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Gun Crazy Blu-ray Review

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“Gun Crazy” is a classic film noir.

The Plot: Ever since he was a young boy Bart was obsessed with guns. His obsession eventually lands him in hot water and he is forced to change his ways. As an adult, Bart is supposedly a reformed man, but his love of guns hasn’t changed. One night while at a carnival with his friends, he meets a sharpshooter named Annie and becomes immediately enamored with her. The two eventually become lovers, but there’s one thing they lack- money. Annie manages to persuade Bart to enter a life of crime for money and a life of excitement. While conflicted about it, Bart gets swept up into criminal misdeeds with Annie, but the two soon find themselves on the run from the law.

If anyone ever wanted to know what film noir was all about, “Gun Crazy” would be a great example of the genre. It’s got a femme fatale, a “crime doesn’t pay” theme, a “Bonnie and Clyde” esque morality tale about doomed criminal lovers before “Bonnie and Clyde” was even made, murder, violence, and many, many guns.

Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of this 1950 film is the direction by Joseph H. Lewis. This is a very ahead of its time movie in certain respects. Not only is it fast paced for a film of that era, but it contains some truly stunning moments such as the one shot tracking shot robbery sequence from the backseat of a car. Not bad for what is essentially a “B Movie.”

Equally compelling here are the performances by John Dall and Peggy Cummins. Dall gives the film’s most layered performance as a vulnerable, torn criminal. He clearly loves Annie and goes along with her plans even though it’s eating him up inside. He’s not some hardened criminal which is what we usually see in a film noir. As for Cummins, she’s feisty and manipulative and harbors a lot of darkness within her. Together, these two are a warped pair that you can’t help but want to see more of.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? Viewers can expect a beautiful transfer of this B&W film.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the gunshots to the dialogue, this is a crisp 2.0 track all around.

Extras: * “Film Noir: Bringing Darkness To Light”- A 67 minute documentary about the genre. Expect tons of film clips, interviews with the likes of directors, writers, and actors, and an examination of the tropes of noir films. * A dry but scripted informative commentary by author and critic Glenn Erickson.

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May 25, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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