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Old 07-14-04, 03:27 PM
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Noir Box Set II Suggestions

If and when Warner Bros. decides to release a second Noir box set what would your requests be? I'd like to list mine:

Born to Kill (RKO) directed by Robert Wise and starring Lawrence Tierney and Claire Trevor.

Point Blank (MGM)-okay, not a B&W noir, but still high on everyone's request list. Diected by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson.

Nightmare Alley (MGM) starring Tyrone Power, also high on everyone's request list.

The Lady In The Lake (MGM) directed and starring Elizabeth Montgomery's dad. A lot of people hate this movie but I love it for Audrey Totter and the snappy script.

Flamingo Road (WB) directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford and Sydney Greenstreet. One of WB's more underrated gems, it has most of the "Mildred Pierce" cast reunited and up to no good, as usual.

What would you like to see in the next DVD Noir box set?
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For me, these are the cream of the unreleased film noir in the Warner Brothers' vault (my most-wanted are marked with an asterisk):

Caged (Cromwell/1950)
The Breaking Point (Curtiz/1950)
Crossfire[/b] (Dmytryk/1947)
*Tomorrow is Another Day (Feist/1951)
*The Narrow Margin (Fleischer/1952)
Fury (Lang/1936)
Clash by Night (Lang/1952)
*While the City Sleeps (Lang/1956)
*I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (LeRoy/1932)
City for Conquest (Litvak/1940)
*They Live by Night (Ray/1949)
*On Dangerous Ground (Ray/1952)
*Party Girl (Ray/1958)
The Window (Tetzlaff/1949)
*White Heat (Walsh/1949)
Born to Kill (Wise/1947)
The Letter (Wyler/1940)
Act of Violence (Zinnemann/1948)

As always, categorizing movies as film noir varies greatly from one expert to the next, and some may quibble with the inclusion of a few films on my list.
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Andre de Toth's Pitfall would be a miracle. And I'm expecting "special editions" of The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon to pop up in one of these boxes.

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Detour is already available on DVD, but its poor quality screams for a new edition, I agree. I love that flick !
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Originally posted by FilmFanSea
For me, these are the cream of the unreleased film noir in the Warner Brothers' vault (my most-wanted are marked with an asterisk):

Caged (Cromwell/1950)
The Breaking Point (Curtiz/1950)
Crossfire
(Dmytryk/1947)
*Tomorrow is Another Day (Feist/1951)
*The Narrow Margin (Fleischer/1952)
Fury (Lang/1936)
Clash by Night (Lang/1952)
*While the City Sleeps (Lang/1956)
*I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (LeRoy/1932)
City for Conquest (Litvak/1940)
*They Live by Night (Ray/1949)
*On Dangerous Ground (Ray/1952)
*Party Girl (Ray/1958)
The Window (Tetzlaff/1949)
*White Heat (Walsh/1949)
Born to Kill (Wise/1947)
The Letter (Wyler/1940)
Act of Violence (Zinnemann/1948)

As always, categorizing movies as film noir varies greatly from one expert to the next, and some may quibble with the inclusion of a few films on my list. [/B]
Excellent list! You've named almost everything that I would have listed.I'd also add:

Conflict (1945, Michael Curtiz)
The Enforcer (AKA Murder, Inc.) (1951, Raoul Walsh/Bretaigne Windust)
The Mask Of Dimitrios (1944, Jean Negulesco) - On TCM this month. Check out this underrated noir!
Nora Prentiss (1947, Vincent Sherman - Not a great film, but cinematography by James Wong Howe!
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Detour is already available on DVD, but its poor quality screams for a new edition, I agree. I love that flick !
The quality of the Image release is poor. In fact, it's downright awful in spots. That said, I've never seen it look better, and I doubt will get another release.

I'd actually like to see a 2 disc release of "Detour". Disc one with the original and disc 2 with the remake (starring Tom Neal, Jr.). Of course, this would just be for the noir obsessive in me, as I've heard the remake was lousy.
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I don't know what to suggest all I know is I need me some POINT BLANK ON DVD. Somehow, some way this needs to happen. They have to make it happen.
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I love Conflict. I hadn't seen this one until about 4 years ago. Bogart hated it, but it really is one of my favorites. I think it hit a little too close to home for him - he really probably would have liked to have killed Mayo Methot at that point since she had already tried to kill him - she stabbed him once at least! (From Bogart by A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax - a GREAT book.)

