A few years back, Fox and Warner were cranking out high-quality versions of their legacy film noir titles. Rough-cut gems like "Gun Crazy," "I Wake Up Screaming," "Out of the Past," and "The Dark Corner." Most had commentary and a few extras. The digital remasters usually were done with care, like a dame patching up a busted tough guy. It was another golden era for noir, of sorts.
Warner's back on the case with "The Film Noir Classic Collection Vol. 4," due July 31. The five discs are:
“Act of Violence”/”Mystery Street”; “Crime Wave"/"Decoy”; “Illegal"/"The Big Steal”; “They Live By Night"/"Side Street”; and “Where Danger Lives" (photo)/"Tension.” Stars include Robert Mitchum, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Ryan, Van Heflin, Ricardo Montalban, Claude Rains and Farley Grange. Commentators include James Ellroy, Glenn Erickson and Richard Schickel.
The box comes with a retail sticker of $59.92. It's $20.97 for individual titles (double features). Buy the box with confidence. Tell 'em Corky sent you.