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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.