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Sam Fuller Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Victoria Shaw , Glenn Corbett , D. Ross Lederman , Douglas Sirk    DVD
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  • Actors: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, John Derek
  • Directors: D. Ross Lederman, Douglas Sirk, Harry Lachman, Lew Landers, Phil Karlson
  • Writers: Ethel Hill, Eugene Ling
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FAG6W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,494 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crimson Kimono-Reviewed. 13 Feb 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
"You don`t have to, it`s all over your face"

The Crimson Kimono is written, produced and directed by Samuel Fuller. It stars Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Victoria Shaw & Anna Lee. Cinematographer is Sam Leavitt and the music is by Harry Sukman. Plot is about two L.A. cops, Joe Kojaku (Shigeta) & Charlie Bancroft (Corbett), deep friends bonded by blood who met during the Korean War. When stripper Sugar Torch (Gloria Pall) is shot and killed, the two men`s investigation sees them follow a painting to the artist who painted it, Christine Downes (Shaw). It`s the start of a love triangle that could have far reaching consequences for not only the investigation, but also Joe, Charlie & Christine.

1959 saw the release of Douglas Sirk`s Imitation of Life, a much talked about movie, that whilst splitting the critics down the middle, was none the less the fourth biggest earner at the box office that year. Sirk`s film, amongst other things, had a racially charged thread in it that gave it some added potency. The Crimson Kimono also had a racially charged thread running thru it, but Samuel Fuller`s film, it seems, slipped under the radar. Now of course in the modern era of film, Sam Fuller is often name checked by the likes Scorsese & Tarantino as being an influence, while the French New Wavers were quick to laud him as a stylistic influence too. The Crimson Kimono is far from being Fuller`s best work, but it is unmistakably a Fuller movie, and one that is a must see for those of a noir/hard-boiled persuasion.

Fuller has managed to put a murder mystery at the core of his film and wrap around it a tale of inter-racial tolerance, jealousy and sexual confusion: set deliciously to the backdrops of an urban part of L.A. and the more cosmopolitan Little Tokyo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT OLDIE... 27 Aug 2013
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I had forgotten about this old movie and am so glad I came across it by accident. Cliff Robertson is wonderful as usual.
Finely acted by all. A great movie for it's time. *****
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of Cliff 5 Sep 2013
By Mario
Old asymmetric face - Cliff Robertson's - method-acted early career highlight is impressive as flawed anti-hero who thinks he can do it all without the forces of law'n'order despite the womanly-wisdom of mother-figure and tarnished broad with the golden heart and striking good looks (Beatrice Kay and the rather remarkable Dolores Dorn - both excellent) in what is another nearly great film. Some great moments of caustic and callous violence and cruel woman-denying put-downs from the smug hoodlum who just can't quite escape his law-of-the jungle past. Clearly very influential in the Kiss Me Deadly attitudes to violence and prefiguring Good Fellas and the like as revenge-driven child-victim pursues life defining goal from the 'inside'. Sometimes thrilling but ultimately predictable. The looks of the villains - the 'big guys' and their operators - you can see cropping up in more sophisticated developed guises in The Godfather and The Sopranos years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seven very different and interesting films in this collection 12 Jun 2009
By calvinnme - Published on
We now finally have the details on the seven films that will be in this collection:

It Happened in Hollywood (1937) - Fuller's second film. Richard Dix stars as a silent Western star who is put out of work by the coming of talking pictures, since in the early days the technology can't be taken outdoors. He loses his career, his ranch, everything. After his fall he encounters a small boy who still adores him.

Adventure in Sahara (1938)-Much like Mutiny on the Bounty except it is set in the desert.

Power of the Press (1943) - From 1925-1935 Hollywood had made many anti-war films. This is one of those films that tried to reverse that trend with a tale about the dangers of isolationism.

Shockproof (1949, directed by Douglas Sirk) - About a parole officer in love with a parolee. This is against the rules of his profession, so the parole officer fixes it so the parolee can work in his home tending to his mother. However,the parolee just may be using him and may still be in love with her gangster ex-boyfriend. Don't blame Sam for the ending. The studio rewrote it.

