FILM NOIR - The Forgotten Genre on DVD.

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  1. Jay E

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    Although I'm happy to see the studios release more & more catalog titles, it seems as if there is one genre that the studios seem to practically ignore and that's Film Noir. There are only a handful of Film Noir titles out on DVD and the majority of these were put out by independent companies. Film Noir is my favorite genre and it's a genre that continues to fascinate viewers, critics & film-makers yet for some reason, the major studios don't seem interested in releasing them on DVD (the 3 major culprits being Fox, Universal & Warner).

    I thought I'd list some of the terrific films that have been ignored on DVD, the majority of which, sadly, will never see the light of day on DVD:

    14 Hours
    99 River Street
    Act of Violence
    Alias Nick Beal
    Angel Face
    Asphalt Jungle, The
    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
    Big Carnival, The (Ace in the Hole)
    Big Clock, The
    Big Steal, The
    Black Angel
    Blue Dahlia, The
    Boomerang
    Border Incident
    Born to Kill
    Breaking Point
    Caged
    Call Northside 777
    Captive City, The
    Christmas Holiday
    City That Never Sleeps, The
    Clash by Night
    Conflict
    Cornered
    Crime in the Streets
    Criss Cross
    Crossfire
    Cry of the City
    Cry Terror
    Dark Corner, The
    Dark Mirror, The
    Dark Passage
    Dark Past, The
    Deception
    Double Indemnity
    Enforcer, The
    Fallen Angel
    File of Thelma Jordan, The
    Force of Evil
    Gaslight
    Glass Key, The
    Gun Crazy
    Hangover Square
    High Sierra
    House on 92nd Street, The
    Human Desire
    I Confess
    I Wake Up Screaming
    Johnny O’Clock
    Journey Into Fear
    Killer is Loose, The
    Kiss of Death
    Lady in the Lake, The
    Leave Her to Heaven
    Line-up, The
    Lodger, The
    Mask of Dimitrios, The
    Ministry of Fear
    Murder My Sweet
    My Name is Julia Ross
    Narrow Margin, The
    Night & the City
    Nightmare Alley
    No Way Out
    Nobody Lives Forever
    Odds Against Tomorrow
    On Dangerous Ground
    Out of the Fog
    Out of the Past
    Panic in the Streets
    Phantom Lady
    Phenix City Story, The
    Pickup on South Street
    Pitfall
    Postman Always Rings Twice, The
    Prowler, The
    Racket, The
    Reckless Moment, The
    Ride the Pink Horse
    Riot in Cell Block 11
    Road House
    Ruthless
    Scandal Sheet
    Scarlet Street
    Set-Up, The
    Side Street
    Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
    Sniper, The
    So Dark the Night
    Stranger on the Third Floor
    Street With No Name, The
    Suspect, The
    They Live By Night
    Thieves Highway
    This Gun For Hire
    Three Strangers
    Tight Spot
    Try and Get Me!
    Underworld USA
    Union Station
    Violent Saturday
    We Were Strangers
    Web, The
    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    While the City Sleeps
    White Heat
    Window, The
    Witness to Murder
    Woman in the Window, The
    Wrong Man, The


    Any other Film Noir Fans out there?
     
  2. Robert Harris

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    Some of these titles are out, many are coming.

    A great number made it to laser, so things do bode well.
     
  3. Matt Everett

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    I'd like to see more Noir on DVD too. "The Big Combo" is out, and the quality of the disc is pretty good to my eyes. (I have an OLD 27'' so there's only so much resolution).

    I bought the Image "Double Indemnity" before it went OOP. I can only hope that Universal will re-release it.
     
  4. Jay E

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    I deleted the Big Combo, It was on the list by accident (I own the DVD).

    Robert, could you tell me which others are out on DVD? Double Indemnity is now OOP and thankfully so, it was a really bad transfer.
     
