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What they say: Hard-hitting film noir where Joe Rolfe s an ex-con who’s trying to go straight with a job as a deliveryman for a florist company. Unfortunately, a gang of thugs led by a criminal mastermind have arranged a bank robbery using a van that looks just like the one driven by Rolfe–and the deliveryman takes the fall for the heist. This leads to Rolfe’s search for the real thieves, a trail that leads to Mexico and an unexpected love affair with the gang leader’s daughter.
What I say: Kansas City Confidential is one of my favorite films of the Film Noir genre. While some may argue it does not quite fit the definition of Film Noir, I disagree. The timeless concept of a man struggling against forcer beyond his control makes it fit in quite nicely. The players are all distinct characters, and the performances match the writing. Simply excellent. Since this is a twisty mystery I will not go into story particulars, but I will say I enjoyed this film quite a bit.
Kansas City Confidential has fallen into the public domain, so it is truly commendable that Film Chest took the time and money to restore this classic. While it will not win any awards, the film look pretty damn good for it to be almost 60 years old. The picture is sharp with quite a bit of fine detail. I also noticed no specks or print damage which is a plus as well. Sound wise, we are offered 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby mixes, that are clear and well done. There are also no pops and hisses like what normally plague releases of this age. The film looks and sounds much better than any of the previous DVDs and would be a welcome addition to any classic film fans collection!
Extras include a minute long comparison/restoration reel that shows really how much work was done on the film, a post card of the original poster art, and a DVD copy of the film.
Blu-Ray Disc: 8/10