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Scarlet Street: Kino Classics Edition [Blu-ray] (1945)

Edward G. Robinson , Joan Bennett , Fritz Lang  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SYNOPSIS: A box-office hit in its day (despite being banned in three states), Scarlet Street is perhaps legendary director Fritz Lang's (Metropolis) finest American film. Kino's immaculate 1080P transfer, from a 35mm Library of Congress vault negative, restores Lang's extravagantly fatalistic vision to its original B&W glory. When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson -- Double Indemnity, Little Caesar) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett -- The Reckless Moment) from the rain slicked gutters of an eerily artificial backlot Greenwich Village, he plunges headlong into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris' obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph in the most satisfyingly downbeat denouement in the history of American film. Both Scarlet Street producer Walter Wanger's wife and director Lang's mistress, Joan Bennett created a femme fatale icon as the unapologetically erotic and ruthless Kitty. Robinson breathes subtle, fragile humanity into Chris Cross while film noir super-heavy Dan Duryea, as Kitty's pimp boyfriend Johnny, skillfully molds ''a vicious and serpentine creature out of a cheap, chiseling tin horn.'' (The New York Times). Packed with hairpin plot twists from screenwriter Dudley Nichols (Stagecoach) and ''bristling with fine directorial touches and expert acting'' (Time), Scarlet Street is a dark gem of film noir and golden age Hollywood filmmaking at its finest.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary from David Kalat, author of ''The Strange Case of Dr. Mabuse'', Photo Gallery.

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than The Other DVD Releases Of This Title! October 11, 2005
Kino has promised a nice transfer of Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street (from an archived print - one not used by anyone else for a DVD release). That is excellent news for fans of Film Noir. This is a very good to excellent movie (depending on your tastes), and it deserves much better than the shoddy treatment it has received on virtually all the other DVD releases of this title to date. The cast is excellent, and features Edward G. Robinson, Dan Duryea, and Joan Bennett.

If you are considering buying Scarlet Street, then the Kino version is the only one to buy.

