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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VII [3 X Blu-ray
 

The Boss (1956)     Chicago Confidential (1957)

 

The Fearmakers (1958)

 

THE BOSS (1956) – Noir and sci-fi specialist Byron Haskin (I Walk Alone, The War of the Worlds) takes on The Boss in this gritty crime classic. Following World War I, ruthless veteran Matt Brady (John Payne, 99 River Street) inherits the clout of his political kingpin brother and climbs the ladder of corruption all the way to the top of the state. His amoral practices and sheer arrogance lead to broken friendships (William Bishop, The Redhead from Wyoming) and romances (model-turned-actress Doe Avedon and Gloria McGehee, A Child Is Waiting) along the way. Based on the real-life scandal of Kansas City politico Tom Pendergast, The Boss is celluloid dynamite from the pen of Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus, Lonely Are the Brave), originally uncredited due to Hollywood’s blacklisting.

CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL (1957) – In the fast-paced, suspense-drenched Chicago Confidential, Brian Keith (The Rare Breed) battles corruption as hard-nosed State’s Attorney Jim Fremont. When union crooks in collaboration with a gambling syndicate try to pin a murder rap on uncooperative union leader Blane (Dick Foran, The Fearmakers), Fremont smells a set-up. Together with his co-worker fiancée Laura (Beverly Garland, D.O.A.), he launches an investigation to prove Blane’s innocence and to punish the true villains. Noir favorite Elisha Cook Jr. (The Killing) co-stars in this Windy City noir directed by Sidney Salkow (The Last Man on Earth) from the bestselling pulp novel by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer (New York Confidential).

THE FEARMAKERS (1958) – Directed by master of noir Jacques Tourneur (Cat People, Out of the Past), The Fearmakers is a potent parable about the power of people who control our ideas. Dana Andrews (The Ox-Bow Incident, Boomerang) stars as Alan Eaton, a Korean War veteran who returns home after being tortured and brainwashed as a P.O.W. and resumes work at a public relations firm in Washington, D.C. He finds that things aren’t quite as he left them, as he uncovers a hotbed of political manipulation that ensnares him in a web of suspicion. Communism and corruption run rampant in this riveting Cold War thriller co-starring Dick Foran (Chicago Confidential), Marilee Earle (Terror in a Texas Town) and Mel Tormé (The Big Operator).

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Theatrical Release: August 22nd, 1956 - August 17th, 1958

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Runtime

The Boss (1956): 1:29:21.708

Chicago Confidential (1957): 1:13:32.157

The Fearmakers (1958): 1:24:38.708

Video

The Boss (1956):

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 20,367,593,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.94 Mbps

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The Fearmakers (1958):

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1601 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1601 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary for THE BOSS by Author/Film Historian Alan K. Rode
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE FEARMAKERS by Professor and Film Scholar Jason A. Ney
• Theatrical Trailers (Boss - 1:23)


Blu-ray Release Date: June 7th, 2022

Standard Blu-ray Case inside hard case

Chapters 8 / 9 / 8 

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (June 2022): Kino have transferred three films for their seventh edition of Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema series to Blu-ray. This boxset has The Boss (1956) Chicago Confidential (1957) and The Fearmakers (1958). They are cited as being from "Brand New 2K Masters". They are on single-layered Blu-ray discs, in 1080P, and are a huge update over the very poor MGM DVDs - reviewed by Gregory HERE, HERE and HERE. The SD transfers from 2011 are either green, pan-and-scan, DVD-R or have severe examples of damage. These HD presentations are a refreshing improvement, although The Boss still has a few frame-specific damage marks (see samples below.) Contrast is a huge upgrade via the 1080P and it's a pleasure to see them in widescreen looking significantly sharper, showing consistent textures and plenty of instances of depth. A wonderful advancement in all three cases.

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On their Blu-rays, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono tracks (24-bit) in the original English language. Name of Film has aggressive moments that come through with modest depth. On The Boss the score by Albert Glasser (Tormented, The Cyclops, Attack of the Puppet People, Abilene Town, The Spider, I Shot Jesse James, Behind Locked Doors) - on Chicago Confidential by Emil Newman (The Undying Monster, Hondo, Cry Danger) and on Tourneur's The Fearmakers by Irving Gertz (The Incredible Shrinking Man, Gun For a Coward, Love Slaves of the Amazon, Curse of the Undead, The Leech Woman, It Came From Outer Space, Blonde Ice, Plunder Road, The Deadly Mantis.) They support tension and suspense sounding clean with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfers. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their three Region 'A' Blu-rays.

