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Max Allan Collins - The Black Box Collection: Shades of Neo-Noir


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, 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: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: NEO NOIR
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRBACO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Max Allen Collins' (creator of The Road to Perdition) Black Box Collection features over 6 hours of hard-boiled gumshoes, double-crossing dames and two-fisted tales including the original Mike Hammer pilot written and directed by Black Edwards! Also includes interviews with Leonard Maltin, Mickey Spillane, Stacey Keach, Brinke Stevens, Patty McCormack, Del Close, Brian Keith and Lee Meredith as well as commentary throughout the box set from Max Allen Collins.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Martin on February 21, 2006
This is a 4-disc set which contains:

*MOMMY: 10th Anniversary Edition, which features the movie, the original DVD commentary and a new 2005 commentary, tons of behind-the-scenes and promotional featurettes, writer-director Max Allan Collins reading the original short story the film was based on, and more.

*MOMMY 2 MOMMY'S DAY: 10th Anniversary Edition, which features the movie, the original DVD commentary and a new 2005 commentary, two interviews with costar Patty McCormack conducted by director Max Allan Collins, and more.

*REAL TIME: SIEGE AT LUCAS MARKET, which is the same as the single-disc release of this movie -- with a multi-angle option throughout the film, multiple commentaries, interviews, another story reading, and other audio-only features.

*SHADES OF NOIR, which is a full disc of previously unreleased material written and/or directed by Max Allan Collins. The main program is an anthology of short films, including a 40-minute-plus documentary on pulp writer Mickey Spillane. The extras lean toward stuff about Spillane, including a Spillane radio show, an unaired Spillane TV pilot directed Blake Edwards, and a trailer for a Spillane. There is also a making-of for one of the short films, commentary on all the short films, and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on March 18, 2008
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Mommy

What if "the bad seed" grew up and had a daughter of her own? That's the question posed by this thriller written and directed by mystery novelist Max Allan Collins. Mommy stars Patty McCormack (Oscar-nominated as a young girl for her chilling role in the classic film The Bad Seed as a mother who will do anything for her daughter, Jessica Ann (Rachel Lemieux) ... including murder.

The acting is surprisingly good. Lemieux more than pulls her own weight with a subtlely layered performance (and narration) that truly carries the film. McCormack rightly plays it straight, even in the scenes of black humor, and it is obvious that her character truly loves her daughter, even if she shows it in unconventional ways. Also, keep an eye out for Sarah Jane Miller's scene-stealing performance as Miss Jones, the cocky, know-it-all janitor.

Parallels between Mommy and The Bad Seed are deliberate and fun for film fans, as are references to other horror films like The Shining and Halloween. Collins does well by his actors and crew with his reported one-million-dollar budget. He and director of photography / editor Philip W. Dingeldein know how to use colors, light, and darkness to set the mood and ratchet up the suspense, resulting in a fun little thriller with few pretentions.

To save money, Collins went the Dario Argento route by having his band Crusin' perform the rock songs on the soundtrack -- watch out for them during the dance scene with Collins on keyboards. Shot in and around Collins's hometown of Muscatine, Iowa, using locals as extras, the suspenseful script even offers a few twists and turns to keep it unpredictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave R. West on January 17, 2010
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Max Allen Collins, what a writer. Any thing he writes is great. Loved Black Box. The whole program is great. Really liked the Mickey Spillane autobiograhy.
I recommend Black Box as a 10 plus.
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