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Boomerang (Fox Film Noir)

Dana Andrews , Jane Wyatt , Elia Kazan    Unrated   DVD
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Movie Description Elia Kazan's brilliant docu-drama about an innocent man brow-beaten into confessing to the murder of a minister. Andrews is the D.A. who decides to dig deeper into what seems like an open-and-shut case. Look for playwright Arthur Miller in the suspect line-up. Based on an article by Anthony Abbott in Reader's Digest. Credits Cast: Dana Andrews Director: Elia Kazan Synopsis This melodrama, based on the true story of an unsolved murder, carefully combines fact with fiction in semi-documentary style. When a prosecuting attorney investigates the killing of a Connecticut clergyman, he begins to suspect that the accused man is innocent -- and sets out to prove it. Language: English Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Number of discs: 1 Studio: Fox Run Time: 88 minutes

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD was recalled! July 9 2006
Very unfortunately, this DVD has been recalled, and it is not scheduled for re-release (and probably never will be). Copies did get out to the public and were for sale for a very short while before the recall, and I was lucky enough to get a copy.

"Boomerang" is a great docudrama, taut and tense, directed with typical expertise by Elia Kazan. Based on a true 1940's murder of a local reverand in a small Connecticut town, "Boomerang" follows the subsequent investigation and trial of the murder suspect, as well as the agendas of a number of townspeople who want the case brought to an end. Shot on location in Connecticut, this film is a prime example of 20th-Fox "noir" at its best.

"Boomerang" was scheduled for a VHS release a number of years ago, and was abruptly cancelled just before its scheduled release date. Some of the people appearing in the movie were townspeople, not professional actors, which certainly added to the authentic look and feel of the film. I have heard that their legal agreements did not include a VHS or DVD release - I don't know if that's true, but could certainly explain the problematic rights situation. Watch for a copy and get one if you can! The DVD is beautifully produced, with a very fine print of the film, and some interesting extras, including a commentary.

A FOOTNOTE (Added August 2008): "Boomerang" is now scheduled for a re-release on DVD next month, 2 years after the recalled edition. Let's hope there's no further issues with the DVD. This is a "must" for any film noir collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dana Andrews as always is a treat to watch! Dec 8 2013
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This is typical Film Noir type movie. Very enjoyable! All Dana Andrews movies are.
It could have been priced a little better!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film --- But Not the Best of Film Noir Sept. 27 2012
By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I enjoy old film noir and I'm aware of the more obvious classics (Maltese Falcon, Laura, Out of the Past, etc.). Beyond that, I'm not old enough to know so I have to research and read ratings by others on places such as Amazon. I recently ordered 4 more, based on great reviews by customers.

IMO, this film is good but not great, and definitely not a classic in the same league as the above mentioned films. The acting is not as good or convincing and the plot is rather obvious and lacks the usual twists. This is a movie to rent, not necessary to own.

As for the DVD itself, the transfer and sound quality are fine, about the same as others in this series. The DVD contains the film and some other promo trailers. Not much else in terms of bonus features, just like the others in these series.
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