On their Blu-rays Kino offers a new commentaries for two of the films. For The Boss (1956) it's by Alan K. Rode (author of Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy.) He talks a lot on John Payne's often snarling character and the actor's scene chewing with some information on Gloria McGehee and the rest of the cast with lesser-known anecdotal stories and factoids. He thought the role of Matt Brady would be perfect for Robert Ryan and he discusses the writer of The Boss, blacklisted Dalton Trumbo (front Ben Perry) and how the credits on this print are still inaccurate. It's great - always interesting occasionally letting the film run. On The Fearmakers the commentary is by Jason A. Ney who addresses the significant differences form the film to the book and how it speaks to the political pressures of the era in Hollywood and the country in general. He also provides reasons on whether it fits in Noir parameters, why Mel Tormé is in the film, and how Jacques Tourneur felt frustrated by the final product - failing to live up to what he wanted it to be although liking the subject matter; "the power of people who control our ideas". It is also educational and well worth the indulgence. There is also a trailer for The Boss and some noir films but none for Chicago Confidential and The Fearmakers.

John Payne was very dislikeable in The Boss and it was my least favorite of the three films, although it was nice to see lesser-known Gloria McGehee in this decently-realized gangster-related flic. I always enjoy Brian Keith, Beverly Garland and Elisha Cook Jr. who are in Chicago Confidential - a murder crime-drama on corruption in the Unions as well as favorite Dana Andrews looking decidedly lumpy in Jacques Tourneur's The Fearmakers - a political "red scare" crime-drama with a public-relations firm secretly controlled by communists attempting to undermine the American government. Indeed. Nice to see Mel Tormé in a small role. None are strictly considered Film Noir although The Fearmakers does have some appealing dark-cinema elements. Those keen on 50's crime films and the stars will want to pick up the Kino Blu-ray package with more The Dark Side of Cinema entries coming!

Gary Tooze

 

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema II Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IV Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema V
Big House, U.S.A., A Bullet For Joey, He Ran All the Way, Storm Fear, Witness to Murder Thunder On The Hill, The Price Of Fear and The Female Animal Abandoned / The Lady Gambles / The Sleeping City Calcutta, An Act of Murder and Six Bridges to Cross Because of You (1952), Outside the Law (1956) and The Midnight Story (1957)
       

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VI Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VII Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VIII Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IX Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema X

Singapore (1947), Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949),
The Raging Tide (1951)

The Boss (1956) / Chicago Confidential (1957) / The Fearmakers (1958)

Street of Chance (1942), Enter Arsène Lupin (1944), Temptation (1946)

Lady on a Train (1945,) Tangier (1946,) Take One False Step (1949)

Flesh and Fury (1952), The Square Jungle (1955), World in My Corner (1956)

 

       

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The Boss (1956)

 

Chicago Confidential (1957)

The Fearmakers (1958)


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Directed by Byron Haskin

USA 1956

The Boss, filmed from a script by the blacklisted and hence uncredited Dalton Trumbo, starts in 1919 and ends somewhere in the Great Depression. It's about the corruption of a municipal machine that focuses on demobbed doughboy John Payne who, when his older brother dies, inherits his political clout.

On the night of his return he godrunk and married a stranger he comes to scorn (Gloria McGhee, whomakes you yearn for more of her). His only unwavering loyalty lies withan old wartime buddy (William Bishop), who has married the girl Payne loved. So all his passion goes into strengthening his hold over the city, including forging an unholy alliance with the (unnamed) Mafia.

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at imdb.com located HERE

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Still some damage on the Blu-ray

 

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Directed by Sidney Salkow

USA 1957

Brian Keith stars as Jim Fremont, an Illinois States Attorney fighting corrupt unions in Chicago. The union crooks in collaboration with a gambling syndicate try to pin a murder rap on an uncooperative union leader Blane (Dick Foran). Fremont and his co-worker fiancée Laura (Beverly Garland), work to prove Blane's innocence and to punish the true villains.

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USA 1958

In this drama, a Korean war veteran, a victim of brainwashing while he was a POW, finally goes back to his home in Washington,... DC, where he resumes his job at a public relations-opinion research firm. He soon discovers that his company is being run by communists after his partner mysteriously died. Now pro-communist propaganda seems to be their primary business. To stop them, the vet begins cooperating in a full-scale Senate investigation.

~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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