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Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set (Bad Blonde / Blackout / The Gambler and the Lady / Heat Wave / Man Bait / Stolen Face) (1952)

George Brent , Marguerite Chapman , Ken Hughes , Patrick Jenkins  |  NR |  DVD
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Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set (Bad Blonde / Blackout / The Gambler and the Lady / Heat Wave / Man Bait / Stolen Face) + Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set, Vol. 2 (Terror Street / Wings of Danger / The Glass Tomb / Paid to Kill / The Black Glove / The Deadly Game / The Unholy Four / A Race for Life) + The Icons of Suspense Collection: Hammer Films (Stop Me Before I Kill! / Cash on Demand / The Snorkel / Maniac / Never Take Candy from a Stranger / These Are the Damned)
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Product Details

  • Actors: George Brent, Marguerite Chapman, Raymond Huntley, Peter Reynolds, Eleanor Summerfield
  • Directors: Ken Hughes, Patrick Jenkins, Reginald Le Borg, Sam Newfield, Terence Fisher
  • Writers: Alexander Paal, Frederick Knott, Guy Elmes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 457 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FMGTQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set (Bad Blonde / Blackout / The Gambler and the Lady / Heat Wave / Man Bait / Stolen Face)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The World of Hammer Noir" by Richard M. Roberts
  • Still gallery
  • Bios
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

In 1950, Hammer Films set up a deal with American Producer Robert L. Lippert to produce low-budget crime dramas to be made in the UK. Lippert would send over a shop-worn Hollywood star or promising American newcomer to give the films box-office appeal in the states, supported by the usual fine casts of British character actors that make most British movies worth watching. This five-year arrangement produced over a dozen well-made little B-noirs that seemed to have fallen through the film history cracks…..until now. VCI AND Kit Parker Films are happy to offer another look at these dark, moody pictures made by the company that became one of Britain's most prolific film producers of the 1960's, many directed by Hammer's top director, Terence Fisher, cutting his teeth on mystery and suspense. The Collector's Set contains the Hammer Film Noir Volumes 1 thru 3. Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Bios| Promo Trailer| Photo Gallery| Bonus Comments: The World Of Hammer Noir by Richard M Roberts. Specs: 3-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 457 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA – R; Year - 1953, 1952, 1954; SRP - $29.99.

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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CRIME AND ECSTASY IN BRITISH SHADOWS May 23, 2006
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If you don't care for Hammer horror, perhaps Hammer noir will please you.
Schemes that eventually backfire and send the noir characters to their doom or near doom is the unrelenting charm of these little British crime thrillers from the fifties.
Vci Video has now released 6 of these British noirs in an impressive set of 3 DVDs. The collection includes the following films with their catchy B-movie titles: BAD BLONDE (1953); MAN BAIT (1952); STOLEN FACE (1952); BLACKOUT (1954); GAMBLER AND THE LADY (1952); and HEAT WAVE (1954).
Of course, black-and-white low-keyed cinematography underscores the shadow friendly environment in all of these moody films.
The always nervous Dane Clark is here twice (in two films), cooking up something. Diana Dors, Barbara Payton, Lizabeth Scott, Naomi Chance, Belinda Lee, and Hillary Brooke: all these blond ladies become fatally attractive again. And besides Dane Clark, there are also George Brent, Paul Henreid, Alex Nicol, and Tony Wright in the lineup of fall guys.
These well made low budget films received second feature billing, below the main attraction in American movie theaters throughout the fifties, and were released here in the US by Lippert Pictures. Ironically, those second features on the lower half of double bills, very often turned out to be much more interesting (and inventively done) than were the higher budget presentations that overshadowed them. By the way, I am also enchanted by the strikingly attractive poster art of the noir titles decorating the double feature disc labels in the Hammer noir collector's set. Lippert Pictures often put out the most magnificently colorful (and sometimes delightfully gaudy) posters to entice the movie going public.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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The selection of movies is FANTASTIC! Only The Stolen Face has been previously released in the UK. I could not stop watching them. We should be greatful to VCI for bringing these titles out of obscurity. Hopefully, they will continue this trend in the future. I have only one complaint - presentation and packaging. Frankly, I was quite shocked when I opened the case which was quite thick. I thought there would be three individually packaged DVDs inside the case with great poster art as has been shown on the cover pages of the individual releases. Unfortunately, once I opened the case, I saw the three DVDs stacked together on one spindle. The DVDs were not individually packaged and there was absolutely no poster art except the one on the cover page. VCI did a great job of presenting these great titles to us and I wish they put a little more care towards the presentation and packaging.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films present "Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set, Vol. 1-3" (1952) --- (Dolby digitally remastered)...Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe Hollywood crime dramas that set their protagonists in a world perceived as inherently corrupt and unsympathetic...Hollywood's classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s...Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography, while many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Depression...the term film noir (French for "black film"), first applied to Hollywood movies by French critic Nino Frank in 1946, was unknown to most of the American filmmakers and actors while they were creating the classic film noirs..the canon of film noir was defined in retrospect by film historians and critics; many of those involved in the making of film noir later professed to be unaware at the time of having created a distinctive type of film.

