WHV Press Release: The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Noir and Forever!

    The Film Noir Classic Collection
    Volume 5


    Four Must Own Double Feature Classics


    · Cornered / Desperate
    · The Phenix City Story / Dial 1119
    · Armored Car Robbery / Crime in the Streets
    · Deadline at Dawn / Backfire

    All Eight Timeless Suspense Thrillers
    Digitally Remastered For Their July 13 DVD Debuts

    BURBANK, Calif., April 5, 2010 – Warner Home Video (WHV) doubles the stakes in The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5, debuting July 13, with legendary Hollywood tough guys and femme fatales once again colliding, this time in eight smoldering suspense classics, all new to DVD. Titles include Cornered/Desperate, The Phenix City Story/Dial 1119, Armored Car Robbery/Crime in the Streets, and Deadline at Dawn/Backfire.

    The new movies, which have all been digitally remastered for this collection, include stunning performances by John Cassavetes, Dick Powell, Steve Brodie, Charles McGraw, Susan Hayward, Virginia Mayo, and Raymond Burr, among others. An unbelievable entertainment value, the four-disc collection will be available for $49.92 SRP. Orders are due June 8.

    Warner Home Video released its first Film Noir Collection in 2004, re-awakening America’s fascination with the unique genre and garnering acclaim from critics nationwide. This led to a revival of film noir throughout the entire home entertainment industry as well as three more successful volumes from Warner Home Video in 2005, 2006 and 2007.


    About The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5

    Cornered (1945):
    From England to continental Europe to Buenos Aires, ex-RCAF pilot Dick Powell stalks the Nazi collaborator who murdered his bride. But one fact constantly surfaces during his quest: no one can describe the mysterious man. Joining Powell in the film shadows are the director and other key talent behind Murder, My Sweet of the year before.

    Special Features:
    Cornered trailer.

    Runtime: 102 minutes
    Rating: NR
    Film Specs: B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
    Language: English Mono
    Subtitles: English

    Desperate (1947):
    Desperate is the first of seven atmospheric noirs directed by Anthony Mann. Steve Brodie is a postwar every man who accepts what he thinks is an honest trucking job, only to find he’s the driver in a botched heist that puts Brodie and his bride (Audrey Long) on the run from the cops and the cons who planned the job (including chief thug Raymond Burr).

    Runtime: 73 minutes
    Rating: NR
    Film Specs: B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
    Language: English Mono
    Subtitles: English

    The Phenix City Story (1955):
    Corruption, brutality and vice plagued Phenix City, Alabama, for 100 years, so who would dare to change it? Based on real-life events and filmed on location in what was called Sin City USA, director Phil Karlson’s semi-documentary tells the jolting tale of those who risked their lives to bring the burg’s syndicate of thugs and murderers to justice.

    RT: 100 minutes
    Rating: NR
    Film Specs: B&W 16x9 Widescreen 1.77
    Language: English Mono
    Subtitles: English


    Dial 1119 (1950):
    An asylum inmate escapes to the city, where he takes hostages at a local dive, guns down a bar employee and warns authorities his captives will be next if the doctor whose testimony first put him away doesn’t arrive within the hour. A bit of casting irony goes with the movie’s then-novel use of TV news coverage: actors Marshall Thompson, William Conrad, Keefe Brasselle and Leon Ames would have significant career ventures in television.

    Special Features:
    Includes Dial 1119 theatrical trailer.

    RT: 75 minutes
    Rating: NR
    Film Specs: B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
    Language: English Mono
    Subtitles: English

    Armored Car Robbery (1950):
    Richard Fleischer directs this brute-force milestone about a deadly heist and the battle of wits and firepower between a fugitive gangster (William Talman) and his stripper moll (Adele Jergens) and a bulldog cop (Charles McGraw), out to avenge his partner’s death, who uses hidden microphones, lab work and his own well-honed instincts to close the net.

    RT: 68 minutes
    Rating: NR
    Film Specs: B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
    Language: English Mono
    Subtitles: English

    Crime in the Streets (1956):
    Following a turf rumble with a rival group, a street gang leader (John Cassavetes) tells his gang to do what they’ve never done before: kill a snitch. Reginald Rose wrote and Don Siegel directs a jazz-riffing screen version of a tale first seen on TV and co-starring James Whitmore and Sal Mineo.

