FORGOTTEN NOIR: Volume 8


Mr. District Attorney (1947)         Ringside (1949)
 

Hi-Jacked (1950)

 


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Product Description:
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY: From Phillips H. Lord's popular NBC radio series comes an intriguing "legal film noir" filled with double-crosses and unusual twists--starting in the opening reel when a woman is slain in her apartment to an escaped killer and the paper prints that the alive-and-well girlfriend (Marguerite Chapman) of a local crime boss was the victim.

RINGSIDE: Middleweight boxer works his way up to a title fight and loses it and his eyesight when the champion seeing that his opponent is blind in one eye goes to work on the other one! His brother decides to avenge him by taking up boxing himself and and eye for an eye?

HI-JACKED: Parolee/ truck driver Jim Davis now wants to stick to the straight-and-narrow but finds himself riding a highway of terror when his truck is hijacked and police suspect him because of his past record. The hijackers will stop at nothing to frame him--and even frame his wife! -- unless fugitive Davis can deliver them to justice himself.

Posters

Theatrical Releases: Various from 1950 - 1954

  DVD Reviews

DVD Review: VCI (1-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution VCI - Region 0 - NTSC
This collection is also available from VCI in the FORGOTTEN NOIR : Collectors Set Vol 3: (David Harding, Counterspy; Danger Zone, The Big Chase; Mr. District Attorney 1947; Ringside; Hi-Jacked; Scotland Yard Inspector; Pier 23; The Case of the Babysitter)

                

Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.38 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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Time:

1:22:12 + 1:07:02 + 1:06:12
Audio English (original)
Subtitles None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: VCI

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1:33

Edition Details:

• Mr District Attorney Radio Program -25:16

Lord of the Radio (part 2) - 30:00


DVD Release Date: April 29th, 2008

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Chapters:
12 each X 3 = 36

 

Comments:

Once again from our friends at VCI - not primo Film Noir. But two of the three did make our Noir listing HERE, although the third, Mr. District Attorney - a stretchable 'Black cinema' effort - is the best film of the three. VCI have some deal with the catalogue of impresario, and cinema chain owner, Robert L. Lippert (mostly B-films).

The three features are housed on one, solitary, dual-layered disc. The transfers all suffer from being interlaced (as, I believe, are most VCI's DVDs I have seen) and are in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. I can't do much more than the provided screen captures can tell you. These are weak even by VCI's minimal standards. Hi-Jacked, a decent yarn, is the weakest of the three with plenty of noise and dirt. Mr. District Attorney has some decent image-quality moments where it seems to escalate above its stingy digital roots. Contrast can be a shade muddy across the board but damage is fairly limited. Detail is at the lower end. There are no subtitles offered but audio is another story (see below).  

Audio - All original (monaural or 2.0 channel) but, expectantly, Hi-Jacked is the most limited. The rest match the unremarkable video quality - audible for the most part but leave a lot to be desired.

VCI are starting to include supplements (also interlaced) of late and although these are not directly relational to the films themselves - the effort is appreciated. We have Part 2 (Part 1 on Forgotten Noir 7) of Lord of the Radio - less relevant to Noir but about 1/2 hour long. There is also 30 minutes of Mr. D.A. radio program - which was kind of cool if you are in the mood.

Overall impression: I have never minded this pragmatic manner of DVD production - more films - less extras and cheaper. I enjoyed Mr. D.A. and even Hi-Jacked (although Sid Melton of Green Acres fame can be fairly irritating) but less so Ringside although it was still 'okay'. So is it worth it? Well, the price is sure right - and for the Collectors Set Vol 3 it is about $3/film - which may be fairly accurate for value. My comments mimic Forgotten Noir 7 - it's tough to complain - I like stingy B-stuff at times and even weak, but previously unseen, Noir, on some nights, is better than repeats. This unsurprising package is okay - just don't expect the golden age of dark cinema - and you might enjoy too.            

Gary W. Tooze



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Mr. District Attorney (1947)

Director: Robert B. Sinclair

Starring Dennis O'Keefe, Adolphe Menjou, Marguerite Chapman and Michael O'Shea

 

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Ringside (1949)



Director: Frank McDonald

Starring Don 'Red' Barry, Tom Brown, Sheila Ryan and Lyle Talbot

 

 

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Hi-Jacked (1950)



Director: Sam Newfield

Starring Jim Davis, Marcia Mae Jones, Sid Melton , David Bruce and Paul Cavanagh
 

 

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Recommended Reading in Film Noir (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

 

 

DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

Distribution VCI - Region 0 - NTSC
This collection is also available from VCI in the FORGOTTEN NOIR : Collectors Set Vol 3: (David Harding, Counterspy; Danger Zone, The Big Chase; Mr. District Attorney 1947; Ringside; Hi-Jacked; Scotland Yard Inspector; Pier 23; The Case of the Babysitter)

                



 




 

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