Blu-ray Release: Kansas City Confidential

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 26, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $14.99
Studio: The Film Detective

Kansas City Confidential has been issued on DVD at least a half-dozen times, but now the classic 1952 film noir crime drama returns in what appears to be its second Blu-ray incarnation from The Film Detective (distributed by Allied Vaughn).

John Payne sweats it out in Kansas City Confidential.

John Payne sweats it out in Kansas City Confidential.

Though Kansas City Confidential doesn’t frequently pop up on top 10 film noir lists, it’s one of the stylistic wave’s defining films — a raw, unflinching movie populated by hard-boiled characters and femme fatales who are fated to do bad, bad things that end badly, badly, badly (particularly for the real bad guys).

In the movie, ex-con Joe Rolfe (John Payne, The Razor’s Edge), whose life is ruined after being framed for being involved in a million-dollar armored car robbery, sets out to track down the real criminals and render his own justice. On his way to Tijuana, Rolfe catches up with the tough guys who pulled off the heist (genre favorites Neville Brand, Jack Elam and Lee Van Cleef), the crooked ex-cop who organized the job (Preston Foster) and the mastermind’s attractive and intriguing daughter (Coleen Gray, The Killing). The road to revenge is a hard one, but it could be worth it.

Directed by Phil Karlson, Kansas City Confidential has been digitally restored in high-definition from original 35mm film assets and is presented in is presented in fullscreen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound with English subtitles.


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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.