THE DARK MIRROR
SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR
FORCE OF EVIL
THE BIG COMBO
Those first two are not often considered "classics," though they have prestige directors (Siodmak and Lang) attached to them.
Most noteworthy, of course, is the inclusion of FORCE OF EVIL, a film that is both metaphorical and timely. It is more than a bit ironic that in the fraught political climate in 2017 America that a new restoration of Polonsky's "autopsy on capitalism" is not released in the USA, but rather in the UK.
Some very good UK writers and scholars have contributed some interesting material to the supplements--and the FNF's lung power will also be on display in the commentary tracks for a couple of the films (though neither Eddie nor Alan will be weighing in on FORCE OF EVIL).
This is not a cheap set (£59.99) but Arrow has gone all-out in the packaging. It looks that there might be a pre-order discount at the moment--if you're interested, you might want to check out the listing over at Amazon UK. Here are the specs on the supplemental materials:
--Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [2000 copies]
--High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of four film noir classics: The Dark Mirror (Robert Siodmak, 1946), Secret Beyond the Door (Fritz Lang, 1947), Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948), and The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955)
--Commentaries on all films by leading scholars and critics Adrian Martin (on The Dark Mirror), Alan K. Rode (on Secret Beyond the Door), Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme (on Force of Evil), and Eddie Muller (on The Big Combo)
--Noah Isenberg on The Dark Mirror, the author and scholar provides a detailed analysis of the film
--Barry Keith Grant on Secret Beyond the Door, the author and scholar introduces the film
--The House of Lang: A visual essay on Fritz Lang's style by filmmaker David Cairns with a focus on his noir work
--Introduction to Force of Evil by Martin Scorsese
--An Autopsy on Capitalism: A visual essay on the production and reception of Force of Evil by Frank Krutnik, author of In a Lonely Street: Film noir, genre, masculinity
--Commentary on selected Force of Evil themes by Krutnik
--Geoff Andrew on The Big Combo, the critic and programmer offers an introduction to and analysis of the film
--Wagon Wheel Joe: A visual essay on director Joseph H. Lewis by filmmaker David Cairns
--The Big Combo original screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM content)
--Four radio plays, starring Olivia de Havilland and John Garfield among others
--Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow for all films
--Hardback book featuring new writing on all the films by noir experts and critics including Michael Brooke, Andrew Spicer, David Cairns and Tony Rayns, production stories, re-prints featuring Fritz Lang, Abraham Polonsky, Cornel Wilde, The Dark Mirror consultant Dr Mary Romm, contemporary reviews, and credits for all films, illustrated with original stills [Limited Edition Exclusive]