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British Cinema: Renown Pictures Crime & Noir Blackout, Bond of Fear, Home To Danger, Meet Mr. Callaghan, No Trace, Recoil


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  • Actors: Maxwell Reed, Dinah Sheridan, Patrick Doonan, Dermot Walsh, Jane Barrett
  • Directors: Robert S. Baker, Henry Cass, Terence Fisher, Charles Saunders, John Giling
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 453 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0027ZH9HI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Delve within the world of Hard-boiled deductions and who dunnits, with six movies that defined the world of British Cinema s Crime and Noir. Disc One: BLACKOUT (1950) In this tight little crime film directed by Robert S. Baker, a blind man's (Maxwell Reed) sight is restored in time to solve the mystery of his girl friend's dead (or is he) brother and a gang of smugglers. (73minutes) BOND OF FEAR (1956) A man and his family on a caravan holiday in France are taken hostage by an escaped convict (John Colicos). (72minutes) HOME TO DANGER (1951) Dope peddler tries to kill dead partner s daughter when she inherits an old house. (66 minutes) Disc Two: MEET MR. CALLAGHAN (1954) Based on a Peter Cheyney novel. Slim Callaghan (De Marney), is required to solve the death of a much hated rich man. (88minutes) NO TRACE (1950) Crime novelist (Hugh Sinclair) kills blackmailer and pretends to help police. (75minutes) RECOIL (1953) A dead jeweler s daughter poses as a crook to catch doctor s burglar brother. (79minutes) TRT: 453 minutes Bonus Features: Scene Selection, Trailers, British Cinema Promo. Product Specs: 2-DVD9s; Dolby Digital 2.0; 453 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1950, 1956, 1951, 1954, 1950, 1953; SRP - $29.99.

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VCI Entertainment presents "BRITISH CINEMA:THE RENOWN PICTURES CRIME & NOIR" --- (1950-1956) (453 min/B&W) --- (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Perhaps the beauty of 'Film-Noir' is its lack of limitation, and its problematic nature of strict classification. Translated literally as "Black Cinema (or film)" and so defined by French critics post WW2 to describe the increasing trend of American crime dramas shot with murky, shadowy grays often with anti-hero protagonists. Plot devices of amnesia, recent ex-convict characters, flash-back (remembered) narratives, femme fatales, shared guilt, pathos, classic nemesis and occasional obtuse camera angles are only a few of the recognizable stylistic norms building the distinguishing keys of Film-Noir. Most often plots were derived from the hard-boiled pulp fiction novels of the era. More of a theme or mood than a 'genre' - the Noir appeal spawned many contemporary imitations - The titles in this set is what we call 'Classic British Noir'.

DISC ONE:

BLACKOUT (September 1950) (73 min/B&W) - Robert S. Baker (Director)
The film is full of actors familiar from that period,including one of my favorite actors of that time Eric Pohleman.He really was a superb villain.The fact that he had a continental accent meant that this made him sound even more sinister to the post war audiences.Also featured is Michael Brennan who must have beaten up more leading men than he had hot dinners.Kynaston Reeves who usually played Judges has a longer part than usual.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Bromley on August 1, 2009
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If you like British Movies from the 50's you'll love these. Overall excellent quality transfers. I enjoyed each and every one of these six movies. I especially liked "Bond of Fear". Not only was a typical English family from the time period portrayed but also a Series I Land Rover complete with trailer (Caravan). I enjoyed every minute of it. Great scenery along the way too! Hope there will be more of these type DVD's in the future. Order it from Amazon.com as soon as you have a chance. Great movies at a small price!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bugszy on September 25, 2010
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These are good movies and they are good quality. I am happy with my purchase.
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