If you like old classic movies like me you will love the DVD collection from renown films .
Its what all classic movie fans have been waiting for rare Movies now on DVD no longer do we have to search the internet only to buy from doggy site selling poor quality DVD-R.
I remember parting with my cash on Ebay and buying Scales Of Justice only for it to be unwatchable rubbish. expensive too.
The Renown Crime Collection Volume 1 [DVD
Just holding the Box you know you have a quality product with nice art work to set the mood of thing to come.
Nice picture and sound quality on this three DVD collection This three-disc, ten film collection from Renown offers excellent value at £2.40 a film and KING OF THE UNDERWORLD in it which is a film starring the late great actor Tod Slaughter, currently the only place to get this film is in this set.
The film ten in the collection films as follows:
A GUNMAN HAS ESCAPED, 1948, 51 mins. Written by John Gilling, and based on a true story about three armed men who kill a passer-by during a robbery, then flee London. A bit creaky for me, but OK as a filler between better movies.
BOY WITH A FLUTE, 1964, 29 mins. A ‘short’ mainly of interest to see what audiences found amusing in those days. It’s about an elderly lady who answers an advertisement in the personal columns, then has an adventure revolving around her painting of ‘The Boy With a Flute’.
DEATH GOES TO SCHOOL, 1953, 63 mins. I already had this one as part of a double-bill (available on Amazon). Stars Barbara Murray, Gordon Jackson and Beatrice Varley, in a story about a strangulation at a private Girls’ School. I loved it, but you might also want to check out the reviews for the double bill.
KING OF THE UNDERWORLD, 1952, 77 mins. A real curio this one, starring Tod Slaughter and Patrick Barr. Stitched together from a TV series, and it shows. The picture wobbles around a bit, and sentences are sometimes cut off in the middle of explanations. Slaughter does his Victorian villain bit as usual, which may appeal to some, except that the story is set in 1952. Amusing at times.
BLACK MEMORY, 1947, 67 mins. Creaky with stilted performances, but it was nice to see a young Michael Medwin as a wide boy, even if he hadn’t quite found his own acting style yet. It also marked Sid James’ film debut.
MURDER AT 3AM, 1953, 57 mins. Out of the mold, and won’t appeal to everyone, but I’m a fan of Dennis Price and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him as a detective inspector on the trail of a serial killer who murders women on the street, always at precisely 3 am. Atmospheric.
THE CHALLENGE, 1960, 91 mins. Gritty and dark, with Jayne Mansfield playing against type as tough girl Billy, the leader of a gang of criminals. Much as I like Mansfield, I didn’t think this was the best role for her, although Anthony Quayle is excellent. Lots of street action, and jazz music to keep things pacey, but I found it just a bit depressing. However, don’t take my word for it – the film is also available as a ‘single’ on Amazon, and you’ll find some very helpful reviews there.
PASSPORT TO TREASON, 1956, 78 mins. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, but only because I’m a big fan of Rod Cameron and Lois Maxwell. Rather old fashioned, even for 1956, with Cameron playing an American private eye working on the very foggy streets of London.
THE PRICE OF SILENCE, 1959, 73 mins. A very poor print and pedestrian story, but I still loved it because of the line-up of actors: Gordon Jackson as the ex-con trying to forge a new life for himself and getting caught up in a murder; June Thorburn as the girl who has faith in him, and Sam Kydd as a shady character. Directed by Montgomery Tully, it’s all rather cosy, set amid country cottages and chintzy interiors. However, a word of warning: Quinlan’s Film Guide gives it only a ‘1’ star rating.
THE SECRET MAN, 1958, 70 mins. Written by Brian Clements, starring Marshall Thompson and John Loder. Not the best print, but watchable. A predictable plot about a physicist drawn into an investigation to track down a spy at his research station.
This set also features the rarely seen debut of a young (ish..) ‘Sid James’ (as Sydney James) in ‘Black Memory’ (1947) it amazing how many old film i watch with Sid in the cast