Sony is bucking the trend to cut back on classic DVD releases with two terrific film noir sets. Bad Girls of Film Noir, Volumes 1 and 2, are due on February 12, 2010. DVD Times has a nice page describing the titles and extras.
The sets were inspired by a UCLA series on "Columbia's Noir Girls" in the fall of 2008.
Volume 1's titles are THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK (Evelyn Keyes), TWO OF A KIND (Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott), BAD FOR EACH OTHER (Lizabeth Scott, Charlton Heston), and THE GLASS WALL (Gloria Grahame).
Extras include a new interview with actress Terry Moore, who is in TWO OF A KIND, and a vintage TV show starring Janet Blair. Trailers are also included.
Volume 2 includes NIGHT EDITOR (Janis Carter, Jeff Donnell), ONE GIRL'S CONFESSION (Cleo Moore, Glenn Langan), WOMEN'S PRISON (Ida Lupino, Audrey Totter, Cleo Moore, and Jan Sterling), and OVER-EXPOSED (Cleo Moore, Richard Crenna).
Extras are trailers and a vintage TV show with Cleo Moore and Dane Clark.
There are several actors I particularly enjoy in these sets, starting with Totter, Lupino, Keyes, and Heston. Cleo Moore is a name new to me; she made 22 films between 1948 and 1957.
I've recorded THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK and WOMEN'S PRISON from Turner Classic Movies, but haven't watched them yet. I think I may be upgrading these titles to DVD as the sets look beautiful, and it's important to support classic DVD releases in the current market.