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Out Of The Past [DVD]

Kirk Douglas , Robert Mitchum , Jacques Tourneur    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Webb
  • Directors: Jacques Tourneur
  • Producers: Warren Duff
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJT7Q4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,728 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



"Build my gallows high, baby"--just one of the quintessentially noir sentiments expressed by Robert Mitchum in this classic of the genre. Mitchum, in absolute prime, sleepy-eyed form, relates a complicated flashback about getting hired by gangster Kirk Douglas to find femme fatale Jane Greer. The chain of film noir elements--love, money, lies--drags Mitchum into the lower depths. Director Jacques Tourneur gets the edgy negotiations between men and women as exactly right as he gets the inky shadows of the noir landscape (even the sunlit exteriors are fraught with doubt). This is Mitchum in excelsis, with his usual laid-back cool laced with great dialogue and tragic foreshadowing. As for his co-star, James Agee immortally opined that Jane Greer "can best be described, in an ancient idiom, as a hot number." Remade in 1984, unhappily, as Against All Odds (with Greer in a supporting role). --Robert Horton

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In a small town in California, the mysterious Jeff Bailey owns a small gas station and is in love with the local Ann. When a stranger just arrived in town meets him, Jeff is ordered to travel to meet the powerful criminal Whit Sterling. Before traveling, Jeff calls Ann and tells her the story of his life, when he was a private eyes hired by Whit for US$ 5,000.00 to find his former mistress Kathie that had shot Whit and stolen US$ 40,000.00. The competent Jeff finds Kathie in Acapulco, but she tells him that she had not taken Whit's money and they fall in love for each other and escape from Whit. When the former partner of Jeff, Fisher, finds the couple living in an isolated cabin, Kathie kills him and Jeff buries his corpse. Jeff accidentally finds the receipt of deposit of the amount in Kathie's purse and leaves her forever. When Jeff meets Whit, he surprisingly finds Kathie living with him; Whit asks Jeff one last job to get even and release Jeff from his debt. But Jeff finds that Whit is actually framing him. ...Out of the Past ( Build My Gallows High )

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The past is always with us 29 April 2009
Jacques Tourneur is the director of "Out of the Past" (originally released in the UK as "Build My Gallows High"). A French emigre whose first films were early talkies made in Paris, he's another director who shows the influence of European Cinema on Film Noir. The quiet petrol pump attendant with the past could just as easily have been Jean Gabin as Robert Mitchum. Prior to these movies he made very superior low-budget horror - Cat People The Cat People/The Curse of the Cat People [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], I Walked with a Zombie I Walked With a Zombie/The Body Snatcher [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], and The Leopard Man. From "Cat People" he brought the great cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca (who also worked on "The Spiral Staircase") and there is something of the horror genre about the filming of this convoluted tale, where you never know what you will find behind the door when you open it.

The plot is extraordinarily complicated, and at the core of it are two questions - who do you really love? Who do you really trust? Mitchum's tragedy is that these are not the same person, but he goes with the love, and it is the death of him.

This was the making of Mitchum, but it has to be said that this is more than anything else Jane Greer's film. I don't think there is another film noir where we feel the hero's love, pain and confusion about the "heroine" so much as in "Out of the Past". She makes us believe what she says, we want to believe her, because we believe her back story.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best film noir 2 Mar 2007
By heavy_t
Finally available on DVD, I saw this on BBC2 a few months ago when they ran a season of late night b/w noir films.

Although not one of the best known this is easily one of the very best noir films. Robert Mitchum is perfect as the weather beaten anti-hero and he seems to really relish his slouchy role, which I think is a big influence on the Bruce Willis character in last year's Sin City.

