Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Ii

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Ii

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment partnered up with Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation to compile this box set of five film noir classics, fully restored and remastered for the first time in this collection. It begins with a 1954 outing, Fritz Lang's Human Desire - with Glenn Ford as Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet who enters a sticky web of sex, deception andSee more details below

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment partnered up with Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation to compile this box set of five film noir classics, fully restored and remastered for the first time in this collection. It begins with a 1954 outing, Fritz Lang's Human Desire - with Glenn Ford as Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet who enters a sticky web of sex, deception and murder when he begins an affair with his boss's wife (Gloria Grahame). The second feature in the package, Richard Quine's Pushover (1954), stars Fred MacMurray as a copy who stakes out the apartment of a bank robber's girlfriend (Kim Novak), and mistakenly puts the make on her in order to find out where some stolen cash is hidden. The 1957 outing The Brothers Rico, directed by Phil Karlson, stars Richard Conte as a Mafioso who went straight and became a respectable businessman and husband - but receives one final call from the mob, which pulls him back into the viper's nest. The fourth feature in the set (and arguably the most famous), Jacques Tourneur's 1956 Nightfall, stars Aldo Ray as an innocent man ensnared by crime and seduction; it features a spectacular supporting cast including Anne Bancroft and Brian Keith. Finally, Irving Lerner's 1959 City of Fear stars Vince Edwards as a convict who breaks out of prison with what he believes is a stash of heroin - but accidentally totes a deadly radioactive substance. Bonus supplements include: Martin Scorsese on The Brothers Rico, Pulp Paranoia with Christopher Nolan, Terror and Desire with Emily Mortimer, and a selection of original theatrical trailers.The Rico brothers are mobsters in the employ of syndicate head Sid Kubick. Richard Conte plays the one Rico brother who has forsaken crime. But the other Ricos (James Darren and Paul Picerni) haven't yet seen the light, causing a deep rift in the brothers' family bonds. Conte gets word that his brothers have been marked for murder, and tries to warn them. What he doesn't know, at least until the last sweat-inducing moments of the film, is that the syndicate boss himself is the man who has ordered the Rico boys wiped out. The Brothers Rico, adapted from a novel by French detective-story specialist George Simenon, is an interesting thriller deeply rooted in the post-noir style of police thrillers like The Line-Up, with its overt emphasis on crude violence and a dull, almost flat visual style. The strong performance by Richard Conte, as a man out of step with the rest of society, is lost in this film which is in essence a simple thriller, lacking any real noir ambience.Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford) needs the intervention of his beautiful wife Vicki (Gloria Grahame) to keep his job, so Vicki meets with Carl's boss Owens (Grandon Rhodes), and Carl's job is secure. Insanely jealous, Carl finds Vicki with Owens on board a train and kills Owens. Jeff Warren (Glenn Ford), an off-duty train engineer protects Vicki and they begin an affair. Still obsessively jealous, Carl becomes an alcoholic and blackmails Vicki into staying with him. Vicki persuades Jeff to kill Carl, but at the last minute Jeff relents, taking on the letter which Carl has used to blackmail Vicki with. Vicki leaves town on the train with Carl -- all the while taunting him with her infidelity. Carl is overcome with a jealous rage that ultimately leads to tragedy. Directed by Fritz Lang), Human Desire an updated remake of Jean Renoir's adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, La Bete Humaine, is a grim sordid story in which desperate people try to relieve their desolate lives with cheap pleasures. Gloria Grahame is perversely alluring as the sexually driven Vicki and Broderick Crawford evokes some empathy as the obsessed Carl.Fairly fast-paced, with only a lull here and there, this standard thriller by director Irving Lerner was one of his most successful films. It stars (Vince Edwards) as Vince, an escaped convict who grabs a metal vial from the prison's hospital before he makes his break. He thinks it is his ticket to the easy life because it contains heroin. Instead, the vial contains radioactive cobalt that could first sicken and then kill anyone who comes in close contact with it. The police are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. If they publicly announce a vial of deadly cobalt is on the loose, in the hands of an escaped convict, they might touch off a stampede. On the other hand, if they keep it a secret, who knows how many people will die.Two bank robbers get away with 250,000 dollars in unmarked, unrecorded bills, murdering a guard in the process. The police know the leader was Harry Wheeler (Paul E. Richards) and turn their attention to his girlfriend, Leona McLane (Kim Novak), detective Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) arranging to pick her up in a "chance" meeting at a movie and spend some time with her. After one day, he knows what he needs to -- that she's not in touch with Wheeler, but expects to be -- but he keeps things going between them for three more days. By the time the department has a full surveillance team in place, he can't get her off his mind, and when she discovers that he's a cop and raises the notion of letting events take their course with Wheeler (i.e., him ending up dead) and the two of them keeping the money, he's hooked. Sheridan is fast on his feet and a quick thinker and sees how he might pull this off and get the two of them away clean. But he doesn't bargain for the alcoholism of one of the detectives (Allen Nourse) on the surveillance team, the inquisitive nature of his squad commander (E.G. Marshall), or the attachment that his younger associate (Philip Carey) develops for a nurse (Dorothy Malone) living in the building they're observing. Kim Novak had previously appeared in small roles in some films at RKO, but The Pushover marked her formal introduction to audiences as a star, and she more than lives up to the billing and the buildup she received, her acting ability and her physique easily carrying her end of the picture (she's onscreen alone for long minutes under observation, and is convincingly seductive), while MacMurray gives one of the best performances of his career, rivaling his work in Double Indemnity, The Caine Mutiny, and The Apartment.Commercial artist James Vanning (Aldo Ray) and his friend, Dr. Edward Gurston (Frank Albertson), are on a hunting and fishing trip in Wyoming when they stop to help two men whose car has crashed. The pair, John (Brian Keith) and Red (Rudy Bond), turn out to be escaped bank robbers, on the run with 350,000 dollars in stolen cash after a clean getaway, and they don't plan on leaving any witnesses -- Gurston is shot dead by Red, using Vanning's hunting rifle, but Vanning survives by accident, knocked cold but alive. He awakens to discover the stolen money, accidentally left behind, and runs with it from the returning killers -- he gets away but loses the bag in the blizzard that hits. He manages to make it to the nearest town, but not before the doctor's body is found, with a bullet in it from Vanning's rifle. Now the prime suspect in the murder, Vanning takes it on the lam, hiding out for months -- unbeknowst to him, however, he's been under observation for most of that time by Ben Fraser (James Gregory), an investigator from the insurance company whose policy covered the bank that was robbed; and has been found by John and Red -- and all of them think that Vanning can lead them to the missing money. But John and Red are perfectly prepared to torture and even maim Vanning to get the money, and they get their chance when he lets his guard down one night to talk to Marie Gardner (Anne Bancroft), a young model he meets in a bar. He manages to get away from his captors after a fierce struggle and makes his way to her place; after convincing her that it's not the police he's running from (which is not entirely true), they take off together, with Fraser and the two hoods only a half-step behind, headed to Wyoming and the spring thaw so he can hunt for the bag and the missing money and prove his innocence.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
UPC:
0043396319646
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
7:05:00

