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B Movie Gems,
This review is from: Film Noir Classics 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
With the exception of The Big Heat the rest of films in this boxset are B-Movies filmed on a small budget and showed in double bills; but these classics are proof enough to justify the existence of the B movie These noires are real classics of the genre: The Big Heat stars Glen Ford as a cop out for revenge against a gangster who killed his wife; bristling with raw violence, A-star cast and a gripping story this Fritz Lang directed noir is classic and even stars Lee Marvin in a early yet vicious role. The Lineup is without doubt one of Don Seigel's finest films about two twisted hitmen who must track down a missing shipment of heroin, boasting a brilliant final car chase, vicious violence and a fast-paced plot this is another crime gem. The Sniper is an early example of the killer sniper about ten years before Peter Bogdanovich's disturbing "Targets" (1968) which follows a woman hating sniper who decides to viciously pick them off, although The Sniper is not as strong as The Lineup or The Big Heat it is still a enjoyable noir that boasts tension and suspense. Murder by Contract is my favourite in the boxset and feels more like a Bresson film than noir and is prototype hitman tale, about a hitman who must assassinate a mob witness; a brilliant surf-guitar track, thick atmosphere, compelling characters and powerful finale makes this an intelligent noir and star and crown jewel of the this boxset. Finally do not watch 5 against the House it is the only dud in the boxset and without doubt the worst, (it is a perfect example of inferior B-movie) but the other four classics drown it out. If you love film noirs, you should get this set which boasts pristine transfers and gripping films.