COLUMBIA NOIR #3 (REGION B IMPORT - LIMITED EDITION) BLU-RAY

COLUMBIA NOIR #3 (REGION B IMPORT - LIMITED EDITION) BLU-RAY

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For the third volume in our ongoing Columbia Noir series, we return once again to the studio’s archives for a sextet of films which brings together some of the great names of film noir – including Dick Powell, Lee J Cobb, Nina Foch, William Holden, Edmond O’Brien, Dorothy Malone, Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Marie Windsor, and Vince Edwards – in stories of psychoanalysis and cynicism, racketeers and radioactivity, casinos and killing sprees, and cops and convicts.

Presenting all six films for the first time on Blu-ray anywhere in the world, this stunning collection includes a commentary on each film, critical appreciations and analyses, a range of documentary shorts from the forties and fifties, six Three Stooges comedy shorts lampooning the tropes and themes of the titles in the set, and a 120-page book. Strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

FEATURES:
JOHNNY O’CLOCK
2K restoration
Original mono soundtrack
Audio commentary with filmmaker and film historian Jim Hemphill (2021)
Not One Shall Die (1957, 30 mins): short film by the United Jewish Appeal, directed by David Lowell Rich and starring Guy Madison, Felicia Farr and Agnes Moorehead, made by the core crew of many Columbia noirs, including cinematographer Burnett Guffey, art director Cary Odell, editor Al Clark, set decorator Frank Tuttle, and composer Morris Stoloff
Whoops, I’m an Indian! (1936, 18 mins): the casino business spells trouble for the Three Stooges
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere on Blu-ray

THE DARK PAST
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with academic and curator Eloise Ross (2021)
The Poised Performance (2021, 14 mins): critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson assesses the career of actor Nina Foch
The Gulf Screen Guild Theater: ‘Blind Alley’ (1940, 23 mins): radio adaptation of the James Warwick play upon which The Dark Past is based, starring Edward G Robinson, Joseph Calleia and Isabel Jewell
Shivering Sherlocks (1948, 18 mins): the Three Stooges get mixed up with a dangerous gang of criminals hiding out at an isolated mansion
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere on Blu-ray

CONVICTED
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson (2021)
Codes and Convictions (2021, 30 mins): video essay by Jonathan Bygraves which examines Convicted in relation to Columbia Pictures’ other screen adaptations of Martin Flavin’s play The Criminal Code
So Long Mr. Chumps (1941, 18 mins): comedy short starring the Three Stooges in which the trio discover that prison life is a complicated business
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere on Blu-ray

BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with author and entertainment journalist Bryan Reesman (2021)
Categorically Dependable (2021, 16 mins): writer and critic Kim Newman assesses the long, eclectic career of director Gordon Douglas
Dizzy Detectives (1943, 19 mins): comedy short starring the Three Stooges in which the trio play police officers on the trail of a psychopath and a criminal mastermind
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere on Blu-ray

THE SNIPER
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller (2009)
Introduction by Martin Scorsese (2009, 4 mins)
Three Lives (1953, 23 mins): short film made for the United Jewish Appeal, reuniting the main players behind The Sniper, writers Edna and Edward Anhalt, director Edward Dmytryk, and star Arthur Franz
Three Pests in a Mess (1945, 16 mins): comedy short starring the Three Stooges in which the trio become involved in a deadly shooting incident, or so they think, causing panic
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere on Blu-ray

CITY OF FEAR
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with film critic and writer Adrian Martin (2021)
Pulp Paranoia (2010, 7 mins): filmmaker Christopher Nolan discusses the influence of film noir
The Autobiography of a “Jeep” (1943, 10 mins): light-hearted documentary produced and directed by Irving Lerner about the then-new, all-purpose vehicle
The Autobiography of a “Jeep” audio commentary with film historian Jeremy Arnold (2021)
Hymn of the Nations (1944, 29 mins): documentary produced and edited by Lerner, and directed by Alexander Hammid, featuring famed conductor Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra performing the music of Giuseppe Verdi, presented in its complete, uncut version
The Cummington Story (1945, 20 mins): documentary short, written and directed by Helen Grayson and Larry Madison, produced by Lerner, and featuring the music of Aaron Copland, re-enacting the stories of a group of refugees who relocated to a small American town during World War II
Oil’s Well That Ends Well (1958, 17 mins): the Three Stooges are convinced they can make money from uranium
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with new essays by Peter Stanfield, David Cairns, Michał Oleszczyk, Adam Scovell, Fintan McDonagh, Andrew Nette, Jeff Billington, and Ramsey Campbell, archival articles and interviews, and film credits
Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units

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