domingo, 6 de septiembre de 2009

Film Noir Collection [DVD Z2 UK] 9 DVDs

Film Noir Collection [DVD Z2 UK]

  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 897 minutes

The Killers (1946) Burt Lancaster y Ava Gardner

Double Indemnity (1944) Fred MacMurray y Barbara Stanwyck

The Big Steal (1949) [VERSION A COLOR] Robert Mitchum y Jane Greer

Crossfire (1947) Robert Mitchum/Ryan/Young y Gloria Grahame

Out of the Past (1947) Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer, Rhonda Fleming

The Blue Dahlia (1946) Alan Ladd y Veronica Lake
The Glass Key (1942) Brian Donlevy, Alan Ladd y Veronica Lake
This Gun For Hire (1942) Robert Preston, Alan Ladd y Veronica Lake

Murder, My Sweet - Farewell My Lovely (1944) Dick Powell, Claire Trevor y Anne Shirley


The odd film out is definitely The Big Steal. Firstly, (as Amazon fails to mention) it's the colorized version - although I don't especially mind, I had never seen a colorized film before so it was educational in that respect. Secondly, it's less a true noir, more a comedic crime caper starring noir stalwarts Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and William Bendix. It's an entertaining film but it doesn't hold as much re-watch value as the rest of the collection.

My only other complaint is the packaging. The cigarette packet design is lovely, but the information on the back is misleading. For example, This Gun For Hire is dated 1947, when it was actually released five years earlier. It is just a small thing, but it was a bit confusing seeing "the first pairing of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake" is supposedly from 1947, when another of their films was dated 1946.

Personal favourites among the nine are The Glass Key (with Alan Ladd being somewhat of a psycho), This Gun For Hire (with Alan Ladd being a complete psycho and Veronica Lake doing a rather kinky dance number in fishing waders), Murder My Sweet (Dick Powell doing a very good Philip Marlowe, comfortably the equal of Bogart's in The Big Sleep), not to mention the unmatched tension of Double Indemnity.