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  1. koali

    DOA is really a great movie but the sound is awful and that the sax music was dubbed over says that sound was just not planned well at all. So it was both James Von Streeter and Maxwell Davis both that made that scene. James was one handsome sax player…..whoooee.

  2. Lee

    Definitely intense and exciting, and Edmond O’Brien’s performance is terrific. Glad you mentioned the nightclub jazz music in your review, my jaw literally dropped at how impressively fast and frenetic the music was. I never heard music like it. Some of the score music I found to be a little over the top, and the wolf whistle-type sound effects when he sees good looking dames was jarring, irritating. and completely unnecessary. Bigelow’s girlfriend is so saccharine.

    However, in spite of these minor quibbles it is deserving of its place in the pantheon of great film noirs. Now if only Criterion, Olive, Kino or someone would step up and give it a sorely needed restoration, who knows, maybe even an HD transfer if extant prints allow.

  3. Lee

    Definitely intense and exciting, and Edmond O’Brien’s performance is terrific. The scene where he is seemingly trying to outrun death was enthralling, as was the scene in he old factory. Glad you mentioned the nightclub jazz music in your review, my jaw literally dropped at how impressively fast and frenetic the music was. I never heard music like it. Some of the score music I found to be a little over the top, and the wolf whistle-type sound effects when he sees good looking dames was jarring, irritating. and completely unnecessary. Bigelow’s girlfriend is so saccharine.

    However, in spite of these minor quibbles it is deserving of its place in the pantheon of great film noirs. Now if only Criterion, Olive, Kino or someone would step up and give it a sorely needed restoration, who knows, maybe even an HD transfer if extant prints allow.

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