film will keep you entertained, and wondering, the whole time and is well worth watching if you've never seen it before.


Though not as sharp as some other classic films from Warner Brothers, The Maltese Falcon does look very nice on Blu-ray.  Perhaps a little soft and missing some of the fine detail that other transfers have, but still better than the film has looked at home before.  The soundtrack is also very good for its age, with clear dialog and effects, though not much dynamic range.


The disc features a good amount of extras considering the age of the film, including commentary from a Bogart biographer, a couple featurettes, blooper reels and screen tests, and radio adaptations of the original novel.