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  • Actors: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay, Rosalind Ivan
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Writers: André Mouézy-Éon, Dudley Nichols, Georges de La Fouchardière
  • Producers: Fritz Lang, Walter Wanger
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Celebrity Home Enter
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1987
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300158691
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is film noir at its best, and peculiarly, Fritz Lang film noir.
Dr. James Gardner
Not even when he it seems that those who have wronged him are getting their just desserts!
realclassicsfan
Wonderful picture and sound quality compared to the Alpha DVD release.
Kevin P.

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Erik Rupp VINE VOICE on October 11, 2005
Format: DVD
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 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2003
Format: DVD
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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McCaffrey VINE VOICE on May 19, 2003
Format: DVD
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 By D. Roth on November 26, 1999
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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I have a problem with Jeff Shannon's review
You are probably correct, although Fritz Lang was notorious for having flings with married women, including Thea von Harbou, who divorced her husband at the time, actor Rudolf Klein-Rogge, after her affair with Lang.

But there are two Langs in the story. In 1951, Joan Bennett's husband,... Read More
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