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Film Noir Collection [DVD] [1944]

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston
  • Directors: Robert Siodmark, Billy Wilder, Don Siegel, Edward Dmytryck, Jacques Tourneur
  • Producers: Mark Hellinger, Joseph Sistrom, Jack J. Gross, Adrian Scott, Warren Duff
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UWXM1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,307 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

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.

Synopsis

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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This collection is great value for money, you truly do get a lot of bang for your buck. As someone pretty new to film noir, I'm glad I took the risk on this box, having never seen any of the films before. I was previously just a fan of Bogart (The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep), now I'm in love with noir.

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.
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Inside the big black cigarette box (a fair indication of the dangerously addictive quality of its contents), each film comes in its own case; and there isn't much apart from the films on the disks. Fortunately, special features and other such padding are not required to make these films great value for money and excellent entertainment. There is no filler in this set. All the films included are superb, and make an ideal introduction to the genre, at an ideal price.

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.
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I recently ordered this boxset and was left with mixed feelings. There can be no doubt that OUT OF THE PAST, MURDER MY SWEET, THE KILLERS, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, CROSSFIRE and THIS GUN FOR HIRE are all masterpieces in their own right, and THE BIG STEAL comes close.

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!
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This box set contains 9 classic film noirs 100%. I purchased this item when it was released some time ago, but did not have time to write a review to 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

Enjoy it!!!
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