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Film Noir 10 Movie Set
Film Noir 10 Movie Set
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2004     14hr 40min


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Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Bci / Eclipse
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 07/13/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 14hr 40min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

List of Titles
Ray Neslowe | Grays Harbor, WA | 08/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The ten titles from this collection of film noir features from the the 1940's and early 1950's are as follows.

1. THE STRANGER--Orson Welles & Edward G. Robinson (1946)
2. BORDERLINE--Fred MacMurray & Raymond Burr (1950)
3. HE WALKED BY NIGHT--Richard Basehart & Jack Webb (1948)
4. CALL IT MURDER (aka MIDNIGHT)--Bogart & Henry Hull (1934)
5. THE RED HOUSE -- Edward G. Robinson (1947)
6. D.O.A.--Edmond O'Brien (1950)
7. KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL--John Payne & Lee Van Cleef (1952)
8. DETOUR--Tom Neal & Ann Savage (1946)
9. THE SECOND WOMAN--Robert Young & John Sutton (1951)
10. SCARLET STREET--Edward G. Robinson & Dan Duryea (1945)
Some movies are not in good shape - not digitally remastered
JK8 | Salem, NJ | 10/27/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I ordered this DVD set and was disappointed to see that the film quality of some of the movies (Kansas City Confidential, The Red House) was poor. There were many dropouts and it looked like the film had faded. On the other hand, some of these movies are rarely shown on tv, not even Turner Classics, so many of these movies I had never heard of before. I would rather have a poor version of the movie than no version. At least one of the movies is a good copy (Suspicion) which looks like it was remastered. On the whole, not a bad deal, but I am a noir fanatic, so you should also read the other reviews before purchasing."
Good collection overall
Kathy Hendrix | Dallas, Georgia USA | 06/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First a rating of the films, favorite to least favorite:

1 DOA (10/10) Very good example of film noir with lots of the elements of the genre. A very complex story with great characters that make it worth watching over and over again.
2 Scarlet Street (10/10) The most dark and bleak film here, a very close tie with DOA. Probably the most emotionally powerful film in this set, if you like gloomy endings, watch this one first!
3 Detour (9.5/10) One of the best film noirs, even compared to the movies made on a better budget. Also, like the two movies above, tends to end with a very dark mood.
4 The Stranger (9/10) I enjoyed this one quite a bit, great, stark visuals create a expressive noir-ish atmosphere. The transfer here is rather dark, but it works well in my opinion.
5 Kansas City Confidential (8.5/10) Among the best B noir I have seen. Plenty of shady, violent characters, a good plot and lots of good noir camera work.
6 The Red House (8/10) A different type of film noir, made in the country. Still manages to create a noir/suspense atmosphere. Can feel a little overlong at times, the acting of Edward G. Robinson helps this one along.
7 He Walked By Night (7/10) More of a straight up crime/detective movie, but plenty of noirish elements.
8 Call it Murder (aka Midnight) (7/10) Made in 1934, this is certainly the oldest movie in the set and looks great for its age. In general this is a pretty good movie, but lacks many of the elements of real film noir in my opinion.
9 Borderline (7/10) Feels like Hitchcock could have made this one, but lacks the noir atmosphere. More of a light-hearted police drama than a hard-boiled noir.
10 The Second Woman (4/10) I didn't enjoy this one much. It feels like film noir but it also feels like a bad remake of Rebecca, something which annoyed me greatly as that is one of my favorite films. The constant musical references to Tchaikovsky, while odd, worked.

The picture and sound quality on these movies tends to be pretty good. Everything is certainly of "watchable" quality. Some movies fare better than others, The Stranger and some sections of The Red House could use some restoration and remastering. I bought this set the same time I bought another set "The Ultimate Film Noir Collection," I would say the movies on this set look slightly better than those on that one. Both are good collections though.

The movies I plan to come back to are DOA, Scarlet Street, Detour, The Stranger, Kansas City Confidential and possibly The Red House. He Walked By Night was a decent movie, but not my favorite kind of noir. Borderline was a "charming little movie" but its one of the least memorable on the set. Call It Murder is indeed a great movie by almost any standard, especially for its time, but it does not feel like noir at all...perhaps its just included so Bogarts name could be on the cover of the set? I had big hopes for The Second Woman but it was the biggest let down of the set.

A final note about the packaging, some have complained that it has fallen apart on them, but it hasnt been the case with mine at all. Maybe I got lucky, but the box as a whole seems fairly sturdy. Recommended."
Poor buy
Zoran Gonda | Beograd, Serbia | 10/15/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very poor video quality and I don't see any reason to purchase this set. The price is really very low, but you don't get more than you paid for."