    RT: 91 minutes
    Rating: NR
    Film Specs: B&W 16x9 Widescreen 1.77
    Language: English Mono
    Subtitles: English

    Deadline At Dawn (1946):
    A gangster’s sister lies dead. All clues point to sailor Bill Williams as the murderer. Slated to depart for duty at dawn, the swabbie, aided by good-hearted dime-a-dancer Susan Hayward and affable cabbie Paul Lukas, has mere hours to prove his innocence. The tangy Clifford Odets script is based on a novel by William Irish (pseudonym of Cornell Woolrich).

    RT: 83 minutes
    Rating: NR
    Film Specs: B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
    Language: English Mono
    Subtitles: English

    Backfire (1950):
    Vincent Sherman directs this gripping yarn about recovering war veteran Gordon MacRae’s quest to prove pal Edmond O’Brien innocent of murder. Aiding him is his resourceful nurse Virginia Mayo. And a secretive doctor, a lively undertaker, a desperate gambler, a dying witness and a haunting Viennese melody all lead them to a shocking climax.

    RT: 91 minutes
    Rating: NR
    Film Specs: B&W 4x3 1.37 standard aspect ratio
    Language: English Mono
    Subtitles: English


    The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5
    Street date: July 13, 2010
    Order due date: June 8, 2010
    UPC #: 883929042197
    $49.92 SRP
    All Films Are Not Rated

    Note: All enhanced content is subject to change.

    About Warner Home Video
    With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
     
  2. Livius

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    Yes!!!
     
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    Good news is always welcome. And this is great news.
     
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    It's worth it just for the truly remarkable PHENIX CITY STORY.

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    Wow pressed discs. The depression is over. Thank you Warner Bros for a new classic film box set on pressed disc with remastered picture. I will be buying this set. These are all films that I have never seen. That is also unusually as I am a classic film buff who watches many hours of TCM and still misses theaters like the Regency in NYC which showed the great classics on the big screen. One of the sad victims of home theater.
     
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    I will buy this set, too; however, I am just a little disappointed 'The Devil Thumbs a Ride' did not make the cut.
     
  7. Richard M S

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    Awesome news. I am particularly happy about the inclusion of CORNERED.
     
  8. Robert Crawford

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    Great to hear, I'll be buying this boxset.




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  9. Marcel H.

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    Originally Posted by Livius Must buy!!!
     
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    Alas, Warners lost the rights to this several years ago.

    Mike S.
     
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    Wow, what a great set!

    If I were king, er, queen, I would order WHV to release a Dick Powell noir set with Murder My Sweet, Cornered, Right Cross and Cry Danger.
    Who owns the rights to Pitfall now?
     
  12. Dave B Ferris

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    Really? That is very interesting. Maybe that also explains why it has been so long since the film has been aired on TCM. The last time it was aired on TCM (a few years ago, I think), I was insufficiently versed in film history to think to capture the airing on DVR. Of course, now I wish I had. Also, of course, I continue to make the same mistake. Just a week or two ago, on a Saturday morning, TCM aired a nifty little western, previously unknown to me, called 'Tension at Table Rock'. Once I saw the film was being aired, I immediately wished I had captured the airing on my DVR.
     
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    Am I dreaming? Is this actually an announcement for a boxed set of pressed discs?

    I'll check back in a few hours and make sure that I'm not in fantasy land.
     
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    Oh yes . This one goes in my cart .
     
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    Wonderful news. This is a very antecipated set. I just hope it is not the last in this WB film noir collection.
    A must buy!!!!
     
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    Excellent news. Nice to see Warner Bros. releasing more classic material; especially film noir.

    - Walter.
     
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    Classicflix has the artwork:

    http://www.classicflix.com/warner-film-noir-classic-collection-july-a-710.html
     
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    Finally! I figured WB had abandoned the noir sets. I'm all over this!
     
  19. Traveling Matt

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    How do we know these are pressed discs?
     
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    I'm there! Where do I swipe my card?

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