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Columbia Noir #2 (Limited Edition) [6 Blu-rays]
 

Framed (1947)       711 Ocean Drive (1950)        The Mob (1951)

Affair in Trinidad (1952)       Tight Spot (1955)      Murder By Contract (1958)

 

NOTE: Columbia Noir #1 Blu-ray with Escape in the Fog (1945), The Undercover Man (1949), Drive a Crooked Road (1954),

5 Against the House (1955), The Garment Jungle (1957) and The Lineup (1958) is reviewed HERE

 

 

Indicator's second Columbia Noir box set takes a dive once more into the studio’s archives and the world of film noir – a world of undercover detectives (The Mob) and emotionless hitmen (Murder by Contract), a world where film is inspired by real-life criminal activities (Tight Spot, based loosely on Virginia Hill’s testimony against Bugsy Siegel) and real-life criminal activities are inspired by film (711 Ocean Drive, which attracted the unwanted attention of mobsters), and a world where Glenn Ford finds himself unwittingly embroiled in murder – twice (Framed, Affair in Trinidad).

All six films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, with The Mob, Tight Spot and Murder by Contract making their world Blu-ray premieres. This stunning collection includes newly recorded commentaries on each film, assorted bonus materials, including six short films starring the Three Stooges, lampooning the tropes and themes of the features, a 120-page book, and is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

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Theatrical Release: May 25th, 1947 - December 4th, 1958

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Runtime Framed (1947):  1:22:24.481
711 Ocean Drive (1950):  1:41:46.100
The Mob (1951): 1:26:15.253
Affair in Trinidad (1952): 1:38:09.425
Tight Spot (1955): 1:36:12.600
Murder By Contract (1958): 1:20:29.074        
Video

Framed (1947):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,434,557,058 bytes

Feature: 19,147,183,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

711 Ocean Drive (1950):

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,291,262,855 bytes

Feature: 31,584,661,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.52 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Mob (1951):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,785,298,799 bytes

Feature: 19,507,793,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Affair in Trinidad (1952):

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,803,440,790 bytes

Feature: 18,455,700,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Tight Spot (1955):

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,211,770,722 bytes

Feature: 17,034,434,112 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Murder By Contract (1958):

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,576,764,166 bytes

Feature: 18,019,274,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.99 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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Bitrate Tight Spot (1955) Blu-ray:

Bitrate Murder By Contract (1958) Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries and
Guardian Interview:

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

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

Edition Details:

FRAMED
• Audio commentary with author and critic Imogen Sara Smith (2021)
• The Steps of Age (1951, 24:28): dramatised documentary written and directed by Ben Maddow, screenwriter of Framed, demonstrating the challenges of growing old as seen through of the eyes of a retired widow
• Up in Daisy’s Penthouse (1958, 16:37): the Three Stooges get mixed up with a murder plot, mistaken identity, a gold-digging blonde, and a great deal of money
• Image gallery: publicity and promotional material

711 OCEAN DRIVE
• Audio commentary with author and film critic Glenn Kenny (2021)
• Diary of a Sergeant (1945, 24:01): Joseph M Newman’s documentary portrait of Harold Russell, a soldier who lost his hands during World War II and would later win an Oscar® for his performance in The Best Years of Our Lives
• Three Sappy People (1939, 17:21): the Three Stooges play a trio of telephone repairmen who make an unexpected career switch
• Original theatrical trailer (2:36)
• Image gallery: publicity and promotional material

THE MOB
• Audio commentary with filmmaker and writer Gina Telaroli (2021)
• The Guardian Interview with Ernest Borgnine (2001, 1-hour-19-minutes): archival audio recording of the much-loved character actor in conversation with Clyde Jeavons at the National Film Theatre, London
• Ernest Borgnine in Conversation (2009, 48:52): archival video recording of the actor discussing his eventful career with Adrian Wootton at the BFI Southbank, London
• Hot Stuff (1956, 16:02): a trio of law enforcers, played by the Three Stooges, go undercover and assume blue-collar jobs in order to thwart criminal activities
• Original theatrical trailer (1:44)
• Image gallery: publicity and promotional material

AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD
• Audio commentary with film historian and author Lee Gambin (2021)
• The End of the Affair (2012, 24:05): Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford, discusses the life and career of his father with the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller
• Caribbean (1951, 25:01): documentary by the Crown Film Unit, released the same year as Affair in Trinidad, depicting life and culture in the West Indies, British Guiana, and British Honduras
• Saved by the Belle (1939, 17:24): island intrigue and Señorita Rita spell trouble for the Three Stooges
• Original theatrical trailer (2:48)
• Image gallery: publicity and promotional material

TIGHT SPOT
• Audio commentary with writer and film historian Nora Fiore (2021)
• The Senate Crime Investigations (1951, 1:01:27): extracts from unedited telerecordings of the US senate committee’s hearings into organized crime, originally compiled by the British Film Institute and presented in four parts, including footage of Virginia Hill, who partly inspired Tight Spot
• Idiots Deluxe (1945, 17:32): courtroom comedy short starring the Three Stooges and featuring an isolated hideaway beset by a deadly intruder
• Original theatrical trailer (2:13)
• Image gallery: publicity and promotional material

MURDER BY CONTRACT
• Audio commentary with film critic and writer Farran Smith Nehme (2021)
• Introduction by Martin Scorsese (2014, 4:58)
• Swedes in America (1943, 17:09): Irving Lerner’s Oscar®-nominated short film, presented by Ingrid Bergman, detailing the influence of Swedish immigrants on the United States
• Violence Is the Word for Curly (1938, 17:51): comedy short starring the Three Stooges, which provided an early cinematography credit for Murder by Contract’s prolific director of photography, Lucien Ballard
• Original theatrical trailer (1:55)
• Larry Karaszewski trailer commentary (2020, 2:24): short critical appreciation
Image gallery: publicity and promotional material


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 15th, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 10 / 12 / 10 / 11 / 10 / 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (January 2021): Indicator have transferred six more Columbia Film Noirs - as part of their Volume 2 boxset. The six films, on individual Blu-ray discs are; Framed (Richard Wallace, 1947), 711 Ocean Drive (Joseph M Newman, 1950), The Mob (Robert Parrish, 1951), Affair in Trinidad (Vincent Sherman, 1952), Tight Spot (Phil Karlson, 1955) and Murder By Contract (Irving Lerner, 1958,) Indicator's Columbia Noir #1 Blu-ray set was voted the third best Boxset of the Year in our 2020 Poll.

The image quality is at Indicator's lofty standard. For the other Blu-ray transfer of these films - the UK renderings are superior. NOTE: On Framed we lost that strange vertical and uniform combing that we commented on in the Imprint Essential Noir Blu-ray Box review. Indicator present these all in 1080P and they looks consistent with plenty of grain texture and rare damage marks (you can se on 711 Ocean Drive - the subtitle sample - the Kit Parker has the same vertical scratch on the left side). Tight Spot is a shade dark but I have no reason not to believe that this is accurate. I had no issues at all with the HD presentations - great contrast and occasional depth. These looked great - hopefully the compared captures below will support that.  

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. The effects reflect the era and budget that they were made and gunfire can export some minor depth but the film's audio transfers are authentically flat supported by scores for three of the films (The Mob, Affair in Trinidad and Tight Spot) by George Duning (Two Rode Together, The Eddy Duchin Story, 3:10 to Yuma, Jeanne Eagels, The Shadow on the Window, My Sister Eileen, etc.) and composers, for the other 3 films, such as, for Framed, Marlin Skiles (My Gun is Quick, Queen of Outer Space, Flat Top, The Maze, Dead Reckoning) and on Murder By Contract; Perry Botkin Sr. (The Beverly Hillbillies TV series), and for 711 Ocean Drive; Sol Kaplan (Trapped, Deadline USA, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Seven Wonders of the World, Niagara, The House on Telegraph Hill.) They all sound clear and clean. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-rays.

