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Film Noir Collection [DVD] 
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This 9 disc film noir collection includes legendary titles: The Killers; Double Indemnity; The Big Steal; Crossfire; Out of the Past; The Blue Dahlia; The Glass Key; This Gun For Hire; and Murder, My Sweet. A truly memorable box set.
Features the film noir titles The Killers (1946), Double Indemnity, The Big Steal, Crossfire, Out of the Past, The Blue Dahlia, The Glass Key, This Gun For Hire, and Farewell My Lovely.
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The films range from tragic tales of good people led astray (The Killers, Double Indemnity) to entertaining detective stories with plenty of laughs along the way (Murder My Sweet). It's a cliché to say so, but they really don't make 'em like this anymore.
The odd film out is definitely The Big Steal. Firstly, (as Amazon fails to mention) it's the colorized version - although I don't especially mind, I had never seen a colorized film before so it was educational in that respect. Secondly, it's less a true noir, more a comedic crime caper starring noir stalwarts Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and William Bendix. It's an entertaining film but it doesn't hold as much re-watch value as the rest of the collection.
My only other complaint is the packaging. The cigarette packet design is lovely, but the information on the back is misleading. For example, This Gun For Hire is dated 1947, when it was actually released five years earlier. It is just a small thing, but it was a bit confusing seeing "the first pairing of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake" is supposedly from 1947, when another of their films was dated 1946.
However, considering how much entertainment this collection has provided, it would be churlish to give it anything but the five stars it surely deserves.
With top writers like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Grahame Greene and Ernest Hemingway, directors like Billy Wilder, Edward Dmytryk, and Don Siegel, and featuring early starring roles for Robert Mitchum, Burt Lancaster, Alan Ladd and top-notch femme-fatale turns by Veronica Lake, Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gloria Grahame (among others), you will not be disappointed.
Personal favourites among the nine are The Glass Key (with Alan Ladd being somewhat of a psycho), This Gun For Hire (with Alan Ladd being a complete psycho and Veronica Lake doing a rather kinky dance number in fishing waders), Murder My Sweet (Dick Powell doing a very good Philip Marlowe, comfortably the equal of Bogart's in The Big Sleep), not to mention the unmatched tension of Double Indemnity.
If there are weak points, then perhaps The Blue Dahlia is let down a little by the studio-mandated ending, and Crossfire by the somewhat heavy-handed spelling out of the film's message at the end. But both are excellent films nevertheless. And The Big Steal, despite a cast of noir stalwarts, is not really a film noir, except at odd moments, especially in the colourised version included here - but this is an interesting novelty in itself, and one that probably does better justice to the sunlit outdoor Mexican locations of the film than the original black-and-white would have done.
There are two downsides: 1. The quality of the copies. In most cases the transfer is poor; the actors' faces look contorted and seem to move in parts.
2. Unpardonably, THE BIG STEAL is colorised. I would recommend to any company thinking of colorising a film to include the original B&W version so the viewer can exercise the option to watch the version he/she prefers.
To have to watch a much beloved film reduced to fake colour was heart-breaking. Film noir colorised - nah, don't like it!
If you have a thing for film noir or if you don't have anything you must chose this item for your collection due to several reasons which follow:
1. It contains some of the most influencial film noir ever created in the US: Double Indemnity, The Killers, The Big Steal (which has been altered being colourized), Out of the Past, Black Dahlia, Murder my sweet, This Gun is for Hire, The Glass Key, Cross Fire.
2. Film noir was a current created long before it has been translated to screen in the US by European directors back in France and Germany in the 30's. This dark sided part of film still exists even today especially in the films made by Coen Brothers. It is a style, which can not be equalled today by anybody producing movies. The approach, the characters, the way the action is described and the filming method make this genre unforgetable once you've seen one of these movies.
3. The screenplays of this movies have been written by some of the best crime Amercian writers such as Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammet.
4. This box set will be only the beginning once you see what is inside this box. You will fall in love with this movie genre
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good collection of classic black and white thrillers, including Alan Ladd's first starring role, and Don Siegel's 'The Big Steal', a comedy thriller with the master's touch,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by ronald atkinson
Given as a gift and given the feedback that they were great, difficult to review otherwise but no reason to doubt this film expertPublished 9 months ago by Mr J Mackenzie
An absolutely fabulous collection although I do agree with previous reviewers that I was not happy with the colourised version of "The Big Steal".Published 16 months ago by QM1
I am a self confessed Film Noir fan, and have been for many years. This set contains a dozen movies, which I got for the bargain price of £12.00. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sturry1
Really enjoyed this collection of movies. One or 2 of the DVDs are not the best quality but still viewable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SME2009