(Update: The image on the Kino DVD is amazingly sharp when compared to the other versions currently available, but there is one minor issue with the Kino release; there are some instances of "combing," (visible scan lines or "ghosting"), in the picture. To the untrained eye it isn't very noticeable, if at all. There is no question that this, even with the minor combing issue, is still BY FAR the best release of this title ever on DVD. If you are going to buy Scarlet Street, definitely buy the Kino version.)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes a Village. March 18, 2003
By A Customer
Greenwich Village, that is, which we learn was home to "hop-heads" and "long-hairs" in 1945 (!) Fritz Lang's masterpiece tells the story of a middle-aged bank clerk (Edward G. Robinson, dependably brilliant) who escapes the dreariness of his job and his marriage to a harpy by spending his Sundays indulging his only hobby: painting. His life gets considerably more exciting when he runs across Joan Bennett, a con-artist and tramp who -- with the help of her pimp, the always-amusing Dan Duryea -- proceeds to slowly drain his financial wherewithal. Of course, the greatest irony is that Robinson has conned the con-artists: they think he's a wealthy artist because, in his attempt to impress Bennett, he neglected to mention that he's a just a lowly bank cashier. The movie shows us a dizzying amount of untruths, scams, cons, misperceptions . . . nothing is what it seems. Truth is relative, baby. While Lang has a lot of fun with all the illusions, he also dedicates himself to the principle that no good -- or bad -- deed goes unpunished, and that great noir principle, the inescapability from Fate, starts weighing more and more heavily on our characters as they perambulate through their sundry fictions and cons. -- For the sake of historical interest, it should be noted that *Scarlet Street* is an American remake of Jean Renoir's excellent *La Chienne*. (This story was based on a French novel; hence the concern with painting. Needless to say, the story migrated easily to Greenwich Village during the budding of the beatnik movement.) Renoir, in his film, spends a considerable amount of time building up the characterizations -- at the expense of the plot, to some degree. Read more ›
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chris Cross Will Make You Jump May 19, 2003
Poor Edward G. Robinson. That is to say, poor Christopher Cross, the character Robinson plays in SCARLET STREET (presumably no relation to the 80's pop "star" of the same name, although that would explain a lot). Chris is trapped in a loveless marriage to a woman who looks like Edith Bunker and acts like Archie. He's a middle-aged bank-cashier who has gone through life having never truly been loved nor having loved anyone himself. The one enjoyable thing he has in his life is his art, his paintings - which his totalitarian wife has banished to the bathroom, as she hates the smell of his paints. So, when this poor, downtrodden, lonely man happens upon a young and beautiful woman, it's easy to see how he could be utterly manipulated by her.
At first, I thought I was going to be bored by this film. It takes its time setting up the scenario and the various characters. But once the plot gets cooking, I was completely engrossed. I love a film that surprises me, and I simply could not guess where this story was going. As one nears the end, surprise revelations and unexpected bombshells come exploding out like fireworks. And every revelation was logical and consistent, but startling. I made several mental predictions, and after I started getting all of them wrong, I just sat back and let the film overtake me.
Fritz Lang's direction makes this a darker film than even the screenplay probably anticipated. There are several scenes that are still unsettling today. The more experimental sequences near the end are quite haunting. It's certainly not a feel-good movie; the only characters that aren't out and out despicable are merely pathetic. I won't give away the ending, but it's enough to say that there is no "...and they all lived happily ever after".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful noir damaged by poor transfer. November 26, 1999
By D. Roth
Format:VHS Tape
This compels attention more for its meticulous staging and pacing than for the actual power of the story. Robinson's final delusionary moments are fantastically vivid, but- Be very careful of this and other 'Timeless Video' releases. The copy is intrusively grainy, so much of Lang's lighting is lost. In one scene, the sound drops out for about two minutes! The issue of' Detour' is also very poor, but there are alternative editions. 'Kansas City Confidential', however, is fine. Consider alternative issues of other films in this series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, pity about the Blu-Ray transfer
I won't elaborate on the movie itself, because I can't add anything that hasn't already been said.

However, I do need to comment on the picture and sound quality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Doogster
4.0 out of 5 stars Woman in Window is better Fritz lang
Middle-aged married guy gets in trouble when playing with a young lady who is trying to soak him for money that she thinks he has. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. J. Sneed
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddy G. Again.
The original film starring Edward G., Dan Duryea, and Joan Bennett in a very good Film Noir. The stars get together again in The woman in the window a little later. Read more
Published 4 months ago by big ed
I really enjoyed this sad, dark, and tragic little noir. Eddie G. plays sad sap Chris Cross who gets more than he bargains for when he helps the no-good babe Kitty on the street... Read more
Published 6 months ago by rvialet
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb restoration of classic Lang noir
Had never heard of this film until recently (while claiming to be big Fritz Lang fan!). Bought only knowing of THIS excellent restoration, and its status as a noir great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jrum C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet Street
Robinson does it again. I own many of his works and I'm never disappointed. I admit it was a different character for him to portray but he got right into it in his usual... Read more
Published 13 months ago by CARL SCHULTZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Most typical noir
As a teacher of movies from the classic era, this film typifies every thing that "Film Noir' is all about. Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. Mirisch
5.0 out of 5 stars Be carefull what you wish for!!
I thought the movie was great because of the way it presented the life and relationship of 3 "low lifes" and how each played on the other person. Read more
Published 14 months ago by LARRY HALLA
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the KINO version
I just want to reiterate the other review : BUY THE KINO VERSION!!!! Kino has done a great job of remastering this film noir classic; I have other brands but this one is THE BEST. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John A. Rinaldi
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Eddie G's Best
Looked great!!! Also a very enjoyable film. We will be doing business again in the near future again i'm sure.
Published 15 months ago by TOM
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