The Film Detective's Film Noir Collection
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This film noir collection includes three fantastic titles: Hollow Triumph, Kansas City Confidential and The Red House. All three highlight classic film noir cinematography and storytelling techniques with stark and moody atmospheres. In Hollow Triumph, a career criminal finds the ultimate hideout by taking on another man’s identity. Kansas City Confidential tells the story of a wrongly accused delivery driver out to clear his name. In The Red House, two young teens disregard warnings to stay away from the terrors of a nearby forest with a hidden secret. All are restored from 35mm archival film elements and released in their original theatrical aspect ratios.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Item model number : 43215-17849
- Director : Steve Sekely, Phil Karlson, Delmer Daves
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 4 hours and 42 minutes
- Release date : November 2, 2016
- Actors : Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, John Payne, Coleen Gray, Edward G. Robinson
- Studio : The Film Detective
- ASIN : B01LTHO66Q
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #372,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Let’s start with HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1940) a.k.a. The Scar. Paul Henreid plays a small-time gangster who happens to be a dead ringer for a popular Psychiatrist and decides to take on his identity. Needless to say, this leads to a series of complications that have you glued to the screen. The film moves along at a frantic pace that leaves you in total suspense. I give special kudos to lovely Joan Bennett who plays her role with calm and dignity and delivers her lines in a very modern style dialogue. This is an excellent transfer, the best I have seen on this title. Look for a young Jack Webb as a Gangster’s hit man.
Next up is KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952). Not just another Gangster picture. This film noir stars John Payne, a man who does not appreciate being an ex-con who is trying to take the straight and narrow path, and winds up being used by a retired Detective in a million dollar bank robbery becoming the classic patsy. Once he does some investigating on his own, it becomes clear to him who is responsible, he heads to Mexico to uncover the truth behind this scheme. One twist and turn after another leads to a surprising climax. Another excellent transfer.
Last in the collection is THE RED HOUSE (1947). Edward G. Robinson, who is always fascinating to watch, plays a man who is keeping a dark secret from his Step Daughter played by Angelic Aliene Roberts. Judith Anderson plays the protective Sister of Robinson, who is also stressed by her shared knowledge of (drum roll) The Red House. Another fine transfer.
I highly recommend adding this excellent triple bill to your classic film collection. Stunning on Blu-ray or standard DVD.