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The Reckless Moment (1949) dir: Max Ophüls Blu Ray (Indicator)

Joan Bennett plays a housewife who becomes ensnared in a blackmail plot orchestrated by James Mason's ambiguous antagonist and his mysterious partner in crime. Max Ophüls' last Hollywood film is a gripping and concise film noir classic which is well worthy of rediscovery.

Joan Bennett and James Mason in The Reckless Moment

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The Snake Pit (1948) starring Olivia de Havilland Blu Ray (Indicator)

Olivia de Havilland gives a tour de force performance as a writer suffering from a mental breakdown in this disturbing drama based on Mary Jane Ward’s semi-autobiographical novel. It was directed by Anatole Litvak and also stars Mark Stevens and Leo Genn.

Olivia de Havilland in The Snake Pit

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Dragonwyck (1946) starring Gene Tierney Blu Ray (Indicator)

Vincent Price is the undoubted highlight of this stylishly sumptuous gothic drama which was adapted by Joseph L. Mankiewicz from a novel by Anya Seton. It also stars Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Glenn Langan and Jessica Tandy.

Dragonwyck (1946)

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The Song of Bernadette (1943) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This religious drama offers enough sense of wonder and thoughtful debate to grip believers and skeptics alike. Then-newcomer Jennifer Jones delivers an unwavering, Oscar-winning performance, while Vincent Price makes for a memorable antagonist.

Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette

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Laura (1944) dir: Otto Preminger Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This classic film noir mystery is, at its heart, a dreamlike study of obsession - and one which has considerable relevance in today's post-#MeToo era. It features memorable performances by Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price.

A painting of Laura (1944), a film directed by Otto Preminger

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Ministry of Fear (1944) dir: Fritz Lang Blu Ray (Indicator)

This film noir spy mystery, set in WWII era Britain, is an underrated entry in Fritz Lang's filmography. Expect a lot of art deco production design, chiaroscuro lighting, inventive setpieces and an engaging everyman performance courtesy of Ray Milland.

Hillary Brooke in Ministry of Fear

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Magnificent Doll (1946) starring Ginger Rogers Blu Ray (Arrow)

A tumultuous period in US history is reduced to a trivial romantic melodrama in Frank Borzage's account of former First Lady Dolly Madison. Nonetheless, Rogers tries her best as do co-stars David Niven as Aaron Burr and Burgess Meredith as James Madison.

Ginger Rogers and David Niven in Magnificent Doll

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Four Film Noir Classics Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow Academy)

A worthy noir Blu Ray collection marred by so-so audio-visual aspects. The films are The Dark Mirror, Secret Beyond the Door, Force of Evil and The Big Combo.

Joan Bennett in Secret Beyond the Door

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The Lady from Shanghai (1947) Blu Ray & DVD (Powerhouse/Indicator)

It's an Orson Welles classic even if not in the form he originally intended, and another excellent Powerhouse/Indicator release.

Funhouse hall of mirrors finale in The Lady from Shanghai

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