If you liked The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Kiss Me Deadly etc. then this one is definitely for you. I've ordered and am looking forward to a chance to see the great film again...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mitchum, classic noir 24 Oct 2004
Robert Mitchum was made for black and white movies and the noir genre. Here, the lighting captures his features mesmerically, like the extraordinary shadowed beauty of a moonscape. And then there's the voice, slow as sarsaparilla, deep as a honey jar ... just as smooth, but 140 proof! Mitchum's is a very physical presence, a very physical style of acting, but unforgettable.
Told in flashback - hence the title - there is plenty of opportunity for Mitchum to narrate the story, using that voice to carry you along. For a film actor, he has a voice which would have made him a radio star. Director Tourneur clearly understands this and builds on the visual and audio strengths of the production.
Geoff Bailey (Mitchum) is fleeing his past by hiding in a small town, miles from nowhere. His past, in the form of Kirk Douglas, catches up with him. His past also takes on the shape of the femme fatale, Kathy (Jane Greer). Douglas is wonderfully malevolent - there is a dual of the dimpled chins as he and Mitchum indulge in confrontational banter.
It starts out as a simple story, maybe even a love story, then twists like a trenchcoat belt. Mitchum chainsmokes his way through. Will he get the girl, the homespun Anne, the small town girl next door who is so enamoured of him, or will his past suck him back down?
Mitchum is built for a trenchcoat - he wears it in precisely the way Columbo can't. The story hangs about his central character in much the same way. It fits his acting and his presence perfectly. A superb example of the noir genre, a film you can watch and watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Build My Gallows High 24 Aug 2009
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
I have just seen this as part of a BBC4 Film Noir weekend, as "Build My Gallows High"
A black and white film from 1947, apparently a typical film noir, which means you should expect a doomed hero, at least one rotten dame of a femme fatale, mobsters, flashbacks and a mood of fatalism. And of course, shadows falling in slats across eyes and faces.
I lost the plot after about half an hour; but that didn't matter much. I knew Robert Mitchum was over the rotten double-crossing dame and meant to do the right thing by the small town girl. But his past was catching up with him and setting out to frame him for a crime he didn't commit. Robert Mitchum's sardonic look makes him perfect for the part while Jane Greer smoulders away and Kirk Douglas is obviously enjoying every second as the baddie.
Ah, they don't make 'em like this any more
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film noir classic 21 Mar 2007
Brutal, dark, intelligent and disturbing, but also with a great balance of warm and humour to make it even more complex and fascinating. That is how this film can be described. Made with great craftmanship and intellingence. This film is great example of film noir genre, a true classic.

Also there's no better example of femme fatale than Jane Greer is in this film. Gives me gooze bumps everytime I watch this film- really scarry. Leading men Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas (who gives a short but effective and chilling performance) are stellar.

The picture quality is good enough and the sound is too, though at the beginning of the film the audio track is cracking quite a lot, but in this kind of a film, it only gives more edge to the overall experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Melo drama at its best.
Kirk Douglas is brilliant in this version of" Build my gallows high" and Ann Greer is timeless,well worth the viewing.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Mc Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Past
One of the best (one site rates it as No. 1) film noirs of the 1940's. An all time classic of the cinema. Highly recommended if you like a well plotted film.

Published 4 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great movie. This movie is a timeless piece of art. An interesting film for all movie lovers. I enjoyed watching it.
Published 6 months ago by Fun mum
5.0 out of 5 stars A "film noir" so very "noir" that it is pure gold!
I loved this movie! This is an excellent "oldie but goldie" film noir, with magnificent actors and a great scenario. This review contains some limited SPOILERS! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Maciej
2.0 out of 5 stars opinion
This film is distinctly average. After reading the comments from other viewers my expectations of this movie were quite high but I found it quite disappointing.
Published 15 months ago by Sheba
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling darkess
This is the best ever film noir(up there with Maltese Falcon,Double Indemnity,In a Lonely Place) simply because Robert Mitchum is the ultimate hard-boiled tough guy,with a beat-up... Read more
Published 20 months ago by technoguy
4.0 out of 5 stars a good find
I really enjoyed this film, the ending wasn't what I would have chosen but really really enjoyable all the way through. Highly recommended
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by columboforpresident
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns
Marvellous for the genre with a marvellous cast and enough twists and turns for a cat trapped in an alley. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Mr. Derek R. Osbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars build my gallows high
One of the best film noirs of the 40s & 50s. Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas & Jane Greer are superb.
If you like 40s or 50s thrillers, this is for you.
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by David Wrigley
5.0 out of 5 stars "Out of the Past (1947) ... Robert Mitchum ... RKO Radio Pictures...
RKO Radio Pictures presents "OUT OF THE PAST" (13 November 1947) (97 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by J. Lovins
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