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« Reply #135 on: August 31, 2006, 09:06:28 AM »

A week after the much-awaited DVD arrives, this. What timing. Of course, you can look upon it as advertising for the DVD.

Some of the dialogue IS great, but there are bits that don't come off. The speed-limit routine McMurray and Stanwyck do is just too arch to be believed, but they immediately follow up with a better one (the one that ends with "I wonder if you wonder.") Of course, many feel it is really Edward G. Robinson who gets all the good lines (the "my little man" stuff is hard to take, though).

Better then the dialogue, however, is the plot, the trolley-ride pacing, and the inscrutable characters. Wilder took Hitchcock 101 and produced a term project worthy of his master (note the credit sequence that is an homage to the titles at the beginning of Saboteur). Wilder went from this on to Sunset Blvd. and Ace in the Hole, more great stuff.

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« Reply #136 on: August 31, 2006, 03:27:56 PM »

Hi Dave, my DVD's winging it's way towards me as we speak, I heard the transfer and sound is top notch on this release (the important part) hows the extras? (Obviously accepting the 'version' on disc 2  Grin )

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« Reply #137 on: August 31, 2006, 03:29:31 PM »

Just bought this noir boxset Film Noir - The Darkside Of Hollywood, which is up for pre-release at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GTJS8A/ref=nosim/102-2103411-2764920?n=130

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« Reply #138 on: August 31, 2006, 10:34:56 PM »

I think I saw Railroaded on TCM not long ago.

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« Reply #139 on: September 04, 2006, 04:58:51 PM »

For those who are interested  Grin this is my latest noir poster purchase:

Touch Of Evil

Original Australian Daybill


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« Reply #140 on: September 04, 2006, 08:02:31 PM »

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« Reply #141 on: September 06, 2006, 09:38:41 AM »

Hi Dave, my DVD's winging it's way towards me as we speak, I heard the transfer and sound is top notch on this release (the important part) hows the extras? (Obviously accepting the 'version' on disc 2  Grin )
I assume you got your set and have found the answer to your question. I didn't think much of the extras, to be frank. The documentary was enjoyable but not very meaty. The Dobbs commentary was good, but not so interesting that I feel the need to ever listen to it again. Of course, Shickel is as unsufferable as ever. Too bad Criterion couldn't have done this one.........

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« Reply #142 on: September 09, 2006, 12:30:34 PM »

I have a treat waiting to watch later tonight, right before the Laydkillers on TMC last night they showed the scheduel for the rest of the night and at 2AM this morning they showed Ossesione (1942) Visconti's first film based on James M. Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice" Got it recorded!  Cool

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« Reply #143 on: January 21, 2007, 02:00:00 PM »

Bit of an update, next week the Robert Mitchum Signature Collection is released which contains the incredible films;

The Yakuza
 Home from the Hill
 Macao
 The Sundowners
 Angel Face
 The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

Angel Face being particulaly important to me for personal reasons.

Also Criterion have announced special editons of two of Jules Dassin's greatest

The Naked City
Brute Force

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/coming_soon.asp

There's also the upcoming Noir set which is supposed to contain at least 8 films! Wow the noir fan is in for a treat this year

Also for those with multi-region players Universal have released in R2 land

The Blue Dahlia
The Glass Key
The Big Steal

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=63713

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« Reply #144 on: February 17, 2007, 06:53:36 AM »

Ok some more news, first do not get the R2 The Big Steal as it has been colorised  Angry , it's an RKO film and rumour has it, it should show up in the 10 film WB Film Noir set due out this summer.

Now some mixed news from the HTF: In an interview, Eddie Muller has suggested that the Fox noir line is not quite finished. According to this we may expect three new titles soon. Boomerang! and The Brasher Doubloon will not be among them.
It seems that Boomerang! is unlikely to see the light of day.

It's a shame as I would like to see Boomerang again. But in happier news Criterion are to release Cry of The City starring Victor Mature and the excellent Richard Conte.

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« Reply #145 on: February 22, 2007, 02:01:20 PM »

Out on release on the 20th March it's the classic Michael Shayne Mysteries Vol.1 set starring Loyd Nolan as the PI and containing the following films;

Michael Shayne, Private Detective
The Man Who Wouldn’t Die
Sleepers West
Blue White and Perfect.

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=63767

Looking forward to this!

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« Reply #146 on: February 24, 2007, 09:55:31 AM »

Hey LA .... I purchased a one sheet of "Out of the Past" a few years ago for $100.
OOTP is my favorite noir of all time, and I just happened to walk into a junk store in Austin TX, and the owner was just putting 2 framed poaters up on the wall. I nearly jumped for joy when I saw what posters they were (the other was The Kennel Murder Case), but unfortunately I only had a bill on me and they had a $125 tag on each poster.
I walked up and took down OOTP and offered what i had for the poster out the door ... and they accepted!
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« Reply #147 on: February 24, 2007, 11:16:18 AM »

OOTP is a great Mitchum Noir and I would love to own an original (and for $100 that is incredible, I recently saw My Darling Clementine in an auction, the same one I own, go for $1200 when I only payed $200 for mine. You must put a pic up of it. The original noir posters I own are

Panic In The Streets
Clash By Night
Touch Of Evil

And I own lobby cards for

Blonde Ice
Black Angel
Fallen Angel
The Scar

And I own original Press Sheets for

Criss Cross
The Desperate Hours

I'm hoping to pick up a daybill of Blonde Ice soon, the only one in existance! I'm currently getting Touch Of Evil framed along with my original posters for Vertigo, My Darling Clementine, Fistful Of Dollars, Duck You Sucker, Once Upon A Time In America and Clash By Night (1940)

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« Reply #148 on: March 13, 2007, 12:31:55 PM »

As being posted round at some other forums, good news for us fans of the Fox Noir series:

From MoviesUnlimited update:

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Question: Hi, Irv. Do you know if Fox has stopped their film noir titles on DVD? Will we ever see Boomerang, the 1947 title with Dana Andrews?

Answer: Thanks for writing. Yes, Fox is committed to more film noirs in the future—the collections reportedly do very well for the studio. And Boomerang, which had been previously announced and withdrawn, would likely be part of an upcoming set. Elia Kazan’s smashing 1947 suspenser about a state’s attorney (Andrews) trying to defend a drifter in a murder case in Connecticut, is based on a real incident that occurred in the 1920s.

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« Reply #149 on: March 14, 2007, 04:02:21 PM »

"Fox is committed to" and "would likely be" are formulations that don't inspire much confidence in this buyer. Those marketers and their weasel-words: completely antithetical to the noir ethos!

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