Criss Cross Blu-ray Review – Magnificent Restoration Of A 1949 Classic

Criss Cross Blu-ray Review

It’s time for my Criss Cross blu-ray review. This one released on blu-ray a few months back in the UK by Eureka Entertainment. There’s good news to as it’s a fully restored release. The film stars Burt Lancaster in this film noir crime thriller classic from 1949. With all that said let’s take a closer look at both the movie and the blu-ray release.

Plot

Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) returns home to Los Angeles with the hope of hooking up with his ex-wife Anna (Yvonne De Carlo). He manages to get his old job back as a guard at the armored-truck company. After beliveing his has won back Anna’s affections he finds out she has married mobster Slim Dundee.

In order to win her back he resorts to invovling Slim Dundee in a job to steal the money from the armoured truck he drives. However there’s certain to be a Criss Cross along the way!

Style / Direction

The film was directed by Robert Siodmak whilst Franz Planer was the one responsible for the cinematography. Its has that classic crime film noir look which I love. Shot in black and white it has some nice camera angles and nails the mood perfectly.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is provided by Miklós Rózsa.

Acting / Characters

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson a regular guy that simply can’t get his ex-wife Anna out of his mind. Lancaster is on top form as is Yvonne De Carlo as his wife Anna. She is madly in love one moment and cold as stone the next.

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Cast

Burt Lancaster as Steve Thompson
Yvonne De Carlo as Anna
Dan Duryea as Slim Dundee
Stephen McNally as Det. Lt. Pete Ramirez
Esy Morales as Orchestra Leader
Tom Pedi as Vincent
Percy Helton as Frank
Alan Napier as Finchley
Griff Barnett as Pop
Meg Randall as Helen
Richard Long as Slade Thompson
Joan Miller as The Lush
Edna Holland as Mrs. Thompson (as Edna Holland)
John Doucette as Walt
Marc Krah as Mort
James O’Rear as Waxie


Conclusion: Criss Cross (1949) Film Review

Criss Cross is an excellent crime thriller that as the name suggests has a lot more going on than inially appears. Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo are both excellent making this a tense and compelling affair.

Criss Cross Blu-ray Review

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Conclusion: Criss Cross Blu-ray Review

The film has undergone a 4K restoration that makes the picture look flawless. I’ve no complaints with either the image quality or with the extras included. I say this all the time, but it really is fabulous to see these classic films receive such attention.

On the extras side there’s audio commentary and a ‘Radio Adaptation’ of the film.

Burt Lancaster is great actor and Criss Cross is excellent film that now looks as it should. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this whilst you can, it a truly fabulous blu-ray release.

Extras
  • Audio Commentary
  • Radio Adaptation (30 mins)
  • Trailer

On to my movie rating for Criss Cross (1949)

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  • Movie Rating: MUST SEE
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: VERY GOOD

Amazon UK Links

Criss Cross (1949) is available now on blu-ray.

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Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip not representative of the blu-ray version

That concludes my Criss Cross blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more classic films soon. What’s next? Check back soon…

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Summary: Criss Cross (1949) Blu-ray Review
Criss Cross Blu-ray Review

Movie title: Criss Cross (1949)

Duration: 88 mins

Director(s): Robert Siodmak

Actor(s): Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Genre: Film Noir

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
4.5

Summary

Excellent Burt Lancaster crime thriller that now looks fabulous thanks to a 4K Restoration.

Pros

  • Burt Lancaster
  • Film Noir
  • 4K Restoration

Cons

  • None

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