All eight features presented in Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume 5 were filmed in black and white (hey, it’s just not noir if it’s in color) and are presented in their original Academy aspect ratios (the two widescreen efforts — Crime In The Streets and The Phenix City Story — are shown in 16x9 widescreen). While each film may show its tiny share of grain (it’s just not noir without a little grittiness, either), Warner does a commendable job with their transfers. Accompanying each film is their original mono soundtrack, each of which come through just fine. English (SDH) subtitles are also on hand.
The one downside to Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume 5 is the lack of any “new” special features. Previous sets in the Film Noir Classic Collection contained a few commentaries here and there, while Volume 5 is only adorned with theatrical trailers for Cornered and Dial 1119.
Despite the “frown” some may give this set for its sorry selection of bonus materials, Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume 5 is nevertheless a fantastic set of equally fantastic gems. Highly recommended.