Sunday, December 11, 2011

Coming to DVD: Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Vol. III

TCM's new volume of Columbia film noir titles, first announced a couple of months ago, is now ready for pre-order at the TCM website.

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Vol. III is currently scheduled to ship on January 16th. (TCM ship dates have been known to reschedule in the past.) The five films in the set:

MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS (1945), a nifty 65-minute "Gothic noir" with Nina Foch, directed by Joseph H. Lewis.

THE MOB (1951) with Broderick Crawford and Richard Kiley, directed by Robert Parrish.

DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD (1954) with Mickey Rooney and Dianne Foster, directed by Richard Quine.

TIGHT SPOT (1955) with Ginger Rogers and Edward G. Robinson, directed by Phil Karlson.

THE BURGLAR (1957) with Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield, directed by Paul Wendkos.

The films are all restored and remastered. The set includes an introduction by director Martin Scorsese.

This set was preceded by the excellent Volume I and Volume II, which were regular retail releases. To date I've seen HUMAN DESIRE (1954) from Vol. II, which was a beautiful print; I look forward to catching up with the rest in the future.


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