Kit Parker Films

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domino harvey
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Kit Parker Films

#1 Post by domino harvey » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:04 am

Nine film Noir Archive Blu-ray collection coming in April:

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"Address Unknown" (1944) dir/William Cameron Menzies, cst/Paul Lukas, Carl Esmond, PeterVan Eyck;
"Escape in the Fog" (1945) dir/Oscar (Budd) Boetticher cst/Otto Kruger, Nina Foch, William Wright;
"The Guilt of Janet Ames" (1947) dir/Henry Levin cst/Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Sid Caesar;
"The Black Book" (aka "The Reign of Terror") (1949) dir/Anthony Mann cst/Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Arlene Dahl;
"Johnny Allegro" (1949) dir/Ted Tetzlaff cst/George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready;
"711 Ocean Drive" (1950) dir/Joseph M. Newman cst/Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger;
"The Killer That Stalked New York" (1950) dir/Earl McEvoy cst/Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop;
"Assignment Paris" (1952) dir/Earl McEvoy cst/Dana Andrews, Marta Toren, George Sanders;
"The Miami Story" (1954) dir/Fred F. Sears cst/Barry Sullivan, Luther Adler, John Baer

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Re: Kit Parker Films

#2 Post by domino harvey » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:11 am

Very conspicuously using Sony's font and layout from their Noir boxes (and one of these films comes from their Bad Girls of Noir sets, along with some Columbia MODs)

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Re: Kit Parker Films

#3 Post by swo17 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:18 am

Do we have any reason to believe this won't be a bad PD job?

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Re: Kit Parker Films

#4 Post by domino harvey » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:28 am

These aren't PD titles, they're all officially licensed from Sony. I suspect you're thinking of Black Book, but this will be using the superior version Sony released on MOD

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Re: Kit Parker Films

#5 Post by Minkin » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:41 am

Doesn't Kit Parker Films = VCI? Or was that just their distributor?

If VCI is anyway involved with this set, then set your expectations very low.

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Re: Kit Parker Films

#6 Post by nitin » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:12 am

All Columbia titles, so if they are providing the HD masters, they should look pretty good. On the other hand 3 films per disc, which is definitely doable given some of the runtimes, but hopefully they have competent encoding.

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Re: Kit Parker Films

#7 Post by Godot » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:34 pm

Wow, I'm very excited for this box set. I've had Escape in the Fog and Address Unknown in my wishlist for a while, and they are about $15 each. I haven't seen Johnny Allegro but really enjoyed the Warner Archive remastered disc of Tetzlaff's The Window. And I love The Black Book - I have the German KochMedia release (cost me $12), which I think looks nice (compared to the hideous smeary cable copy I watched for years), but $50 for an upgrade of all these to blu-ray, plus these additional new noirs I've not seen, is an easy purchase for me. And seeing that Sony noir font is reassuring, as are Domino's and nitin's notes.

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Re: Kit Parker Films

#8 Post by Cold Bishop » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:56 pm

I don't know how successfully it's poison pen plotting works - although there's something to admire in it's ice coldness - but Address Unknown is at the very least visually ravishing, with Menzies visual background coming through clearly. There's a riot in a theater scene in particular that stands out, with fascists practically slashing there way through the movie screen.

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