Columbia Noir #2

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Murder by Contract711 Ocean DriveThe MobTight SpotFramedAffair in Trinidad
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Our second Columbia Noir box set takes a dive once more into the studio’s archives and the world of film noir – a world of undercover detectives (The Mob) and emotionless hitmen (Murder by Contract), a world where film is inspired by real-life criminal activities (Tight Spot, based loosely on Virginia Hill’s testimony against Bugsy Siegel) and real-life criminal activities are inspired by film (711 Ocean Drive, which attracted the unwanted attention of mobsters), and a world where Glenn Ford finds himself unwittingly embroiled in murder – twice (Framed, Affair in Trinidad). All six films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, with The Mob, Tight Spot and Murder by Contract making their world Blu-ray premieres. This stunning collection includes newly recorded commentaries on each film, assorted bonus materials, including six short films starring the Three Stooges, lampooning the tropes and themes of the features, a 120-page book, and is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 , 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono , English 1.0 PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 7 Discs |  BD-25

Details by Film


  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese (2014, 5 mins)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Audio commentary with author and critic Imogen Sara Smith (2021)
  • Audio commentary with author and film critic Glenn Kenny (2021)
  • Audio commentary with filmmaker and writer Gina Telaroli (2021)
  • Audio commentary with film historian and author Lee Gambin (2021)
  • Audio commentary with writer and film historian Nora Fiore (2021)
  • Audio commentary with film critic and writer Farran Smith Nehme (2021)
  • Steps of Age (1951, 25 mins): dramatised documentary written and directed by Ben Maddow, screenwriter for Framed, demonstrating the challenges of growing old as seen through the eyes of a retired widow
  • Up in Daisy's Penthouse (1958, 17 mins): the Three Stooges get mixed up with a murder plot, mistaken identity, a gold-digging blonde, and a great deal of money
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Diary of a Sergeant (1945, 24 mins): Joseph M. Newman's documentary portrait of Harold Russell, a soldier who his hands during World War II and would later win an Oscar for his performance in The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Three Sappy People (1939, 18 mins): the Three Stooges play a trio of telephone repairmen who make an unexpected career switch
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • The Guardian Interview with Ernest Borgnine (2001, 79 mins): archival audio recording of the much-loved character actor in conversation with Clyde Jeavons at the National Film Theatre, London
  • Ernest Borgnine in Conversation (2009, 49 mins): archival video recording of the actor discussing his eventful career with Adrian Wootton at the BFI Southbank, London
  • Hot Stuff (1956, 16 mins): a trio of law enforcers, played by the Three Stooges, go undercover and assume blue-collar jobs in order to thwart criminal activities
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • The End of the Affair (2012, 24 mins): Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford, discusses the life and career of his father with the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller
  • Caribbean (1951, 25 mins): documentary by the Crown Film Unit, released the same year as Affair in Trinidad, depicting life and culture in the West Indies, British Guiana, and British Honduras
  • Saved by the Belle (1939, 18 mins): island intrigued and Señorita Rita spell trouble for the Three Stooges
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • The Senate Crime Investigation (1951, 62 mins): extracts from the unedited telerecordings of the US senate committee's hearings into organized crime, original compiled by the British Film Institute and presented in four parts, including footage of Virginia Hill, who partly inspired Tight Spot
  • Idiots Deluxe (1945, 18 mins): courtroom comedy short starring the Three Stooges and featuring an isolated hideaway beset by a deadly intruder
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Swedes in America (1943, 18 mins): Irving Lerner's Oscar®-nominated short film, presented by Ingrid Bergman, detailing the influence of Swedish immigrants on the United States
  • Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938, 18 mins): comedy short starring the Three Stooges, which provided an early cinematography credit for Murder by Contract's prolific director of photography, Lucien Ballard
  • Larry Karaszewski trailer commentary (2020, 3 mins): short critical appreciation
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • 120-page book

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