The Blue Lamp (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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An immensely popular British crime film, The Blue Lamp was scripted by ex-policeman T.E.B. Clarke (The Lavender Hill Mob) and directed by the great Basil Dearden (Dead of Night). This classic film noir concentrates on interrelated episodes in the lives of several London policemen. A veteran cop is murdered by small-time delinquents Tom Riley (Dirk Bogarde, The Mind Benders) and Spud (Patric Doonan, The Man in the White Suit). Rookie cop Andy Mitchell (Jimmy Hanley, Radio Cab Murder), who looked up to the veteran policeman as a father figure, embarks on a perilous search to bring his mentor’s killers to justice. Shot in a pioneering semi-documentary style by Gordon Dines (Pool of London), the film focuses on ordinary heroes and a new breed of young criminal, hardened by the war years, whose recklessness and violence contrasts with the discipline of the older criminal fraternity. Jack Warner (It Always Rains on Sunday) leads a great cast featuring Robert Flemyng (The Blood Beast Terror), Bernard Lee (Dr. No) and Peggy Evans (Calling Bulldog Drummond).
-NEW Audio Commentary by Entertainment Journalist and Author Bryan Reesman
-Partial Audio Commentary by Writer Jan Read and Academic Charles Barr
-Locations Featurette with Film Historian Richard Dacre
-BBC Radio 3 The Essay: British Cinema of the 40s
-The Blue Lamp Audio Featurette
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 17.09 x 13.59 x 1.4 cm; 167.83 Grams
- Media Format : Anamorphic, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 25 minutes
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Kl Studio Classics
- ASIN : B08ZW84MW9
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 31,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Five star film for me but I’ve knocked off a star for the variable Blu-ray quality.
It didn't help that they asked one of the original writers to do the Commentary. Unfortunately, they waited too long, since he sounds like a 99 year old who can barely aspirate each syllable. His commentary actually evokes the classic Bob and Ray sketch "THE SHOW TALKERS OF AMERICA." Unless you're a Dirk Bogarde completist, you can give this one a miss.
Filmed with the co-operation of the then commissioner of police, it has a documentary air about it, plus a great deal of authenticity. Choir practices really were held in police canteens and when both the operator at the Yard's Information Room and the R/T operator in the wireless cars are charting the progress of the excellently staged car chase, they really did send unhurried and unruffled transmissions ("M2GW: Message No. 24 from Information Room begins ..."), just like that - and for years afterwards, as well.
`The Blue Lamp' reflects a calmer, more reasoned time in the Metropolitan Police and it's immensely enjoyable. There is one point that needs to be made, however. No villain ever put up information as to the whereabouts of a police killer, because they thought that murdering a copper put the culprit beyond the pale; they did so to stop the investigating officers turning them over, again and again and discovering whatever dirty work that they'd been up to.
But don't let that bit of cynicism put you off; it's an excellent film. The police are depicted - accurately, I think - as public servants whom the general public liked, respected and trusted. See it for that reason alone, if you like; it doesn't happen nowadays.