While there aren’t a lot of film noir Blu-ray releases in February, you’ll no doubt find at least a couple of things to get excited about. As always, these titles are North American Region A releases on Blu-ray unless otherwise noted.
The pickings are pretty slim in December, but if you have any money whatsoever left after November, here are a few titles worth considering for your holiday shopping or wish lists:
September was a bear. Not only was it your typical frantic/insane atmosphere around here, we also suffered an unexpected death in the family, so the number of films watched is far below normal. I also completed one TV series in September and made significant progress on two more. Although some of my entries are very abbreviated, here’s what I watched in September:
Okay, so October obviously belongs to horror, and so next month may be a bit light on new film noir releases, but remember that November (or Noirvember, if you prefer) is just around the corner. In the meantime, I hope these October noir releases – many of which are European – will give you something to consider. (Unless otherwise indicated, these are U.S. Region A Blu-ray releases.)
Panic in Year Zero (1962) Ray Milland
Kino Lorber DVD – library (1:32)
Most American International pictures focused on two primary goals: make movies that interest teenagers and make ‘em cheap. Panic in Year Zero doesn’t exactly break the mold, although teen interest (casting Frankie Avalon and Mary Mitchel) joins two seasoned veteran actors: Ray Milland and Jean Hagen in a disaster/end-of-the-world flick that still holds up pretty well.
I usually wait until the end of the month to tell you about the next month’s film noir releases on Blu-ray, but I thought I’d get this out a couple of weeks early to better prepare you financially. Hang on: there’s a lot to cover. (All releases are Blu-ray and U.S. Region A discs unless otherwise noted.)
Deadline U.S.A. (1952) (2x)
Written and directed by Richard Brooks
Produced by Sol. C. Siegel
Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner
Edited by William B. Murphy
Music by Cyril Mockridge (Sol Kaplan, uncredited)
20th Century Fox
Kino Lorber Blu-ray (1:27)
To my great shame, I have never been much of a newspaper reader, but I’ve always loved stories about newspaper life. I first saw Deadline U.S.A. many years ago when I was a teenager and like many other kids of my era, thought it would be adventurous, daring and maybe even dangerous to work for a newspaper. Even back then, though, it seemed Humphrey Bogart wasn’t the type of guy you’d associate with being a newspaper editor. What would Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe be doing sitting behind a desk? I was about to find out.