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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VIII
 

Street of Chance (1942)        Enter Arsene Lupin (1944)

Temptation (1946)

 

 

STREET OF CHANCE (1942) – From the novel The Black Curtain by the great Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window) comes this classic film noir about an amnesiac who uncovers an ugly truth. Burgess Meredith (Rocky) is Frank Thompson, who awakens in the middle of the street with nary a clue of where he is, how he got there, or why his cigarette case and hat both have the letters “D.N.” on them. Frank tries to piece together his old life while a mysterious stranger (Claire Trevor, Key Largo) seems more interested in probing his past than his wife Virginia (Louise Platt, Stagecoach). Then there’s the matter of the murder that Frank cannot remember committing. This suspense-soaked gem, with its pulpy plot and brilliant cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl (Among the Living), established a number of conventions that helped define the noir genre. Directed by Jack Hively (The Saint’s Double Trouble).
 

ENTER ARSÈNE LUPIN (1944) – The charming French thief Arsène Lupin (Charles Korvin, Temptation) steals a priceless emerald from the beautiful English heiress Stacie Kanares (Ella Raines, The Web) while en route to Paris on the Orient Express. However, he becomes so infatuated with Stacie that he reroutes himself to Great Britain in order to return the jewel. Meanwhile, her cousin Bessie (Gale Sondergaard, The Spider Woman Strikes Back) schemes to murder Stacie in order to claim her inheritance. Lupin is determined to intervene to save Stacie’s life, but doing so puts him at risk of being captured by the dogged cop Ganimard (J. Carrol Naish, Beau Geste). The most lovable rogue in mystery fiction leaps to the screen in this thrilling film noir directed by action-adventure ace Ford Beebe (Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe).
 

TEMPTATION (1946) – In this Victorian-era film noir, the mesmerizing Merle Oberon (The Lodger) is Ruby, the new wife of wealthy archaeologist Nigel (George Brent, The Spiral Staircase). Unbeknownst to her husband, Ruby has had quite a checkered past, involving several divorces and extramarital affairs. While Nigel is out digging up an ancient mummy, Ruby takes up with Baroudi (Charles Korvin, Enter Arsène Lupin), a slick but impoverished Egyptian opportunist. When Baroudi threatens to leave Ruby unless she puts her husband out of the way, she plots to poison the unwitting Nigel, setting the stage for a spectacular revenge-and-retribution finale. Paul Lukas (The Kiss Before the Mirror) also stars in this electrifying melodrama from director Irving Pichel (O.S.S.), based on the book Bella Donna by Robert Hichens (The Paradine Case).

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Theatrical Release: October 3rd, 1942 - December 2nd, 1946

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Runtime

Street of Chance (1942): :14:15.000

Enter Arsene Lupin (1944): 1:11:52.500

Temptation (1946): 1:38:39.375

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Street of Chance (1942):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 20,779,173,888 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.21 Mbps

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Enter Arsene Lupin (1944):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 20,162,887,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.63 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Temptation (1946):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1961 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1961 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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Kino

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary for STREET OF CHANCE by Professor and Film Scholar Jason A. Ney
• NEW Audio Commentary for ENTER ARSENE LUPIN by Film Historian Anthony Slide
• NEW Audio Commentary for TEMPTATION by Film Historian Kelly Robinson
• Theatrical Trailers (Enter Arsene Lupin -1:44)


Blu-ray Release Date: July 19th, 2022

Standard Blu-ray Cases inside hard case

Chapters 8 / 8 / 8

 

 

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (July 2022): Kino have transferred three films for their eighth edition of Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema series to Blu-ray. This boxset has Street of Chance (1942), Enter Arsène Lupin (1944) and Temptation (1946). They are cited as being from "Brand New 2K Masters". They are on single-layered Blu-ray discs, in 1080P with supportive bitrates. The only real issues are speckles that are dominant in Street of Chance and exist, but less invasive, on both Enter Arsène Lupin and Temptation. Other than that there are a few weaker contrast sequences that look like they are inherent in the source - and possibly the original production. They looks consistent and pleasing with only a film-level cleaning capable of tackling the prevalent speckles.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. The films have a few aggressive moments that come through with occasional surprising depth. The score for Street of Chance was by David Buttolph (The Horse Soldiers, Wake Island, This Gun For Hire, Western Union, Pete Kelly's Blues, Rope, Three Secrets, Kiss of Death, Blood and Sand and many more.) The score for Enter Arsène Lupin was by Milton Rosen (Sudan, The Spider Woman Strikes Back, Jack Arnold's 3-D The Glass Web, serials like Junior G-Men of the Air or Jungle Queen.) The score for Temptation was by Daniele Amfitheatrof (Singapore, The Capture, An Act of Murder, The Last Hunt, I'll Be Seeing You, Edge of Eternity, The Lost Moment, The Desperate Hours, Human Desire, Letter From An Unknown Woman.) They support tension, suspense and infrequent romance - sounding clean with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfers. I had no audio issues. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their three Region 'A' Blu-rays.

The Kino Blu-ray offers three new commentaries; by Film Scholar Jason A. Ney on Street of Chance, Film Historian Anthony Slide on Enter Arsene Lupin and Film Historian Kelly Robinson on Temptation. Jason talks about Street of Chance as a solid early B-Noir, he references a dozen other amnesia films incorporating relevant passages from an article he wrote entitled "I Know Who I Am, Amnesia and Identity - Postwar to the Present", where Street of Chance fits into the noir cycle, how it compares to its source novel (The Black Curtain by Cornell Woolrich), its production history and reception, and where it fits into the lives/careers of the key players plus significantly more... I found it very informative. Anthony Slide discusses Enter Arsène Lupin as obviously intended to be part of a series, how Charles Korvin was making his film debut, the Clouseau-like J. Carrol Naish's portrayal as Arsène's nemesis, George Dolenz (father of Monkee 'Micky'), the aloof performance of Ella Raines - that he found did not fit the character - plus Gale Sondergaard, director Ford Beebe's career and much more not labeling the film as a Noir. Kelly Robinson (who's few commentaries I really like - and am glad to hear more from her) talks about this being the 4th version of 'Bella Donna' (the working title - a toxic perennial herbaceous plant) and how this version uses the most noir-ish tropes. She relates details of the earlier versions, director Irving Pichel (The Most Dangerous Game) how Merle Oberon's work is criminally underrated (agreed!) - how she was of hidden mixed-race ancestry / how her biological mother gave birth to her at age 12, she compares George Brent to George Clooney and frequently cites the the incredible costumes / gowns - one cited as a pure femme-fatale dress. It's filled with wonderful tidbits. Excellent. There is also a trailer for Enter Arsène Lupin and other films. 

While none of the three films in Kino's eighth edition of Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema series on Blu-ray, are Essential Noir - I really enjoyed them very much. Street of Chance had the amnesia-angle and Burgess Meredith navigating his unknown persona - surviving while on the run - seeking truth. Enter Arsène Lupin has favorite Ella Raines courted by international gentleman-thief played by handsome Charles Korvin. An evil and statuesque Gale Sondergaard is lurking. Temptation has Korvin again, but the star may be Merle Oberon's extensive wardrobe and her self-serving femme-fatale charms as she manipulates men around mysterious Egyptian excavations with blackmail and revenge ensuing. She's delightful. All above-average films with crime as the focus; amnesia, femme-fatale, Mummy's curses, cute Raines, stunning Oberon - too much value with the three new, informative, commentaries. Certainly recommended!     

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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