I certainly hope everyone gets the film noir titles they want for Christmas, but there’s lots of great stuff coming out once the New Year gets underway. Here are a few January noir titles worth considering:
True Detective: The Complete Second Season (TV 2015) HBO
Although I’ve found few people who liked this second season, the pre-orders seem to be pretty healthy. Opinions?
The American Friend (1977) Criterion Collection
This Wim Wenders film – loosely-based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game – looks to be a nice neo-noir starring Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley and Bruno Ganz. I’m on board for a blind buy of this one.
The Captive City (1952) Kino Lorber
Directed by the always-interesting Robert Wise about a newspaper editor (John Forsythe) investigating organized crime in a small town.
Gilda (1946) Criterion Collection
The Pick of the Month – Noir fans have been waiting a long time for this release and it certainly looks impressive, featuring an interview with Eddie Muller. Don’t’ miss this one.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973, UK) Masters of Cinema/Eureka Entertainment
This one has been released in the US from Criterion, so if you have that one, I’m not sure you need this UK release. I don’t know any supplement information on this one, but if anyone does, please chime in. Unless there’s significant extras, I’ll stick to my Criterion Blu-ray.
The Wrong Man (1956) Warner Archive
I’m very excited to see a Blu-ray release of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most neglected films, one of the few efforts from the Master of Suspense based on a real case of mistaken identity. Henry Fonda and Vera Miles are both excellent.
The Red House (1947)/Suddenly (1954) HD Cinema Classics
Both of these films have been released individually by HD Cinema Classics, so I’m sure this is nothing more than a thrown-together box set. The reviews for each of these individual Blu-ray releases weren’t very good, but if you can get this set at a decent price, it’s probably worth having. (Includes two Blu-rays and two DVDs)
If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below.