The Indicator Blu-rays offer a new (2021) commentary for every film in the set - starting with one of my favorites; Imogen Sara Smith (author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City) on Richard Wallace's 1947 Framed, discussing it as an economical example of pragmatic Noir produced in the 40's and 50's - starting with the no-nonsense, single word, title and later discussing how the gold/silver mining brings an element of the western genre to this prototypical Noir. She is always excellent. On 711 Ocean Drive we are privy to a commentary by Glenn Kenny who discusses it as a borderline 'crime procedural' blending into a Noir also describing the latter's film lineage. I enjoyed his insights. For Robert Parrish's The Mob we get a commentary by filmmaker, editor and writer Gina Telaroli. She starts by discussing the George Dunning score - also used in the opening of, what she considers the quintessential Noir, Fritz Lang's The Big Heat. She observes that both films share an editor in Charles Nelson. It's great to listen to someone who knows film and makes observations about subtleties in the dialogue, plot and performances. For Affair in Trinidad we get film historian and author Lee Gambin who discusses the film in terms of Rita Hayworth's 'comeback' and how it was considered part of the swan song of the classic and more influential Noirs (coming off the heels of Gilda) and much more. He's always informative and you always sense his love of film. In Phil Karlson's Tight Spot we get Nora Fiore (The Nitrate Diva) delivering a lively, witty and detailed commentary. I also enjoyed her commentary on Orson Welles' The Stranger. She's a pleasure to listen to. Lastly, we get a Farran Smith Nehme commentary for Irving Lerner's Murder By Contract where she expands upon, and explains, Martin Scorsese's championing of this unique Noir as well as discussing many of the performers, director and crew.

Other supplements include The Steps of Age a 1951 dramatized documentary written and directed by Ben Maddow, screenwriter of Framed, demonstrating the challenges of growing old as seen through of the eyes of a retired widow. On 711 Ocean Drive Indicator include Diary of a Sergeant - Joseph M Newman’s 24-minue 1945 documentary portrait of Harold Russell, a soldier who lost his hands during World War II and would later win an Oscar for his performance in The Best Years of Our Lives. The Mob Blu-ray offers an audio Guardian Interview with Ernest Borgnine from 2001 running over 1 1/4 hours - playing to the film. It is an archival recording of the much-loved character actor in conversation with Clyde Jeavons at the National Film Theatre, London. Also included is a 50-minute Ernest Borgnine in Conversation from 2009 - an archival video recording of the actor discussing his eventful career with Adrian Wootton at the BFI Southbank, London. Affair in Trinidad shares the disc with 2012's The End of the Affair - a 24-minute conversation with Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford, who discusses the life and career of his father with the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller. Also on that Blu-ray is 1951's Caribbean - a documentary by the Crown Film Unit, released the same year as Affair in Trinidad, depicting life and culture in the West Indies, British Guiana, and British Honduras. I enjoyed indulging in the 1951 The Senate Crime Investigations raw extracts from unedited telerecordings of the US senate committee’s hearings into organized crime, originally compiled by the British Film Institute and presented in four parts, including footage of Virginia Hill, who partly inspired Tight Spot. It runs an hour. On the Murder By Contract disc we get a 5-minute, 2014, introduction by Martin Scorsese plus 'Swedes in America' from 1943. It is Irving Lerner’s 18-minute Oscar-nominated short film, presented by Ingrid Bergman, detailing the influence of Swedish immigrants on the United States. Each film / Blu-ray is supplemented by a Three Stooges short, Image gallery and all but Framed have trailers. Also included is another of Indicator's impressive books; this has a 120-page offering strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units. 

I am thrilled to have improved transfer for Framed and 711 Ocean Drive in 1080P plus The Mob (1951,) Affair in Trinidad (1952,) Tight Spot (1955) and Murder By Contract (1958) on stellar Blu-ray - each with first-class commentaries. This may be better than their Columbia Noir #1 Blu-ray set . The package itself is irresistible for Film Noir devotees. It has our highest recommendation. This is a keeper!

