Edition no. 305
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.
- Audio commentary with author Eddie Muller and the Film Noir Foundation’s James Ellroy (2009)
- Audio commentary with film historian David Del Valle and author and screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner (2020)
- The Influence of Noir (2009, 7 mins): appreciation by filmmaker Christopher Nolan
- 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
- Original theatrical trailer
- Trailer commentary: short appreciation by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials