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  • Directors: Sinister Cinema
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Sinister Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AD54W0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(1949 aka Killer Bait) Lizabeth Scott, Don Defoe, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy. Scott turns in one of the best "femme fatale" performances of all time as she portrays a scheming woman who eliminates everyone in her way as she tries to make off with 60-grand in blackmail money. An excellent script, top production values and great performances make this one of the very best "film noir" titles we offer. Highly recommended. Newly transferred from a great original 16mm print. One of the best video versions on the market today.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stanley on February 22, 2010
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Whoever wrote the reviews that claim Sinister Cinema has a high quality release of Too Late For Tears must work for them because they are WRONG, WRONG and WRONG! Its possible that Amazon may have applied the wrong reviews because there are several different public domain releases of this film and Amazon is famous for getting their reviews applied to the wrong versions. But I can tell you without a doubt that Sinister Cinema's release has all the same problems of the other releases. The picture quality is poor because they use some machine which is basicly like a digital movie camera recording a film version which is projected on a screen - the same way bootleggers in Hong Kong make their products. The film print used is old and of poor quality with numerous scratchs, fuzziness (did they forget to focus the projector?), contrast changes from light and dark, the picture often jumps up and down and most disturbing for me are the deletion of my favorite scenes. If you must have this movie just buy the cheapest version you can find because they are all public domain and being made for a quick buck. Someday perhaps a major studio may release a quality version but you might die before that happens. I've always liked this movie. Its got some great B actors in it and even though the story is a little contrived and over the top it is still classic Film Noir. In fact all of its charm comes from its relentless depiction of a confused and obsessed woman who will stop at nothing to get a loot of money. She is such a bad mama that she even scares the tough hoodlums she takes up with. I can forgive the plotline but not the all too ubiquitous public domain versions of this little gem of a movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phil Muse on September 22, 2008
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Lizabeth Scott as Janie, whose hunger for money and all it can bring her, destroys every relationship in her life and compels her to murder, is so good you can't take your eyes off her. Re-released later under the name "Killer Bait," this 1949 picture leaves up to both its titles. One of the quintessential films noir. With a greenish tint that goes surprisingly well and is easy on the eyes, the print quality is noticeably better than that of the Alpha Video version and there aren't the occasional missing frames, which justifies the additional cash layout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian on January 26, 2011
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While the movie is a nice, slightly absurd little noir (3-plus stars), Sinister's print is the worst I've seen. Now in fairness to the company they, unlike some of their grey-market competitors, do not make claims to have re-mastered anything and their prices are more reasonable. Nonetheless, this version is taken from a source riddled with defects (cleanest public-domain print I've encountered is that used by St. Clair Vision).
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Oregon-based DVD-R mfr. SINISTER CINEMA specializes in obscure 'B' unit movies. They offer no bonus features such as commentary or deleted scenes. Dubs are from unrestored film stock, thus quality varies with source material condition. None are pristine, yet none are so degraded as to be unviewable. Some of their transfers are in fact quite decent.

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In the late 1940s and early '50s the screen's greatest femme fatale just may have been Lizabeth Scott, and TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949) is a perfect example of Scott at her villainous best.

Typical of film noir, the story opens at night. Jane Palmer (Scott) and husband Alan (Arthur Kennedy) are on an evening drive in their light colored convertible when an object is tossed into their coupe's back seat from a passing car. A quick look by Alan reveals a large leather satchel. Almost immediately we see the gears in Jane's evil little brain start to whirl, propelled by GREED.

An immediate complication is there's another convertible on their tail, its lights flashing. This must be the vehicle that the wayward grip was intended for. Jane zig-zags wildly over the road and manages to lose their pursuer. Alan takes the wheel and back in Los Angeles they're flagged down by a motorcycle cop. Naturally both are nervous and the officer senses this as he eyes the two carefully. Jane has the glove compartment open and she stares at the handgun inside it. Alan knows what Jane's thinking, and it's at this point that he should've cut and run. The cop hands him a citation for turning without a signal and leaves. Alan asks Jane just what she had considerded doing and she plays dumb.

In this fast-moving story, the valise's owner shows up at the Palmer apartment while Alan's at work.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suwannee on September 10, 2009
I am a fan of Dan Duryea and will watch anything with him in it. So, I came across TOO LATE FOR TEARS and was newly introduced to Lizabeth Scott. The pairing of Duryea and Scott in this film is magic. Lizabeth Scott has to be the ultimate femme fatale, or at least in this film. It is worth watching just for the dialog between Scott and Duryea alone. There are also good performances by Arthur Kennedy as Lizabeth Scott's hen-pecked husband and Don Defore, as the brother of Lizabeth Scott's deceased husband prior to Arthur Kennedy.

This is one of the best film noir's I've seen. The plot moves along at a good clip and you certainly will not be bored.
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