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Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956 (9-Film Collection) (Blu-ray)
<small>by Stuart Galbraith IV</small><hr />

Licensed from Sony's Columbia Pictures library, Mill Creek and Kit Parker Films' Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956 is a worth-every-penny collection of nine varied featured films. Some are Sam Katzman (or Sam Katzman-level) programmers, while a few are ambitious, moderately more expensive "Bs," and there are even a couple of British imports, including one with big stars and in Technicolor. All nine have points of interest, and the film transfers are, for the most part, excellent.

The films in this set are: Bait (1954), The Crooked Web, Cell 2455 Death Row, 5 Against the House, The Night Holds Terror, New Orleans Uncensored, Footsteps in the Fog (all 1955), Spin a Dark Web, and Rumble on the Docks (both 1956).

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Us (Blu-ray)
<small>by William Harrison</small><hr />

THE FILM:

"We're Americans" - Red

Jordan Peele has been busy of late. The Key & Peele co-creator's 2017 theatrical directing debut, Get Out, is a sly blend of horror and social commentary that won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Peele also helped produce Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman and revived The Twilight Zone for CBS. His second feature film, Us, is an ambitious, strange thriller with plenty going on under the hood. Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex star as the Wilson family and their counterparts during a disturbing weekend vacation near Santa Cruz, California. Sometimes scary, frequently funny and always interesting, Us is an acco...Read the entire review »

Mississippi Burning (Blu-ray)
<small>by Oktay Ege Kozak</small><hr />

The Movie:

Barry Norman, a BBC critic at the time of Mississippi Burning's release, described the two shots opening the film as "Pure cinema, something no other medium could do so effectively". Alan Parker's quintessential crime drama about one of the many horrific racist stains on this country begins with a static two shot of two water fountains, one for Caucasians, the other for people of color. By holding onto such a simple yet impactful image, Parker solidifies, without any dialogue or exposition, the soul-killing depression of prejudice and dehumanization based solely on properties established from birth. As the credits still roll, he smash cuts to another static shot, this time of a burning church. Even those not familiar with the US' never-ending racial strife can easily guess which race the church belonged to. Bridging these images one after the other, Parker uses the cin...Read the entire review »


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