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Out of the Past

Robert Mitchum , Jane Greer , Jacques Tourneur    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB NOIR CLASSIC..... July 8 2004
Among the spate of b&w noir films recently released by Universal and Warner's is this classic. Directed on a somewhat higher budget than most noirs of the 40's, Jacques Tourneur used his considerable skill honed on his 40's noir horror films with Val Lewton to fashion a first class thriller of deceit, lies, double crosses, murder, blackmail etc. all wrapped up with a first rate cast. One time gum shoe Robert Mitchum (now running a small town gas station) is tracked down and hired by Kirk Douglas to find his runaway mistress (Jane Greer) who shot him and ran off with $40,000. He finds her in Acapulco and immediately falls for her deceptive charms. She's a femme fatale with more traps in her web than a black widow spider. Of course, things get complicated (there's a murder and Mitchum disposes of the body) and soon Greer is back with Douglas and Mitchum is up to his neck again with another "job"...from Douglas. Mitchum is torn between his love for a good girl (Virginia Huston) and the wily machinations of Greer. And this time, he suspects he's being set up as a fall guy by Greer and Douglas. But Greer has her hooks in him good and it looks as if no one will win. Rhonda Fleming is another bad girl Mitchum contends with and there's more murder and mayhem to be dealt with as the walls close in on everyone. "Out of the Past" is an incredibly entertaining film that pulls you in and doesn't let up. Mitchum narrates the first part of the story (telling how he got involved to Huston) in typical fatalistic deadpan style. This is one of the all-time greats and the DVD print is really crisp and clean. A definite collector's item.
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3.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY OUT ON DVD!!! July 6 2004
By Nix Pix
Jacque Tourneur's "Out of the Past" is one of the quintessential film noirs. Everything, from Robert Mitchum's musings - "Build my gallows high, baby" to the darkly mysterious environment is fraught with subtle entendre and troubling meaning. yet so fascinating that you can't turn away. Robert Mitchum is at his sleepy-eyed, dry and brooding best as Jeff Bailey, the ultra-cool, ultra savvy former P.I. hiding out from his former life as a gas station owner in a little alcove of existence that itself is absent from the mainstream world. But the past catches up with Bailey in the embodiment of callous, calculating career criminal, Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas). Whit and Jeff had some spurious goings on once upon a time, an old score that Whit isn't willing to overlook or concede once he finds Jeff. If that was not bad enough, Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer) enters the picture as the atypical femme fatale, whose bite is more venomous than the poisonous web of destruction and deceit that she manages to ensnare everyone in. This is a palpable taut thriller with few equals, an intellectual crime drama that puts its remake "Against All Odds" to shame. As is to be expected, the plot is anything but straight forward, leading to twists of convention that the first time viewer will be hard pressed to figure out or see coming.
In keeping with Warner's current trend to not really do all that is required to completely remaster classic movies for DVD, the transfer of "Out of the Past" is just a bit above average. The gray scale is nicely balanced with deep solid blacks and whites that are relatively clean. There's a considerable amount of film grain and age related artifacts for a visual presentation that, while a considerable improvement over previously issued VHS tapes, is still below par.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate March 6 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I Remember Jane Greer talking about Mitchum in his bio and the fact that Kirk Douglas was trying to " underact" Mitchum. Greer says " Nobody Could Underact Mitchum.
Its true, and this is one of his great films. As noted the sparkling dialogue such as.... Rhonda Fleming and Mitchum are walking down a corrider towards an elevator..after just leaving her boyfriend..she says ' What did you think of him" Mitchum says " He,s a jerk" Fleming then asks " Why do you say that"?
Mitchum says .." He,s in love with you isnt he! Look for Paul Valentine and Dickie Moore as the mute.Classic Mitchum..
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5.0 out of 5 stars How big of a fool can one be? March 30 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Out of the Past... What can one say?... Just watch it late at nite like its meant to, everyone's asleep and it's four in the morning... Just like Mitchum looked in most of his best roles ...If you love old black and white movies like me, especially noir, this is one of the top ten movies of all time...Dialogue, Come on! Some of the best you'll ever hear. Photography, Ditto! Especially the rain scene in Mexico with the shadows of palms in the cabina...Sum it up, They don't make em like this anymore. Get it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Build my gallows high, baby!" July 8 2004
By Dave
This is without a doubt one of the best film noirs ever made, & with a very impressive cast. The director brilliantly cast Mitchum & Douglas as rivals & of course the beautiful yet deadly Jane Greer as the femme fatale. Mitchum is perfect as the private detective who loses control of his life after falling for Douglas' "girlfriend", played by Jane Greer. Douglas, although virtually unknown in Hollywood at the time of this film, also gives an incredible performance as a ruthless mobster determined to own Greer at all cost. I've seen dozens of film noirs but I can't think of one with as much snappy dialogue as this one. The screenwriter, Geoffrey Homes was truly gifted & made this film timeless. And of course, the talented Jacques Tourneur flawlessly directed this great classic & created one of the most memorable film noirs ever. The picture quality of the dvd is excellent & there's very informative commentary that helped me fully understand the complicated plot. This masterpiece is a must-have for any fan of film noirs. In fact, it'd be hard for anyone to not like this movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Out of the Past (1947) ... Robert Mitchum ... RKO Radio Pictures...
RKO Radio Pictures presents "OUT OF THE PAST" (13 November 1947) (97 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2010 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive film-noir masterpiece becomes a dazzling DVD!
If you want to define film-noir, OUT OF THE PAST has it all. Standout performances from Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas, magnificent direction by Jacques Tourneur, and... Read more
Published on July 6 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Hold Up
When l first saw this flick as a youngster, l thought it was brilliant. Seeing it anew proved to be a big disappointment. Poor production values (viz. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by eduardo
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!
Out of the Past is one of the 5 best noir films of all time, and this fills a BIG hole in dvd-land. Now if The Asphault Jungle would just come out...
Published on May 3 2004 by David J. Forsmark
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mother of All Film Noir Crime Dramas
This is one of the best examples of Film Noir ever produced. Everything about the production is dark and troubling, yet so fascinating that you can't turn away. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Robert I. Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars On the the greats
I loved this film, the remake in the 80's (Againist All Odds) with Jeff Bridges and James Woods is good, but the original black and white with the darkness and the great, great... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2002 by P. Gimm
5.0 out of 5 stars Tax evasion made sexy
This is one of the sexiest, wittiest, forties films of all. Double crosses abound, the bad guys are by far the best dressed in shoulder padded suits and two toned shoes, and the... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2002 by Ian Muldoon
5.0 out of 5 stars "Build my gallows high, baby"
Film Noir. It is an odd, misunderstood, somewhat underappreciated genre. The genre is also widespread, with dramas and even some comedies having elements of the genre. Read more
Published on April 21 2002 by "weirdo_87"
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby, I don't care....
When Mitchum says that line, it is the sexiest thing I've ever heard. The movie is velvety dark and smouldery (is that a word?) macho and I love it. Read more
Published on March 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Suspense, Biting Dialogue
One of the great things about RKO Studios was the manner in which it achieved optimum results with economical budgets. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2001 by William Hare
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