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Essential Film Noir: Collection 1 [4 Blu-rays]


Framed (1947)      Alias Nick Beal (1949)


Detective Story (1951)      The Garment Jungle (1957)

 

NOTE: Alias Nick Beal is compared to the Kino Blu-ray HERE

 

NOTE: Columbia Noir #2 Blu-ray with Framed (1947), 711 Ocean Drive (1950), The Mob (1951),

Affair in Trinidad (1952), Tight Spot (1955) and Murder By Contract (1958) is reviewed HERE

 

LIMITED 4 DISC HARDBOX EDITION WITH UNIQUE ARTWORK ON THE FIRST 1500 COPIES!
This collection includes four acclaimed film noir classics including Framed (1947), Alias Nick Beal (1949), Detective Story (1951) and The Garment Jungle (1957).

Join Hollywood’s legendary tough guys and femme fatale film noir icons such as Glenn Ford, William Bendix, Audrey Totter, Ray Milland & Eleanor Parker. This set also includes bonus material including feature audio commentaries from Hollywood’s top film noir historians including Eddie Muller & Alan Rode.

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Framed (1947)
Mike Lambert (Glenn Ford) takes to driving a truck when he falls on hard times. When his rig brakes stop working in a small town he meets Paula Craig (Janis Carter) at the La Paloma Cafe and is quickly drawn into a criminal plot devised by the seductive femme fatale.

Alias Nick Beal (1949)
Ray Milland is the mysterious Nick Beal, who materialises to offer honest politician Thomas Mitchell not only wealth but also the charms of Audrey Totter. The former crusader against crime becomes power hungry under “Old Nick’s'” malign influence.

Detective Story (1951)
A day in a New York police station, during which a detective of almost pathological righteousness discovers a stain on his family and d himself. Based on the play by Sidney Kingsley. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Director.

The Garment Jungle (1957)
On the mean streets of the garment district in New York City, Alan Mitchell (Kerwin Mathews) discovers that the dress business owned by his father (Lee J. Cobb) is being controlled by the mob.

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Theatrical Release: May 25th, 1947 - May 1st, 1957

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Framed (1947): 1:22:22.604

Alias Nick Beal (1949): 1:32:30.545

Detective Story (1951): 1:43:18.400

The Garment Jungle (1957): 1:27:47.262

Video

Framed (1947)

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 25,580,139,843 bytes

Feature: 25,241,382,912 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Alias Nick Beal (1949)

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,837,029,702 bytes

Feature: 26,647,197,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Detective Story (1951)

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,087,628,480 bytes

Feature: 29,753,272,320 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Garment Jungle (1957)

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,354,799,327 bytes

Feature: 26,903,629,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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Edition Details:

Framed (1947)
NEW 2020 Audio commentary by noir expert and Film Noir Foundation board member Alan K. Rode
Gallery (0:54)

Alias Nick Beal (1949)
NEW 2020 Audio Commentary with Film Historian Eddie Muller
1950 Radio Version (1:00:09)
Gallery (1:07)

Detective Story (1951)
NEW 2020 Audio commentary by noir expert and Film Noir Foundation board member Alan K. Rode
NEW 2020 Visual essay about the film noir work of Kirk Douglas with noir expert’s Alan K. Rode & Constantine Nasr (42:22)
Theatrical Trailer (2:15)

The Garment Jungle (1957)
NEW 2020 Audio commentary by noir expert and Film Noir Foundation board member Alan K. Rode
2007 Q&A with Robert Loggia about THE GARMENT JUNGLE (35:57)
Theatrical Trailer (2:35)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 6th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Cases inside custom box (see below)

Chapters 11 / 12 / 11 / 11

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: Columbia Noir #2 Blu-ray with Framed (1947), 711 Ocean Drive (1950), The Mob (1951), Affair in Trinidad (1952), Tight Spot (1955) and Murder By Contract (1958) is reviewed HERE

 

NOTE: Alias Nick Beal is compared to the Kino Blu-ray HERE

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

ADDITION: Imprint Blu-ray (November 2020): Imprint have transferred four vintage Film Noirs, Framed (1947), Alias Nick Beal (1949), Detective Story (1951) and The Garment Jungle (1957), as part of their Essential Film Noir: Collection 1 to Blu-ray. I was very pleased to see Framed, Alias Nick Beal and Detective Story reach 1080P. The Garment Jungle has already been released in Indicator's (UK) Columbia Noir #1 reviewed HERE, and their upcoming #2 set has Framed.

