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Le Doulos (aka The Finger Man) (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Sandwiched between director Jean-Pierre Melville's low-budget wonder Bob le flambeur (1956) and later masterpieces like Le Samourai (1967), Le Cercle rouge (1970), and Un flic (1972), 1963's Le Doulos is slicker and more refined than the former, while anticipating the uniquely mesmerizing formality of those later crime films.

The title refers to a type of men's hat, but it's also a slang term for a police informant. The hopelessly convoluted plot revolves around gangsters threatened by and trying to act against an informant, whose identity remains unclear until the end. As with Melville's other crime films, it's a fascinating mixture of American-influenced iconography and emphatically French characters and atmosphere. Quentin Tarantino regarded it as a major influence on his Reservoir Dogs (1992), but I was struck particularly by the long opening sequence, w...Read the entire review »

 

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4D Man (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

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Also released as The Master Of Terror, 1959's The 4D Man was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., the man behind 1958's The Blob and 1960's Dinosaurus!. While this one might not be as well-known as The Blob, that hasn't stopped Kino Lorber from rolling out a really impressive Blu-ray release for this fun B-picture.

The story begins when a scientist named Dr. Tony Nelson (James Congdon) discovers a way to allow for the molecular structure of objects to be changed in such a way that they're able to pass through each other. When Scott (Robert Lansing), Tony's older brother, finds out about this discovery he quickly realizes the importance of it and decides to use himself as a human guinea pig. Before you know it, he's managed to move his hand through a solid slab, though judging by the look on his face when it gets stuck there, this was bot...Read the entire review »

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