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31  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 05, 2017, 01:27:50 AM
The Night Won't Talk (1952): An artist's model is murdered, and the police have plenty of suspects to work with. Routine low-budget murder mystery that is elevated slightly by the graceful Hy Hazell as one of the model's artists and John Bailey as an artist who gets blackouts when under pressure. 6-/10

Saw this on the Network UK DVD. Good picture/audio quality as usual, but this one's only worth it for the diehards.
32  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: September 03, 2017, 04:51:57 AM
Some more John Alton on Blu-ray:

He Walked By Night is a great, great noir. I hope they add a nice commentary or something like that.
33  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 02, 2017, 04:20:17 AM
Xh, tracked down The Blue Lamp, thanks for the recommendation. I wasn't quite in love with it as much as you are, but it was good. Two problem with the movie: as you say the cops were portrayed way too nicely, more like Victorian Bobbies, and the gangster moll was incredibly hysterical.

But as always the outside photography was great. Loved the grubby little children playing in the rubble. Can you imagine today's helicopter parents dealing with that?

Hahaha, those little brats were great Grin I guess I didn't mind the problems, which I agree with, as much as you did.
34  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 31, 2017, 03:47:16 PM
Yes, there are. But oh what joy if we stumble on a forgotten gem.  Smiley

Exactly, no pain no gain  Wink

Anyways... Back on track.

They Live (1988): Fun mix between a low-budget lone man ('Rowdy' Roddy Piper) against an alien invasion action-flic and more than a little bit of social commentary by director John Carpenter. 7+/10  Afro
35  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 30, 2017, 11:11:32 AM
Watching B movies is a roll of the dice as there are more bad ones that good ones.

Rolling them dice is a large part of the fun tho Smiley
36  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 29, 2017, 03:57:07 PM
Roses Are Red (1947): Don Castle is an ambitious D.A. who is kidnapped and replaced by a lookalike actor, also Castle, by mobster Edward Keane, who has not only a local police leuitenant working for him, but also Charles McGraw and Jeff Chandler. Low on the noir visuals and strictly B territory, but entertaining enough to waste an hour or so on. 6+/10
37  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: August 29, 2017, 01:20:21 AM
I checked - the boxset does not appear to be available for purchase yet. Do the Brits not believe in pre-sales?

Yes they do: Smiley
38  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 28, 2017, 03:42:33 PM
Jamaica Inn (1939). A fun movie, received a fabulous restoration from the BFI. Charles Laughton hams it up, but damn, he's entertaining.

Finally got around to watching this one (also the BFI restoration, indeed fabulous looking). Laughton sure does ham it up, he's hilarious at times (Chadwick!), but as fascinating as he is to watch here, I wish there had been far less of him and far more of O'Hara and Newton who are great and make for a nice romantic Hitchcockian pairing (even if it never really goes that far, they fit the mold tho)... Decent overall but not a Hitchcock I will revisit any time soon I'm afraid. 6/10
39  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 27, 2017, 03:27:10 PM
Someone Behind The Door (1971): Neurosurgeon Anthony Perkins imprints amnesiac Charles Bronson with false memories and a false identity, in the hope of getting Charles to take care of his cheating wife and her lover. Slow but decent psychological thriller with good performances from Perkins and Bronson. 6/10
40  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) on: August 27, 2017, 07:38:11 AM
This is a superb prison movie, possibly Neville Brand's finest performance (at least of the ones I've seen). The use of real inmates and guards, also as more than just extras, really adds a level of realism and grittiness.

Walter Wanger's cheating wife was Joan Bennett btw... She was not just a femme fatale on screen but also in real life it seems  Wink
41  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Spanish Neo-Noir: The Body (2012) on: August 22, 2017, 01:27:39 AM
Never heard of this movie (or the TV series you mentioned), it sounds great! Have added it to my list. Where did you see it, Netflix?
42  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: August 22, 2017, 01:25:15 AM
That sounds like a great boxset, Xh. I have all the films already, but the extras sound great. Is it Region 2?

Yes Region 2/B only (the flag(s) under each announcement details the country/region they're releasing it in):

Probably also because all the films already have a recent release in the USA, so those rights are not with Arrow.
43  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 22, 2017, 01:19:37 AM
The Blue Lamp is another one I'm still trying to track down. Where did you see it?

It was released on blu-ray by Studiocanal in the UK not too long ago. Region B tho I'm afraid.

