Archie Mayo + Fritz Lang (uncredited)
account of beachcombers and strays in a Southern California
coast town” (New York Herald Tribunal) and a surprising romance
that motivates a life-long drifter to settle down for good.
Theatrical Release: April 29th, 1942
DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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• Commentary by author Foster Hirsch
• Stills galleries
Incredibly impressive that a 65-year old film can look this good. It's obviously had some sort of restoration (probably digital) but still some minor scratches show thru (see last capture). Contrast and detail are well-above average - all things considered - and this dual-layered, progressive transfer is another good one from Fox. It's surprisingly quite clean (aside from those minor scratches) and background noise is not at all intrusive.
Strange - it's a Fox Film Noir (as stated on the case) - yet I see no spine number (Roadhouse neither) - so perhaps they've abandoned that categorization labeling.
Supplements include another commentary - this one by throaty-voiced Foster Hirsch. It has solid information especially on Gabin (some private stuff too), but he narrates a shade and it can be somewhat dry at times. Overall though, I eat-up these Noir commentaries and it is much appreciated by Fox. Hirsch is one of the more capable at delivering these as his knowledge is so deep. There is also a 25-minute featurette - Turning of the Tide - The Ill-Starred Making of Moontide. It has clips and input from the likes of Eddie Muller, Robert Osborne and Aubrey Solomon. It does more on Gabin and touches on stuff like the, perhaps unintentional, homosexual inference of the narrative. We love Eddie and it's quite good and very much worth watching. It wraps up with a Still galleries (posters/art, behind the scenes, glamour shots, production stills.) There are no liner notes.
At this price this has incredible value and is a sure-fire no-brainer for Noir devotees just to see, the icons, Lupino and Gabin together. Strongly recommended!
Recommended Reading in Film Noir (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)
by Foster Hirsch
by Nicholas Christopher
Shades of Noir: A Reader
by Joan Copjec
The Art of Noir: The Posters and Graphics from the
Classic Era of Film Noir
by Eddie Muller
The Little Black and White Book of Film Noir:
Quotations from Films of the 40's and 50's
by Peg Thompson, Saeko Usukawa
by Alain Silver
Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era,
by Michael F. Keaney
Detours and Lost Highways: A Map of Neo-Noir
by Foster Hirsch