Scandal Sheet (1952)- Newspaper reporters investigate the death of a woman and determine not only that it was murder but who the murderer is, which turns out to be quite interesting.

The Crimson Kimono (1959) - A stripper is shot in the streets of L.A. and it's up to Glenn Corbett and James Shigeta as two cops to determine the killer. The whole investigation enables a tale that only Fuller could tell about interracial love along with the cast of strange people that often fill Fuller's stories.

Underworld U.S.A. (1961) - A teenager sees her father killed by four gangsters. Twenty years later the crime remains unsolved by the police and the gangsters have risen to the top of the underworld. The daughter, now a grown woman, sets out for revenge. Both written and directed by Fuller.

There is yet no word on extra features.

This is an interesting collection that really shows Fuller on a journey during his career. The early films really don't resemble the work of Fuller as we know it from about 1950 forward, but the first two films were made when Fuller had less creative control over his work, so you have to appreciate what he does with material he is handed in his early years. There is an outstanding documentary - "The Men Who Made the Movies - Sam Fuller" - that really shows what made the director tick in his own words , but I don't believe that Sony has the rights to that one so I doubt it will be available here. If you get a chance, though, watch that first before you get into these films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult packaging 27 Oct 2009
By Jobla - Published on
I'm not here to discuss film content, which is probably excellent. I am here to discuss the difficult packaging which plagues this set. Not only are the DVDs stacked on top of each other in twos, but the lower discs have edges that are positioned BELOW the spindles!

I had major difficulty sliding the four lower DVDs out without breaking them (I did crack the outer packaging twice). I should have pushed down on the lower release button BEFORE attempting to slide the discs from underneath the spindles. I'm neither adroit nor mechanically minded, so the packaging was a challenge to me. Others will probably have less trouble than I experienced, as long as they are careful.

I still hate this packaging, and would rather have slim cases in a wraparound. That would avoid the potential for breakage that I described above.

The film transfers look quite good for the most part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and not to be forgotten! A must for a gift 9 Dec 2009
By whatmymommagaveme - Published on
Sam Fuller has an artist's eye that you can really see in his films. He is one of the few that can capture the reality of the 'Underworld' without making a mockery of it.
He also brings the audience in to see the real L.A., n ot just Sunset Strip, but downtown, like the real Main Street and Little Tokyo and let's the location become another character of its own.
This is a must for any film lover or friend, even if they have never heard of Sam or his films.
I am a 28 year old female that normally does 'girly stereotypes', and went to see a screening of Underworld U.S.A. and Crimson Kimono. I am now a die hard fan! I use this as an example that he spans all sexes and generations.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set! 30 Oct 2009
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The content has been provided by another reviewer. As to the packaging, I found no great problem. Six of the discs are arranged in the overlapping format seen with many box-set digipaks these days. The discs in my set were easily removed, although I really hate to have to remove the top disc to get at the bottom one on the panels.

Unlike the recent William Castle "box set," this one is actually more of what I would consider a box set. It's twice as thick as the Castle "box," and each movie gets its own disc (unlike the two-per-disc format in the Castle "box."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 'Film Noir' Stuff 21 Jun 2009
By Craig Connell - Published on
Written, directed and produced by Sam Fuller, this is a tough, straight-talking, no nonsense film noir. It's ike a 1940s noir but it's 1961 instead. So, instead of the boxy cars, of the Forties you have long- finned late 1950s automobiles. Otherwise, it''s the same genre.

You get the same great film noir photography with lots of nighttime shots and a lot of tough characters. I just wish they had at least one really likable person to root for, but I didn't find any. The "hero," played well by Cliff Robertson, is a tough, revenge-obsessed guy and that's basically the storyline as he tracks down the hoods who beat up and killed his father.

Even though the rest of the cast doesn't have big names, many of the faces are familiar and all are good actors. This is an earlier "Point Blank" film seven years before that came out - same kind of story.

Of the women in here, I found Dolores Dorn the most interesting.
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