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

Singapore (1947)        Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)

The Raging Tide (1951)



This collection features three film noir classics.


SINGAPORE (1947) – Adventure and romance in the city of intrigue! The irresistible duo of Fred MacMurray (Double Indemnity, The Apartment) and Ava Gardner (The Killers, On the Beach) star in this exotic film noir from director John Brahm (The Lodger, Hangover Square). In pre-war Singapore, Matt Gordon (MacMurray) falls in love with the beautiful Linda Grahame (Gardner), but loses contact with her when the Japanese attack. Five years later, he returns to Singapore to retrieve a fortune in smuggled pearls and accidentally reconnects with Linda, now married to rich planter Van Leyden (Roland Culver, Dead of Night) and suffering from amnesia. Meanwhile, the sinister Mauribus (Thomas Gomez, Key Largo) schemes to steal Matt’s pearls. Richard Haydn (The Emperor Waltz,) Spring Byington (I’ll Be Seeing You), Porter Hall (The General Died at Dawn) and Philip Ahn (China) round out the cast of this exciting, romantic noir.


JOHNNY STOOL PIGEON (1949) – They cracked the back of the world’s blackest racket! A cop! A dame! A killer! Cult filmmaker William Castle, the macabre mastermind behind House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, 13 Ghosts and Let’s Kill Uncle, delivers a different kind of shadowy suspense story with Johnny Stool Pigeon. Howard Duff (Woman in Hiding) is San Francisco-based Treasury agent George Morton, who goes undercover to break up a narcotics ring. Dan Duryea (Scarlet Street) is Johnny Evans, a convict in Alcatraz who makes a deal with George, becoming the titular “stool pigeon.” Shelley Winters (Larceny) is the ringleader’s feisty moll who gets involved in the sting. It’s cops versus smugglers in Castle’s hardboiled film noir that co-stars John McIntire (An Act of Murder), Leif Erickson (The Lady Gambles) and Tony Curtis (The Midnight Story) in an early role as a mute killer.


THE RAGING TIDE (1951) – Not even the fury of the lashing sea…could match the raging passions that bound them! A San Francisco gangster is rubbed out by rival Bruno Felkin (Richard Conte, Cry of the City), who himself reports the crime to Homicide Lieutenant Kelsey (Stephen McNally, The Lady Gambles) in an alibi scheme which fails. To escape, he stows away on a fishing boat, where skipper Hamil Linder (Charles Bickford, Duel in the Sun) receives Bruno kindly. Later, Bruno enlists Hamil’s son Carl (Alex Nicol, Because of You) to do his dirty work offshore, but things turn sour when Carl takes an interest in Bruno’s girl Connie (Shelley Winters, He Ran All the Way). An exhilarating, stormy climax highlights this unique seafaring noir from prolific director George Sherman (Larceny, The Sleeping City) and ace cinematographer Russell Metty (The Stranger, Touch of Evil).


Theatrical Release: August 13th, 1947 - November 2nd, 1951

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

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Singapore (1947): 1:19:34.416

Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949): 1:15:24.125

The Raging Tide (1951): 1:32:59.416        


Singapore (1947):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,229,521,364 bytes

Feature: 21,464,193,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,181,355,625 bytes

Feature: 20,923,029,504 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Raging Tide (1951):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,757,039,642 bytes

Feature: 21,473,445,888 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Singapore (1947) Blu-ray:

Bitrate Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949): Blu-ray:

Bitrate The Raging Tide (1951) Blu-ray:


DTS-HD Master Audio English 1975 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1975 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

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

Subtitles English, None

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Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary for SINGAPORE by Film Historian Kat Ellinger and Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin
• NEW Audio Commentary for JOHNNY STOOL PIGEON by Professor and Film Scholar Jason A. Ney
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE RAGING TIDE by Film Historian David Del Valle and Producer Miles Hunter
• Theatrical Trailers for SINGAPORE (0:43) and THE RAGING TIDE (2:15)

Blu-ray Release Date:
August 9th, 2021
Standard Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (May 2022): Kino have transferred three films for their sixth edition of Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema series to Blu-ray. This has Singapore (1947), Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) and The Raging Tide (1951). They are cited as being from "Brand New 2K Masters". They are on single-layered discs, in 1080P, and generally look very pleasing with rich texture - the only drawback were the frequent speckles on much of, the thicker looking, Johnny Stool Pigeon. They exist on all three transfers but the contrast is on the impressive-side. Singapore and The Raging Tide often show depth. I really didn't have any big concerns.

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On their Blu-rays, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono tracks (24-bit) in the original English language - for each film. There is sporadic violence throughout - but it is generally tame with hardly any guns firing - just a lot of pointing it as a threat. There is minor bass response but everything is authentically flat. The wonderful score for Singapore is by Daniele Amfitheatrof (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.) In Singapore there is uncredited music by Nacio Herb Brown - Temptation - used throughout the movie as a leitmotif for Ava Gardner's character Linda Grahame. On Johnny Stool Pigeon the music is credited to Milton Schwarzwald (Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town, Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff) and on The Raging Tide we get a score by Frank Skinner (Back Street, The Sleeping City, The World in His Arms, Arabian Nights, The Lady Gambles, The Appaloosa, Madame X, Magnificent Obsession, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, All That Heaven Allows, Thunder Bay, and The Naked City) with Warf and fishing boat sounds as part of the film. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray package offers a new commentary for each of the three films. On Singapore the commentary is by film historians Kat Ellinger and Lee Gambin who immediately talk about the rich complex musical score by Daniele Amfitheatrof and discuss the careers of Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner - their contributions to the dark cinema cycle, the director John Brahm - his films The Lodger, Hangover Square and some his prodigious TV work (The Twilight Zone etc.) with the film leaning more to an exotic romance with some noirish conventions. It's wonderful. The commentary on Johnny Stool Pigeon is by film scholar Jason A. Ney - he breaks down the significance of specific scenes, where the film fits into the careers of Howard Duff, Shelley Winters and Dan Duryea as well as the director William Castle. He identifies various shooting locations, films shot via the 'Treasury Department' milieu and why Universal turned out so many of these crime-drama films in the 40s and 50s. He quotes from Philippa Gates' book Detecting Men: Masculinity and the Hollywood Detective Film. On The Raging Tide the commentary is by David Del Valle (author of Lost Horizons Beneath the Hollywood Sign) and producer Miles Hunter who discuss how the best scene of the film occurs right at the beginning - as per many film noir titles. They talk about the great cast of Shelley Winters, Richard Conte, Stephen McNally, Charles Bickford - the director George Sherman, the Ernest K. Gann novel and screenplay plus much more. David is becoming one of my favorite commentarists. There are also trailers for Singapore and The Raging Tide.

I really enjoyed all three films; 'Singapore', 'Johnny Stool Pigeon' and 'The Raging Tide' although the first is more of a mysterious romance in an exotic locale and less 'dark cinema' themes. The trio of films have plots involving amnesia, unrequited love, smuggling, convicts, evading the law, a quasi Police procedural and, ultimately, redemption. Two of the film have Shelley Winters - less of a femme fatal than an weary, loyal, girlfriend trapped by circumstance. I loved Charles Bickford in The Raging Tide (cinematography my Russell Metty!) and Dan Duryea in Johnny Stool Pigeon. These are all good! We can see that the Kino are continuing with even more Dark Side of Cinema sets on Blu-ray... and we are very appreciative. The commentaries are all edifying and a solid bonus to the package. This is absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze


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