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Old 03-11-00, 08:08 PM
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Okay. I guess I could have just combined my last two review requests into this one, but it's too late for that now. I've become obsessed with the film noir genre, so I'm looking for reviews of any film noir on DVD you have seen. I'm looking for reviews of thetransfers and the movies themselves. It's not to hard to find reviews of films like "Double Indemnity", so I'm looking for info on some lesser-known titles.

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Old 03-12-00, 12:40 AM
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While it hasn't been released yet, Image is releasing Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia early next month. It's not his best, but you really can't go wrong.

In an attempt to shameless promote Fritz Lang, you may want to try and rent the following films from your local video store:

The Big Heat
The Woman in the Window
Scarlet Street
While the City Sleeps

All of which are fabulous film noirs (and in my opinion some of the best ever made). Lang also made a damn fine western with Marlene Dietrich, Rancho Notorious.

Also, while arguably not a film noir, his Hangmen Also Die is on DVD. Though I have it, I haven't yet had the chance to view it (Damn personal life!) (I have seen the film itself and its pretty good.) However, your friend, Heather, does have a review of it at her web site:

Also, I'm pretty sure Orson Welles's The Stranger is out on DVD, though you may have that already.

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Old 03-12-00, 12:05 PM
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Sadly, most of the catalog of classic Noir remains unreleased on DVD. Chinatown, The Killing, The Big Sleep, and Maltese Falcon were only recently released. Criterion offers some classics such as M and The 3rd Man, but VHS offers your only recourse to see Journey Into Fear, Cape Fear (original), The Night of the Hunter, Touch of Evil, Experiment in Terror, The Wrong Man, . . . . Even fairly recent titles such as Blood Simple (though rumored for 2000), House of Games, Black Widow (border line Noir) sit unreleased on DVD.

Available on DVD and worth seeing: The Grifters, Spanish Prisoner, Body Heat (crappy transfer).

BTW: DVDFile provides a good database of reviews from many sites.
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L.A. Confidential?

Or did you mean "good film noir?"

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Old 03-12-00, 01:03 PM
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Great discussion on Reservoir Dogs here: http://talk.dvdtalk.com/ubb/Forum8/HTML/001009.html (spoilers)
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Old 03-12-00, 04:13 PM
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While I'm not sure just exactly what makes a movie "noir" a few suggestions in adiition to those already listed;

Naked City
Farewell My lovely
The Big Combo
Brute Force
Killers Kiss
The Stranger/Cause For Alarm
Key Largo
The Killing
Night Of The Hunter
T Men/Raw Deal/He Walked By Night
The Hitch-Hiker

If you enjoy the Noir genre here are a few newer movies available on DVD that you might enjoy;

Crying Game
The Usual Suspects
The Trial (the 1992 version is available now and the original is to be release in March or April)

Dark City
Last Man Standing
Clay Pigeons
Albino Aligator
Murder Of Crows
Gingerbread Man
U Turn
LuLu On The Bridge
One False Move
Lured Innocense
Goodbye Lover
Road Ends
The Spanish Prisoner
Deep Cover
After Dark My Sweet
The Crossing Guard
Things To Do In Denver When Your Dead
Leaving Las Vegas
Red Rock West

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