Film Noir Releases in May 2018

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If you’re new to my monthly Film Noir Releases posts, welcome! My goal is to cover all the first-time releases to Blu-ray and DVD, usually passing over reissues unless there’s a good reason to include them. (I also tend to leave out more recent films from the last several years.) Unless otherwise noted, the following are all North American Region A Blu-ray discs. I often use the terms “film noir” and “neo-noir” rather loosely, so while you may quibble with some of my choices, I hope these are films you’ll at least consider. As always, if you know of any film noir or neo-noir films I’ve left out, please let me know in the comments below. And thanks for reading.

Just a few weeks ago, things looked pretty bleak for May releases, but several new titles have been announced in the last few days. More may be on the way; if so, I’ll be sure to update the post. But what we have so far looks pretty interesting… Let’s have a look:

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Movies Watched in January 2017 Part II

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Things will be silent for awhile here at Journeys in Darkness and Light until after I get back from Noir City 15 in San Francisco. Rest assured, I’ll give a full report on the first half of the festival when I return. (Unfortunately I will only be there for half of the entire 10-day event.) I will, however, be Tweeting from Noir City, so be sure to follow me on Twitter @awolverton77. In the meantime, here are the movies I’ve seen the past few days:

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The Sure Thing (1985) Rob Reiner

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The Sure Thing (1985) Rob Reiner (3x)
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Even when I saw The Sure Thing for the first time during its initial release, I knew there was something that separated it from typical teenage sex comedies. In fact, despite its title, The Sure Thing is not a sex comedy. Sure, there’s talk of sex (the entire plot depends on it) and there’s comedy, but it’s not really a sex comedy.

It’s a love story. And as corny as it may sound, it’s the kind of love story they don’t make anymore.

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Finding Vincent Price and Other International Adventures

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Last week the guys over at Criterion Cast reported that the Vincent Price Collection Blu-ray Volume I from Shout Factory was rapidly going out of print and now is out of print. That set stirred my interest when it was released in 2013, but I never picked it up, waiting for the price to drop just a little lower… And now you can’t get it for under $150 or so. The Criterion Cast also reported that Shout Factory has lost the rights to distribute the films as a set, although individual title releases may be a possibility. (The second volume of Vincent Price films, however, seems to be available for the near future.)

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