Imprint Films brought the intrigue in May with a collection of ’90s neo-noir thrillers, classic political drama and more.

Hardboiled detectives, femme fatales and multiple twists and turns – the shadowy world of modern film noir is given the deluxe treatment in the After Dark: Neo-Noir Cinema Collection One, which brings six underrated ’90s crime gems to Blu-ray. Chronologically, the set kicks off with After Dark My Sweet (1990), a sizzling thriller based on the novel by Jim Thompson and directed by James Foley (At Close Range). Jason Patric plays an ex-boxer who hooks up with a widow (Rachel Ward) and gets roped into a kidnapping scheme by her creepy uncle (Bruce Dern). Extras include two new audio commentaries and new interviews with Patric, Dern, and Thompson expert Robert Polito. Jason Patric also stars in Rush (1991) alongside the great Jennifer Jason Leigh; the pair playing undercover narcotics cops who become addicts themselves. This grim neo-noir is based on a true life Texas PD scandal in 1979 and comes to Blu-ray with commentary by director Lili Fini Zanuck, new interviews with Patric, Zanuck and author Kim Wozencraft, and more. 

Best friends Demi Moore and Glenne Headly become murder suspects in Mortal Thoughts (1992), following the killing of Headly’s abusive husband (a chilling Bruce Willis). This downbeat thriller unfolds via flashbacks as detective Harvey Keitel attempts to discover whodunit. Extras TBC. One False Move (1992) is a potent small town neo-noir in which a trio of criminals on the run (including Billy Bob Thornton in his breakout role) wind up in rural Arkansas, where Bill Paxton’s sheriff is waiting for them. Extras TBC.

A 30-year-old murder returns to haunt lovers Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan in Flesh and Bone (1993), a film-noir homage written and directed by Steve Kloves (who scripted the Harry Potter films). Extras include a new commentary by Kloves and new interviews with the film’s production designer and editor. Rounding out the Neo-Noir Collection is Twilight (1998) – no, not the teen vampire film but rather a gripping whodunit with ’40s noir tropes. Paul Newman plays a weary private eye caught up in a unsolved murder mystery, and is backed up by an all-star cast including Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, James Garner and Reese Witherspoon. Extras include two audio commentaries and new interviews.

Bloody Sunday (2002) dramatises the real-life massacre of 13 civilians during an Irish protest march on January 30, 1972, and is shot with documentary-like verisimilitude by director Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum). Extras include two audio commentaries, featurettes, and cast and crew interviews.

The sins of the past resurface to threaten the election chances of a female US veep candidate (Joan Allen) in the political drama The Contender (2000), which also stars Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Jeff Bridges as the POTUS. Extras include audio commentary, deleted scenes, cast interviews and more.

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