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The Big Sleep back to product details

Version Identification
written by KBibb December 18, 2004 - 12:02 PM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The 1945 version is on the side of the dvd which says Region 1 116 Mins and the 1946 version is on the side which says Canada 14A 114 Mins. You can also confirm the version in Scene Selections: Scene 17 in the 1945 version is "Recap at the DA's Office" and in the 1946 version it is "Racy Talk".

This DVD has BOTH versions
written by jbunniii August 17, 2004 - 12:06 PM PDT
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
It is not mentioned in GreenCine's summary, but the DVD contains both the 1945 and the 1946 versions of the movie, one on each side. As far as I could tell, there is no easy way to determine which one you are watching unless you know which scenes to look for. There is a short feature, identical on both sides of the DVD, which summarizes the main differences between the two versions.

I watched the 1945 version first without knowing it -- in fact, I was unaware that the 1945 version was on the DVD, but watching the short feature at the end made it apparent. By then, I assumed that the 1946 version must be on the other side of the disk (after all, that was the version released to theaters), and that indeed turned out to be the case; I ended up watching that version as well.

Which one is better? Well, the 1946 version deleted several scenes and characters, making the plot even more obscure, and added more scenes with Lauren Bacall. Frankly, I thought that the younger sister (Carmen) and several of the other women, including the bookstore clerk and the taxi driver, were more attractive and interesting than Bacall's character. The actress that played the gangster Eddie's wife in the 1945 version was much more attractive than the replacement actress used in the 1946 version. So, for me, the addition of more scenes with Bacall at the expense of several scenes that aided understanding of the plot was not a big positive, although at least this way it does seem a bit more plausible that they have fallen in love, rather than simply saying that they have.

Oh, one last thing: most of the movie, both interiors and exteriors, were filmed on studio sets, one heck of a lot of creative license was taken with the streetscapes (not to mention the weather!); the "Los Angeles" depicted in this movie has certainly never existed.

film noir at it's best.
written by psychodrama311 July 1, 2003 - 10:10 PM PDT
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
bogart is the man. the leading anti hero before there was such a thing. the man who men wanted to be.. and women wanted before there was such a thing. brando. pacino. de niro.. all reflections of him. watching him in each scene.. he takes over the screen.. he is the screen. the first scene he has with bacall.. you can feel the sexual tension.. yet he doesn't give a hint to her. so full of confidence and so full of the knowledge.. that he can control every situation. this is a great movie to understand body movement.. and biting dialogue.. and what it really is. brilliance.


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