The Film Chest announced this week that a three-disc, eleven-film collection will be heading to the DVD market place on Nov. 17. We can report that this box set will have film noir affectionados, mystery fans and film buffs in general licking their chops to get their hands on a copy of this nicely priced SKU on this mid-November release date.
Titled Dark Film Mysteries, the company is reporting that they could have easily crammed these new transfers on two discs, but elected — for quality reasons — to spread the content over a full three-disc presentation.
Included in the mix are director Fritz Lang’s 1945 film release of Scarlet Street (with Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea), Orson Welles’ The Stranger (1946, also with Edward G. Robinson, along with Orson Welles and Loretta Young) and The Red House (1947, you got it, Edward G. Robinson).
Yes, there are films in this marvelous collection that don’t star Robinson. For example, Woman on the Run (1950) teams Ann Sheridan with Dennis O’Keefe; director Lewis Milestone’s 1946 film noir The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is blessed with a cast that includes Barbara Stanwyck, Kick Douglas, Van Heflin and Lizabeth Scott and Kansas City Confidential features some of the silver screen’s greatest “faces” (character actors) — Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam and Preston Foster, all in support of John Payne and Coleen Gray.
Rounding out the selections are Quicksand (1950, starring the late Mickey Rooney), director Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 micro-budget film noir masterpiece, Detour (with Tom Neal and Ann Savage), director Lew Landers’ 1948 film release of Inner Sanctum (starring Charles Russell and Mary Beth Hughes) and director Maxwell Shane’s 1947 film noir release of Fear in the Night (DeForest Kelley, Ann Doran and Paul Kelly).