Columbia Noir #1

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5 Against the HouseThe LineupEscape in the FogThe Undercover ManDrive a Crooked RoadThe Garment Jungle
Licensor
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Six tough, no-nonsense noirs from six of the genre’s toughest, no-nonsense directors: Budd Boetticher’s Escape in the Fog, in which a nurse and a war veteran take on Nazi spies in San Francisco; Joseph H Lewis’ The Undercover Man, inspired by the real-life case against Al Capone; Richard Quine’s Drive a Crooked Road, which finds Mickey Rooney moving away from comedies and musicals to a tougher persona; Phil Karlson’s 5 Against the House, starring Kim Novak as a nightclub singer embroiled in a casino heist; Vincent Sherman’s The Garment Jungle, from which Kiss Me Deadly director Robert Aldrich was famously fired; and Don Siegel’s police procedural The Lineup, based on the radio and television series, and as brutal a film as he ever made. All six films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, with The Undercover Man and Drive a Crooked Road making their world Blu-ray premieres. This stunning collection also boasts a 120-page book, and is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 , 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono , English 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 6 Discs |  BD-25

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Supplements

  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Audio commentary with author Eddie Muller and the Film Noir Foundation’s James Ellroy (2009)
  • The Influence of Noir (2009, 7 mins): appreciation by filmmaker Christopher Nolan
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Audio commentary with film historian Pamela Hutchinson (2020)
  • The Fleet That Came to Stay (1945, 22 mins): World War II documentary, compiled by Budd Boetticher from original combat footage captured during the Battle of Okinawa, and released shortly after Escape in the Fog
  • You Nazty Spy! (1940, 18 mins): World War II comedy starring the Three Stooges, in which the trio satirise the Third Reich and help publicise the Nazi threat to American audiences
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Audio commentary with writer and film programmer Tony Rayns (2020)
  • Man on a Bus (1945, 29 mins): short film directed by Joseph H Lewis for the United Jewish Appeal, featuring a star-studded cast, including Walter Brennan, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, and Lassie
  • Income Tax Sappy (1954, 17 mins): comedy starring the Three Stooges, in which the trio come under the scrutiny of the US Treasury Department when they get creative with their tax returns
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese (2012, 2 mins)
  • Audio commentary with film critic Nick Pinkerton (2020)
  • The Guardian Interview with Mickey Rooney (1988, 83 mins): archival audio recording of the much-loved actor in conversation with Tony Sloman at the National Film Theatre, London
  • Screen Snapshots: ‘Mickey Rooney, Then and Now’ (1953, 10 mins): Columbia Pictures promotional short featuring the famed performer looking back at one of his childhood roles
  • Higher Than a Kite (1943, 18 mins): comedy starring the Three Stooges, in which the trio play mechanics who find themselves in a situation that’s way out of their control
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Audio commentary with film critic David Jenkins (2020)
  • The Guardian Interview with Kim Novak (1997, 67 mins): archival video recording of the celebrated actor in conversation with David Robinson at the National Film Theatre, London
  • Sweet and Hot (1958, 17 mins): comedy starring the Three Stooges, in which the trio team up with a female singer in the hope of finding fame and fortune in the big city
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons (2020)
  • It’s a Jungle Out There (2007, 20 mins): archival interview with actor Robert Loggia, conducted by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation following a screening of The Garment Jungle
  • Law of the Jungle (2020, 15 mins): writer and film programmer Tony Rayns discusses Robert Aldrich and The Garment Jungle
  • Rip, Sew and Stitch (1953, 17 mins): comedy starring the Three Stooges, in which the trio play tailors who find themselves caught up in criminal activities
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Audio commentary with film historian David Del Valle and author and screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner (2020)
  • The Streets of San Francisco (2020, 7 mins): video essay guide to the locations of The Lineup
  • Three episodes of The Lineup radio series: ‘The Candy Store Murder’ (1950, 30 mins), written by Blake Edwards; ‘The Case of Frankie and Joyce’ (1951, 31 mins); and ‘The Harrowing Haggada Handball Case’ (1951, 26 mins), written by Edwards and Richard Quine
  • Tricky Dicks (1953, 16 mins): comedy starring the Three Stooges, in which the trio send up the police procedural
  • Trailer commentary: short appreciation by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • 120-page book

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