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Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics IV DVD

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Film Foundation and Turner Classic Movies again partner to present the fourth collection in this series, Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics IV. These five films, all fully restored and remastered and never before released on DVD, showcase the work of directors Joseph H. Lewis, Robert Rossen, Gordon Douglas and Alfred L. Werker—all of them masters at creating taut and atmospheric visions from morally-strained hard-boiled stories. The collection also highlights the genre-defining cinematography of Burnett Guffey and George E. Diskant, and iconic performances by film noir mainstays Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb, Dennis O'Keefe and Edmond O'Brien, who excelled at revealing the raw heart that beat beneath noir's tough exteriors.

SO DARK THE NIGHT (1946)
Director Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy, 1950) established his reputation as a talented stylist by wrangling a complicated story—of a Parisian detective (Steven Geray) who falls in love while on vacation, only to see the woman murdered—into a taut and atmospheric film noir. Overcoming the challenges of recreating the French countryside in Canoga Park, California, and working with a cast of virtual unknowns, Lewis and noir cinematographer extraordinaire Burnett Guffey craft one of the great surprise endings in all of noir, which would inspire such films as Possessed (1948) and Memento (2000).

JOHNNY O'CLOCK (1947)
Johnny O'Clock (Dick Powell) is a junior partner in a posh casino with Guido Marchettis (Thomas Gomez), but is senior in the eyes of Nelle (Ellen Drew)—Guido's wife and Johnny's ex. This love triangle leads to a web of complications, leaving Police Inspector Koch (Lee J. Cobb) to unravel the threads of deceit and a murdered casino employee's sister (Evelyn Keyes) to tug on Johnny's heartstrings before it's too late. Applying Raymond Chandler's dictum that a good plot is an excuse for a series of exciting scenes, rookie director Robert Rossen strings together tense vignettes—brought vividly to life by cinematographer Burnett Guffey.

WALK A CROOKED MILE (1948)
Director Gordon Douglas drew on mounting anti-Communist hysteria to create one of the first Cold War films—the tale of an FBI agent (Dennis O'Keefe) and a Scotland Yard detective (Louis Hayward) who must bust a spy ring led by a ruthless agent (Raymond Burr) working to infiltrate an atomic research facility. Producer Eddie Small stood tall in a battle against FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to produce the film without interference, arguing the Bureau was fair game for fictionalization. But Hoover had the last word, writing The New York Times to say the FBI had not sanctioned the film.

BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN (1950)
Dan Purvis (Edmund O'Brien) and Rocky Barnes (Mark Stevens) are lifelong pals who survived WWII and continue their armed service as uniformed prowl car boys on the night shift in LA. But their friendship is tested by their ongoing battle with a ruthless racketeer (Donald Buka), the love they share for a beautiful radio announcer (Gale Storm) and Dan's uncompromising and exaggerated sense of justice. Often seen as the first example of the now commonplace buddy cop movie, this film demonstrates that the genre has always been rife with tension.

WALK EAST ON BEACON! (1952)
The Red Scare had reached a fever pitch when director Alfred L. Werker (He Walked by Night) adapted this tale of Communist spies stealing secrets about the Manhattan Project. The source material was a Reader's Digest article by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and the movie shares Hoover's obsession with surveillance, creating an atypical noir focused on technology rather than obsessed with character psychology. But the film did make abundant use of the mean streets with over 14 weeks of location shooting throughout the northeast, thus providing a rare snapshot of an era in American life—its physical locations and its mental state.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 443 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2013
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Stereo
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features On The DVD Include:
    • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
    • Digital Image Gallery
      - Scene Stills
      - Movie Posters
      - Publicity Stills
      - Behind-The-Scenes Photos
      - Lobby Cards
      - TCMDb Articles
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21 Reviews
4.0

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TCMColumbia Pictures Film Noir Classics IV DVD
 
4.0

(based on 21 reviews)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (16)
  • Engaging characters (10)
  • Great cinematography (9)
  • Original (7)
  • High production value (6)

Cons

  • Disappointing (3)
  • Not what I expected (3)
  • Poor plot development (3)

Best Uses

  • At home (18)
  • Adult viewers (9)
  • Perfect gift (7)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (14), Avid moviegoer (4), Casual viewer (3)

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5.0

It helped us a lot in knowing what we wanted to order.

