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Film Noir 10-Movie Spotlight Collection
Much like the Warner Gangsters Collection, the Film Noir Spotlight Collection from Universal offers up a nice little selection of films from the respected genre of old black and whites, and stars some of the biggest names from Hollywood of yesteryear. 
 
The set includes gems like Double Indemnity, the classic Edward G. Robinson starring piece that is given an introduction by Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies, a brief history of the film and the stars before the film begins. 
 
The Glass Key is another spectacular film which will instantly remind fans of L.A. Confidential in which Kim Basinger is compared to Veronica Lake, who stars in The Glass Key alongside Alan Ladd and Brian Donlevy. This film was probably my favorite out of the set for it’s twist story and old fashioned tough guy bravado. 
 
Then of course the set closes out with Orson Wells A Touch of Evil, in which he both directed and starred. This film has been my favorite since being introduced to it in Barry Sonnenfeld’s Get Shorty. I couldn’t help but think back on my experience with that film and enjoy this one all the more. 
 
I’ve read that some of these films have been given the Blu-Ray treatment and if you so choose to go that route collecting them one by one that’s your purgative. For the price $65 at Amazon, you can’t beat getting all 10 of these classics under one roof. I would highly suggest it to those looking to check out the genre, especially in the wake of the now defunct Mob City television series. It’s a good collection and well worth checking out. Enjoy. 
AJ Garcia
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