They all have high bitrates and seem very pleasing aside from Alias Nick Beal which looks to be from a compromised source looking a bit rough. It is very textured but fully watchable. Framed has video quality that is less consistent but exhibits some impressive detail in close-ups. It also shows depth. We've compared Detective Story to Paramount's 15-year old DVD and it improves demonstratively in all the expected areas looking excellent. The Garment Jungle is also compared and looks almost exactly like the Indicator transfer of earlier this year. Overall there were really no flaws - like digitization or excess damage. I did see a cue-blip (reel-change marker) but otherwise these look solid. 

NOTE: I should mention that Io see a phenomenon that hasn't surfaced for years. In the reduction of the Framed screen captures, to suit this webpage, a strange vertical and uniform combing appears, but it is not present in the expanded full resolution captures. To this day I have no idea why it occurs but it is only in our reduced captures and seems to play fine on my system.

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On their Blu-ray, Imprint use a linear PCM mono dual-tracks (24-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and respective scores by Marlin Skiles (My Gun is Quick, Queen of Outer Space, Flat Top, The Maze, Dead Reckoning) and Franz Waxman (Sorry Wrong Number, Untamed, Rebecca, Dark Passage, Bride of Frankenstein, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard) and Victor Young (Ghostbreakers Strategic Air Command, The Sun Shines Bright, The Accused, Johnny Guitar, China Gate etc.) and Leith Stevens (I Married a Monster From Outer Space, Great Day in the Morning, The Gun Runners, Syncopation, World Without End, The Night of the Grizzly, 20 Million Miles to Earth, When Worlds Collide). Detective Story also has Frédéric Chopin's Marche Funebre In C Minor Op. 72, No. 2. They all sound authentically flat. Imprint offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Imprint Blu-ray offers new commentaries for each of the four films. They are all top-shelf material with Alan K. Rode on Framed talking a lot of Glenn Ford's career including so many intimate details I was unaware of especially from his son, Peter's 2011 book; Glenn Ford: A Life. A great commentary. The 'Czar of Noir', Eddie Muller, takes the reins for Alias Nick Beal. He covers many aspects of the film from the fog, Audrey Totter, Ray Milland, the murals in the Totter's bequeathed apartment, the production code and more. His voice seems a bit clouded - a function, I presume of the lockdown. Also on the Alias Nick Beal disc is also an hour long 1950 Radio adaptation. On the Detective Story we get Alan K. Rode again providing a commentary for this dark, almost procedural cop drama. He discusses everyone involved including Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, my favorite Cathy O'Donnell, differences from the play etc.. The quality is equal to his excellent Framed commentary. This disc offers Alan K. Rode and Constantine Nasr who provide a 3/4 hour visual essay about the film noir work of Kirk Douglas. Dark Cinema fans will be very pleased with it. Lastly is a trailer. Alan K. Rode's voice gets a further workout doing the commentary on The Garment Jungle, which I look forward to indulging soon.  There is also a 2007 interview with actor Robert Loggia, conducted by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation following a screening of The Garment Jungle that was also on the Indicator Columbia Noir #1 set but this one runs longer. There is also a trailer and no liner notes.   

Imprint's Essential Film Noir: Collection 1 is a very appealing Blu-ray boxset.  I was so happy to finally have Framed, Alias Nick Beal and Detective Story on Blu-ray. All three are excellent films! And here we get a commentary feast with the great Alan K. Rode and Eddie Muller plus the visual essay. The package itself is totally functional fitting the four individual transparent cases with easy, simple access. Hard to resist for Film Noir devotees. It has our highest recommendation to that niche.

Gary Tooze

 


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Directed by Richard Wallace

USA 1947

 

Mike Lambert (Glenn Ford) takes to driving a truck when he falls on hard times. When his rig brakes stop working in a small town he meets Paula Craig (Janis Carter) at the La Paloma Cafe and is quickly drawn into a criminal plot devised by the seductive femme fatale.

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Directed by John Farrow

USA 1949

 

Ray Milland is the mysterious Nick Beal, who materializes to offer honest politician Thomas Mitchell not only wealth but also the charms of Audrey Totter. The former crusader against crime becomes power hungry under “Old Nick’s'” malign influence.

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Directed by William Wyler

USA 1951

 

A day in a New York police station, during which a detective of almost pathological righteousness discovers a stain on his family and himself. Based on the play by Sidney Kingsley. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Director.

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Directed by Vincent Sherman, Robert Aldrich (uncredited)

USA 1957

 

On the mean streets of the garment district in New York City, Alan Mitchell (Kerwin Mathews) discovers that the dress business owned by his father (Lee J. Cobb) is being controlled by the mob.

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