It was an ugly time in his 4th marriage, and that may have skewed his opinion of the script. It really is a good movie!

I'm really hoping that one gets a DVD release someday.

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I really really have been wanting to see I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang.
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I really really have been wanting to see I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is one of the TCM Decision 2004 films . You should vote for it . If it is one of the top five films
it will be released in January 2005.

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Originally posted by Classic Films
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is one of the TCM Decision 2004 films . You should vote for it . If it is one of the top five films
it will be released in January 2005.

http://turnerclassicmovies.com/dvddecision
Ah, I knew I remembered signing some sort of petition for this! I did already vote for it (the other 4 I can't remember at the moment). But yes, everyone vote for this!
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Glenn Erickson's review of Out of The Past has a decent list at the bottom.

I must admit it didn't occur to me, but I hope it does sooner rather than later to Warners; a noir box with Point Blank and Night Moves included anyone?
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TCM will be showing all of the "decision 2004" movies in late July. Here's your chance to preview your faves.

MONDAY JULY 26
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2:00 pm The Letter
3:45 pm Random Harvest
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Actually, what I was asking was: if Warners put out a five-DVD box set soon of more noir films, what would your 5 (five) choices be?
And they would have to be films that Warner has rights to, which would come from Warner Bros, MGM, or RKO, so that should narrow the field down.
I'd love to see a lot of noir films on DVD but Warners doesn't have rights to a lot of them (i.e. like Phantom Lady and Desert Fury).
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Originally posted by Classic Films
If it is one of the top five films it will be released in January 2005.
I'd go you one better and say it suggests that WB is interested in releasing the title and will probably get around to it soon even if it loses.

For instance, 'The Asphalt Jungle' lost in DVD Decision 2003, but it still wound up coming out before the end of this year.

The Lady In The Lake (MGM) directed and starring Elizabeth Montgomery's dad. A lot of people hate this movie but I love it for Audrey Totter and the snappy script.
The thing I've read about this film which intrigued me (taped it, haven't watched it yet) is that the entire thing is shot in first person, from the point of view of Marlowe (the main character, played by Robert Montgomery). (I believe the Bogart 'Tales From the Crypt' was somewhat inspired by this.)

Sounds like an experiment which wouldn't quite work but would be interesting to see.
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Here are my five choices for Warner Bros.' Film Noir #2:

Angel Face
I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
They Live by Night
The Unsuspected
White Heat
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Ditto on "The Unsuspected", a little-known, but great film.
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Originally posted by ThatGuamGuy

The thing I've read about this film which intrigued me (taped it, haven't watched it yet) is that the entire thing is shot in first person, from the point of view of Marlowe (the main character, played by Robert Montgomery). (I believe the Bogart 'Tales From the Crypt' was somewhat inspired by this.)

Sounds like an experiment which wouldn't quite work but would be interesting to see.
That last line just about sums it up. Having the film shot in first person seems like an interesting experiment at first, but it quickly becomes tedious.
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That last line just about sums it up. Having the film shot in first person seems like an interesting experiment at first, but it quickly becomes tedious.
have to reluctantly agree.

the two 'heavyweight' Noirs to me from FilmFanSea's list would have to be

Crossfire
The Narrow Margin


Act Of Violence is also highly regarded, and i confess to not shaving seen some of the rest,
but the above two are easily of the same caliber of films in the first (magnificent) box set.
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Actually, what I was asking was: if Warners put out a five-DVD box set soon of more noir films, what would your 5 (five) choices be?
And they would have to be films that Warner has rights to, which would come from Warner Bros, MGM, or RKO, so that should narrow the field down.
I didn't realize that Warner Brothers had the rights to the RKO library. In that case, add to the list:

Armored Car Robbery (1950, Richard Fleischer)
Cornered (1945, Edward Dmytryck)
Desperate (1947, Anthony Mann)
The Devil Thumbs A Rise (1947, Felix E. Feist)
Stranger On The Third Floor (1940, Boris Ingster)
They Live By Night (1949, Nicholas Ray)
The Woman In The Window (1945, Frita Lang)
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