FINE COLLECTION OF 50'S NOIR....
Mark Norvell | HOUSTON | 07/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although all the films contained here are worthy of a collection, the main reason I bought this set is 1954's "Human Desire"--- a remake of Jean Renoir's 1938 "La Bete Humaine" with Simone Simon from the story by Emile Zola. Fritz Lang reunited Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame from Lang's 1953 "The Big Heat" for this murder tale. While not packing the same punch as "Heat", the film still offers a compelling look at a sexy woman, Vicki (Grahame), trapped in a miserable marriage to brutish Broderick Crawford and ensnaring ex-GI Ford in a web of deceit and murder. Set at a dreary railroad yard, "Desire" offers an oppressive atmosphere and a heavy performance from Crawford as a murderously jealous husband. Grahame matches him as his younger,restless wife with her own agenda. Ford is the quiet, nice everyman drawn to Grahames' sultry allure. "Human Desire" had previously been available only in inferior form. Here, it looks great---a b&w treat of powerhouse acting and illicit schemes 50's style. I'm just not crazy about the current trend of packaging discs by stacking them. I just feel it's too easy for them to be damaged. Yet, there we are. Enjoy the whole set, but don't overlook "Human Desire"."
A-List Strars in B Films
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 07/13/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics II," a tribute to the Film Noir genre, is a five-disc box set containing five 1950's films. Columbia often cast some of its biggest stars in films noir. This collection features Fred MacMurray, Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Kim Novak, Richard Conte, Gloria Grahame, Dorothy Malone, and Anne Bancroft. Titles include "Human Desire," "Pushover," "Nightfall," City of Fear," and "The Brothers Rico." All films are Widescreen. Bonus extras include three special introductory featurettes: Martin Scorsese on "The Brothers Rico;" "Pulp Paranoia" with Christopher Nolan; and "Terror and Desire" with Emily Mortimer."