The films about the tough guys and the femme fatales. Film Noir is Hollywood's truly original vision of the shadowy, smoky underworld. In films from the 40s and 50s, they entertain us with intrigue, conflict, and lust. The... more » Best of Film Noir takes you to that other side of life which only a movie can - the Hollywood of not only yesteryear, but today as well. Films like The Maltese Falcon, Kiss Me Deadly, Double Indemnity, This Gun for Hire, Mildred Pierce, DOA, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Bad and the Beautiful, Detour, Touch of Evil, Out of the Past, including the original coming attraction trailers for Rear Window, Notorious, Vertigo, and many others! Stars such as Robert Mitchum, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant, John Garfield, Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Lee Marvin, Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Ingrid Bergman, Fred MacMurray, Alan Ladd, Jane Greer, Janet Leigh, Ralph Meeker, Cloris Leachman and many more! SPECIAL TO THIS DVD VERSION ONLY! Chapters you can access immediately: Including exclusive interviews and rare Academy Award ceremony footage: The Big Knife: entire trailer, and an exclusive interview with star Rod Steiger. Bogie & Bacall: an interview with Hollywood Studio-era columnist James Bacon-- and very rare footage of Bogie joking with Bob Hope on the 1955 Oscar telecast. A Touch of Evil: a new interview with star Janet Leigh about the re-release of this classic, as well as comments on working with director Orson Welles, from Charlton Heston and actor-producer John Houseman. Jeffrey Wells, Film Critic and Columnist on Noir classics. And condensed versions of two Noir classics: Detour and D.O.A.« less
"Film Noir is a rich and complex genre but you would never know it from this supposed documentary on the subject. "The Best of Film Noir" is actually an arbitrary assemblage of period trailers linked by some very superficial commentary. The films mentioned seem to be limited to the trailers available to the producers, and include some movies that are only Noir by a far stretch and exclude many of the most significant items in the genre. A newcomer to the genre would never learn that it was a visually rich expressionistic form with complex emotional textures from "The Best of Film Noir," and the shallowness of the production will probably annoy anyone who knows anything about it. You won't see any notable scenes nor get any real analysis. At the most you'll see a lot of Bogart trailers and hear Lauren Bacall say a few very clever lines.The second program includes a few badly produced and pointless short interviews, some random Oscar footage, and "condensed" versions of "D.O.A." and "Detour," both misguided and both taken from shabby, visually inferior prints of the films. "The Best of Film Noir" is a waste of time and certainly a waste of money."
A collection of trailers with truncated films
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is the oddest DVD: A collection of trailers for various film noir works, weak narrative connecting them, and some VERY truncated pieces of "DOA". Unless you want to watch a bunch of trailers, or a VERY edited version of DOA, don't bother."
One star is too kind
Leonard Norwitz | San Jose, CA USA | 09/30/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Derived almost exclusively from trailers from the worst source prints imaginable, the accompanying serious narrative includes such gaffs as: Raymond Chandler is the author of The Maltese Falcon (a mistake that is made repeatedly); and the plot of Notorious described as: "a man in love with a scientist's daughter - the scientist is held captive by Nazi collaborators." I kid you not."
Great for 40's and 50's film lovers!
J. Gilliland | Fort Worth, TX United States | 07/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was a great movie for me to watch. I love 40's and 50's movies, so I thought the movie really showed a lot of the different movies from that time period. I even went out and bought a few of the movies that were featured. The video also shows exclusive interviews and some Academy award footage. It definitely shows the differences and similarities to today's Hollywood image."
Cheryl Drefs | Sacramento, CA USA | 10/24/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This video is good for those of us who love Film Noir and want a listing of films that fall under this category. HOWEVER - they got some facts wrong. For instance, in the video they talk about the movie "The Maltese Falcon", based on the book of the same name, and how it's central character, Sam Spade, is the quintessential detective. They stated that Raymond Chandler wrote this book. WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dashiell Hammett wrote this book, thus creating the detective Sam Spade. Raymond Chandler created the detective Philip Marlowe, in books such as "The Big Sleep". Who edited this movie anyway - did they not check their facts????"