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Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers - Volume 2 DVD

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Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios are proud to present DARK CRIMES: FILM NOIR THRILLERS, VOLUME TWO, featuring works by two iconic and distinctive directors of the noir style—Fritz Lang and William Castle.

Born at the dark crossroads of the hard-boiled crime writing that thrived in midcentury American pulp magazines and the shadow-saturated, off-kilter camerawork of European émigré directors who fled to Hollywood with the rise of Nazism, film noir perfectly captured the gloomier moods of wartime America—while somehow making danger and desperation irresistibly attractive.

DARK CRIMES, VOLUME TWO includes Lang's You and Me (1938) and Ministry of Fear (1944), and Castle's Undertow (1949) and Hollywood Story (1951). All but Ministry are available for the first time on DVD in this collection, which also contains multiple digital bonus features including an introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, behind-the-scenes photos, production stills, poster and lobby card galleries, and an original essay by Film Noir Foundation founder and president Eddie Muller—making this the perfect box set for any noir aficionado looking to round out their collection.

FRITZ LANG:
Born in Vienna, Fritz Lang was responsible for some of the most technically and visually groundbreaking films of the silent and early sound era, including Metropolis (1927) and M (1931). Landing at MGM after fleeing Germany, he would make dozens of gut-wrenching features for various studios, including such iconic films noir as The Blue Gardenia (1953) and The Big Heat (1953). You and Me (1938) stars George Raft and Sylvia Sydney as Helen Roberts and Joe Dennis, two former convicts who find honest work in a department store and love with one another—until a dark secret from Helen’s past drives them apart and drives Joe back to his criminal ways. Ministry of Fear (1944) stars Academy Award® winner Ray Milland as Stephen Neale, a man just released from an asylum who struggles to convince anyone that he has uncovered a Nazi spy ring. Based on a novel by Grahame Greene, with a score by Miklós Rózsa, this atmospheric film is part noir, part spy thriller.

WILLIAM CASTLE:
Best remembered as the director and creative promoter of such campy horror films as The House on Haunted Hill (1959) and The Tingler (1959), Castle was a multi-talented director, producer, screenwriter and actor who helmed many competent B films for Columbia Pictures, including four titles in The Whistler franchise. Undertow (1949) stars B western and TV regulars Scott Brady and John Russell as old friends who reunite, and discover they have more in common than either would have suspected. Dorothy Hart and Peggy Dow play the love interests in this complicated tale of mob and moll double crosses. Hollywood Story (1951) takes aim at the darker side of the movie business. It stars Richard Conte as Larry O’Brien, a stage producer with dreams of being in the movie business who decides to shoot a documentary about the mysterious death of a silent film director, only to find himself in danger of suffering the same fate. With cameos by silent film stars such as Helen Gibson and Francis X. Bushman, it is reminiscent of Sunset Blvd., released a year prior.


Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
  • Introduction by Ben Mankiewicz
  • Publicity Stills
  • Scene Stills
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photos
  • Movie Posters
  • Lobby Cards
  • Biography
  • TCMDb Article
  • Julie Adams on Hollywood Story
  • Eddie Muller on films
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 329 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: TCM - Universal
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2014
  • Color: Black & White
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3.7

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3.7

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  • Engaging characters (11)
  • Great cinematography (8)
  • Original (7)
  • High production value (5)

Cons

  • Disappointing (3)
  • Not what I expected (3)

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DISAPPOINTED WITH ONE DVD

By TOOTALLPAUL

from SPRING, TEXAS

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Pros

    Cons

    • Disappointing
    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Need New Dvd

    Comments about this product:

    " UNDERTOW" VOICES AND ACTION DID NOT MATCH...LIPS MOVED, BUT NO SOUND...SPOKEN WORDS HEARD, BUT LIPS DID NOT MOVE...WE HAVE HAD GOOD LUCK WITH ALL OUR
    PURCHASES FROM TCM..MY WIFE & I LOVE OLD MOVIES,
    WHICH HOLLYWOOD DOESN'T MAKE ANY MORE, SAD ISN'T
    IT...WE COLLECT OLD MOVIES, A COUPLE OF 1,000 BY
    LAST COUNT...HOPEFULLY,WE CAN GET A REPLACEMENT..THE OTHERS FILMS WERE AWESOME...
    ALL THE GOOD ACTORS HAVE PASSED AWAY, SAD, SAD.....THANKS FOR LISTENING...
    PEGGY & PAUL HOLMES

     
    5.0

    A beer and a good movie for a dark night.

    By CWG

    from Topeka. KS

    About Me Movie Buff

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • Travel

      Comments about this product:

      We love film noir and they just seem to click with us.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dark Crimes Saturday Night

      By mcgo

      from Tampa, FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about this product:

        I watch film noir DVDs like this one on Saturday nights with my friends.
        We especially enjoyed Ministry Of Fear directed by Fritz Lang.

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        don't know what you want here....?????

        By Bobbie

        from Knoxville, Tennessee

        About Me Movie Buff

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters

        Cons

        • Not What I Expected

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about this product:

        Enjoyed. Ordered because I like Ray Milland and wanted his movie. Order taker couldn't tell me who else was in movies so I took a chance maybe Ray Milland in another one. Would really rather order the particular movies I'd like to have in my collection, i.e.; if I wanted to have several William Powell movies, I would rather order them separately and get Wm. Powell movies. Instead the money I spent was on other movies I didn't necessairly want. The prices should be less then $20 per movie and get what you really want.

