Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Coming to DVD: Fox Film Noir

Fox is releasing some wonderful titles in its ongoing Film Noir series on September 2, 2008.

The titles are ROAD HOUSE and MOONTIDE, both starring Ida Lupino, as well as the long-delayed BOOMERANG! with Dana Andrews. Curiously, Amazon does not yet have a new listing for BOOMERANG! but hopefully that will be up soon and we'll be assured that BOOMERANG! is going to be widely available at long last.

Copies of BOOMERANG! made it into the marketplace in the past before Fox recalled them due to rights issues. I saw a copy over a year ago, and it's an excellent film costarring Lee J. Cobb and Jane Wyatt along with Andrews. There are nice extras including an interesting commentary track by Alain Silver and James Ursini.

ROAD HOUSE, which costars Richard Widmark, Celeste Holm, and Cornel Wilde along with Lupino, has a commentary track by noir expert Eddie Muller, along with Kim Morgan, plus a featurette on Widmark and Lupino's work at Fox.

Lupino's MOONTIDE also stars Jean Gabin and Thomas Mitchell. It has a commentary track by Foster Hirsch and a featurette on the filming of the movie.

I'm especially looking forward to ROAD HOUSE. Great viewing is ahead for film noir fans.


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