Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 5

Jimmy Cagney (Hard to Handle), Warren William (The Mind Reader), Barbara Stanwyck (Ladies They Talk About) and Joan Blondell (Miss Pinkerton) star in tales of pre-Code crime.

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Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 5
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

What is so "forbidden" about these films

By Maxfabien

from Ottawa, IL

About Me Movie Buff

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Pros

    Cons

    • Disappointing
    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home

    Comments about Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 5:

    I purchased Volume 5 of the "Forbidden Hollywood" series strictly for "Ladies They Talk About". I have this film in a laserdisc set and I wanted to replace it. It is the only film in Volume 5 that has any essence of pre-code liberties. Barbara Stanwyck in prison with a bunch of stereotype female inmates, including a brief shot of a "butch" lesbian. And the storyline is fairly interesting. But the other 3 films have nothing about them to distinguish them as "pre-code". The closest that "Hard to Handle" comes to it is James Cagney sneaking into Mary Brian's bedroom and sitting on her bed with her. And then there's Cagney in one brief scene running around in a pair of tight fitted boxer shorts, which his shirttails cover up for the most part. "The Mind Reader" has a suicide scene which I suppose could be considered controversial for its time. But "Miss Pinkerton" contains nothing controversial or "naughty". Also with the exception of the Stanwyck film, none of these films are very good. WB Archives is really stretching it to classify these films as "forbidden".

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    " PRODUCTION CODE "

    By J. Gabin

    from Pasadena

    About Me Movie Buff

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    Comments about Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 5:

    Disc 1: Hard to Handle

    The print is quite good with little damage, white spots, some softness and scratches ,and few bad frames from time to time.
    But very good contrast, sharp 'image', and quite good black.
    The audio track is quite good: clear and clean.
    Very watchable print.

    Disc 2: Ladies they talk about

    The print is not so bad, still there are lots of white specks, a few bad frames, with some softness, and scratches.
    However quite good contrast, relatively sharp, and good black.
    The audio track is clear and clean.
    Watchable print.

    Disc 3: The Mind Reader

    The print comes with speckles, marks, a few bad frames and with a quite good audio track however decent contrast, sharp 'image', and quite good black and with a quite good audio track.
    Watchable print.

    Disc 4: Miss Pinkerton

    The print is good but it's uneven in spots, some marks and specs and a few bad frames but the contrast is pretty good, quite sharp 'image' and 'solid black'.
    The audio track have little damaged but dialogue are clear.
    Very watchable print.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    PS: All four discs are pressed DVDs and not made-on-demand discs

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well Worth The Price of Admission!

    By studiocats

    from Electric City

    About Me Movie Buff

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining

    Cons

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      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home

      Comments about Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 5:

      Excellent motormouth Cagney playing an honest hustler!
      Highly recommend for Cagney fans and pre code fans.
      Very Good Stanwyck flick ..perhaps the first sound flick of women in prison!
      (Completely unrealistic and very entertaining).
      A good grifter flick starring William Wellman.
      I am a Blondell fan, but could not sit through all of her movie in this set.
      All flicks have good sound and image.
      Recommend.. ESPECIALLY for the Cagney flick. A real find.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      High quality theatrical film product.

      By Mind Reader

      from San Diego, California

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Excellent Product
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value
      • Polite Sales Help

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • Special Needs

        Comments about Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 5:

        Prompt, professional service and the product is entirely what I expected. Pleasant and knowledgeable sales help. I like dealing with Warner Bros.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pre-Code Warner Bros. Classics In A Fine

        By Gerry

        from Flushing, NY

        About Me Electronics Consumer, Movie Buff

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Classic
        • Entertaining
        • Hard To Find

        Cons

        • DVD-R

        Best Uses

        • Entertainment

        Comments about Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 5:

        The main reason I bought this box set was the movie "The Mind Reader." This movie, and 1932's "The Match King," (another Warren William starrer not yet released by WBShop) cast a withering but accurate view on the Depression era outside the movie theaters people went to in the early thirties to see these movies. The video quality of "The Mind Reader" is adequate, a little better than that I saw when TCM aired the movie. The sound quality is excellent but I haven't been to an audiologist in years. TCM should give this movie a full digital restoration, the way Warner Bros. restored "The Adventures Of Robin Hood." "The Mind Reader" is a fine example of the consistent greatness of many of the movies Warner Bros. released in 1932 and 1933 while Darryl Zanuck was in charge of production. An unrivalled studio record never to be matched again by any Hollywood studio. Which is why I bought this DVD-R of "The Mind Reader."

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