April holds almost nothing as far as U.S. releases go, but there are quite a few nice Region B releases if you live in Europe or own a region-free player. I’m very excited to see so many interesting releases from the new UK label Indicator. (Anyone who has bought one, please let me know what you think.) So here we go…
If you live in Europe or have a region-free Blu-ray player, there’s quite a bit to be excited about in March. In the U.S., not so much. Still, I hope everyone will find something to pick up next month. All releases are North American Region A releases unless otherwise noted.
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.
Unfortunately there’s not an awful lot to get excited about in January as far as new Blu-ray and DVD releases go, but oddly enough, 2017 does include a mountain of horror releases. (Make of that what you will.) Although the noir and neo-noir releases are criminally low this time out, I do have an alternative for you at the end of this post. (As usual, all items are North America Region A Blu-ray releases unless otherwise specified.)
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:
I’m taking a brief break from Noirvember to talk a bit about which version of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog to buy. I saw two of the ten episodes years ago and have wanted to watch the entire set ever since. We have two choices (actually there are more than two, but these are no doubt the two best choices): The Criterion Collection release and the Arrow release.
DVD Beaver has a comparison of all the available editions, but again, the Criterion and Arrow Blu-ray releases are the main ones I’m interested in. I’ll get into some of the more obvious differences, but the primary question for most viewers will no doubt be which version is the most true to the original films as they were originally broadcast on Polish television?
Prepare yourselves…. There’s a ton of stuff coming next month. You may not want to wait for people to get you these November film noir releases as presents for the holidays, which is perfectly understandable. Okay, there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started.
As always, all of the following are Blu-ray only releases unless otherwise indicated and releases in the U.S. unless otherwise indicated. I left off some of the European titles that are already available in the U.S. and also pretty much ignored re-releases that we’ve previously seen unless something new has been added.