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Force's plot turns around the effort of Tucker and Joe Morse to monopolize "policy" (i.e., the numbers racket) in New York, and Morse's effort to keep his brother, who runs a small-time numbers bank, from being crushed in the process. It is the brother-to-brother aspect of the plot that provides the real juice for this noir, with Thomas Gomez turning in a riveting performance as Joe's brother, Leo Morse. The female lead, Doris Lowry, is played well by Beatrice Pearson, but, in the end, the character stands to serve only as a sounding board for Joe as he struggles with what he has done to himself, and to his brother.
Technically, it looks as though Artisan, a perennial purveyor of poor quality dvds, has finally gotten a release right. The transfer here is crisp with solid blacks and a serviceable grayscale. The only obvious flaw on the disc can be found in the chapter selections, where the stills for the last two scenes are reversed. The audio is quite acceptable, and the score for this work is incrementally more memorable than most. As for features on this dvd, there are none -- it's the film, and just the film. However, because Artisan must learn to walk before it runs, the absence of special features is forgivable in light of the effort Artisan has finally put into getting the film right.
All things considered, I recommend this dvd to those wondering what film noir is all about, and strongly recommend it to confirmed fans of the genre. If you know what noir is about, and are not a fan, this dvd is decidedly not for you.
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Great movie elevated to a higher status through the use of BluRay.Published 11 months ago by Kinobuff
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Martin Scorsese views this film as a preclude to his films, Mean Streets and Goodfellows. It's a dark film about the numbers racket and two brothers played by John Garfield and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JEANNE
Good tale when looking at it today with an understanding of the period in which it was shot. The story holds up years later.Published 16 months ago by GGLW
John Garfield stars in and narrates this film. He was a brilliant actor. A 1948 period piece. I very much enjoyed watching this film.Published on May 23, 2014 by Holly
John Garfield plays a scummy attorney in Force of Evil - an often hair-raising/nail-biting noir thriller with phenomenal production values a la MGM. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by Nick Zegarac
John Garfield is at his best in this tale of a crooked lawyer working for the numbers racket. His brother Thomas Gomez is wonderful in this movie, he practically steals the movie... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by john watson bruce