Slightly Scarlet

Overview

This late-period full-color film noir, based on the novel Love's Lovely Counterfeit by James M. Cain, comes to DVD in a respectful presentation. Slightly Scarlet has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options. Bonus materials include a commentary track from author Max Allan Collins and the ...
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Overview

This late-period full-color film noir, based on the novel Love's Lovely Counterfeit by James M. Cain, comes to DVD in a respectful presentation. Slightly Scarlet has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options. Bonus materials include a commentary track from author Max Allan Collins and the movie's original trailer.
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Special Features

Commentary by award-winning mystery writer and filmmaker Max Allan Collins; Widescreen enhanced for 16 x 9 monitors; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of film noir will definitely want to check out Slightly Scarlet, one of the few examples of the genre from its "golden period" to be shot in color. And what color it is! The word "lurid" may have been created specifically for this movie, which revels in greens that limes could imagine and oranges that practically explode from the screen -- not to mention scarlets that erase any pretense of "slightly." It's startling to see such color in a traditional noir film, but cinematographer John Alton know just how to use them. The color also benefits the twin carrot-topped femme fatales of the film, luscious Rhonda Fleming and devilish Arlene Dahl. Both actresses turn in captivating performances, with Dahl perhaps having a slight edge due to the "bad girl" nature of her part. They're unfortunately not quite matched by John Payne, who never quite connects with the part, despite trying hard; part of it is not the actor's fault, as the role he plays is a bit muddled and unfocused. The script is also over-complicated and equally unsure of exactly what it is trying to say, something that Allan Dwan's competent-but-no-more direction doesn't help. Less than perfect, Slightly Scarlet is still recommended viewing, especially for noir aficionados.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • UPC: 089859829222
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,916

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Payne Ben Grace
Arlene Dahl Dorothy Lyons
Rhonda Fleming June Lyons
Kent Taylor Frank Jansen
Ted de Corsia Sol Caspar
Lance Fuller Gauss
Buddy Baer Lenhardt
Frank Gerstle Dave Dietz
Ellen Corby Martha
Roy Gordon Norman Marlowe
George E. Stone Roos
Technical Credits
Allan Dwan Director
John Alton Cinematographer
Robert Blees Screenwriter
Benedict E. Bogeaus Producer
Arlene Dahl Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Forbes Score Composer
Norma Koch Costumes/Costume Designer
James Leicester Editor
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Freedom [5:08]
2. Election [4:09]
3. The Plot [5:55]
4. Warned [4:38]
5. The Dirt [5:37]
6. Address [4:30]
7. New Mayor [5:14]
8. Both Sides [5:43]
9. Competition [4:27]
10. Beach House [4:47]
11. Ambushed [4:50]
12. Trouble Again [:00]
13. Inside Help [4:58]
14. Caught [5:23]
15. Pulling Out [5:10]
16. Vanished [4:39]
17. The Ploy [4:49]
18. Head to Head [5:30]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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      Commentary with Max Collins
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      James Cain Bio
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         Double Indenmity (1946)
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