Having seen most of the films in the traveling Nikkatsu noir retrospective last year when it hit New York and Boston, I was initially disappointed with the choice of titles in this collection, because the only film from that retrospective included in this box set was A Colt Is My Passport. But in hindsight, I'm glad Eclipse didn't merely duplicate the films from that retrospective, as obviously there is a lot more Nikkatsu noir out there than most of us had any clue about. Whoever chose the films for this collection knows their Japanese noir and picked a bunch of obscure and pioneering titles that all happen to be excellent. All 5 of the films in this collection are true films noir (not "sort of noir" borderline cases like many DVDs marketed as "noir" can be), kinetically and inventively filmed in black and white, featuring excellent jazz scores (and in one case a spaghetti Western-like score), beautifully presented with barely a hint of print damage, and in their original theatrical aspect ratios. As with the "no frills" approach taken in the Eclipse collections to keep the prices reasonable, there are no special features like interviews, documentaries, trailers, etc. However, the printed liner notes provided for each film give you all the critical/historical background you need on each film. I very much hope Eclipse decides to do not just a follow-up but multiple volumes of this collection -- and soon! No doubt there are plenty of noirs out there from the incredibly prolific Nikkatsu studios. Japanese noir didn't really take off until the late 1950s (barring the two influential Kurosawa films: Stray Dog and Drunken Angel in the late 40s), so many of the Nikkatsu noirs I saw in that travelling retrospective were inevitably in color. So it would be great to see some of these color noirs included in the next collection, particularly Toshio Masuda's other films (the one in this collection, A Colt Is My Passport, is black and white, but Red Handkercheif, Velvet Hustler, Gangster V.I.P., Bloodstained Challenge, and probably others are in color). In fact, how about an Eclipse set with just the Masuda noirs, along with further sets with films from various directors? In any event, this first collection is an essential purchse for fans of film noir, Japanese cinema, or just plain highly entertaining B-movies.