Film Noir - LIST

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  1. Manus

    Manus Second Unit

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    Regarding Amazon.com deliveries. Here in Ireland their boxes are easily targetted because of their logo. All 3 of my Xmas packages attracted Customs and 'Postal Handling Charges' (?) of >25 euros ( > $32) so I'll be sticking with dvdpacific.com too. Great customer service.

    ~M~
     
  2. Craig Beam

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  3. Multi-Region

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    Regarding Journey into Fear, there is a R-2Fr: DVDreview..
     
  4. Oliver_Groth

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  5. Irina

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    The Man Between (Carol Reed - 1953) was released in Germany in November, 2006:

    http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000...262789-2787427

    Born To Be Bad (Nicholas Ray - 1950) will be released in Spain on March 21st.

    Caged (John Cromwell - 1950) will be released as part of WB Cult Camp Classics Volume 2 Women in Peril on June 26th in a strange company of The Big Cube and Trog. It will also be sold individually. Cover art is already available at www.dvdempire.com.
     
  6. Multi-Region

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    Criterion says....
    [​IMG] = [​IMG]
     
  7. rich_d

    rich_d Cinematographer

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    I'm glad the film is getting a nice release but I really don't see it as noir any more than THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS is a noir.
     
  8. Irina

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    Since there is no strict definition of 'film noir', it's really a matter of a personal opinion. What matters is that it's a fantastic movie and, hopefully, Criterion will give it its proper treatment.

    This is one of the longest film noir lists I have ever come across:

    http://www.gaskcadd.com/ssk_pix/FILMNOIR2006.pdf
     
  9. ted:r

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  10. Gary Tooze

    Gary Tooze Producer

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    I was going to suggest that we here try to develop a criteria. Something along the lines of...

    To be calssified a Film Noir it must have 6 of the following 10 (I'm making these numbers up):

    1) Anti-hero protagonist

    2) Shot in black and white (not exclusive) with murky, shadowy grays.

    3) Ex-convict or recent ex-convict characters.

    4) Flash-back (remembered) narratives.

    5) Occasional obtuse camera angles.

    6) Plot derived from the hard-boiled pulp fiction novels.

    7) American crime drama or an attempted representation of such.

    8) One or more Femme fatales - “an irresistibly attractive women... especially ones that lead men into danger or disaster”.

    9) Plot devices of amnesia, shared guilt, pathos, or classic nemesis.

    10) Enviornment of the downtrodden, lower classes, or economically depressed.


    This is just a sample which I'm sure can be greatly improved upon. I'd love to hear suggestions for other attributes and the numbering system. We could value each with points and to be a Noir it must obtain X points... again just thinking out loud.

    NOTE: I am sure there are some very astute film fans that can name some non-noir films that have 6 of the 10 above. That is not what my post is about - it is not a contest.

    Anyone have any ideas? We could at least develop a rough guideline this way.

    BTW, I just rewatched Ulmer's Detour last night. Might be my favorite Film Noir.

    Best,
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  11. Jeff Willis

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    Has anyone heard rumors about possible DVD releases of these 2 films?

    INVISIBLE STRIPES (1939) George Raft / Humphrey Bogart / Jane Bryan
    I WALK ALONE (1948) Burt Lancaster / Lisabeth Scott / Kirk Douglas

    I've wanted these 2 for a long time but so far, no releases.
     
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  13. Kenneth English

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    Sorry if this has been asked before, but...

    Has Universal abandoned it's "Universal Noir Collection"?

    We got CRISS-CROSS, THIS GUN FOR HIRE, THE BIG CLOCK, and BLACK ANGEL then......nada.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Jeff Willis

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    Good question. But as for Universal. it's anyone's guess what goes on behind the silent vaults of that studio. From a TV/DVD collector's experience, they are one of the more secretive studios but they sure have a lot of what we want [​IMG] Thanks for the reminder of those Uni noirs. I know them all but don't have them on DVD (yet). I need to spend more time on the HTF Film Bd as well as the TV/DVD Bd [​IMG]
     
  15. Multi-Region

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    Warner Film Noir Collection Vol. 4 in July 2007:

    disc 1: Act of Violence/ Mystery Street;
    disc 2: Crime Wave/ Decoy;
    disc 3: Illegal/ The Big Steal;
    disc 4: They Live By Night/ Side Street;
    disc 5: Where Danger Lives/ Tension.

    *Source: http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=64624

    PS
    Let's hope THE BIG STEAL isn't colorised like the recent R-2UK release.
     
  16. GregoryMesh

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    From The Digital Bits' Rumor Mill, MGM will remember Edward G. Robinson in July with following titles: Kansas City Confidential (1952), The Stranger (1946), The Woman in the Window (1944), A Bullet for Joey (1950). The first 2 are available in poor PD editions, so hopefully MGM will rescue them (they already released The Stranger in other regions).

    Also, Fox will release Seven Thieves the same day.
     
  17. GregoryMesh

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    Oops, he sure isn't, but he's in other 3. And also in Seven Thieves which is being released as part of Joan Collins Superstar Collection by Fox.
     
  18. GregoryMesh

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    Ministry of Fear is being released in Spain on April 25.
     
  19. Pasquale_R

    Pasquale_R Auditioning

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  20. ted:r

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    "A Bullet For Joey" is actually from 1955, not 1950.
     

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