Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956 (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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Stalwart noir directors and casts highlight nine more hard to find features: Bait (1954) dir/Hugo Haas cst/Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, John Agar; The Crooked Web (1955) dir/Nathan Juran cst/Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning; The Night Holds Terror (1955) dir/Andrew Stone cst/Jack Kelly, Hildy Parks, Vince Edwards, John Cassavetes, David Cross; Footsteps in the Fog (1955) dir/Arthur Lubin cst/Bill Travers, Ronald Squire, Finlay Currie, Belinda Lee; Cell 2455, Death Row (1955) dir/Fred F. Sears cst/William Campbell, Robert Campbell, Marian Carr; 5 Against the House (1955) dir/Phil Karlson cst/Alvy Moore, William Conrad, Kerwin Mathews; New Orleans Uncensored (1955) dir/William Castle cst/Arthur Franz, Beverly Garland, Helene Stanton; Spin a Dark Web (1955) dir/Vernon Sewell cst/Faith Domergue, Lee Patterson, Rona Anderson, Martin Benson; Rumble on the Docks (1956) dir/Fred F. Sears cst/Laurie Carrol, James Darren, Michael Granger

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22 Comments

  1. Robin9

    I'm interested, assuming this comes from Sony. I already have two of the titles but there are some real rarities in that collection.

    I'm interested too, but I'm waiting on reviews for the first volume that is now delayed until April 23rd. I don't have any faith in this Kit Parker company.

  2. Ive watched 3 films on Volume 1 and I was pleasantly surprised. They do look pretty colid at least the ones I watched. Im pretty sure these are Sony created HD masters. The packaging is a standard Blu ray case with discs 2 and 3 stacked on top of each other. The label for discs 2 and 3 are misplaced, as the movies on disc two are actually on disc 3. Basically as an example, disc 2's label says 711 Ocean Drive, The Miami Story and Assignment Paris, but the actual movies are on disc 3.
    It also says Mill Creek on the back

  3. TheSteig

    Ive watched 3 films on Volume 1 and I was pleasantly surprised. They do look pretty colid at least the ones I watched. Im pretty sure these are Sony created HD masters. The packaging is a standard Blu ray case with discs 2 and 3 stacked on top of each other. The label for discs 2 and 3 are misplaced, as the movies on disc two are actually on disc 3. Basically as an example, disc 2's label says 711 Ocean Drive, The Miami Story and Assignment Paris, but the actual movies are on disc 3.
    It also says Mill Creek on the back

    That says it all right there.;)

  4. By the titles listed in both Volume 1 and now Volume 2, I am of the opinion that we have seen all the "cream" in this style. If their still are great, or almost great, titles still to make to the market then I would like to hear what they are. Any suggestions?

  5. Other reviews I'm seeing are all saying these transfers have various issues – of course they do. I do wonder at Kit Parker's involvement in this set. The Black Book, for example, as far as I know, has been a PD title. Are the others? Or was this simply part of the Mill Creek Sony package of old transfers? So, where does Kit Parker fit in?

  6. Henry Krinkle

    By the titles listed in both Volume 1 and now Volume 2, I am of the opinion that we have seen all the "cream" in this style. If their still are great, or almost great, titles still to make to the market then I would like to hear what they are. Any suggestions?

    There are several great film noirs from Columbia that are still not on Blu-ray. A couple off the top of my head are "The Sniper", "The Lineup", "Scandal Sheet", "Johnny O'Clock" and several more titles.

  7. Robert Crawford

    There are several great film noirs from Columbia that are still not on Blu-ray. A couple off the top of my head are "The Sniper", "The Lineup", "Scandal Sheet", "Johnny O'Clock" and several more titles.

    Seconding most of these (not a huge fan of Johnny O'Clock) and a bunch more I'd call must-haves:

    The Burglar
    Nightmare Alley
    Beyond the Forest
    Blast of Silence
    Murder by Contract
    The Phenix City Story
    Betrayed/When Strangers Marry
    Human Desire
    One Way Street
    The Set-Up
    Thieves' Highway
    The Threat
    Quicksand
    Time Table
    The Gangster
    Act of Violence
    Chicago Calling
    Journey Into Fear
    No Way Out
    Riff Raff
    The Two Mrs. Carrolls
    Without Warning!

    EDIT: I just realized you were talking about Columbia specifically… oh well

  8. haineshisway

    Other reviews I'm seeing are all saying these transfers have various issues – of course they do. I do wonder at Kit Parker's involvement in this set. The Black Book, for example, as far as I know, has been a PD title. Are the others? Or was this simply part of the Mill Creek Sony package of old transfers? So, where does Kit Parker fit in?[/QUOT
    Kit Parker’s involvement is confusing. To make it even more confusing, I thought MVD was distributing this set?
    I’m certain these are all the Sony transfers used for past sets and MODs, including The Black Book. The good news is that most of the black and white films looked good on DVD and will look fine on Blu. I expect that color titles like Footsteps in the Fog won’t look so good. As I mentioned above, I can’t imagine these getting new scans anytime soon. But to get Address Unknown and The Black Book in high def for 4 bucks a pop? I couldn’t pass on that!

  9. Personally, the main Sony-owned noir I would like to see on Blu-ray is the 1955 Tight Spot with Ginger Rogers. I hope that one is coming soon, either in the next volume of this series or through somebody else.

  10. My set arrived today. Looked at disc 3 (Miami, Paris, 711). Probably Paris is the best of the 3 with 711 a close second and Miami third. I am happy to have upgraded from the DVDs as they are clearly a step up, they are what they are!

    Currently watching 711 which is one of the best films in the set. Stars Joanne Dru and Dorothy Patrick (two favourites of mine) and Cleo Moore in a small role which I had forgotten. Will comment on others in due course, but pleased with the set and will pre-order vol 2.

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