By We are over 75.

from Pocatello, Idaho USA

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Entertaining
  • Informative

Cons

  • Not What I Expected
  • Poor Plot Development

Best Uses

  • Adult Viewers
  • At Home

Comments about this product:

We are pleased with our purchase and we will probably make more purchases.

 
5.0

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics IV DVD

By HJH

from Chicago, Il.

About Me Casual Viewer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about this product:

    As is collection #3, this is also a great collection complkimenting the first 3.

     
    5.0

    I enjoyed watching the classics.

    By lindy

    from Albany, New York

    About Me Avid Moviegoer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Entertaining

    Cons

    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Perfect Gift

    Comments about this product:

    I like the older films and these were very enjoyable.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Recent issue is MOD discs...

    By Carcosa

    from Simi Valley

    About Me Avid Moviegoer

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Disappointing

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about this product:

      The DVDs (at least what's currently offered) are NOT noted as being MOD discs, or burned on demand, a practice TCM use to be very clear on. Disappointing for sure.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Film Noir?

      By Patrick

      from Castro Valley, CA

      About Me Movie Buff

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      Pros

      • Great Cinematography

      Cons

      • Disappointing

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers

      Comments about this product:

      The five titles offered in this set, Film Noir Classics IV, really present only one which can be called Film Noir, Johnny O'Clock. The rest are docu-dramas, documentary style with narration, which tell the effort displayed by the FBI in foiling Communist activity, and made with the cooperation of the FBI, as well as other police departments. Some have zero Film Noir elements, while others might have ten minutes of a room of shadows or a wet street, but this does not make the movie Film Noir. If you want a look at America in the forties and fifties, these movies will provide that experience.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      More great noir!

      By None

      from Palm Springs, CA

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
        • Perfect Gift

        Comments about this product:

        Yet more great noir from TCM!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Better second time around

        By Film Affectionado

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Casual Viewer

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        Pros

        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • Original

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          The first product I received had defective sound quality. The replacement appears OK. The movies provide insight into life in the late 40's early 50's.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          good rare noirs

          By aus

          from Latvia

          About Me Casual Viewer

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          Pros

          • High Production Value
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about this product:

            good contribution to my noir collection.
            sadly, but TCM is not shipping to Latvia (EU)

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Something for Everyone

            By LJD-HOU

            from Houston, Texas

            About Me Movie Buff

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • Informative
            • Original

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
              • Perfect Gift
              • Travel

              Comments about this product:

              Whether its the mob, cops or communist, this set has something for everyone. The guys are tough, the women tougher. The characters were a mixed bag of losers, wise guys, molls and cops all showing their best and worst. What a ride!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great film noir set

              By jp

              from south lyon, mi

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              Pros

              • Entertaining
              • High Production Value
              • Original

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adult Viewers
                • At Home
                • Perfect Gift
                • Special Needs
                • Travel
                • Younger Viewers

                Comments about this product:

                I love film noir classics. This set did not disappoint me at all. Good story lines and excellent clarity. Recommend to all who enjoy film noir.

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Follow-up to Vol. 3.

                By Round 'n Round

                from Madison, Wi

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • High Production Value
                • Informative
                • Original

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home
                  • Perfect Gift

                  Comments about this product:

                  Have viewed all of Columbia Pictures Classic Film Noir Sets. Thought very highly of first two sets (Vol 1 and Vol 2) yet thought best to date was
                  Vol. III which is still greatly appreciated now, nearly 2 years after its' release. Feel that Volume IV is equal in film selection, and great entertaining
                  value for those who love film noir, and for many who may not think of the stylings of film noir so much; yet simply enjoy the time period during which these were made. Beyond plot, sub-plot we've always enjoyed the backdrop of these films (Vol IV is no exception) showing America in the '40's and 50's.
                  There is remarkable flavor in simple and straight forward plots in all of the films in this set, that make us understand once again how it is that, though few may realize it, film noir is actually the most enduring form ever to emerge from hollywood.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Johnny O'Clock -- And Four More

