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In terms of thriller / noir, John Farrow's The Big Clock (1948), is not to be confused with the Judy Garland, Robert Walker film, The Clock, which concerned a smaller timepiece.

While Ray Milland is the technical lead here, Charles Laughton turns in a superb performance. Probably a good time to make note of one of the many extras, from Arrow, an interesting doc by Simon Callow on Mr. Laughton's career. It's worthwhile.

A fine film, in nice form, with a pleasingly cinema-like image, and quality audio. Appears to be derived from a fine grain master.

Nary a problem in sight, and absolutely worth your time, and effort.

I seem to be going through a slew of product recently, that either doesn't stand the test of time, or was never terribly good in first release.

The Big Clock is a big exception.


Image - 4.5

Audio - 5

Upgrade from DVD- Without question

Pass / Fail - Pass

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Thank you very much for this! I was thinking hard about buying Arrow's Blu-ray disc and you have the decision very easy!
 
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[...]one of the many extras, from Arrow, an interesting doc by Simon Callow on Mr. Laughton's career. It's worthwhile.[...]
Simon Callow is one heck of an interesting actor and guy.
Mr. Callow originated Mozart for the stage version of "Amadeus"; and was also great in his supporting role of the film
For "Four Weddings and a Funeral", I felt he should've captured an Oscar nomination, at the very least.
Most intriguing was his commitment to penning four Volumes on Orson Welles; unless I've lost track and he's taking it to a fifth.
I'll have to refresh my memory and research it; but I also believe that his credits have included his services as an acting coach.
And now Mr.Callow has found even more time for Charles Laughton
I would buy this disc just for the documentary, alone.
 
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When I first saw Roger Donaldson’s No Way Out in the eighties, I considered it an excellent, modern, spy thriller. I had no idea that the story was based on The Big Clock, which I saw for the first time many years later.

It turns out that Roger Donaldson also knew nothing about its forerunner at the time he directed No Way Out.

While I still enjoy No Way Out, I think The Big Clock is even better - beautifully shot, directed, performed and especially edited.

Fun too watching Harry/Henry Morgan play a surprisingly sinister heavy.

I have the Koch Media version of this on Blu from a few years ago - part of a noir three-pack. But I’ll also pick up the Arrow. If it turns out it’s the sameish transfer, I’ll console myself with Simon Callow’s doco.
 
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A fine film that some people might find implausible at times, but still very entertaining with excellent acting performances. For those of us in the States, the Arrow UK Release that is Region B locked is about $5.00 cheaper than Arrow's Region A release.
 
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A fine film that some people might find implausible at times, but still very entertaining with excellent acting performances. For those of us in the States, the Arrow UK Release that is Region B locked is about $5.00 cheaper than Arrow's Region A release.
Robert, someone on Amazon must have read your post, because now THE BIG CLOCK on Amazon UK is $26.89 USD while on Amazon US it's $26.42.
 
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Robert, someone on Amazon must have read your post, because now THE BIG CLOCK on Amazon UK is $26.89 USD while on Amazon US it's $26.42.
It was last week when I compared the pricing so I'm not surprise that Amazon has changed their pricing as they do it on a daily basis and sometimes more than once in a day.
 
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It was last week when I compared the pricing so I'm not surprise that Amazon has changed their pricing as they do it on a daily basis and sometimes more than once in a day.
Thanks Robert. I noticed that last week as well, but was waiting on reviews, as HD Masters from Universal can be all over the map. Anyway, the extras alone seem well worth the price of admission.

In terms of plausibility, I think THE BIG CLOCK is way more plausible than a slightly later hybrid of screwball comedy and hardboiled noir also directed by John Farrow, HIS KIND OF WOMAN. Of course, in HIS KIND OF WOMAN, it's really hard to believe that Robert Mitchum and Raymond Burr wear the same suit size, let alone anything else that happens.
 

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Robert, someone on Amazon must have read your post, because now THE BIG CLOCK on Amazon UK is $26.89 USD while on Amazon US it's $26.42.
If you act quickly it can be had at deepdiscount for $21.24 (24.99-%15 Discount with code SPRING15 expires Wednesday May 15th NOON Central Time) Ironically to avoid paying for shipping you would need to add something else... literally $.01
 
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If you act quickly it can be had at deepdiscount for $21.24 (24.99-%15 Discount with code SPRING15 expires Wednesday May 15th NOON Central Time) Ironically to avoid paying for shipping you would need to add something else... literally $.01
Noir Archives 1 is around $28 as a nice add-on -- I'd call it a double feature, but that's not quite right either.

FWIW FS is calculated after the coupon so closer to $4 add-on
 

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This HTF member has had the good fortune of designing artwork for several Arrow Academy releases. I designed new artwork for this one but it couldn't be used for contractual reasons. Check it out here: https://scottsaslow.myportfolio.com/the-big-clock
 

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This HTF member has had the good fortune of designing artwork for several Arrow Academy releases. I designed new artwork for this one but it couldn't be used for contractual reasons. Check it out here: https://scottsaslow.myportfolio.com/the-big-clock
Some wonderful designs there, Scott. Thank you for providing that link.

I discovered I have several of your work samples sitting on my shelf - including The Poetic Trilogy and My Name is Julia Ross.

Love your Saul Bass-inspired designs for the Arrow Noir boxset.

The first of your designs for The Big Clock (i.e. top left image on your linked page) is my favourite of the lot. Of the final production sleeves, I actually prefer the reverse cover than the designated front cover. I find that’s often the case with many Arrow sleeves.

Looking forward to seeing more of your creations in future Arrow releases.
 

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This HTF member has had the good fortune of designing artwork for several Arrow Academy releases. I designed new artwork for this one but it couldn't be used for contractual reasons. Check it out here: https://scottsaslow.myportfolio.com/the-big-clock
Lucky is the artist who gets to exercise, utilize and eventually fully realize their given gift(s).

I applaud your designs and think your work is great.

Thanks for sharing this with HTF.:thumbs-up-smiley:
 
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Love the film. Love the source novel. Glad to hear that Arrow's track record continues to be exemplary with their forays outside of genre films. My DVD is about to be replaced.
 
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