Special Features

Martin Scorsese on The Brothers Rico; Pulp Paranoia with Christopher Nolan; Terror and Desire with Emily Mortimer; Original theatrical trailers

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Human Desire
1. Chapter 1 [7:57]
2. Chapter 2 [8:32]
3. Chapter 3 [8:09]
4. Chapter 4 [8:00]
5. Chapter 5 [8:14]
6. Chapter 6 [9:35]
7. Chapter 7 [5:44]
8. Chapter 8 [8:46]
9. Chapter 9 [6:44]
10. Chapter 10 [8:51]
11. Chapter 11 [4:46]
12. Chapter 12 [5:21]
Disc #2 -- Pushover
1. Chapter 1 [7:42]
2. Chapter 2 [5:55]
3. Chapter 3 [6:29]
4. Chapter 4 [9:31]
5. Chapter 5 [5:57]
6. Chapter 6 [5:02]
7. Chapter 7 [8:54]
8. Chapter 8 [6:10]
9. Chapter 9 [7:45]
10. Chapter 10 [5:59]
11. Chapter 11 [7:31]
12. Chapter 12 [10:39]
Disc #3 -- The Brothers Rico
1. Chapter 1 [9:41]
2. Chapter 2 [5:39]
3. Chapter 3 [6:07]
4. Chapter 4 [9:39]
5. Chapter 5 [6:06]
6. Chapter 6 [6:16]
7. Chapter 7 [2:56]
8. Chapter 8 [5:32]
9. Chapter 9 [7:36]
10. Chapter 10 [11:28]
11. Chapter 11 [10:07]
12. Chapter 12 [10:18]
Disc #4 -- Nightfall
1. Chapter 1 [8:02]
2. Chapter 2 [4:54]
3. Chapter 3 [8:32]
4. Chapter 4 [6:43]
5. Chapter 5 [6:00]
6. Chapter 6 [5:43]
7. Chapter 7 [3:17]
8. Chapter 8 [8:21]
9. Chapter 9 [5:31]
10. Chapter 10 [5:48]
11. Chapter 11 [6:01]
12. Chapter 12 [9:55]
Disc #5 -- City of Fear
1. Chapter 1 [5:28]
2. Chapter 2 [7:14]
3. Chapter 3 [5:58]
4. Chapter 4 [6:15]
5. Chapter 5 [3:54]
6. Chapter 6 [5:17]
7. Chapter 7 [6:44]
8. Chapter 8 [6:14]
9. Chapter 9 [4:50]
10. Chapter 10 [5:30]
11. Chapter 11 [8:34]
12. Chapter 12 [9:03]

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