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Film Noir Thrillers: Detour/Fast And The Furious/D.O.A. (Box Set) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Neville Brand, Henry Hart
  • Directors: John Ireland, Rudolph Maté, Edgar G. Ulmer, Edward Sampson Jr
  • Producers: Leon Fromkess, Roger Corman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Siren
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083EDG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,182 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Triple bill of low-budget film noir thrillers. In 'Detour' (1950) piano player Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is on his way from New York to the West Coast when he hitches a lift with a drugged-up businessman (Edmund MacDonald) who dies during the journey. Fearing that he will be blamed for the death, Roberts buries the body, but events soon spiral out of his control. In 'DOA' (1950) Frank Bigelow (Edmund O' Brien) wakes up one morning after a heavy night drinking, only to discover that he has been given a dose of a lethal, slow-acting poison which takes 25 hours to claim its victim. This leaves the dying Frank with time to try and find out who his own murderer is. Whilst in 'The Fast and the Furious' (1957) Frank Webster (John Ireland) is a fugitive from justice on the run from the law in a stolen sports car. In order to escape the country, he takes part in an auto-race which finishes across the border in Mexico; but will he be able to elude the cops long enough to win the race?

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lord December on 13 Mar 2003
This 3-disc set is a bit of a bargain, including as it does both 'Detour' and 'D.O.A.', two wonderful gems of the genre. The print quality of 'Detour' leaves a little to be desired, being scratched and a bit jumpy in places, but given the age of the film, and the fact that no-one anticipated how timeless it's appeal would prove, it's only to be expected. 'Detour' is a Road-Noir with a genuinely nightmarish quality. The very apparent back projection lends a surreal edge to the driving sequences, which serve to place the implausible plot twists in a context that makes them seem possible. A classic, 5/5. 'D.O.A.' is nearly as good, with a wonderful opening scene of a man stumbling into a police station to report his own murder - there follows the story in flashback of how he tries to find out who killed him. 4/5. And then there's 'The Fast & The Furious' - not really a Noir, but a mildly entertaining road movie (more of a man-on-the-run/hot-rod exploitation picture) from producer Roger Corman. 2/5. Go buy, and enjoy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paulinemy on 2 Oct 2013
and it is, if you can cope with the truly awful picture quality and total lack of extras. If there had been films in the dark ages, this is what I would have expected them to look like by now. Picture quality of Detour is truly awful, F&F is just about passable, and DOA a little better. F&F not really noir - its Roger Corman being creative with some racing footage. Detour is satisfying, DOA is stand-out - excellent central performance, original plot, fantastic location photography. It has a real sense of menace and genuine noir aesthetic. Definitely worth seeing, but also worth finding a better edition than this, if possible.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Petroleum Spirit on 5 Jan 2011
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Given the age of the original prints, the quality of the reproduction is not too bad and the films are watchable from this perspective. From an entertainment perspective the films are definitely B movies and the first person style (of Detour for example) gets tiresome, but that's how these films were.
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