                  By Barry Lane

                  from Montreal, Canada

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • Perfect Gift

                    Comments about this product:

                    I made the purchase just for Johnny O'clock -- and would have paid almost the same amount to have a fine copy, which has been provided, of this exceptional, sexy and dramatic film with Dick Powell at his peak. The other titles pale in significance but Walk A Crooked Mile makes an interesting companion piece.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Movie Buff

                    from Elk Grove, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • Great Cinematography

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • At Home

                      Comments about this product:

                      Great visual quality. Thank You.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Fails the test of time

                      By Grandma Gerry

                      from New York

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Plot Development

                        Best Uses

                        • At Home

                        Comments about this product:

                        My memory of Walk East on Beacon was of a great, suspenseful movie. What a difference 60 years makes. Very disappointed in these films now.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I Love Film Noir!

                        By Patootie

                        from Puslinch, Ontario

                        About Me Movie Buff

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • Original

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • At Home

                          Comments about this product:

                          Can't get enough of Film Noir films. If only "Repeat Performance" could be included, too.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Some hidden gems

                          By alexforest

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Avid Moviegoer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Engaging Characters
                          • Entertaining
                          • High Production Value
                          • Informative

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • At Home
                            • Travel

                            Comments about this product:

                            I love the film noir collections and this series was something different in scope and vision with the style. Iam not sure if a few where flim noirs they leaned heavy on documentary suspence. The package was great and for me they were different kinds of film noir.

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Another great collection from Columbia.

                            By Maggie

                            from Toronto, Canada

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                            Pros

                            • Entertaining

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • At Home

                              Comments about this product:

                              Another five films from Columbia. Particularly interesting is the starring of Steven Geray (a well-known character actor before and after this film) in the title role in "So Dark the Night". Also worth noting - Jeff Chandler in his first role in "Johnny O'clock". This is the fourth in the Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics I-IV - all these films are well produced and a pleasure to watch. I look forward to Classics V.

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Pretty Bad

                              By Ei

                              from Maryland

                              About Me Avid Moviegoer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • High Production Value

                              Cons

                              • Disappointing
                              • Not What I Expected
                              • Poor Plot Development
                              • Poor Visual Effects
                              • Unoriginal

                              Best Uses

                              • Doorstop

                              Comments about this product:

                              I tried twice. Both trys put me to sleep within 10 minutes. Nothing memorable about these.

                              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Entertaining Noir, Defective transfers

                              By Buck Naked

                              from Western Mass.

                              About Me Movie Buff

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                              Pros

                              • Entertaining

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Adult Viewers
                                • At Home

                                Comments about this product:

                                This review is for the product, not the content. I did not watch the dvds completely through because I noticed some issues, and was waiting for TCM to respond.
                                Pros: Picture seems sharp, and audio full and clear.
                                Cons: noticeable aliasing (jaggies or interlacing), as well as telecine judder (slight hesitancy 4 time a second).
                                Some viewers dont notice this on their equipment, but it's noticeable even on a PC.
                                One authoring mistake everyone can agree upon: bonus feature Publicity Stills on WALK A CROOKED MILE are incorrectly duplicated from JOHNNY O'CLOCK.
                                TCM responded to my complaint by saying everything was fixed and replacement sent - naturally with all the same defects. Uninformed, nonsensical good intentions are not a good business model. Both sets returned. Hope they get re-transferred, otherwise I'll stick with home recordings.

                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                I have all 4 volumes and I love them all

                                By Curly

                                from Detroit, Michigan

                                About Me Movie Buff

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Engaging Characters
                                • Entertaining

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Adult Viewers
                                  • At Home

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  Every studio had its own style of Film Noir. I love them all, including the Columbia studios Film Noir. These film noir disc sets are always fun to watch.

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