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Fox Studio Classics Collection (Black Widow / Call Northside 777 / Dangerous Crossing / Laura)

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Includes Black Widow, Call Northside 777, Dangerous Crossing and Laura.

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway, Joseph M. Newman, Nunnally Johnson, Otto Preminger
  • Writers: Elizabeth Reinhardt, Hugh Wheeler, Jack McPhaul, James P. McGuire
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B3V0RA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fox Studio Classics Collection (Black Widow / Call Northside 777 / Dangerous Crossing / Laura)" on IMDb

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This volume is film noir aka crime drama/mystery.
While these were all new titles to me; I liked them.
I watched all these movies and featurettes today.

Black Widow (1954) stars Ginger Rogers with Gene Tierney.
Kindly gentleman is framed for murder of young woman.
I've always liked Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire in musicals.
I've not cared much for her comedic roles but liked this very different role.
This is color, 95 minutes and in letterbox.
Includes two biographies:
Ginger Rogers at Twentieth Century Fox
Gene Tierney: Final Curtain for a Noir Icon

Call Northside 777 (1948) stars James Stewart.
Reporter reluctantly concludes wrong man is in jail for cop killing.
This is B&W, 111 minutes and in fullscreen.
Includes a movietone news clip about premiere.

Dangerous Crossing (1953) stars Jeanne Crain.
On transatlantic cruise a newlywed says her husband is missing
but due to lack of his existence she is thought to be losing her mind.
This is B&W, 76 minutes and in fullscreen.
Includes featurette Peril at Sea: Charting a Dangerous Crossing

Laura (1944) stars Gene Tierney with Vincent Price.
A supposed murder victim becomes the murder suspect.
This is B&W, 87 minutes and in fullscreen.
Includes two excellent A&E Biographies:
Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait
Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain
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Four disc DVD set of classic noir films from the 20th Century-Fox library. Each film is pressed on a separate disc with several bonus features. Great set for anyone looking to build a classic film library, or just someone who loves classic film noir.

Black Widow (1954/Color/91 minutes/Widescreen)

Murder mystery starring Van Heflin, Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney. Special features include a commentary track, featurettes on Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney, interactive pressbook, theatrical trailer, isolated score track, still galleries, and trailers for other Fox Noir films. Warning: the included featurettes can potentially spoil other Tierney/Rogers films for you.

Call Northside 777 (1948/B&W/111 minutes/Fullscreen)

Crime drama starring Jimmy Stewart as a beat reporter trying to free an innocent man. Special features include a commentary track, premiere newsclip, theatrical trailer, and trailers for other Fox Noir films.

Dangerous Crossing (1953/B&W/76 minutes/Fullscreen)

"Locked Room" or "missing person" style mystery set on a cruise liner. Stars Jeanne Crain and Michael Rennie. Special features include a commentary track, featurette on the making and history of the film, interactive pressbook, isolated score track, theatrical trailer, still galleries, and trailers for other Fox Noir films.

Laura (1944/B&W/87 minutes/Fullscreen)

Murder mystery starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price. Special features include two commentary tracks, A&E network "Biography" specials on Gene Tierney and Vincent Price, a deleted scene, an extended version of the film, and the theatrical trailer. Warning: the included "Biography" episodes can potentially spoil other Tierney/Price films for you.
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For anybody who's a film-noir fan, then this is a must have! It's 4 great 20th Century Fox films, and while all of them aren't absolutely amazing, it's still worth it.

Black Widow (1954)- 7/10- I didn't think this movie was anything very special in particular, but it still was a pretty thrilling and engaging film in Cinemascope. It's about a woman named Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Gardner) who starts climbing the social ladder when Peter Denver (Van Heflin) lets her stay at his house, while his wife Iris Denver (Gene Tierney) is out of town. Later, she is found hanging by a rope in his house, but people start to believe it was murder, and almost everybody is a suspect. It also stars Ginger Rogers, George Raft, and Reginald Gardner. While it seems to fit an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents better and it feels like a B movie, it still has it's good notes, like the color of the film, and also the suspense that builds up over the film. Another good part of the film was Gene Tierney. I feel that she's a very underrated actress and she should be as known as Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe. Altogether, "Black Widow" has it's pros and cons, but it's a good and well-crafter color noir suspense film.

Special Features:

Commentary by film noir historian Alan Rode
Ginger Rogers at Twentieth Century Fox featurette
Gene Tierney: Final Curtain for a Noir Icon featurette
Interactive pressbook
Isolated score track
Still galleries
Original theatrical trailer

Call Northside 777 (1948)- 9.5/10- Even though this isn't really a suspense film and it fits more in the drama genre, "Call Northside 777" is a very moving and well done film starring my favorite actor, Jimmy Stewart. He plays P.J.
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I recently bought this set at Costco for $8.99 for one reason, and one reason only: Laura. This classic has been one of my favorite films noir ever since I saw it years ago, so I was delighted to find it at such a cheap price, and with three others interesting looking films noir thrown in, to boot!

So, did the set live up to my expecations? Well, kind of. I had never even heard of the three other movies included in the set (Black Widow, Call Northside 777 and Dangerous Crossing), so I really didn't know what to expect. After watching all the movies in the set, I'm sort of in two minds about it (though, on the whole, I'm glad I bought it). The only really great one was Laura; Call Northside 777 was good; Black Widow was enjoyable, but I wouldn't go so far as to actually call it good; and Dangerous Crossing was, frankly, atrocious.

I'll give a short synopsis and review of each one:

Black Widow (1954)
-Synopsis: An ambitious young female writer commits suicide in the apartment of a male friend, a famous Broadway producer. Or was it murder?
-Review: Going into this, my thoughts were that this was basically going to be All About Eve with murder (and camp). After having seen it, I still think that's a fairly accurate summation, but I also thought it would be, well, really bad. I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, Nancy Ordway is no Eve Harrington, but the dialog is fairly snappy and the central mystery keeps you guessing. All in all, what promised to be an amusingly bad melodrama turned out to be a fairly engrossing whodunit (though don't get me wrong, it's extremely melodramatic). Not a movie I would buy on its own, but it's entertaining and enjoyable enough to merit being included in this boxset.
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