  5. Walter Kittel

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    I'm in complete agreement, Jay. Noir is easily the most under-represented film niche with regards to DVD releases. Warner Bros. indicated in the chat that they will be working on their RKO catalog so hopefully gems like The Set-Up, Out of the Past, and The Asphalt Jungle will be forthcoming.

    That is a solid list of noirs. I have some of these titles on LD, and consider them an essential part of my film collection. ( Thank goodness for LD! )

    - Walter.
     
  6. David Lambert

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    Warner also mentioned that the 40's version of Postman Always Rings Twice is coming.
     
  7. Andy Sheets

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    Yep, I'm definitely a fan of Film Noir, and in fact Out of the Past is possibly my favorite movie, period. I would kill to have a good dvd of that one.
     
  8. Simon_Lepine

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    Big Noir fan here.

    Warner mentioned High Sierra was coming in the chat, as well as more Hitchock next year so that might include The Wrong Man.

    Hopefully more will be coming, I think most of Bogart flicks will eventually be available, at least.


    Edit:

    Just saw Scarlet Street in your list, it is out on DVD and available for under 10$, ordered it for 6$ at DDD
     
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    I haven't received the DVD yet, but from reading user comments on Amazon, it looks like it's pretty awful, here's an example:

     
  11. Jay E

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    Thanks Simone, that's why I put it on my list.
     
  12. Henry Gale

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    Thanks for listing Gun Crazy.....it's high on my want list. I've been lucky enough to see it twice in a theater but I need a DVD.
     
  13. Paul_Scott

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    I'm hoping that they consider Out Of The Past one of their "RKO gems" that will be seeing the light of day next year.
    i was planning on specifically asking about this title, but when my turn came up the the first two times i entered my question i got an *ERROR: can't send to moderated channel* message.
    i could barely type out the question with Postman before i was afraid Ron would pass me over
    "Paul...you there?"

    it sounds like Paramount understands the importance of Ace In The Hole (aka The Big Carnival) and we might hope to see that next year. the Success (i hope) of Sunset Boulevard should have gone a ways to making that a reality.

    the biggest problem i see is with Vivendi/Universal.
    they own a ton of stuff (the Ladd/lakes being my favorites in this genre from them), and with their schizoid release schedules and cash problems, does't look like many classics are going to be forthcoming from them.
    very sad.
     
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    -mods- multiple post

    please delete
     
  15. Paul_Scott

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    BTW Scarlet Street is a great movie ( as is Woman In The Window), but the dvd i had (from Front Row Entertainment -$2.99 from K-Mart) was , as the price suggests, completely unwatchable.
    consistent print damage, poor leveles of contrast making the entire picture contain about a 3 step range of grey- nothing close to black, blown out whites, missing frames.

    i watched about 3 minutes and then threw it out.
     
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    I'm still waiting on Fox to announce their intentions on some of those great film noirs they own.







    Crawdaddy
     
  17. Jeff_HR

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    I have some of the titles mentioned in the first post on LD & VHS tape. I'd love to replace them with decent DVDs. I'd support an increase in Film Noir films on DVD with my pocket book. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Does anyone know which Hitchcock films Warner might have rights to?

    Another vote for Out of the Past and The Asphault Jungle.

    At least we are getting Laura later this year.

    Geoff
     
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    I'll 2nd, 3rd, & 4th the vote for 1945's Leave Her To Heaven, featuring the stunning Gene Tierney! A great story & a great movie! Hopefully someday.

    On Dangerous Ground is a film I've been looking for (on ANY format) for years. Can't be had. [​IMG] This one is supposed to have a fine Bernard Herrmann score (evidently his own personal favorite of any of his movie scores). Has anyone heard this music score? Is it indeed worthy of Herrmann's "best"? (Which would, indeed, be a tough road to hoe, considering Bernie's great body of work with Hitchcock, et al.) [​IMG]

    Let me add to wish list ..... The Desperate Hours (1955; with Humphrey Bogart/Fredric March).
     
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    Poof!! You now have but two wishes remaining.

    Tim
     

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