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great set of thrillers

        By dog

        from bama

        About Me Movie Buff

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        Pros

        • Entertaining

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          Great to watch on a Friday night

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Film Noir Collection

          By Ginamarie & David

          from Freehold, NJ

          About Me Movie Buff

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about this product:

              We love movies that keep you in edge of your seat suspense. Film noir Dark Crimes was every bit what we like and more!!

              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              awesome film noir

              By Lynn the Nino

              from Detroit Michigan

              About Me Movie Buff

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adult Viewers
                • At Home
                • Perfect Gift

                Comments about this product:

                We have film noir friday's and boy oh boy was my group excited about my selection. We named all the stars without a problem. Just the fact that these movies were made during the height of film noir era. Because our club is so avid about these kinds of films, we wrecked our brains to try to find faults which were none.

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Noir!

                By CharCharElla

                from Akron, Ohio

                About Me Movie Buff

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Perfect Gift

                  Comments about this product:

                  Awesome films! A must see!

                  (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Fair noirs

                  By Hollywood 1939 Lover

                  from Las Vegas

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                        I think I own (dvds) or have seen all the GREAT noirs, so only the lesser ones are out there now for my viewing. These aren't bad, just not up there with Double Indemnity, Laura, etc. I'm probably expecting too much.

                        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        DARK CRIMES 2

                        By NECIE

                        from AUSTELL, GA

                        About Me Movie Buff

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Not What I Expected

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about this product:

                            not very good plot and follow thru

                            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent filn noir from universal~

                            By tony

                            from fort lauderdale

                            About Me Movie Buff

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                            Pros

                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Entertaining

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Adult Viewers
                              • At Home
                              • Younger Viewers

                              Comments about this product:

                              1st time on DVD William Castle "The Hollywood Story"

                              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              odd mix

                              By bbrent

                              from NYC

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                                  • At Home

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  worth having for the quality of the print material - but only if you're looking for one or more of these specific titles. why have these specific films lumped together?

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Not Received Yet

                                  By Mark MacPherson

                                  from Mississauga, ON

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                                  Comments about this product:

                                  This shipment was sent by DHL Mail. I have previously had orders from other vendors take well in excess of a month to arrive by this carrier. Somehow their GPS hasn't found the Canadian border yet.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  keeping up with the past

                                  By Hirshybar

                                  from Bellingham, WA

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Disappointing

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about this product:

                                      I watch' I donate to library sale unless film is worth watching twice.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      3.0

                                      Dark Crimes-Film Noir Thrillers, Vol. 2

                                      By none

                                      from USA

                                      About Me Movie Buff

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Great Cinematography

                                      Cons

                                      • Disappointing
                                      • Unoriginal

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Adult Viewers
                                      • At Home

                                      Comments about this product:

                                      Overpriced, average, almost film noirs

                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      keeping up with the past

                                      By Hirshybar

                                      from Bellingham, WA

                                      About Me Movie Buff

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Entertaining

                                      Cons

                                      • Unoriginal

                                      Best Uses

                                      • At Home

                                      Comments about this product:

                                      In choosing 4 movies, you should be careful. I'm sure there were many others you could have used besides the Castle movies.

                                      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      3.0

                                      Not Exactly A Film Noir Quartet

                                      By Mr. Moonglow

                                      from Bronx, NY

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                                            Except for "Ministry Of Fear," which has already been given high class Blu-ray treatment by Criterion, this can hardly be described as a film noir set. It's nice that Fritz Lang's "You And Me" is finally available, but film noir, it's not. Similarly the two William Castle entries lack noir styling but are interesting entries as "B" entries on the lower half of a double feature program of the '40s and early '50s. To those willing to accept these short comings, it's a worthwhile purchase.

                                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Noturnal Noir Nuggets

                                            By alexforest6

                                            from Montclair, New Jersey

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                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • At Home
                                              • Perfect Gift

                                              Comments about this product:

                                              Undertow was a film once seen before but that was fine because like all of these fims - you see something different when viewed at another time.

                                              The information by Eddie Muller on each film was masterful all the Bonus Features are simply great.

                                              Great Job by Turner Classic Vault Collection and everyone involved with this project.

                                              (9 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              1.0

                                              Way Overpriced

                                              By LA Noir

                                              from Los Angeles

                                              About Me Movie Buff

                                              Pros

                                              • Decent To Good Movies

                                              Cons

                                              • WAY Overpriced

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about this product:

                                                These are old movies. Any costs for production, distribution, etc., are long ago amortized. So even at about forty bucks on sale, it's overpriced. Tired of these ripoffs.

                                                My one star is for the price. Not the movies!

                                                (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                for B movies, I found them entertaining.

                                                By sandman

                                                from cerritos, CA

                                                About Me Avid Moviegoer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Engaging Characters
                                                • Entertaining

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • At Home

                                                  Comments about this product:

                                                  The movies were fast moving, with intricate plots. Although the movies were in the film noir genre, the atmosphere was not dark or depressing. In other words, most had a happy ending.

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