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Murder, My Sweet Blu-ray Review

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“Murder, My Sweet” will appeal to fans of Raymond Chandler and the Philip Marlowe character.

Based on Raymond Chandler’s novel “Farewell, My Lovely” and adapted by screenwriter John Paxton, “Murder, My Sweet” is another Philip Marlowe centric film noir tale. In a nutshell, Marlowe investigates cases involving a missing woman and a missing jade necklace which may or may not be connected. Of course, I’m simplifying matters here as there’s much more going on including plenty of deceitful actions, Marlowe landing in hot water (frequently), and murder (as the title suggests).

Much like “The Big Sleep” (also based on a Chandler novel), “Murder, My Sweet” is a talky, convoluted film noir with all of the tropes you’ve come to expect from the classic Hollywood genre ala shadows, snappy dialogue, a femme fatale, and so on. For some viewers, this will be quintessential film noir, but I’ve never personally gravitated toward the overly complicated Marlowe stories. They just don’t grab me on any emotional level.

Even though I may not respond to the actual story, there’s no doubt that director Edward Dmytryk brings a lot to this movie. In fact, his stylish direction elevates everything. Without his vision, I’m not sure this movie would be remembered as fondly.

Humphrey Bogart is arguably known as the best Philip Marlowe and while Dick Powell is no Bogey, he puts his own personable spin on the character. Truthfully, he really does carry this movie as his presence is what grabs you the most, but supporting performances by Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley and Mike Mazurki as the brute Moose are all noteworthy.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? The B&W gets a solid if sometimes snowy hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An all-around quality 2.0 track that does the job.

Extras: “Murder, My Sweet” trailer and a dry but informative commentary by author and film noir expert Alain Silver.

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January 14, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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