Film Noir Releases in August 2015

Things were so crazy the last few weeks before vacation that I neglected to report any film noir Blu-ray/DVD releases for July, but August is looking pretty sweet, thanks largely to Kino Lorber, who’s releasing four noir titles next month. Here’s the full rundown of everything that’s coming out. If you know of any releases that I’ve missed, please leave a comment.

August 4:

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Night and the City (1950) – Criterion

Criterion has released some very nice film noir titles of late (Ride the Pink Horse, The Killers), so I’m very excited for the release (actually a re-release/upgrade) of this Jules Dassin film starring one of my noir favorites Richard Widmark. This edition will include both the 95-minute American version and the 101-minute British version.

Aug4He_Ran

He Ran All the Way (1951) – Kino Lorber

This John Garfield/Shelley Winters film directed by John Berry is the first of four noir releases from Kino Lorber in August. The script was written by Dalton Trumbo, Guy Endore and Hugo Butler. Those names alone are enough to get my attention.

Aug4Big_House

Big House U.S.A. (1955) – Kino Lorber

Howard W. Koch’s film may be more of a crime/prison-escape flick than a film noir, but it’s still worth checking out if only for the cast: Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, William Talman, Lon Chaney, and Charles Bronson, for cry in’ out loud!

Aug4Foreign

Foreign Intrigue (1956) – Kino Lorber

Robert Mitchum plays a press agent investigating the mysterious death of his millionaire boss. Directed by Harold Jack Bloom.

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Storm Fear (1955) – Kino Lorber

Starring and directed by Cornel Wilde, this film may be more of an outlaw-on-the-lam movie than a film noir, but it also boasts an interesting cast, including Dan Duryea, Jean Wallace, Lee Grant, and Dennis Weaver.

August 11:

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House of Bamboo (1955) – Twilight Time

This movie is still available as a Fox Film Noir DVD for under $10, but if you want the Blu-ray, get it quickly, since Twilight Time normally only has a print run of 3,000 for most of their titles. Directed by Sam Fuller, this film stars noir mainstay Robert Ryan as well as Robert Stack, Cameron Mitchell, and Dr. McCoy himself, DeForest Kelley.

August 17:

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Pickup on South Street (1953) Masters of Cinema/Eureka

If you own a region-free Blu-ray player and love noir, do not miss this dual format release of Sam Fuller’s classic starring Richard Widmark. This film was previously released on a Criterion DVD and maybe they’ll release a Blu-ray upgrade and maybe they won’t. I’m definitely going to pick this one up.

August 18:

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The Noir Collection VCI

This DVD-only set includes New York Confidential (1955), The Naked Kiss (1964), No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948), and Scarlet Street (1945). All of these films have been released previously by other companies, so if you don’t already have them, the $19.99 price isn’t a bad deal.

August 25:

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British Noir Kino Classics

With a retail price tag of $59.95, this collection of British noir films may seem overpriced, especially considering it’s a DVD-only release, but you do get five films, several of which are hard to find anywhere else:

They Met in the Dark (1943)

The October Man (1947) [currently streaming on Amazon Prime]

Snowbound (1948)

The Golden Salamander (1950) [also currently streaming on Amazon Prime]

The Assassin (aka Venetian Bird) (1952)

Again, if you know of other August film noir releases on Blu-ray or DVD, please share.

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