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Film Noir Collection, Vol. 1 (1947)

Gene Tierney , Dana Andrews , Henry Hathaway , Otto Preminger  |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, James Stewart
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway, Otto Preminger
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 17
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MDH6RK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Film Noir Collection, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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This 17 film collection includes some of the best in film noir from 1944 - 1955, with 12 Oscar nominations between them. These are the films that defined the genre and the style of film-making. Mystery, Suspense, Murder, this collection has it all! Films Included: Call Northside 777, Laura, Panic in the Streets, House of Bamboo, Nightmare Alley, Street with no Name, House on 92nd Street, Somewhere in the Night, Whirlpool, Dark Corner, Kiss of Death, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Fallen Angel, The House on Telegraph Road, No Way Out, I Wake Up Screaming and House of Strangers

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable series for aficionados of film noir January 10, 2006
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The Fox film noir collection is an "Amazon.com exclusive" consisting of 9 DVDS in their individual cases (alas including individual shrink wrap, which one tediously has to remove) presented in one blister pack. The nine titles are:

*** BATCH 1 (DVDs released 3/05): Call Northside 777 (1948); Laura (1944); Panic in the streets (1950)

*** BATCH 2 (DVDs released 6/05): House of bamboo (1955); Nightmare alley (1947); Street with no name (1948)

*** BATCH 3 (DVDs released 9/05): House on 92nd Street (1945); Somewhere in the night (1946); Whirlpool (1949)

The film restorations are superbly done. The DVD cases are in uniform format, being part of the "Fox film noir" series. Each title has a film commentary (Laura has two) plus other extras, minimally a trailer. In addition, each title has a 4-page booklet with these sections: "the lineup," "the look," "the scoop," "the story," and "scene selection."

The DVDs list for $14.95 each and currently Amazon sells them for around $10 each. Amazon sells the 9-DVD collection for $74.99, which works out to $8.33 for each DVD. Certainly, not all titles are of the caliber of Laura (1944), but this collection is a must-have for the firm-noir aficionado.

Incidentally, BATCH 4, was released 12/05 and consists of: The dark corner (1946); Kiss of death (1947); Where the sidewalk ends (1950). BATCH 5 will be released in 3/06: Fallen angel (1945); House on Telegraph Hill (1951); No way out (1950)

Alain Silver & Elizabeth Ward's "Film noir: An encyclopedic reference to the American style" (1992, 3rd ed.) lists 32 noir titles by Fox. Hence we can probably expect from Fox another 20 or so titles in the "Fox film noir" series. If these 32ish titles all materialize in this excellent series, it will be a big chunk both out of one's purse and DVD shelf space.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of noir films with commentary November 22, 2007
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Nobody else has actually run through each of the films and given a brief description. I do that plus I provide a rating as given by a popular movie database.

Call Northside 777, (1948) 7.4/10 - Stars James Stewart as a reporter investigating a 10 year old murder conviction.
Laura, (1944) 8/10 - Dana Andrews is a cop in love with the portrait of a murdered woman.
Panic in the Streets, (1950) 7.3/10 - Stars Richard Widmark as a physician working with police to find a killer infected with the plague.
House of Bamboo, (1955) 6.7/10 - This is not really a noir and is a remake of "Street with No Name". It is set in Japan and shot in Technicolor.
Nightmare Alley, (1947) 8/10 - You won't see this one on TV often, but it's great. Tyrone Power is a scam artist in a carnival who sets his sights on higher stakes.
Street with no Name, (1948) 7.3/10 - Lloyd Nolan is an FBI inspector who uses an undercover agent to infiltrate a band of thieves led by Richard Widmark.
House on 92nd Street, (1945) 7/10 - Won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in which an FBI agent infiltrates a German spy ring.
Somewhere in the Night, (1946) 7.2/10 - An amnesiac whose face was damaged in combat goes searching for a missing man and finds his identity to be surprising.
Whirlpool,
Dark Corner, (1946) 7.1/10 - Lucille Ball plays a secretary helping her boss find out who framed him. A good and unusual role for Lucille Ball.
Kiss of Death, (1947) 7.6/10 - Victor Mature is a thief who has to rat out another criminal due to personal circumstances. The other criminal (Richard Widmark) takes it personally. Widmark won an Oscar for his performance, and the film won Best Original Screenplay.
Where the Sidewalk Ends, (1950) 7.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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I haven't yet purchased these titles & was just about to, until I checked up on what's included with the current bundle (March 1 2007) that Amazon is offering. As previously mentioned, this is not a box set (misleading description from Amazon), but rather a bundle of the first 17 titles in Fox's noir series. I purchased the Warner Bros.' boxes 1-3 (and reviewed them there) which I thought were an excellent value for the money (when on sale, roughly 6 - 7$ per disc). I've held off on these since the price is higher. This bundle discounts the titles to about $8 per disc, which is better than the usual price for each, but a local retailer often sells these titles for 7.50 - 10.00 (with a buy 3 get 1 free sale). Still I would have jumped on this price had this been a bonafide box set with the slimmer DVD cases, but these regular dvd's will take up quite a bit of real estate in my storage. Moreover, the more recent titles aren't included (missing titles: Boomerang, 14 Hours, Shock, Vicki, all released last year). If Fox would release all the titles to date (plus the next releases: Hangover Square & The Lodger) in slim cases & a box at a comparable price I'll jump, otherwise I'm holding out for a better deal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars remember...no 16 Boomerang is still missing March 18, 2007
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This set misses out no.16 "Boomerang". It got recalled at the eleventh hour by Fox because of a legal tangle.

You can find it on sale for $45.00 on amazon marketplace, because it was actually printed and ready to go.

Clearly a few boxes have found their way out the back door!!!!

But despite that wee dissapointment you'll love the rest.

Hopefully Fox will sort out the mess soon..... and then you can plug the gap without having to shell out silly money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 17 noirs for 800 dollars?!
Math is not my best skill admittedly, but 800 dollars does seem a little much for 17 films noir. Isn't that more than 40 dollars a film?
Published on December 12, 2011 by Johnny Darkelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good set of movies to have when there's nothing on TV
We purchased these because we are fans of film noir. Fortunately, most of these we have not seen. We also like watching these films because some of them have some very good... Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by KES
1.0 out of 5 stars where has the italian language ended?
I RECEIVED THIS COLLECTION AND I RETURNED IT IMMEDIATELY BACK TO AMAZON. WHY? BECAUSE I ORDERED IT AS STATED IN THE AMAZON SITE, WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF HEARING THE VARIOUS FILMS... Read more
Published on August 6, 2008 by Oppicelli Ernesto
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing collection
This is one real good collection of classic movies. Thanks to Amazon for packing them together as a single bundle, which saved me lot of money as shipping charge. Read more
Published on June 28, 2008 by Surendar Balakrishnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Depends on the price,I think
I picked up this set for $123.00 and I've noticed they've now raised the price to over $200.00.It's worth what I paid for it.
Published on December 28, 2007 by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir Boxed Set
I have watched about half of these movies & so far all of them have been very good, in fact, much better than I expected. Read more
Published on March 28, 2007 by Ashe B. Exum
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Forget This One Too.........
For some reason the Fox Noir release Dark Corner (Mark Stevens, Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix) doesn't get much coverage under the typical outlets for obtaining these... Read more
Published on March 4, 2006 by tonedoggie
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