Too Late for Tears (1949)
Woman on the Run (1950)
Company: Flicker Alley
My Reviews and Thoughts:
Films: 5 out of 5
Today we have a wonderful double feature of two amazingly done Blu-ray and DVD combo’s. Something that needs to be said and expressed are the amazing product's that Flicker Alley does. Flicker Alley creates one of a kind product’s that shine above and beyond a lot of other companies.
Flicker Alley in reality gives the greatest Special Edition's ever to grace the Blu-ray/DVD
world. They never let the movie fiend, lover of cinema down. Once again Flicker Alley has put together two dynamic products to highly praise and sing about the wonderment of these two products. The production put into Flicker Alley’s products, is an art form in itself.
This time I speak of two of their latest flicks on Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD combo. 1949’s Too Late for Tears and 1950’s Woman on the Run. Two classic Film Noir’s. Two lost Film Noir’s lovingly restored for this modern movie loving generation.
First I want to speak about 1949’s Too Late for Tears. This classic American Crime film is something to experience. This being the first time that I have seen it, it was a total treat to experience this classic Noir setting on a high quality Blu-ray. Starring the beautiful Lizabeth Scott. The plot starts out in a classic fashion. Your main players Jane and Alan Parker are on their way to a party, driving in Hollywood Hills. During this trip a person in a convertible throws a case into their car. Inside the bag is money, lots of money. Soon they are chased by others, but get away. The couple have differing ideas on what to do. Alan wants to do the good guy reality and turn it over to the police, where Jane wishes to keep the money. So begins a battle of want and need, of greed, and the good old right and wrong aspect.
Lizabeth Scott was one beautiful lady. She was able to showcase her brilliance, through performances in flawless ways. She captures the part of Jane in a flawless means of brilliance. Scott was a lady that expressed total perfection, mastery, and true stardom in her career. It’s hard to believe as brilliant as she was, she only starred in 22 films. She was a true treasure and her performance in Too Late for Tears showcases that treasure perfectly.
Also starring the amazing Don Defore, Dan Duryea and Arthur Kennedy. This is a surprisingly brilliant crime thriller that is a must see.
Next up is Woman on the Run. This 1950 film noir is another prime example of capturing flawless cinema. Starring the beautiful, multi-talented Ann Sheridan, the brilliant Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Keith and Ross Elliott. This also is my first time seeing it and I have to say, this is a perfectly brilliant experience. Just like Too Late for Tears, Woman on the Run is golden .
You start off with Frank Johnson walking his dog. There he witnesses a man being shot. The killer see’s Frank, tries to kill him, misses. Soon the police are involved. Frank learns the man that was shot was a witness against a gangster. Now Frank is neck deep into trouble as the police want him to testify. And so begins the plight of Frank Johnson, man in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Too Late for Tears was directed by one of my favorite directors Byron Haskin. Haskin was responsible for some of the greatest Cult Following movies out there. Also director of some of the great films period such as the one and only, 1950’s Treasure Island. He is responsible for some of my favorite classic Sci-fi films, the classic 1953’s War of the Worlds, 1958’s From the Earth to the Moon and my personal all-time favorite 1964’s true classic Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Haskin was a cinema genius that expressed a brilliance about him that just shines in many ways on screen.
Woman on the Run was directed by Norman Foster. He was a director that sadly has been lost by time, but should be remembered. His work expresses the brilliance of showcasing characters in flawless ways through a tight direction that allowed the viewer to become a part of the film, that they are watching. He not only directed feature films, but did a lot of television also including many favorites of mine, Zorro, 1966’s Batman series, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color TV films. Whatever he was doing he captured gold and Woman on the Run is a prime example of that gold.
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Both fantastic restorations. The audio if spot on, crisp, clear. The black and white is vibrant and is an excellent viewing of just how to treat an olden film through restoration.
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Something that is truly priceless about the products that Flicker Alley puts out is the dynamic art form they give to the special features. They basically give flawless special features. They always amaze me at how perfect the special features are.
Woman on the Run
Audio Commentary Track – by the amazing film noir guru and cinema loving god Eddie Muller. A great listen, very informative. A film historian that knows his stuff. Eddie Muller is a great writer. I love reading his stuff about film. He has a total passion for cinema, especially for Film Noir and it shows in everything he does. His commentaries are really fantastic and some of the best out there. I have been a fan of Muller for many years now, always great to hear him talk about the passion of Film Noir.
“Love is a Rollercoaster: Woman on the Run Revisited” – this is a great program which was produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation. This is a small documentary on the making of the film. Great incite into this movie.
“A Wild Ride: Restoring Woman on the Run” – another program produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation. This was a fantastic history lesson into what it took for this film to be restored. A great program that is a fantastic experience in what it took to get this movie restored and brought out.
"Woman on the Run Locations Then and Now" – another one of a kind program hosted by Brain Hollins. Hollins seeks out, hunts down and lets you experience the many shooting locations for this film.
“NOIR CITY” – A great short documentary directed by Joe Talbot. This showcases the Noir City film festival.
And the amazing one of kind 24-Page Souvenir Booklet – this is jam packed with photographs, poster art, original lobby cards, and most of all a wonderful essay by the Film noir guru Eddie Muller.
Next special features for Too Late for Tears:
Audio Commentary Track – this is another fantastic listen by a brilliant film historian Alan K. Rode.
“Chance of A Lifetime: The Making of Too Late for Tears” – this was produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation. Three iconic film guru historians Eddie Muller, Kim Morgan, and Julie Kirgo. This showcases a behind-the-scenes reality to this movie. A wonderful program.
“Tiger Hunt: Restoring Too Late for Tears” – this was produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation. Another great program on what it took to get this picture restored and this lost film noir classic, was just that, almost lost.
A yet again another fabulous read of a 24-Page Souvenir Booklet – jam packed with photographs, poster art, original lobby cards, and most of all a wonderful essay written by noir-expert Brian Light.
I will say this again, as I have said many times before. Flicker Alley is one of the greatest companies out there supplying and giving to movie lovers, fans and film historians a great trip into the world of lost, and sometimes sadly forgotten gems of the olden days of cinema. Flicker Alley has done it yet again with these two priceless examples of top quality, high class products.
I can’t say this enough, highly recommended.