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Phantom Lady [Blu-ray]
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|Genre||Mystery & Suspense/Film Noir|
|Format||Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Robert Siodmak, Franchot Tone, Alan Curtis, Ella Raines|
|Runtime||1 hour and 27 minutes|
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Arrow Films is a British independent film restorer specializing in world cinema, arthouse, horror and classic films. It sells Ultra HD Blu-rays, Blu-rays and DVDs.
From one of the masters of the film noir, Robert Siodmak (The Killers, The Dark Mirror), comes the consummate crime classic, Phantom Lady.
After a fight with his wife, Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis, High Sierra) heads to a bar to drown his sorrows. There he strikes up a conversation with a mysterious, despondent lady who agrees to accompany him to a show uptown but withholds her name. Arriving home, Scott is met by grimly countenanced cops - his wife has been strangled with one of his neckties and he is the prime suspect. He has a solid alibi but his theatre companion is nowhere to be found and no one remembers seeing them together. When Scott is charged with murdering his wife, it falls to his devoted secretary ‘Kansas’ (Ella Raines, Brute Force) to find the phantom lady and save Scott from the electric chair...
Adapted from a hit novel by acclaimed crime writer Cornell Woolrich, Phantom Lady boasts stylish cinematography, cruel characters and memorable performances from Ella Raines and Franchot Tone (Mutiny on the Bounty). The film is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
- Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir, an insightful archival documentary featuring contributions from Robert Wise, Edward Dmytryk, Dennis Hopper and more
- Rare, hour-long 1944 radio dramatization of Phantom Lady by the Lux Radio Theatre, starring Alan Curtis and Ella Raines
- Gallery of original stills and promotional materials
- Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Alan K. Rode
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 1.6 Ounces
- Item model number : BRAA044
- Director : Robert Siodmak
- Media Format : Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 27 minutes
- Release date : March 5, 2019
- Actors : Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis
- Studio : Arrow Video
- ASIN : B07LD4P45N
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019
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Cornell Woolrich was a master storyteller of New York tales about people trapped within the clutches of the big city, battling tenaciously for survival. Woolrich gave us perhaps the number one voyeuristic film in cinema annals with Hitchcock's "Rear Window." His story thrust of "Phantom Lady" is one of a crafty and elegantly beautiful woman's determined efforts to prove that the man she loves is innocent of the charge of murder, for which he has been tried and convicted. Ella Raines operates with burning conviction and speedy determination as she battles the clock, which is ticking down toward the murder execution of the man she loves, played by Alan Curtis.
The "phantom lady" of the title is Fay Helm, who meets Curtis at a Manhattan bar. He is distraught over a wrong turn in his marriage and quickly learns that she is even more forlorn than himself. Curtis has an extra ticket to a hit Broadway musical and he is able to finally entice her to attend it with him. After that they part. When he returns to his apartment the police are there, revealing that Curtis's wife has been murdered by strangulation.
For a while the film shapes up as a grand mystery as Raines continues searching frantically for Helm, who can account for Curtis's time while his wife was being murdered, but eventually it shapes up as a microscopic look at a brilliant, megalomaniacal killer when Franchot Tone turns up. A famous sculptor who has worked with Curtis, who is an architectural engineer, Tone masquerades as a friend of Curtis's who is actually planning to stand by and let him be executed for a crime Tone committed. One of the most interesting scenes of the film is the psychological banter between Tone and the investigating police officer who explains that psychologically disturbed people commit the kinds of murders as that visited upon Curtis's wife. An edgy Tone insists that normal people commit such crimes, people who are pushed to the brink of frustration.
Tone was never better. The camera closes in for brilliantly revealing shots of a man immersed in desperation. Revealing closeups also demonstrate the frustration and frequent despair of Curtis as a man falsely convicted and close to execution for a crime he never committed and the determination of Raines, who never looked more beautiful, as she fights to save the life of the man she loves.
A businessman (Alan Curtis) is accused, tried, and convicted of murdering his wife, and he's soon on Death Row with only weeks to live. His faithful secretary (Ella Raines) races with the clock to find the only witness who can exonerate him--the mysterious lady of the title (Fay Helm), an elusive woman he spent the evening with while his wife was killed. The secretary's only allies are a kindly policeman (Thomas Gomez) and the prisoner's best friend, a mentally unstable artist (Franchot Tone). But can they be trusted? The clock is ticking...
This TCM DVD (in partnership with Warner Home Video) is a very good copy, with excellent picture and sound. No extras, but at least we finally have it in this format. Until now, it was only available in a blurry VHS version. I'm glad TCM is helping to preserve so many classic films on DVD, especially these wonderful "noir" movies. Highly recommended.
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We like the films of Robert Siodmak, one of a group of hugely talented Austro-German Directors to arrive in Hollywood in the years around the outbreak of the 2nd World War. I have very recently reviewed his excellent character-driven Noir, ‘Cry of the City’. This film, made 4 years earlier, in 1944, is interesting, entertaining and in some respects, quite novel, but it is only a 4 Star film, sadly, not 5.
The film, based on a book by the celebrated American novelist Cornell Woolrich, concerns a young engineer, Scott Henderson, whose wife is murdered on their 5th Wedding Anniversary, and having been accused of the crime, struggles to prove that he actually spent the evening, innocently, with a woman he had met just that evening, and whose name and address he did not know. The apparently open-and-shut case is investigated, against the ticking clock of an execution date, by his loyal secretary ‘Kansas’, and the police officer who led the hunt, but actually believes he is innocent.
The strength of the film is in the characters of Ella Raines as Kansas and Thomas Gomez as Inspector Burgess. They both give excellent, nuanced performances. Kansas is determined, resourceful and unwaveringly loyal, and puts herself in serious peril as she pursues leads. The unwinding of the plot as she does this is great fun, with some unusual twists. There are some effective and atmospheric Noirish scenes, and some delicious minor characters along the way, especially the wonderful Elisha Cook Jnr as the reptilian drummer Cliff, and Aurora Miranda as the egotistical and spiteful showgirl.
The weaknesses include Alan Curtis as Henderson. He is a handsome hunk, but utterly unpersuasive as either the shocked and grieving husband, or, to a degree, the unfairly convicted man. The other, referred to in another review here, is that we find out ‘who dunnit’ rather early, and (SPOILER ALERT) whilst rejection and a crime of passion would be plausible, rejection and insanity seems overly melodramatic.
All that said, this is a very enjoyable example of 1940s Noir, and well worth seeing for the scenes involving Kansas and Cliff alone, as Kansas tries to seduce the drummer, to find out what he knows. Sizzling!
It doesn't have the usual pacing, film score or 'gravity' for want of a better word of its contemporary films which is in its favour - the leading lady is very modern in her acting style for example.
At points the script is more naturalistic, at times, and at others a bit sub-par, or maybe the director could have gotten a bit more from the actors.
So, it's a slightly uneven film but the real star is the lighting and set direction. It brings to mind The Lady from Shanghai and I wonder if this was an influence to some extent. However with the latter film, it's failings were all the more noticeable whereas with Phantom Lady, it's failings give it charm.
This is a surreal film, with layers and atmosphere, which I'll be returning to for repeat viewings.