First up we have "BAD BLONDE" (1953) (81 min. B/W)...under director Reginald Le Borg , producer Anthony Hinds, book author Max Catto, screenplay by Guy Elmes and Richard H. Landau , music score by Ivor Slaney ...the cast includes Barbara Payton (Lorna Vecchi), Frederick Valk (Giuseppe Vecchi), John Slater (Charlie Sullivan), Sid James (Sharkey), Tony Wright (Johnny Flanagan), Marie Burke (Mother Vecchi), Selma Vaz Dias (Mrs. Corelli, Vecchi's sister), Enzo Coticchia (Mr. Corelli), George Woodbridge (Police Inspector), Bettina Dickson (Barmaid), John Brooking (Barnes) . . . . .
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Noir, British style November 24, 2006
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Back in the `30s and `40s, many movie studios had their specialties. Warner Bros. was known for its gangster and "social problem" films; MGM did the musicals, and Universal did the monster movies. Later, in the `50s and `60s, Britain's Hammer Films got a reputation for being a good horror house, starting with The Curse of Frankenstein and continuing for a couple of decades of Frankenstein, Dracula and other movies. Before Curse of Frankenstein, however, Hammer didn't yet have the horror identity and during this time, it made other types of films, including crime movies. The Hammer Film Noir collection brings together six such movies from the early 1950s; while not really awful, they do demonstrate that Hammer Films's strengths were elsewhere.

Bad Blonde features Barbara Payton as the title character, married to a wealthy but slovenly middle-aged boxing manager. In a story that more than slightly resembles The Postman Always Rings Twice, she seduces a boxer and convinces him to murder her spouse. As with many of these of this films, the English actors come off a bit stiff; certainly John Garfield and Lana Turner did this same plot better. The second film on the first disc is Man Bait in which George Brent gets entangled in a blackmail attempt and is later framed for murder; in the hands of a Hitchcock, this innocent-man-wrongly-accused plot is a classic; in lesser hands, however, it is merely passable.

The second disc has Stolen Face, a strange mix of Pygmalion and a crime story. A plastic surgeon, unable to be with the woman he loves, alters the face of a female convict to look like his love and then marries her. Unfortunately, cosmetic surgery doesn't take the crook out of the girl.
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Published 8 days ago by GH
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir fans check out the Hammer Collector's Set
If you are a noir fan, looking for something different, check out the Hammer Collector"s Set. These noirs were made in the early
1950s England and there's a lot of on... Read more
Published 21 days ago by vp
2.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Film Noir review
The movies are not exactly what I expected. I thought that the movies would have a sharper image, although entertaining. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Film Noir rocks!
I am most satisfied with this excellent film noir boxset! Movie Mars provides another high quality, fast-delivered item! This completes my Hammer films collection.
Published 2 months ago by Ronald Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Hammer Film Noir as good as Hammer Horror....
Of course big fan of Hammer Horror but also film noir. I had to have
these in my collection. This is my first and they are as good as I
expected. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bela
3.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set (Bad Blonde/etc)
Sorry, but Bad Blonde not very adult. Blackout Good, Man Bait w/G.Brent ok, Stolen Face terrific. Others not terribly entertaining, but passable. Enjoyed in spite of all. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cecy
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! No closed captioning, as advertised!
This set is clearly listed by Amazon as being *closed captioned* (check the listing); however, the films have neither closed captioning nor subtitles and were checked on two... Read more
Published on July 16, 2010 by Charles Haigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Before Horror - Part 1
Although formed back in the 1930s, Hammer Films didn't really get things going until after World War II. Read more
Published on March 28, 2010 by Chip Kaufmann
1.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Film Noir collection
I would not recommend this set except for really die-hard fans. The best of them are only average and some are not even that good. For the content the price is too high. Read more
Published on March 23, 2010 by William Linsley
3.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir
I bought Hammer collectors set vol 1. It is a disappointment. The rave reviews about the content and the restoration is over stated. Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by sowhat
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