DVD Review: Too Late for Tears

Throughout history there have been stories of people whose lives have been blighted by an obsession with being rich. As the popular saying goes, money is the route to all evil. Cinema is littered with tales of those whose insatiable need to accumulate more and more money drives them to increasingly desperate lengths. In Byron Haskins’ Too Late to for Tears the overwhelming desire for wealth proves to be the downfall of Jane Palmer.

Whilst out driving Jane (Lizabeth Scott) and Alan Palmer (Arthur Kennedy) find themselves the unexpected owners of $60 million in blackmail money. Fortunately for them, they both know precisely what to do with it. Unfortunately, that’s two very different things. Alan wants to hand it in to the police whilst Jane’s desperate to keep it. When the intended recipient (Dan Duryea) of the loot appears at their apartment, events begin to spiral out of control.

Too Late for Tears is a very clever film noir. Whilst on the surface it follows very familiar lines, underneath there’s lots going on in the background which keeps it twisting and turning. Lizabeth Scott gives her best screen performance whilst Dan Duryea plays a role which he all but made his own. Too Late for Tears is an impressive crime thriller where conscience and greed collide.

Special Edition Contents:

  • Brand new restoration of original 35mm vault elements by UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio Commentary by writer, historian, and film programmer Alan K. Rode
  • Chance Of A Lifetime: The Making of Too Late For Tears – a new behind-the-scenes examination of the film’s original production produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation and featuring noir experts Eddie Muller, Kim Morgan, and Julie Kirgo
  • Tiger Hunt: Restoring Too Late For Tears – a chronicle of the multi-year mission to rescue this “lost” noir classic produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation
  • Gallery featuring rare photographs, poster art and original lobby cards
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • Booklet featuring new writing by writer and noir expert Brian Light

Too Late for Tears is released on dual format Blu-ray and DVD by Arrow Video on Monday.

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