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Film Noir on DVD

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Out of the Past
Out of the Past
"D: Jacques Tourneur, 1947. Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas. "Out of the Past" is not only one of the three most definitive noir films of all time, it's probably the best!"
Criss Cross (Universal Noir Collection)
Criss Cross (Universal Noir Collection)
"D: Robert Siodmak, 1949. Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea."
The Set-Up
The Set-Up
"D: Robert Wise, 1949. Robert Ryan. Note this film's storytelling in real-time."
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
"D: Ridley Scott, 1982. Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer. The film's Cyberpunk themes of corporate dystopia along with the visual style of acid rain-filled streets, its retro-fitted future, and impending social violence hint at losses of individualism. "All those moments will be lost like tears in the rain. Time to die.""
Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"D: Michael Curtiz, 1942. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Conrad Veidt, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet. Casablanca has a level of hopelessness, but ends with regaining idealism via rite of passage. The end, while ultimately dissatisfying to protagonist's own immediate needs, hopes to better the world."
The Maltese Falcon (Three-Disc Special Edition)
The Maltese Falcon (Three-Disc Special Edition)
"D: John Huston, 1941. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet. While not being truly a film noir in theme, this is a very good film and possesses many similarities in style. A detective becomes wrapped up in a crime syndicate's plot to capture the statue of a falcon."
The Asphalt Jungle
The Asphalt Jungle
"D: John Huston, 1950. Sterling Hayden, Sam Jaffe, Marilyn Monroe."
Curse of the Demon / Night of the Demon (Double Feature)
Curse of the Demon / Night of the Demon (Double Feature)
"D: Jacques Tourneur, 1957. Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis. Here, a psychologist pays the price for his disbelief in the occult."
Sunset Boulevard (Special Collector's Edition)
Sunset Boulevard (Special Collector's Edition)
"D: Billy Wilder, 1950. William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Cecil B. DeMille. A lesson in the meaning of the unreliable protagonist."
Call Northside 777 (Fox Film Noir)
Call Northside 777 (Fox Film Noir)
"D: Henry Hathaway, 1948. James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb. A newspaper journalist investigates the facts leading to a man's conviction and life imprisonment. The film belongs to the procedural sub-style of film noir."
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"D: John Huston, 1948. Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston (John's father)."
Kiss of Death (Fox Film Noir)
Kiss of Death (Fox Film Noir)
"D: Henry Hathaway, 1947. Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Richard Widmark, Karl Malden. This first Widmark film made him famous for one scene in which he pushes an old lady confined to a wheelchair down a flight of stairs."
The Quatermass Xperiment [VHS]
The Quatermass Xperiment [VHS]
"D: Val Guest, 1955. Brian Donlevy. Hammer Studio's first international hit, a fast-paced and gothic sci-fi/horror with snappy dialogue, propelled it on toward its later fame in the horror genre."
M (The Criterion Collection)
M (The Criterion Collection)
"D: Fritz Lang, 1931, German proto-noir. Peter Lorre."
Gun Crazy
Gun Crazy
"D: Joseph Lewis, 1950. Peggy Cummins, John Dahl. Two lovers turn to a life of crime."
Bonnie and Clyde (Blu-ray Book Packaging)
Bonnie and Clyde (Blu-ray Book Packaging)
"D: Arthur Penn, 1967. Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman. Two lovers turn to a life of crime. The combination of sex and violence is comparable to 1950's 'Gun Crazy.'"
Murder, My Sweet
Murder, My Sweet
"D: Edward Dmytryk, 1944. Dick Powell, Claire Trevor. One of the three definitive noir films."
The Killing
The Killing
"D: Stanley Kubrick, 1956. Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray."
Double Indemnity (Universal Legacy Series)
Double Indemnity (Universal Legacy Series)
"D: Billy Wilder, 1944. Fred MacMurray, Barbara Sanwyck, Edward G. Robinson. One of the top three definitive noir films. An insurance salesman gets involved in a woman's plot to murder her husband for insurance money."
Laura (Fox Film Noir)
Laura (Fox Film Noir)
"D: Otto Preminger, 1944. Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price."
