I had the DVD of this film and it was no better than watching a VHS, poor picture quality. But the Blue-ray release was obviously redigitized from a master with a good encoder. It was just like seeing it in the theatre again. Great picture, even on a 60\" plasma TV.
THE FIVE VOLUMES OF FILM NOIR ARE AN EXCELLENT COLLECTION TO OWN.\nTHERE ARE TOO MANY FILMS AND ACTORS TO COMMENT ON.\nSUFFICE TO SAY THERE ARE STAND OUT PERFORMANCES, FOR EXAMPLE BY AUDREY TROTTER (VOL 4), THE \u2018EMERGENT\u2019 MARILYN MONROE (VOL 1), THE CULT CLASSIC \u2018DECOY\u2019 WITH JEAN GILLIE (VOL 4), ROBERT MITCHUM (VOL 3), AND ROBERT RYAN (VOL 2) ETC...\nMANY OF THE SCRIPTS ARE TIGHT AND SUSCINCT COUPLED WITH OUTSTANDING DIRECTING MAKE MOST OF THESE FILMS WORTHWHILE TO WATCH AND TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION.\nTHE PHENIX CITY (ALABAMA) (VOL 5) DOCU-FILM (1955), IS A CHILLINGLY HARROWING TRUE STORY WITH A BIO (FROM ACTUAL PEOPLE THAT WERE PRESENT IN C.1954) THAT PRECEEDS THE FILM.
BOUGHT THIS SET FOR THE ABOVE FILM...WITH BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS \"ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK\" AS THE OPENING SONG.\nGLENN FORD PORTRAYS TEACHER TRYING TO TEACH THE YOUNG REBELLIOUS GENERATION.LATER SIDNEY POITIER WOULD PLAY A SIMILAR ROLE IN \"TO SIR WITH LOVE\".
Certainly only luck can explain the fortuitous conjunction of a strong commercial property like Ira Levin's novel with a strong directorial personality like Roman Polanski without the novel being distorted or the director diluted.
Gena Rowlands turns in another virtuoso performance as the troubled actress. Cassavetes' highly personal work will please his coterie of enthusiasts, but for general audiences it will be viewed as shrill, puzzling, depressing and overlong.