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Essential Film Noir: Collection 4 – Imprint Collection #210 – #213

AUD$139.95

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Rating

M

Release Date

10 May 2023

Runtime (in minutes)

429

NUMBER OF DISCS & FILMS

4 discs, 5 films

Product Code IMP3374

Five more classic Film Noirs, with two a worldwide first on Blu-ray!

Essential Film Noir 4 Title

Essential Film Noir: Collection 4 includes five acclaimed and much sought after classics: Rope of Sand (1949), Appointment with Danger (1950), The Enforcer (1951), Beware, My Lovely (1952) & Jennifer (1953).

Limited 4 Disc Hardbox edition with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies.

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Rope Of Sand

Rope of Sand (1949) – Imprint Collection #210

After a two-year hiatus, Mike Davis (Burt Lancaster) returns to the same African city where he was tortured and left for dead at the hands of a sadistic Police Commandant (Paul Henreid). Originally innocent of all charges, Mike is back to claim the diamonds he had supposedly stolen two years ago. He enlists the help of an alcoholic stranger (Peter Lorre) and the doctor (Sam Jaffe), who had helped him back to health. The diamond syndicate head (Claude Rains) recruits a nightclub temptress Suzanne Renaud (Corinne Calvet) to seduce and betray Mike as an alternate to brute force.

This suspense-noir classic was directed by William Dieterle (Dark City).

Starring Burt Lancaster, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Paul Henreid & Sam Jaffe.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p High-definition presentation on Blu-ray from a 2021 4K scan
  • NEW Audio Commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
  • NEW Film professor José Arroyo on Rope of Sand
  • Trailer
  • Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1
  • Audio English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HOH subtitles

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Appointment With Danger

Appointment with Danger (1950) – Imprint Collection #211

Postal Inspector Al Goddard (Alan Ladd) is assigned to investigate the murder of a fellow officer. The only witness to the crime is Sister Augustine (Phyllis Calvert), who identifies the photograph of one of the assailants. This leads Goddard to a seedy hotel where he learns that the assailant is a member of a gang headed by Earl Boettiger (Paul Stewart), and he soon discovers that the gang is planning a million dollar mail robbery. This classic film noir also features the stars of Dragnet, Jack Webb and Harry Morgan, as Stewart’s Henchmen.

This was Alan Ladd’s final Film Noir and was directed by Lewis Allen (The Uninvited).

Starring Paul Stewart, Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Jan Sterling & Jack Webb.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p High-definition presentation on Blu-ray from a 2021 4K scan
  • NEW Audio Commentary by professor and film scholar Jason Ney
  • NEW Hollywood Everyman: The Films of Lewis Allen – featurette
  • NEW Film Noir specialist Frank Krutnik on Appointment With Danger
  • Trailer
  • Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
  • Audio English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HOH subtitles

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The Enforcer

The Enforcer (1951) – Imprint Collection #212

Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon) is in fine form as a crusading District Attorney out to convict the head of a vicious murder-for-hire ring. But when his star witness is killed, Bogart must race against time to find the evidence he needs to bring down the mob boss. Told in a series of flashbacks, this tense, tough-as-nails crime thriller on the cutting edge of film noir was based on actual Murder, Inc. Trials.

Stylishly directed by Bretagne Windust (June Bride) with un-credited help from Raoul Walsh (Pursued) and beautifully shot by the great Robert Burks (North by Northwest).

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia & Everett Sloane.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p High-definition presentation on Blu-ray from a 2021 4K scan
  • NEW Audio Commentary by noir expert / Film Noir Foundation board member Alan K. Rode
  • NEW Film Noir specialist Frank Krutnik on The Enforcer
  • Original aspect ratio 1.37:1
  • Audio English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English subtitles

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Beware My Lovely

Beware, My Lovely (1952) – Imprint Collection #213

Helen Gordon (Ida Lupino) hires Howard Wilton (Robert Ryan) as a handyman to do chores around her house. She doesn’t know what she’s let herself in for. Insecure and paranoid, Wilton thinks everyone, including Helen, is against him. He suffers from memory lapses and extreme mood swings. She’s soon a prisoner in her own house after Wilton locks the doors and tears out the telephone. His mood swings from violence to complacency but after Helen gets a message to the police via a telephone repairman, she finds he is still in the house. …Beware, My Lovely.

Starring Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Taylor Holmes & Barbara Whiting.

Worldwide first on Blu-ray!

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p High-definition presentation on Blu-ray from a 2021 4K scan
  • NEW Audio Commentary by professor and film scholar Jason Ney
  • NEW Author/film historian Pamela Hutchinson on Ida Lupino
  • Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1
  • Audio English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HOH subtitles

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Jennifer

Jennifer (1953) – Imprint Collection #213

Agnes Langsley (Ida Lupino) gets a job, through Jim Hollis (Howard Duff), as caretaker of an old and vacated estate. The owner’s cousin, Jennifer, was the last occupant and mysteriously disappeared. Agnes soon begins to believe that Jennifer was murdered and that Jim, whom she has fallen in love with, is responsible.

Starring Ida Lupino, Howard Duff & Robert Nichols.

Worldwide first on Blu-ray!

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p High-definition presentation on Blu-ray from a 2021 4K scan
  • Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1
  • Audio English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HOH subtitles