Lots of classic Film Noir being released on DVD these days by Warners, Fox, and others. Although the are many different styles in this American genre (some great European noirs, too), some of the main characteristics of Film Noir are: usually B&W, great use of shadows, odd camera angels, lots of night scenes, many times there is a femme fatale, an 'innocent' guy who gets caught up in a situation that only seems to get worse (if these guys were smart there wouldn't be a movie), and, many times, it's a "B" movie. One of my favorites is "The Big Sleep" with Humphry Bogart and Lauren Becall, a screen play written with Willian Faulkner, and directed by Howard Hawks. This is Bogey, so it's not really a B-movie. Becall is gorgeous and doesn't look 'dated' like some of the actresses from back then (I think Gene Tierney, in "Laura", was the Angelina Jolie of her day). One great thing, among many, is that you are never sure who the killers are (no one knows who killed the chauffeur - not even Faulkner). After watching it a few times it appears that who ever killed someone is usually the next person to be killed. Following that logic, you would think that the Joe Brody character killed the chauffeur, but he said that he didn't do it. In those days films didn't "lie" -whatever was said on the screen was the truth. Hitchcock met with audience disapproval for the 'lie' in "Stage Fright". The DVD could be better - there is sometimes fading on the right side of the screen which is noticeable during the night scenes - but I'm still happy to have it.