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The Ultimate Film Noir Collection [DVD]

Barbara Stanwyck , Van Heflin , Alfred L. Werker , Anthony Mann    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn
  • Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann, Arthur Lubin, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fritz Lang
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Passport International
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 909 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,179 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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233 of 236 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ten great film noir at an unbelievable price 12 Nov 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This set of ten classic film noir is incredible value for money but is flawed by A number of inadequate transfers; however it is worth buying.

Be warned - there is a persistent "Ultimate Film Noir Collection" logo displayed throughout all films positioned lower right, in my experience this is unique for a commercially released DVD and very undesirable.

SCARLET STREET (dreadful transfer) - so bad I didn't watch it.

DETOUR (Good transfer) - This excellent film noir was a B movie made in six days with only six sets, and although close scrutiny can detect evidence of rush it is a gripping film. Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is hitchhiking from New York to California and is offered a lift by shifty good natured Charles Haskell (Edmund MacDonald). When Haskell suddenly dies en route Al continues on his way using Haskell's car and when he gives a lift to Vera (Claudia Drake) his whole world starts collapsing around him.

STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (highlights burned out otherwise acceptable transfer) - by accident three childhood friends find themselves reunited after eighteen years bound together by a childhood secret. Sam Masterson (Van Heflin) finds his childhood sweetheart Martha Ivers (Barbara Stanwyck) has married weak alcoholic Walter O'Neil (Kirk Douglas in his first film role) now DA. Toni (Lizabeth Scott in early Lauren Bacall look-alike sound-alike mode) as an early released ex con adds to the complications of the explosive reunion.

A complex and involving plot superbly acted out and directed.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great collection marred by horrible quality 16 Jan 2008
I read the reviews here and elsewhere beforehand - thinking that the quality can't be *that* bad. Turns out some of the films are indeed downright unwatchable. I don't mind a little grit, but the fuzziness going on here is astonishing. I'll probably end up watching about half of the films before passing the whole thing on. At good quality this box would be worth four times as much. OK value, but beware.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 30 April 2007
By Alice
Fantastic monetary value, 9 films in the package, and a good all-round selection, but the quality is a bit disappointing. The brilliant classic "Scarlett Street" is practically impossible to watch, grainy, wobbly, lines running down the screen, some scenes so bright but faint, it gives you eye ache to watch as the film is constantly moving and you're trying to focus! The quality is so bad you'd think you were watching a silent movie of the 1920's. You have to turn the sound right up on the films, as when you buy a cheap CD. Also, cover your nose with a hankie when you open the package - it stinks, far worse than any plastic you've ever smelt, and it doesn't go away. Still, a good buy for noir fans.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REASONABLE VALUE. 27 Oct 2007
To be honest, this 6-disc set contains 18 (mostly) second-rate films. However, I must disagree with the (so far, only) reviewer's comment that the majority of titles are 'unviewable.' It depends how fussy you are. Personally, I found them all viewable, 12 watchable, and, of these, 6 quite enjoyable. And, at around 10 (current asking price), that can't be bad.
If nothing else, this type of cheap purchase affords the buyer with a glut of unknown product confronting him, the opportunity to make up his mind - and then perhaps buy a better quality transfer elsewhere.
Titles (with personal rating) as follows:-
THE STRANGER(1946) - 6
STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS(1946)- Switched off (too slow)
HITCH-HIKER((1953) - 7
QUICKSAND((1950) - 6
DETOUR(1946) - Switched off (I know this is
highly regarded by film buffs,
but I found the plot just too
THE SCAR(1948) - 6
D.O.A.(1949) - 8
JIGSAW(1949) - Switched off
WHISTLE-STOP(1946) - Switched off
HE WALKED BY NIGHT(1948) - 9 (my type of film)
THE CHASE(1946) - 7
THE BIG BLUFF(1955) - 7
PORT OF NEW YORK(1949) - 7
SUDDENLY(1954) - Switched off
BURIED ALIVE(1939) - Switched off
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