Where the Sidewalk Ends (Fox Film Noir)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (Fox Film Noir)
"D: Otto Preminger, 1950. Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Karl Malden. Despite the lead roles and director being the same, this film is exceptional despite Tierney's character being a throwaway. Again, Andrews plays a police detective."
The Racket
The Racket
"D: John Cromwell, 1951. Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott."
On Dangerous Ground
On Dangerous Ground
"D: Nicholas Ray, 1952. Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond. An brutal, angry city police detective stops at nothing to get a suspect to talk. His later identification with a blind woman he meets (Lupino) changes and redeems him."
Touch of Evil (Widescreen Edition)
Touch of Evil (Widescreen Edition)
"D: Orson Welles, 1958. Charleton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich. The opening shot is famous. It takes a couple through the American-Mexican border and ends in a car bomb explosion. The take is several minutes long."
Stray Dog (The Criterion Collection)
Stray Dog (The Criterion Collection)
"D: Akira Kurosawa, 1949, Japanese, police procedural. Toshiro Mifune. When a Japanese policeman loses his gun and it becomes subsequently involved in other crimes, he'll do anything to get it back, to overturn his departmental shame and regain trust."
Vertigo (Collector's Edition)
Vertigo (Collector's Edition)
"D: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958. James Stewart, Kim Novak. Hitchcock's masterpiece of pure art spins a web of obsession, fear, and duality in which the protagonist is caught."
Taxi Driver (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Taxi Driver (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
"D: Martin Scorsese, 1976, neo-noir. Robert De Niro, Cybil Shepard, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel. Scorsese's famous earlier film explores notions of anti-social behavior, hatred of the city, and creeping madness that somehow gets supported by society despite the psychosis."
Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy
"D: Warren Beatty, 1990, neo-noir. Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna. Despite wavering reviews, Dick Tracy is a lesson on the styles and themes of film noir. Madonna overturns her bad career with good acting here in the real central role that defines her as a tragic hero lost to gangland consumption."
To Die For
To Die For
"D: Gus Van Sant, 1995, neo-noir. Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Juaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Dan Hedaya."
Unfaithfully Yours (The Criterion Collection)
Unfaithfully Yours (The Criterion Collection)
"D: Preston Sturges, 1948. Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Valley. When a detective informs an orchestra conductor that his attractive wife is cheating on him, he plots to violently murder her and have it blamed on the other guy. (The film would have been even better if it had maintained its serious tone in the last third.)"
Pickup on South Street (The Criterion Collection)
Pickup on South Street (The Criterion Collection)
"D: Samuel Fuller, 1953. Richard Widmark, Jean Peters. A true masterpiece. The man to save America from the communists is a pickpocket whose only care is the money he stands to gain from the sale of a certain 35mm negative, but he'd take the hero reputation along with it, which is the same as the agent acting on behalf of the covert communist group."
Night and the City (The Criterion Collection)
Night and the City (The Criterion Collection)
"D: Jules Dassin, 1950. Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Herbert Lom."
Rififi (The Criterion Collection)
Rififi (The Criterion Collection)
"D: Jules Dassin, 1955. Dassin was blacklisted for five years until this film, and it's one of the best capers in the history of cinema. In it, we get to see criminals open up a jewelry safe with a can opener-like device."
Daisy Kenyon (Fox Film Noir)
Daisy Kenyon (Fox Film Noir)
"D: Otto Preminger, 1947. Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda. A love triangle."
Scarlet Street (Remastered Edition)
Scarlet Street (Remastered Edition)
"D: Fritz Lang, 1945. Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea."
House of Strangers
House of Strangers
"D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1949. Richard Conte, Susan Hayward, Edward G. Robinson."
Nightmare Alley (Fox Film Noir)
Nightmare Alley (Fox Film Noir)
"D: Edmund Goulding, 1947. Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker."
Blast of Silence (The Criterion Collection)
Blast of Silence (The Criterion Collection)
"D: Allen Baron, 1961. Allen Baron."
The Big Combo
The Big Combo
"D: Joseph Lewis, 1955. Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy."
Detour
Detour
"D: Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945. Tom Neal, Ann Savage."