3 Years Of Cinapse: Warner Archive 5 Disc Giveaway


Believe it or not, Cinapse is 3 years old! Time flies when you love watching and writing about movies. In celebration, we’re doing several giveaways as a thanks to our readers and collaborators.

We’ve got a number of excellent original columns here at Cinapse, from our flagship Two Cents film club column, to our Tales Of Zatoichi project. One of the most enduring and exciting columns we feature is The Archivist, in which our own intrepid Ryan Lewellen and friends dive into the inexhaustible well of Warner Archive pressed-to-order DVD titles and bring us some fascinating double feature pairings to learn about and potentially discover for ourselves. Cinapse is all about cinematic discovery, and The Archivist is right up our alley.

The Warner Archive Collection is an incredible goldmine for cinephiles, offering an enormous back catalog of Warner Studios’ titles to anyone who wants to buy them. Since the discs are pressed-to-order, Warners can offer them at totally reasonable rates. Ryan and friends are some 38 entries deep into this ongoing column, and haven’t even scratched the surface of Warners’ vault.

We hope you’ll check out The Archivist for continued viewing inspiration, and to give you a head start in celebration of Cinapse’s third anniversary, we’re offering a 5 disc prize package* to one lucky reader.

*UPGRADED! This post originally offered a 3 disc prize package which has been bumped up to 5 thanks to the fine folks at Warner Archive Collection.


The Rules
There are 2 ways to enter, and yes, you can do both to double your chances!*

1. The Archivist pulls titles from the Warner Archive vault with impunity, like some kind of mastermind. What’s the greatest cinematic bank vault heist and why? Write your answer in the comments below! Include your Twitter handle or e-mail address so we can contact you if you win.

2. Follow @CinapseNews on Twitter and retweet this tweet.

* US Residents only due to shipping expenses. Sorry, international friends!

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Ed changed careers and moved halfway across the country from Maryland to Austin with his amazingly understanding wife just to figure out how to earn a living watching movies. He once heard it said that NY/LA are where you go to MAKE movies, but Austin is where you go to WATCH movies. And that is the truth. But seriously, if anyone knows how to make a living watching movies, please let him know. Twitter: @Ed_Travis

  • Jason Ratigan

    If I understand you correctly (and I probably didn’t), the best pair of films covered are the recent Hitchcock duo, I, Confess and The Wrong Man. More likely, it will be the inevitable pairing of The Big Sleep and Key Largo. Both would be because the most exciting emerging home video source is the studios eating all the profits and releasing MOD blu ray versions of their back catalog. It could go very wrong with Kino-level mediocrities, but Warner hasn’t seemed to do that yet.


  • Chris Whitt

    I feel I must go awesomely lowbrow with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. A TV horror flick that repeat broadcasts plagued the dreams of a generation of children with wee lil’ beasties, a clever script, and excellent atmosphere? One that twisted the mind of a young Guillermo Del Toro? That’s a worthy pick to pluck from the vaults!


  • ekenyon

    I remember loving Inside Man when I saw it in theaters. I thought it had some good twists and I didn’t see the end coming, which I always enjoy. I don’t think I’ve seen it since, and I’m not sure it qualifies as a vault heist, but there it is ūüôā


  • David Keel

    I like The Bank Shot with George C. Scott. I think it’s funny with its crazy ensemble cast. Plus, they stole the whole bank. Twitter: @davk728

  • J.d. Lafrance

    I love the bank vault heist Michael Mann’s HEAT if only for its attention detail and exciting aftermath and tense build-up. It doesn’t get much better! Twitter: @JDDiocese

  • Jason Wells

    My favorite cinematic bank heist in the opening scene of THE DARK KNIGHT. It’s the perfect introduction of The Joker, as the thieves discuss the origin of him, and the betrayal they have on one another. The homage to Batman ’66 (the mask Ledger wears is similar to one Caesar wore on the show) is a nice touch, and I love the getaway is a bus during mid-day traffic.

  • Eric Melin

    Inside Man definitely counts as a bank heist, and it’s a finely made genre film with a lot to say. The heist itself (and its reveal of how Clive Owen pulled it off) is pure cinematic gold. Most filmmakers would struggle making it too obvious but Spike Lee doesn’t. Underrated film! Twitter: @SceneStealrEric

    • Austin Vashaw

      This was my thought as well.

  • Harrison Duckett

    Inception. While not a traditional “bank” heist, you can watch it over and over and still discover new things about the movie.


  • Harrison Duckett

    Inception. While not a traditional “bank” heist, you can watch it over and over and still discover new things about the movie.


  • There are many great heist films, but if we are sticking specifically to movies with bank vault heists, then it is hard to not recognize Dog Day Afternoon as the cinematic masterpiece that it is. From its tight script by Frank Pierson to its electrifying lead performance by Al Pacino to its flawless direction by Sidney Lumet, Dog Day Afternoon pulled viewers in for a close up look at cinema’s most fascinating bank robbery.
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  • G

    Great choices from everyone, but I’m going to go for something a little left-of-center and pick The Lavender Hill Mob (1951). It deftly mixes a unique heist plot (stealing gold and smelting them into knick-knack Eiffel Towers) with loads of great laughs. The fact that the mastermind is so meek adds to the humor and tension. glenniainkay@gmail.com

  • Andy Wolverton

    One of my favorites that doesn’t get talked about much is The League of Gentlemen (1960) directed by Basil Dearden. This collection of former soldiers using their service skills to commit a large-scale crime is clever and entertaining, and led by the always interesting Jack Hawkins.

  • Chris Miller

    Ack! Most of my favorite heist films don’t involve banks! I will say Topkapi anyway, not least because it was a direct influence on Mission: Impossible’s pilot episode, therefore helping create my favorite TV show.

  • bill norris

    Can the stealing of the safe from the Apple Dumpling Gang count…..if so i pick that. @bnchile4444

  • bill norris

    Can the stealing of the safe from the Apple Dumpling Gang count…..if so i pick that. @bnchile4444

  • Other than the ones already mentioned, I’d say the Ocean’s Eleven remake. Technically a casino vault, I love how intricate it was. It blew my mind the first time I saw it.

  • ninawina

    I truly love The Asphalt Jungle. If it isn’t the best heist film ever made, it’s the most moving for me, and, at the same time, the most stylish. And very close to the book, yet completely cinematic. And what great acting. Second place would be Odds Against Tomorrow, and for kicks, the original Oceans 11. Twitter: @ross_rlz