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Film Noir Classics [DVD] [1945]

Linda Darnell , Bert Freed , Otto Preminger , Jules Dassin    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Linda Darnell, Bert Freed, Gary Merrill, Karl Malden, Alice Faye
  • Directors: Otto Preminger, Jules Dassin
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,628 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Collection of four original film noir classics. Otto Preminger directs 'Fallen Angel' (1945) in which Dana Andrews plays Eric Stanton, a down-on-his-luck press agent who drifts into a small Californian coastal town. There he meets June (Alice Faye), a wealthy but reclusive woman, but has his eye on sultry waitress Stella (Linda Darnell). In love with Stella but broke, Eric marries June for her money, planning a rapid divorce. However, the story takes an unexpected turn when Stella is found murdered. Preminger also directs 'Whirlpool' (1950), starring Gene Tierney as Ann Sutton, the well-dressed wife of a successful psychoanalyst. When arrested for shoplifting, she is saved from inevitable scandal by the intervention of the suave but slightly sinister hypnotist David Korvo (Jose Ferrer). However, the salvation proves deceptive and she soon finds herself caught up in a web of blackmail and murder. Jules Dassin directs the classic B-movie thriller 'Night and the City' (1950), starring Richard Widmark as Harry Fabian, a small time con-man with dreams of one day making it big. In the back streets of London, he runs across a Greco-Roman wrestler, and arrives at a plan that he believes will set him up financially for life. However, the more people he involves in his scam the more difficult it becomes to manage, and Harry has to fight hard to keep his eyes on the prize. Dana Andrews also stars in Preminger's gritty 1950 thriller 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' as corrupt New York cop Mark Dixon. Already in trouble for his brutal methods and alienated from his colleagues, he pursues a gang leader with vindictive zeal and accidentally kills a possible murder suspect. His guilt deepens when he falls in love with the dead man's wife and her father, an innocent cab driver, finds himself accused of the murder. Dixon finds ultimate redemption - at a price.

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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine collection of noir gems 27 Jan 2010
The films presented in this box set are perhaps not the most famous of noir, but they are worthy additions to anyone who loves the style. Three of the films are by Otto Preminger, and one by Jules Dassin, so quality is assured. Most of the films are typical noir, with themes of crime, drifters and dangerous women abundant.

My favourite in the collection is Dassin's Night and the City, which is a fantastic character study and perhaps one of the darkest in the collection, the story is truly gritty and explores the underbelly of 40s London to fantastic effect.

The weakest film in the collection is Whirlpool, it's not too bad, but lacks a bit of edge and isn't noir in the normal sense as many of the other films in the collection, and leans a bit too heavily on psychoanalysis. However, the other two Preminger films are excellent, especially Where The Sidewalk Ends, which explores Dana Andrews as a violent cop who doesn't do things by the book.

The image quality of these films is also really good, which is always a big plus as there are many collections with poor quality. There may not be many films in this box as some others, but the films are very worthwhile to watch and are well presented, a must for fans of classic noir.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film noir colection 24 Mar 2011
By Colin W
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Although Linda Darnell is mentioned in the advertising for this box, she appears in only one of the films. Gene Tierney however appears in the other three. Where the Sidewalk Ends is an outstanding film with a terrific performance by Dana Andrews and wonderful direction by Preminger. Ben Hecht's script indulges his thoughts on psychoanalysis. This is also true in Whirlpool, a fun film with Gene Tierney in top form. Fallen Angel is very good but Night and the City is outstanding. It features an unforgettable performance by Richard Widmark as a hustler with big ideas which are doomed to fail. The direction is top class and makes this one of the greatest film noirs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Night and the City proves the gem 20 July 2011
The two Dana Andrews films are decent, 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' perhaps more so. 'Whirlpool' is glossy but a little shallow. But 'Night and the City' proves to be a real undiscovered classic. For one, any film with Googie Withers is worth watching, her relationship with her Sidney Greenstreeet-alike husband is the high-point. Widmark is good, the film showcasing a different side to London than was seen at the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sofa Session 28 Dec 2013
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I have watched all four of the films and I have loved them. It's great to get back to a time, when mobile phones were not an easy solution to getting to the bottom of a problem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if not great collection of Noir 23 Jun 2013
Fallen Angel is my favourite from this thoughtful collection of Noir classics. There are better boxsets out there, the 'Great British Noir' boxset I felt offered slightly better value for money with 5 films compared to 4 with this collection. That said these films represent a thoughtful collection and well worth an investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD 26 April 2013
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Although the movies are excellent, the DVD transfers are not the best. Buy the studio versions. They are much better. Five stars for the movies.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for my dad (again) 21 Oct 2013
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he blooming well loves old film noir and were a few here he hadn't seen before or for a good few decades
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this 4 films all worth every penny! 28 Feb 2012
By martina
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all this four films are worth the money pay for them,good transfers and true classics Noir.the plots in each of them
are enough entertaining.the best for me are "Fallen Angel"perhaps you would fell in love with Stella(Linda Darnell)the pretty
waitress the same that i did.and "Night In The City" because in a way the protagonist of the film is London,along
with the other not hesitate,buy it!
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