Film Noir Releases in September

August has been a great month for film noir releases, so much so that anything afterward seems bound to disappoint. September, however, contains a few surprises…

September 8:

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The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) Universal Blu-ray

I like to call this Coen Brothers black-and-white film a neo-noir, whether or not that’s an accurate term. It’s one of my favorite films from the brothers and I’m delighted to see it get the Blu-ray treatment.

September 15:

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Murder, My Sweet (1944) Warner Archive Blu-ray

This Edward Dmytryk classic is the hands-down September highlight for me. I love Dick Powell’s Philip Marlowe maybe even more than Bogart’s.

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The Directors Collection: 10-Movie Set – Mill Creek DVD

This cheapie set includes The Stranger (1946) and Beat the Devil (1953) and other non-noir films. It’s worth picking up if you want to sample these films and don’t already have them, otherwise both noirs are available in Blu-ray editions.

September 28:

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The Otto Preminger Film Noir Collection – BFI Blu-ray (UK)

Fallen Angel (1945), Whirlpool (1949), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) – A bit pricey at £38 (about $60), I’ll probably pick this one up when the price drops. The only extras I can identify include commentaries on all three films by critic Adrian Martin, an interview with Preminger by Joan Bakewell (audio only), and original trailers.

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Night and the City (1950) BFI Blu-ray (UK)

The Criterion Collection Blu-ray was just released a few weeks ago and I haven’t compared extras yet, but the Criterion edition looks pretty impressive.

That’s it for September, unless I’ve missed something, in which case I hope you’ll let me know. Happy viewing!

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