Oct 252022

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema X delivers three more noir films from the 1950s with boxing being the common theme. Titles include Flesh and FuryThe Square Jungle and World in My Corner.



Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema X
— Flesh and Fury / The Square Jungle / World in My Corner —

Genre(s): Film Noir, Sports
Kino Lorber| NR – 83 min. / 86 min. / 82 min. – $49.95 | October 18, 2022

Date Published: 10/25/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Joseph Pevney (Flesh and Fury); Jerry Hopper (The Square Jungle); Jesse Hobbs (World in My Corner)
Writer(s): Bernard Gordon (screenplay) (Flesh and Fury); George Zuckerman (story, screenplay) (The Square Jungle); Jack Sher (screenplay) (World in My Corner)
Cast (Flesh and Fury): Tony Curtis, Jan Sterling, Mona Freeman, Wallace Ford
Cast (The Square Jungle): Tony Curtis, Pat Crowley, Ernest Borgnine, Paul Kelly
Cast (World in My Corner): Audie Murphy, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow, John McIntire

Features: Audio Commentaries, Trailers
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 3

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video (Flesh and Fury): 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Video (The Square Jungle): 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Video (World in My Corner): 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A



Flesh and Fury (1952) — Gold-digging blonde Sonya Bartow (JAN STERLING) and retired fight manager Pop Richardson (Wallace Ford, He Ran All the Way) take deaf-mute boxer Paul Callan (TONY CURTIS) under their wing. Now Paul is all but unstoppable…until reporter Ann Hollis (MONA FREEMAN) appears and falls for the handsome prizefighter. With a three-way bout under way for influence over Paul, he takes matters into his own hands, but learns the hard way that getting what he wants isn’t necessarily a happy ending.

The Square Jungle (1955) — Eddie Quaid (TONY CURTIS), in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie (PAT CROWLEY) through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing. His cop friend McBride (PAUL KELLY) finances him; ex-con Bernie Browne (ERNEST BORGNINE) trains him. Three years later, he’s a challenger for the championship, and Julie re-enters his life. Can she win him back from a predatory blonde? And why does the prospect of Eddie’s winning worry Bernie more than his losing?

World in My Corner (1956) — Tommy Shea (AUDIE MURPHY) up-and-coming boxer catches the eye of the wealthy Robert Mallison (JEFF MORROW), who allows him to train at his Long Island estate. Shea soon falls for Mallison’s daughter, Dorothy (BARBARA RUSH), but fears he doesn’t have the money to support her in proper style. To get this money, he decides to work for crooked promoter Harry Crom (HOWARD ST. JOHN), even though this means dropping his honest manager, Dave Bernstein (JOHN MCINTIRE).



The tenth volume of the Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema has three cases for each movie and they all come with Audio Commentaries and the respective Trailers.


VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4/5

Flesh and Fury is presented in Full Frame 1.37, The Square Jungle in 1.78 widescreen and World in My Corner in 1.85 widescreen, all three films have been given new 2K masters and each do look incredible, and they all still showcase the natural film grain and they’re mostly clean although I did notice some specs in World in My Corner but nothing that I’d consider overly distracting.

All three films come with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks. For the most part these sounds pretty good, though there was some notable hissing for World in My Corner but otherwise everything was crisp and clear when it came to dialogue and depth was decent enough.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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