Four Film Noir Classics Vol 2

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The Sleeping CityThe SuspectThunder on the HillSix Bridges to Cross
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Tormented protagonists, sadistic villains, sublimated sex and murder most foul. Take a walk through the shadowy streets of Film Noir in these four atmospheric classics.

In The Suspect (1944) a genial shopkeeper, Philip Marshall, is constantly nagged by his shrewish wife, Cora, while secretly yearning for a pretty young stenographer. When Cora falls to her death the police are suspicious, and Marshall’s neighbour sees a chance for blackmail. A classic noir with an unusual Edwardian setting directed by Robert Siodmak (The Killers), and starring Charles Laughton (The Big Clock), Ella Raines (Phantom Lady) and Henry Daniell (The Body Snatcher). Meanwhile, The Sleeping City (1950) sees an undercover policeman investigating murder and narcotics racketeering at New York's Bellevue Hospital. Starring Richard Conte (Thieves’ Highway) and Coleen Gray (Nightmare Alley) this tense, semi-documentary thriller was shot entirely on location by director George Sherman. In Thunder on the Hill (1951) convicted murderer Valerie Carns is being transported for execution when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital, where Sister Mary Bonaventure becomes convinced of Valerie’s innocence and sets out to find the real killer.

Celebrated director Douglas Sirk is best known for his classic melodramas, but he made a number of noir thrillers and this is one of the best; starring Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night) and Ann Blyth (Mildred Pierce). Finally, in Six Bridges to Cross (1955) streetwise delinquent Jerry Florea is shot and wounded by rookie policeman Eddie Gallagher while fleeing the scene of a robbery. Despite this, the two develop a friendship as Eddie and his wife take Jerry under their wing, trying to keep him on the straight and narrow. As an adult Jerry marries and seems to settle down, until an armoured security company across the street from him is robbed of two and a half million dollars. Directed by Joseph Pevney (

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 , 1.37:1 , 1.85:1
Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 4 Discs |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Audio commentary for The Suspect by Farran Smith Nehme
  • Audio commentary for The Sleeping City by Imogen Sara Smith
  • Audio commentary for Thunder on the Hill by Josh Nelson
  • Audio commentary for Six Bridges to Cross by Samm Deighan
  • It Had to be Done, a new interview in which author and scholar Alan K. Rode takes a detailed look at the life and work of Robert Siodmak director of The Suspect and other classic noirs
  • The Real Deal, a new visual essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas looking at realism and reality in The Sleeping City
  • José Arroyo on Thunder on the Hill, a new appreciation by the esteemed film scholar and critic
  • Style and Place, a new visual essay by film critic Jon Towlson examining the work of celebrated cinematographer William H. Daniels
  • Vintage radio play version of The Suspect starring Charles Laughton and Ella Raines
  • Vintage radio play version of Thunder on the Hill starring Claudette Colbert and Barbara Rush
  • Trailer for The Suspect
  • Trailer for The Sleeping City
  • Trailer for Thunder on the Hill
  • Trailer for Six Bridges to Cross
  • Poster and stills galleries
  • Double-sided fold-out posters for each film featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow
  • Hardback collector’s book featuring new writing on the films by film critics Kat Ellinger, Philip Kemp and Jon Towlson [Limited Edition Exclusive]

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