A purusal of Twentieth Century Fox’s new Fox Studio Classics website reveals that their Film Noir series of releases may not be as dead as previously thought.
The last titles in the series – 1946’s Shock and 1951’s Fourteen Hours – hit shelves a year ago this week and as 2006 gave way to 2007 it looked as if the studio had quietly discontinued the line. This was especially maddening as Elia Kazan’s Boomerang! (1947) was also included in the last batch of releases, but the title was yanked just days before they were supposed to go on sale. No reason was given for the recall. Copies still managed to get out and the disc has been available for rental on Netflix and for purchase through Amazon’s second-hand sellers for anyone willing to spend between $35 and $90.
According to the website, Fox has not abandoned their plan to release Boomerang!, and are planning on adding three new titles to the series as well – Black Widow (1954), Daisy Kenyon (1947) and Dangerous Crossing (1953). Unfortunately, there are no concrete release dates on the site. Once they’re announced, though, we’ll have them for you here.