Review & screencaps:
44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 21, 2017, 03:19:32 PM
Dressed To Kill (1980): Rewatched this Hitchcock meets Giallo thriller by Brian De Palma. The scene in the museum all the way up to the murder is awesome, no dialogue and tons of visual things going on. 8+/10
45  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: August 21, 2017, 08:44:39 AM
Arrow just announced a new film noir boxset:

I already have Secret Beyond The Door on a French blu-ray, but no doubt will add this set to the collection.

Four Film Noir Classics: The Dark Mirror, Secret Beyond the Door, Force of Evil, The Big Combo

Format: Blu-ray + DVD
Starring:  Olivia De Havviland, Lew Ayres, Joan Bennet, Michael Redgrave, John Garfield, Richard Conte
Directed by: Robert Siodmak, Fritz Lang, Abraham Polonsky, Joseph H. Lewis
Film noir has had many influences. Long before the term was even coined, we had atmospheric studio-shot detective thrillers, whose characters gradually became more ambiguous, and whose locations started to take in the world outside (notably New York City). This collection showcases some classic examples.

In The Dark Mirror (1946), directed by Robert Siodmak (The Killers), a man is murdered and there’s an obvious suspect, but she has an identical twin sister (both played by Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind), and one of them has a cast-iron alibi. The perfect crime? A psychologist with a specialist interest in twin psychology delves into the heart of the mystery, at considerable risk to himself. In Secret Beyond the Door (1947), Fritz Lang (The Big Heat) adapts the Bluebeard legend with a dash of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. Shortly after their marriage, Celia (Joan Bennett, Suspiria) begins to suspect her architect husband Mark (Michael Redgrave, Dead of Night) of having a secret past, and wonders about the reason behind multiple rooms in his self-designed home, one of which is kept permanently locked. In Abraham Polonsky’s Force of Evil (1948), an unscrupulous lawyer (John Garfield, The Postman Always Rings Twice) scents a personal fortune when he concocts a plan to merge New York City’s numbers rackets into a single powerful and unbreakable operation, but reckons without his brother, who’d rather stay independent. And in Joseph H. Lewis’ ultra-stylish The Big Combo (1955), Lieutenant Diamond (Cornel Wilde, The Naked Prey) is determined to bring down mob boss Mr Brown (Richard Conte, Thieves’ Highway). But Brown feels the same way, and is far less constrained by the law, leading to some wince-inducing set pieces (some involving a pre-stardom Lee Van Cleef).

This collection showcases many of the genre’s major names on both sides of the camera. In addition to the directing and acting talent mentioned above there are cinematographers Stanley Cortez (The Night of the Hunter) and John Alton (An American in Paris), composers Dmitri Tiomkin (High Noon) and Miklós Rósza (The Killers) and writers Nunnally Johnson (The Woman in the Window) and Philip Yordan (Johnny Guitar). It’s little wonder that directors such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino were so struck by them.


• Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [2000 copies]
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of four film noir classics: The Dark Mirror (Robert Siodmak, 1946), Secret Beyond the Door (Fritz Lang, 1947), Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948), and The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955)
• Commentaries on all films by leading scholars and critics Adrian Martin (on The Dark Mirror), Alan K. Rode (on Secret Beyond the Door), Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme (on Force of Evil), and Eddie Muller (on The Big Combo) • Noah Isenberg on The Dark Mirror, the author and scholar provides a detailed analysis of the film
• Noah Isenberg on The Dark Mirror, the author and scholar provides a detailed analysis of the film
• Barry Keith Grant on Secret Beyond the Door, the author and scholar introduces the film
• The House of Lang: A visual essay on Fritz Lang’s style by filmmaker David Cairns with a focus on his noir work
• Introduction to Force of Evil by Martin Scorsese
• An Autopsy on Capitalism: A visual essay on the production and reception of Force of Evil by Frank Krutnik, author of In a Lonely Street: Film noir, genre, masculinity
• Commentary on selected Force of Evil themes by Krutnik
• Geoff Andrew on The Big Combo, the critic and programmer offers an introduction to and analysis of the film
• Wagon Wheel Joe: A visual essay on director Joseph H. Lewis by filmmaker David Cairns
• The Big Combo original screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM content)
• Four radio plays, starring Olivia de Havilland and John Garfield among others
• Trailers
• Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow for all films
• Hardback book featuring new writing on all the films by noir experts and critics including Michael Brooke, Andrew Spicer, David Cairns and Tony Rayns, production stories, re-prints featuring Fritz Lang, Abraham Polonsky, Cornel Wilde, The Dark Mirror consultant Dr Mary Romm, contemporary reviews, and credits for all films, illustrated with original stills [Limited Edition Exclusive]

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