DVD Releases: Secret Beyond the Door and The Dark Mirror

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95 each, Blu-ray $29.95 each
Studio: Olive Films

The Dark Mirror movie scene

Olivia De Havilland doesn't like what she sees in The Dark Mirror.

The Dark Mirror (1946) and Secret Beyond the Door (1947), two classic film noir crime movies, make their DVD and Blu-ray debuts from Olive Films.

The Dark Mirror finds Olivia De Havilland ( Gone with the Wind) portraying twin sisters who are implicated in a Hollywood murder, while a police detective (Thomas Mitchell) must figure out if one or both were involved in the killing. As a psychiatrist approached by the detective to help with the complicated case, Lew Ayres agrees to see them separately and he’s immediately attracted to one of them and fears the other one to be killer. But he’s also worried that if he’s wrong he could end up on a slab in the morgue himself.

The movie features taut direction by noir-specialist Robert Siodmak (The Killers), glorious black-and-white cinematography by Milton Krasner (All About Eve) and a haunting musical score by Dimitri Tiomkin (Dial M For Murder).

 Secret Beyond the Door movie scene

Joan Bennett looks for answers in Secret Beyond the Door.

Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street) stars in Secret Beyond the Door as a rich, bored heiress who recklessly marries an elusive and mysterious architect (Michael Redgrave, The Browning Version). Seemingly trapped within in discomforting confines of her husband’s mansion, she begins to fear for her life when his sublimated hatred for women starts to bubble over and his strange obsession for violent deaths leads her to believe that she may be next.

Directed and produced by the great Fritz Lang (Metropolis), Secret Beyond the Door features an evocative score by Miklós Rózsa (The Asphalt Jungle) and beautiful stark cinematography by the legendary Stanley Cortez (The Night of the Hunter).

As is the case with many Olive Films releases, the discs do not contain any bonus features.

Buy or Rent Secret Beyond the Door
Amazon graphic
DVD | Blu-ray
DVD Empire graphic Movies Unlimited graphicDVD | Blu-ray Netflix graphic


Buy or Rent  The Dark Mirror
Amazon graphic
DVD | Blu-ray
DVD Empire graphic Movies Unlimited graphicDVD | Blu-ray Netflix graphic

About Laurence

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.