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Old 08-30-05, 02:02 AM
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Sony/MGM 5 Gangster Noir Titles 10.18.05

Nothing has hashed out yet, but this is what I found.

from charles h at the HTF

DVDEmpire.com announced that Sony/MGM will be releasing 5 gangster titles on 9/6: LET 'EM HAVE IT (1935), I, MOBSTER (1958), PRETTY BOY FLOYD (1960), and two Anthony Mann titles--T-MEN (1947) and RAW DEAL (1948). Being "Sony/MGM", I am more than a little suspicious (I, MOBSTER was in CinemaScope once upon a time), but the two Mann titles (both released on dvd in pd versions) should be cause for enthusiasm--based upon what MGM did with the dvd of HE WALKED BY NIGHT (co-directed by Mann). Has anyone seen any other solicitations or formal announcements of these titles?
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They're not from 'Sony/MGM' unfortunately, they're from Sony Music (Video) and will probably be no more than the usual PD standard fare.
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I have the Mann titles on the Roan set - might be interested if there is an improvement in picture quality, or some substantive extras.
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This just made my day.
Old 08-30-05, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by John Hodson
They're not from 'Sony/MGM' unfortunately, they're from Sony Music (Video) and will probably be no more than the usual PD standard fare.
i had heard that as well...I have yet to see covers or specs on any of them though
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Hmmmm... Have the VCI editions of the Mann titles. Guess it's a wait and see approach with this news.
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Well, this is only a week for now, so this was announced really late...
BTW, these aren't on DVDaf
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Allmovie.com claims they're coming out October 18th, from "Sony Wonder".
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ok ok...i got some confirmation these indeed will be coming in october

from barrie maxwell

Sony Music Video offers five gangster films on October 18th: Let 'Em Have It (1935, with Richard Arlen), Anthony Mann's T-Men (1947) and Raw Deal (1948), I Mobster (1958, with Steve Cochran), and Pretty Boy Floyd (1960, with John Ericson).
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any reviews?
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Those covers seem influenced by the Criterion Collection "Killers" cover.
Old 10-12-05, 11:19 AM
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Yah, if anyone finds a review(s) of T-Men and Raw Deal please post! Curious how they compare to the VCI editions...
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I wonder how they compare to the Roan Group film noir trilogy (T-Men, Raw Deal & He Walked By Night.)
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Of course, I just ordered the VCI version of T-MEN last night to bump myself up to free shipping on another order. I shoulda known!
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Any reviews?

Just wondering if there's anyone that knows the quality of these releases? I'd just like to know as I really want to own Raw Deal and T-Men, but am not sure if I should hold out for another release down the line. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by E.D.
Just wondering if there's anyone that knows the quality of these releases? I'd just like to know as I really want to own Raw Deal and T-Men, but am not sure if I should hold out for another release down the line. Thanks.
I purchased Raw Deal and for a budget release the picture quality is quite acceptable except for the night scenes which are very dark even when adjusted for contrast. No extras.
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Thanks for responding

Thanks for the heads-up. Just wondering, though, how does the picture quality compare to the other film noir releases like the Fox Film Noir series or the Warner Brothers Film Noirs? I figure if the picture quality is at least as decent as the Universal titles released a couple years back (This Gun For Hire, Criss Cross, Black Angel, Big Clock), then I'll definetly pick these up. I'm just a little concerned cause I've picked up a lot of bargain bin film noirs and found them to be nearly unwatchable because of the poor picture quality.
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An Amazon reviewer had this to say:

Don't let the discounted price and the Sony label fool you. The transfers of these classics are no masters at all & look like shit plain and simple. Speckles and jumping images abound throughout all the 5 movies.Worst of all, "I mobster", originally in Cinemascope, is reformated in full screen and "Raw Deal" is running at wrong speed. Avoid at all costs.

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Old 11-07-05, 09:59 PM
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what a well written review...

I have yet to see these, but would love to see some specs from a reputable source...wonder why dvdbeaver hasn't got a pic up yet?

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