I'm pretty sure Fox's home-grown Noir line will be pretty damn fantastic (and roughly 1/3 of the price of Criterion's discs to boot). Besides, Criterion have done so much gangster/crime/noir-type stuff recently, I'd love to see them license some other films from Fox, like Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter, Bigger Than Life, Seventh Heaven (the Frank Borzage silent, not the TV show) or a full-blown SE of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (astoundingly, Criterion have never released anything by Howard Hawks, even on laserdisc).
I am pretty keen on My Own Private Idaho and Night and the City, but I was really hoping for things that Criterion seem to have had under their belt for a long time, like Young Mr Lincoln, Ugetsu, F for Fake, Pickpocket, Au Hazard Balthazar and The Phantom of Liberty.
Seems Odd that Fox would license Night and the City and such considering they are releasing a batch of Noir titles themselves. I look forward to them regardless of who releases them, the only issue is that Fox would sell them for then $10 - $15 range while Criterion will be more.
Woo hoo! My top two most-wanted Fox noirs, NIGHT & THE CITY and THIEVES HIGHWAY, released simultaneously! Though the lower price-point they'd have gotten as in-house Fox releases would've been nice, these two flicks are easily well worth shelling out for the higher Criterion price (after some on-line bargain-hunting, natch!).
Hopefully, Fox will take on their other noirish stuff like FOURTEEN HOURS, ROAD HOUSE (1948), CRY OF THE CITY, etc, under their own label, however.
This is an over-whelming line-up! The two Dassins are at the top of my list, These are two of my favorite Film Noir. I am excited to see how good the print of Thieves Highway looks, the only version I have ever seen was a terrible bootleg video that was various shades of Pink and Purple. With the Warners Gangster Collection, the Fox Noir line, and these Criterion Films released within weeks of each other, I am going to be in movie heaven, which is O.K. because then I won't notice I'm broke.
It's great to see all the "noirheads" coming out of the woodwork... Seriously though, this is terrific news and has made my week.
Bradley... I suspect the reason is as simple as the sheer amount of noir titles 20th Century Fox has. While WB would be sitting on the majority of them through their own releases and those produced by RKO, MGM and many of the A.A. films, Fox would be a close second with dozens upon dozens waiting to be picked. I'm sure they're going to test the waters come February or March before they rush to release everything at once.