And it was great to see that new print on display last night on Noir Alley, with a respectful annotation from Eddie (even if he did feel compelled to bring his haberdashery into things--just another example of plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose). The film is anchored by four exceptional performances from William Holden, Alexis Smith, Edmond O'Brien and Ed Begley.
We first wrote about THE TURNING POINT in the NC e-zine back in 2010, and it's a great pleasure to see it at last in the form that audiences saw it in 1952. However, the road to a DVD version of the film is starting to look as arduous as the long, twisty path that finally rescued it from near-total oblivion. Given the frenetic pace of noir releases from Kino, one is left wondering why THE TURNING POINT still hasn't turned the corner in terms of being available on home video.
It is, IMO, the best American noir not yet available on a commercial DVD.