Posted February 20 2004 - 08:27 AM
When Fox first announced that they would be releasing their great film noir classic 'Laura' as part of their 'Studio Classics' DVD series many, including my self were waiting in anticipation for this title and looking forward to the results of Fox's superb restoration and special edition treatment. At one point it was slated to be #14 in the series and get released on 12/2/03. Then it mysteriously disappeared from the line up. When asked, the only answers coming from Fox is that it was being delayed.
A few months later, during the January 12, 2004 HTF chat with Peter Staddon
(Senior VP of Marketing for Fox Home Entertainment), Peter Fitzgerald asked the following question:
Fox controls a staggering large amount of better-than-average "Film Noir" titles from the 1940s & 1950s, easily enough for its own DVD line (like Fox's "War Classics"). Any near-future plans for this sort of thing, or some Noir in the 2004 "Studio Classics" line (beyond the delayed LAURA)?
To which Staddon replied:
I'd love to get more of our film noir titles out there, and I believe you'll start to see them coming out later this year.
Later on in the chat Staddon also made this comment:
I have been trying to find ways of getting The Lodger and Hangover Square out on DVD for a while and this may be the year that our Film Noir titles break out onto DVD. I just hope they will sell!
For Film Noir fans everywhere, this was exciting news, but the best news is yet to come.
A couple weeks ago Peter Staddon announced on HTF (although very quietly) that Fox had decided that rather than include 'Laura' and other film noir titles to the 'Studio Classics' series, instead they will get their own series similar to their 'Studio Classics' DVD series, and that they will also get a similar release pattern (1 per month). He also mentioned that this new series will not likely debut until much later in the year, which is why I had not until now started this thread, but I think it is important to stir interest in these titles as sales will dictate whether or not Fox will continue to support the high production cost of restoring and producing special edition DVDs of these amazing films.
UPDATE: Fox has changed their release plan from one title a month to three titles every three months.
NOTE: I'll try and keep this list up to date as new information and wish list submissions are posted.
Release Date: 03/15/05
(as posted on this and the Fox 'Studio Classics' threads)
7.5 1941 I Wake Up Screaming
7.4 1941 Man Hunt
6.8 1942 Swamp Water
7.0 1944 The Lodger
6.6 1945 Hangover Square
7.8 1947 Boomerang
7.0 1948 Cry of the City
7.4 1948 Road House
6.8 1949 House of Strangers
7.3 1951 Fourteen Hours
6.8 1955 Violent Saturday
6.5 1959 Seven Thieves
Pt.II = Previously Released on DVD
7.5 1949 Thieves Highway (Criterion)
7.7 1950 Night and the City (Criterion)
6.4 1952 Don't Bother To Knock
7.0 1953 Niagara
7.5 1953 Pickup on South Street (Criterion)
Pt.III = Titles Mentioned in Thread, But Are Unlikely to Be Released as (SE) 'Film Noir Classics' releases:
(due to limited material or market appeal - perceived or otherwise)
N/A 1940 City of Chance
N/A 1940 Girl in 313
7.1 1942 Moontide
7.4 1946 Strange Triangle
5.7 1947 Backlash
6.6 1947 The Brasher Doubloon
7.8 1950 The Man Who Cheated Himself
5.9 1951 The 13th Letter
N/A 1952 Night Without Sleep
6.7 1953 A Blueprint for Murder
6.2 1953 Inferno
5.1 1954 The Other Woman
5.4 1957 Plunder Road
6.9 1960 Third Voice