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Great selection of movies but...
on 8 October 2010
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!