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Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray

United States
Union Station / Appointment with Danger / Dark City / Rope of Sand Olive Films | 1949-1951 | 4 Movies | 371 min | Not rated | Nov 13, 2012

Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Subtitles
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Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Four-disc set (4 BDs)

Packaging
Custom

Playback
Region A (C untested)

Price
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Rating


7.1
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7
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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 3.2 of 53.2
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
Based on 1 user review

Movie appeal

 
Film-Noir100%
Drama81%
Crime36%
Adventure-
24%
popularity
118
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Film Noir Collection: Volume 1

 (1949-1951)

Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray offers decent video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

No synopsis for Film Noir Collection: Volume 1.

For more about Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 and the Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray release, see Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jan Sterling, Harry Morgan, Jack Webb, William Holden, Alan Ladd, Burt Lancaster
Directors: William Dieterle, Rudolph Maté, Lewis Allen


This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:

Union Station (Blu-ray)

Union Station Blu-ray


Olive Films | 1950 | Region A (B, C untested) | Nov 13, 2012

A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police lead to the kidnapping of a blind heiress by a ruthless thug.

Crime / Drama / Film-Noir


Appointment With Danger (Blu-ray)

Appointment With Danger Blu-ray


Olive Films | 1951 | Not rated | Region A (B, C untested) | No Release Date

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Crime / Drama / Film-Noir


Dark City (Blu-ray)

Dark City Blu-ray


La main qui venge / La città nera
Olive Films | 1950 | 98 min | Not rated | Region A (B, C untested) | No Release Date

No synopsis for this title.

Film-Noir


Rope of Sand (Blu-ray)

Rope of Sand Blu-ray


Olive Films | 1949 | 104 min | Not rated | Region A (B, C untested) | No Release Date

A man abused by a sadistic mining company cop before he could tell where on their desert property he'd found diamonds decides to steal them instead.

Adventure

Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Note: screenshots are distributed among the four films in the following way:

Union Station: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17
Appointment With Danger: 2, 6, 10, 14, 18
Dark City: 3, 7, 11, 15, 19
Rope of Sand: 4, 8, 12, 16, 20

All four of these films are presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films with AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.34:1. All four films are culled from elements which show quite a bit of age related wear and tear as well as other damage. Union Station and Appointment With Danger both exhibit variable contrast and occasional print through and emulsion mottling. The final few minutes of Dark City is especially bad, with a milky white overlay that resembles splotches of bleach that have permeated the image. While Rope of Sand has the same print through issues, they're mostly limited to the first few minutes, after which things improve dramatically, and this has the strongest transfer in the bunch, with generally superior contrast and nicely modulated gray scale. Despite the damage on display, all of the films offer decent fine detail and as is Olive's wont, none have undergone any digital tweaking, so all four films are replete with natural grain (which in some dark scenes gets perilously close to digital noise in a couple of occasions).


Film Noir Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

All four films in this collection feature lossless DTS-HD Master Audio mono mixes, and all sound fine, within reason, with only occasional slight age related tinniness and lack of really expressive midrange on display. Strangely, Rope of Sand, which boasts the overall strongest video transfer, has the most distortion in its audio, with some ugly brittleness in that same midrange that makes playing the film at higher volumes a bit problematic. But given reasonable expectations, no one should be very disappointed with any of these tracks, even if they're simultaneously not very impressed.



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