Gary Tooze

 


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Framed (1947)

 

711 Ocean Drive (1950)

The Mob (1951)

Affair in Trinidad (1952)

Tight Spot (1955)

Murder By Contract (1958)


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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 Joseph M. Newman

USA 1950

 

Academy Award® winner Edmond O’Brien (Best Supporting Actor, The Barefoot Contessa, 1954) stars in this top-flight film noir, based on actual events. He plays a telephone repairman who uses his knowledge to help his bookie expand his business to increased profits and rises to the top. But when syndicate head Otto Kruger (Saboteur) wants to take over, things start to get dicey — and O’Brien’s in too deep to call the cops. With gritty photography by Frank F. Planer (Champion), direction by Joseph M. Newman (This Island Earth), and a white-knuckle climax atop Boulder Dam, this is one of the finest crime thrillers of its era. The excellent cast also includes Joanne Dru (Red River) and such veteran tough guys as Barry Kelly, Donald Porter, Howard St. John and Robert Osterloh, plus a brief appearance by Cleo Moore (Over-Exposed).

 

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Directed by Robert Parrish

USA 1950

 

Familiar gang-busting stuff set in On the Waterfront territory, with Crawford as a cop who, inadvertently goofing on duty, is officially reported as suspended and sent undercover to make good the damage by finding out who is masterminding the brutal extortion racket among longshoremen. William Bowers' script manages one or two genuine surprises - with Crawford at one point being hired to eliminate himself - but its main contribution is a nice line in sharp, waywardly witty dialogue. Given fast, flexible direction by Parrish, excellent camerawork (Joseph Walker) and a full house of vivid performances, the result is an unusually tense and enjoyable genre piece. Pity about the last reel, when everything collapses (though not too destructively) into routine histrionics.

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Directed by Vincent Sherman

USA 1952

 

After making The Loves Of Carmen in 1948 Rita Hayworth retired from film making. She married Prince Ali Kahn and traveled the world as royalty. There was even a documentary film about her worldly travels. After the marriage crumbled Rita returned to Hollywood. Her first film after the four year absence was Affair In Trinidad.


It reteams her with her costar from Gilda, Glenn Ford. Like Gilda, it takes place in a south of the border locale, and Rita does a couple of hot dance numbers. Unfortunately the plot is even more confusing than Gilda.

Glenn Ford plays a pilot, Steve Emery, who arrives in Trinidad with a letter from his brother offering him a job. Upon arrival, he gets the news that his brother has killed himself. Not believing the suicide story, Steve confronts his brother's widow, Chris. Chris (Rita Hayworth) is helping the local police out by trying to get close to Max Fabian. Fabian is the prime suspect in her husband's death. Chris is going along with the suicide story so as to get close to Fabian. Steve is unaware that Chris is just pretending and sees her as a bitch hanging out with the prime suspect.

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(aka 'Dead Pigeon')

Directed by Phil Karlson

USA 1955

 

The neglected but powerful noirmeister Phil Karlson shows how good he can be in this taut 1955 thriller about a former gangster's moll (Ginger Rogers, no less) who agrees to work for the police. The script is by William Bowers; with Edward G. Robinson and Brian Keith.

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum's capsule at the Chicago Reader located HERE

 

Tight Spot often employs the depth staging Karlson favors. He likes to shoot down long corridors of the hotel. The sets are built so that one can see from one room into the next. A memorable shot shows the long corridor outside the hotel suite, through the open door of the suite's living room. There are also two memorable long take moving camera shots down the hotel corridor. One shows the first arrival, walking from the elevator to the hotel room. The other has Robinson leaving the hotel room for the elevator, followed by Brian Keith returning back down the corridor to the room.
A mirror in the hotel suite is used to create the complex shots beloved by film noir.

Excerpt The films of Phil Karlson located HERE

 

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Directed by Irving Lerner

USA 1958

 

Vince Edwards stars as a hired assassin whose latest “assignment” (Caprice Toriel) is about to testify against the mob. But this particular target is not so easy to get at. So he waits…and waiting gives the assassin what he needs least: time to think. The lean, efficient direction by Irving Lerner (City of Fear) is complimented by the stark black and white cinematography of Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch). Murder by Contract has a running time of 81 minutes and is not rated. Watch for TOS gal, Kathie Browne.
 

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