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Hammer Film Noir Double Feature: Collector's Set 2 [4 Discs] [DVD]

Release Date:06/26/2007

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    Special Features

    • Scene Selection
    • Bios
    • Trailers
    • Commentaries by Alan Rode: "Terror Street", "Dan Duryea", "Steve Fisher"
    • Advertising Galleries
    • Photo Galleries
    • "The Glass Tomb" Commentary by Richard Roberts
    • Audio Interview With Producer Richard Gordon and Tom Weaver
    • Original Theatrical Trailer For A Race For Life
    • Each Volume Comes in its Own Case.


    A Race for Life
    Less than a month after the release of 20th Century-Fox's The Racers, Lippert Productions picked up the American distribution rights for the British A Race for Life. Richard Conte stars as Peter Wells, a onetime champion race-car driver whose career was interrupted by the war. Linking up with an Italian racing team, Wells hope to stage a comeback, while his wife Pat (Mari Aldon) wishes that he'd give up his dangerous profession. Pat finally walks out on her husband, but has a change of heart when he enters the prestigious Grand Prix. Much of A Race for Life is comprised of thrilling genuine race-car footage, culled from various English and European newsreels and documentaries. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Black Glove
    This disappointing thriller from horror legend Terence Fisher (The Curse of Frankenstein) stars Alex Nicol as James Bradley, an America trumpet-player visiting London. Falsely accused of murdering a Spanish singer, Bradley can only prevent his own execution by finding the real killer. Not one of Fisher's more rousing films, this modestly-budgeted programmer co-stars Geoffrey Keen and Arthur Lane. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    The Glass Tomb
    A carnival freak show provides the setting for this murder mystery. The trouble begins when the "Starving Man" the world's longest survivor of a fast is found dead inside his glass cage. It is later learned that he was killed because he had witnessed the murder of an extortionist. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    Wings of Danger
    Wings of Danger was originally released in England as Dead on Course. This early Hammer Studios effort stars Zachary Scott as an airline pilot named Van. When Van's pal Nick Talbot (Robert Beatty) is strong-armed into aiding a gang of smugglers, it's time to take decisive action. Adventure-film veteran John Gilling adapted the screenplay from a novel by Elleston Trevor. Distributed in Great Britain by Exclusive Films, Ltd., Wings of Danger was released in the U.S. by Lippert Pictures. According to some sources, the U.S. version was trimmed by a couple of minutes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Deadly Game
    The Deadly Game was originally released in England as Third Party Risk. Lloyd Bridges stars as an ex-GI living in Spain. Accused of murdering an army buddy and betraying his country to the Enemy, Bridges must work overtime to clear himself. Though the leading ladies are forgettable, some excellent work is turned in by the male cast contingent, including British reliables Finlay Currie and Ferdy Mayne. Director Daniel Birt adapted the screenplay of The Deadly Game from a novel by Nicholas Bentley. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Unholy Four
    Four friends go on a friendly fishing trip but only three return. This suspenseful drama chronicles the fate of the fourth who returns home an amnesiac after a three year absence to get revenge upon the "buddy" who knocked him out and left him to die. Any one of the remaining three could be a suspect as all of them are interested in pursuing his lovely widow. Unfortunately, the man's return coincides with a murder and he ends up blamed. Fortunately, his wife helps him solve the mystery and clear his name. The British title was A Stranger Came Home. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    Paid to Kill
    In this thriller, a nearly bankrupt businessman blackmails a buddy into to murdering him within a week so that his wife can collect on his hefty insurance policy. Unfortunately, his business takes a sudden upswing, and he no longer has to die. Too bad his friend doesn't know that. The hero suffers several near misses before learning that it is partner and another who really want to kill him, not his friend whom they have kidnapped and framed. In the end, the villains shoot each other. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    Terror Street
    Steve Fisher, best known for I Wake Up Screaming, wrote the story and screenplay for the British melodrama Terror Street. Dan Duryea plays Bill Rogers, an American jet pilot, who comes to England to find out why he hasn't heard from his wife lately. Upon his arrival, he learns that his wife has been murdered, and that he's the prime suspect. With only 36 hours at his disposal, Rogers takes it upon himself to track down the actual killer. Such familiar British-movie faces as Erich Pohlmann and Kenneth Griffith share screen time with relative newcomers like Elsy Albin and Ann Gudrun. Running 83 minutes, Terror Street was originally released in England in an 80-minute version titled 36 Hours. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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