Blu-ray, DVD Release: Strangers in the Night

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $24.95
Studio: Olive Films

Strangers in the Night movie sceneThe 1944 crime mystery Strangers in the Night is generally considered to be the first film-noir directed by a master of the form, the  great Anthony Mann of Side Street, Raw Deal and T-Men fame.

In the movie, Marine sergeant Johnny Meadows (William Terry) is stationed overseas and falls in love with a woman he has only met through their regular letters to each other. While on the train back home, he meets a beautiful young doctor (Virginia Grey) who’s starting a new practice in the same small town. Once he’s arrived, Johnny finds his pen pal’s place of residence, but to his surprise he only finds the girl’s mother (Helen Thimig) living at the old mansion with her servant (Edith Barrett). The old woman informs him that her daughter has gone away and will return shortly, but asks him to stay at the mansion until her return. Hmmm, something’s not right here…

A mystery that plays in the gothic tradition of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, Strangers in the Night is making its DVD and Blu-ray premiere with this Olive Films release, which finds the film remastered in HD.

Fans of the prolific Mr. Mann (he directed some 42 films) and film-noirs are psyched for this one!

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.