"It's not what you light… it's what you don't light." - John Alton
No other individual defines the foreboding film style known as noir more than John Alton, the Academy Award®-winning cinematographer (An American in Paris) who established his reputation as one of the movie industry's finest by plying his unique talents in the arena of B-movies. It was his work at Eagle Lion Films in the late 1940s, particularly his collaborations with director Anthony Mann which showcased Alton’s unsurpassed mastery of low-key lighting and bold use of shadows and darkness, that made Hollywood take notice. Though his film work is later represented by such iconic noirs as Border Incident and The Big Combo, the three features in this collection present the incomparable John Alton at the peak of his art.
T-MEN (1947, 92 min.) "Superb visual quality that does justice to John Alton’s striking black & white cinematography..." - Leonard Maltin
The initial pairing of Anthony Mann and John Alton resulted in this classic noir actioner, with a pair of dedicated Treasury agents (Dennis O'Keefe, Alfred Ryder) assigned to infiltrate a Los Angeles counterfeit ring. Spotlighting a first-rate supporting cast that includes noir icons Charles McGraw and Wallace Ford, T-Men transcends its low budget pedigree by utilizing highly stylized camera angles along with Alton's trademark light and shadows to accentuate its gritty urban realism.
RAW DEAL (1948, 79 min.) "Another beautifully produced Blu-ray from ClassicFlix." - Robert Harris, Home Theater Forum
Fresh off the success of T-Men, Mann and Alton upped the noir ante with this tragic tale of a convict (Dennis O'Keefe) whose prison ""crash out"" turns complicated when a romantic triangle develops involving the two women (Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt) along for the ride. Featuring character veterans Raymond Burr, John Ireland, Regis Toomey, and Whit Bissell, Raw Deal skillfully places a fatalistic love affair against the backdrop of a fog-shrouded nightmare that offers little chance of escape.
HE WALKED BY NIGHT (1948, 79 min.) "Film noir aficionados will love this top-notch rendering that brings this movie to life like never before." - David Krauss, High-Def Digest
Alfred Werker directs this groundbreaking police procedural that focuses on the manhunt for a cop killer (Richard Basehart) by a pair of doggedly determined detectives (Scott Brady, James Cardwell). Alton's cinematography is positively stunning, and He Walked by Night also features a key contribution from actor Jack Webb (as a lab technician), who used his experience on the film to create the seminal television crime drama Dragnet. Anthony Mann, believed to be responsible for directing the films most of the iconic scenes, is uncredited. Co-written by John C. Higgins and Crane Wilbur.
Starring: Anthony Mann, Alfred L. Werker
Video: 1080p High Definition / 1.37:1 (T-Men, He Walked By Night) 1.33:1 (Raw Deal) / B&W
Audio: English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA
Theatrical Release: 1947 (T-Men) 1948 (Raw Deal, He Walked By Night)
Runtime: 250 Minutes
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Region Code: Region A (Americas, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea, SE Asia)
T-MEN: Audio Commentary by biographer & producer Alan K. Rode, Into the Darkness: Mann, Alton and T-Men - Featurette with cinematographer Richard Crudo, film critic & author Todd McCarthy, writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian & director Courtney Joyner and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode, A Director’s Daughter: Nina Mann Remembers - An Interview with Nina Mann, PLUS: A 24 page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez (The Crime Films of Anthony Mann) featuring stills, posters and other production material
RAW DEAL: Feature length audio commentary by author and film historian Jeremy Arnold, Deadly is the Male: The Making of Raw Deal - A Featurette with writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian & director Courtney Joyner and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode, Dennis O’Keefe: An Extraordinary Ordinary Guy - A featurette with Jim O’Keefe (son of Dennis O’Keefe) and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode & film historian & director Courtney Joyner, An image gallery with rare stills, posters and other promotional material, Restoration Comparison, Trailers, PLUS: A 24 page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez (The Crime Films of Anthony Mann) featuring stills, posters and other production material
HE WALKED BY NIGHT: Audio Commentary by biographer and producer Alan K. Rode & writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, Below the Surface: He Walked by Night - Featurette with cinematographer Richard Crudo, film critic & author Todd McCarthy, writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian & director Courtney Joyner and biographer & producer Alan K. Rode, Image gallery with rare stills and posters, PLUS: A 24 page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez (The Crime Films of Anthony Mann) featuring stills, posters and other production material
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Mystery, Thriller