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Film Noir Classics Collection, The: Volume 1 (DVD) (5-Pack)
Some boxed sets claim to be definitive, but are haphazardly selected. Not this one. Four of the five titles here can legitimately lay claim to being essentials in the film noir canon, and the fifth, The Set-Up, is a terrific boxing picture with a strong noir atmosphere. If you're a fan of noir--or have no idea what it's all about--this collection is a treat.
Of course, none of these movies were made as "film noir." The term was coined later by French critics to describe the moody, anxious feel of postwar American movies, especially the genre that highlighted duplicitous dames and susceptible men lost in the criminal jungle. Indeed, the title The Asphalt Jungle conveys the edgy urban arena of these pictures. That film is John Huston's masterly 1950 account of a heist, with Sterling Hayden the disenchanted, noirish hero. Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy (1949) is one of the most supercharged (and sexually perverse) of noir films, with John Dall and Peggy Cummins as young criminals in love. Murder, My Sweet (1944) is a straight adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell, My Lovely. Amid the film's shadowy chiaroscuro, former musical comedy star Dick Powell makes a career-changing transition as Chandler's private dick, Philip Marlowe. Out of the Past puts Robert Mitchum (perhaps the quintessential noir actor) in trouble with gangster Kirk Douglas, complicated by classic femme fatale Jane Greer. Jacques Tourneur provides the evocative direction. And The Set-Up plays out an ingenious boxing tale in "real time," superbly enacted by (former boxer) Robert Ryan. --Robert Horton
If you're a lover of old movies, film noir and b movies, you'll love this set. I did! bleak, moody, filled with characters that make all bad choices.Published 5 months ago by dianne kuzniar
I don't care what anyone has to say about stunning visuals or some big name actor, give me a movie with a good plot and great directing every time! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mayor Maynot
Great collection of great movies, great quality and condition.Published 7 months ago by traditionstoday_art
I'm shocked and dumbfounded!
Is it even... well, truly conceivable?
Do my eyes deceive? I mean, can it really be ....?
My gosh, yes .. yes, it really is! Read more
What a treat & great bargain this set is ! Three key classics,and two other outstanding Films Noir. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by J. Baesel
Some boxed sets claim to be definitive, but are haphazardly selected. Not this one. Four of the five titles here can legitimately lay claim to being essentials in the film noir... Read morePublished on July 13 2004
...picture quality notwithstanding, this is a must own set. I'm a film noir fanatic, so if WB (and most other companies) keeps releasing them, I'll continue to buy them up.Published on July 8 2004 by Matt P.