Video Details

Title AKA:/aka/ St Valentine's Day Massacre

OUR PRICE: $19.75

Year: 1967 / DVD / 100 mins

Director: Roger Corman

Jason Robards, George Segal, Ralph Meeker, Jean Hale, Bruce Dern, Joseph Campanella, Frank Silvera, Clint Ritchie, Jack Nicholson, Gus Trikonis, Charles Dierkop, John Agar, Joe Turkel, Harold Stone, David Canary, Richard Bakalyan, Leo Gordon, Alex Rocco, Tom Signorelli, Dick Miller, Paul Frees (narrator)

Video Notes:
Chicago February 14th 1929. Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city's boss of organised crime. In a north-side garage his hoods, dressed as policemen, surprise and mow down with machine-guns the key members of Bugs Moran's rival gang. The film traces the history of the incident, and the lives affected and in some cases ended by it. DVD FEATURES : NTSC Region 1; Widescreen Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1; Close-Captioned; Language: French (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0); Subtitles: English, Spanish; Interactive Menus; Scene Access. VIEWER COMMENT : "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" is the kind of film that needs to be accepted on its own terms. To expect by-the-book authenticity, or post-1970 graphic violence, or extensive location shooting, is asking far too much. There's an early scene in which George Segal, as one of the murderous Guesenberg brothers, intimidates a speakeasy owner into buying beer supplied by Bugs Moran. His tactics are similar to those employed by James Cagney in "Public Enemy," and it is this little homage that should tell viewers that the film is going to make a mere pretense of accuracy - and that this is just fine. "Massacre" is a thoroughly entertaining film that never tries to be anything more or less than that. Fred Steiner's jangling, dissonant score deserves a mention. It has a Charleston-like rhythm, dominated by a piano. It's an oddly effective thing, heard to best effect over the end title. Among the cast, no one turns in what could be called a brilliant performance, but Ralph Meeker probably comes off best as Bugs Moran, particularly as he utters the crime boss' most famous quote, near the end. Jean Hale definitely got my attention as Segal's girlfriend, and Clint Richie is appropriately sly as Machine Gun Jack McGurn, who masterminded the title killings."