Forgotten Noir, Vol. 3

Shadow Man             Shoot To Kill

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Volume 3 of VCI's Forgotten Film Noir series includes Shadow Man (Street of Shadows) and Shoot To Kill.

NOTE: The DVD set contains Street of Shadows which is the British version of the film Shadow Man - it contains an extra 7 minutes that were deleted from the US edition.

Short take: I think these two films more appropriately fit into the Noir styling (more so than in volume 1 - Portland Exposť, and They Were So Young) and I enjoyed these flawed shadowy expressions a lot more. Shoot To Kill sees gangster Dixie Logan framed by crooked DA Lawrence Dale. His wife secures a job as Dale's assistant, the better to find the proof of the DA's dishonesty. She gets help from Reporter Mitchell, who falls in love with her. In Street of Shadows, Luigi (Cesar Romero), owner of night club, falls in love with the attractive Barbara (Kay Kendall). But a corpse of his former friend is found, and one of Barbara's gloves is the only clue. Is it a Murder? Scotland yard gets involved and the plot thickens... great British Noir in the vein of the Hammer thriller/murder films of this period.

From the Kit Parker Collection DVD-ophiles will not be expecting much from one of these cheapo Double Featured discs. I've made my individual assessments below.  

Gary W. Tooze

 

(aka 'The Shadow Man')

 

Directed by Richard Vernon
UK 1953

 

  Part matron, part vamp, Kendall manages to combine the dowdy appeal of a '50s housewife who's just bought her first washing machine with Hollywood-style glamour. Romero is Luigi, the Soho nightclub owner who falls for her, Bogart to her Bacall. An excellent harmonica-based score and a half sympathetic villain in Maddern's scorned, deformed Limpy make for a dark atmospheric frame-up thriller, more Graham Greene than Edgar Wallace.

Excerpt from Time Out Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 16th, 1953

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The Forgotten Noir Collector's Set (Vol 1-3) contains Portland Exposť, Arson, Inc., Loan Shark, Shoot To Kill, They Were So Young and The Shadow Man. It is a substantial savings but we are unsure of the packaging.

             

Distribution VCI Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:23:30
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: VCI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Photo Gallery
• Movie Trivia
• Cesar Romero Bio
• Inside Lippert Part 2
• Terror Street (Trailer)
• They Were So Young (Trailer)
• Unholy Four (Trailer)
• Motor Patrol (Trailer)

DVD Release Date: September 26th, 2006

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

This film shares the dual-layered (barely at about 5.7 Gig) with 'Shoot to Kill' and its extras.

The transfer is another interlaced job with plenty of visible 'combing' in horizontal pans. It is quite weak with a heavy appearance that could easily be boosted black levels. Contrast gets a C- grade and there is a greenish haze to much of the image. Audio is relatively consistent and there are no optional subtitles. As it stands the price is the final word and it has reasonably value - too good for Noir fans to pass up.  I see VCI as taking baby steps forward with some relevant extras (where did they get these) - posters, gallery, trivia and some trailers - nothing eventful but we appreciate the effort.

NOTE: The case artwork is pretty good and we still don't have word on how the packaging of the Vol. 1-3 stacks up - hopefully much better than VCI's Hammer Noirs set. Buying in the 3-pack will save you some money.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Directed by William A. Berke
USA 1947

 

 A fast-paced B film noir about corruption and double-crosses, that has a lot of plot twists and a nifty surprise ending. The film opens with a car crash involving escaped murderer Dixie Logan (Blackley), Assistant District Attorney Larry Dale (MacDonald) and his wife Marian Langdon (Walters). The two men die, but Marian is brought to the hospital in critical condition with a head injury and confesses to reporter George Mitchell (Wade) what really happened. The film is told in flashback until Marian finishes her story and the film returns to the present.

Excerpt from Dennis Schwartz' review at Ozu's World Movie Reviews located HERE

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Theatrical Release: March 15th, 1947

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The Forgotten Noir Collector's Set (Vol 1-3) contains Portland Exposť, Arson, Inc., Loan Shark, Shoot To Kill, They Were So Young and The Shadow Man. It is a substantial savings but we are unsure of the packaging.

             

Distribution VCI Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:03:56 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles  None
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Shooting Schedule
• Photo Gallery
• Luana Walters Wardrobe Plot
• Day Player and Stuntman Contracts
• Original Script
• Russell Wade Bio
• Luana Walters Bio
• William Berke Bio

DVD Release Date: September 26th, 2006
Keep Case
Chapters: 12
 

 

 

Comments:

This film shares the dual-layered (barely at about 5.7 Gig) with 'Street of Shadows' and its extras.

The transfer is yet another interlaced job with plenty of visible 'combing' in horizontal pans. It is very weak looking pretty hazy - certainly only acceptable for CRT (tube) viewing. Audio is a bit up-and-down and there are no optional subtitles. As it stand the price is the final word and it's has reasonably value - too good for Noir fans to pass up.  I see VCI as taking baby steps forward with some relevant extras (where did they get these) - wardrobe plot?, shooting schedule and some text screen bios - nothing eventful but we appreciate the effort.

NOTE: The case artwork is pretty good and we still don't have word on how the packaging of the Vol. 1-3 stacks up - hopefully much better than VCI's Hammer Noirs set. Buying in the 3-pack will save you some money.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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