C.i.D DVD

Noir, Indian style: that in a nutshell is Raj Khoslas classic crime thriller C.I.D. 1956. Dev Anand plays the intrepid C.I.D Inspector Shekhar who is trying to solve the murder of a newspaper editor. On the way to achieving this he comes across a variety of stock film noir characters including a do-gooder with a dark side, a vamp with a heart of gold and a bumbling sidekick. All the elements of the genre are present, from the enigmatic woman to the cigarette-puffing hero to the tough police commissioner. And of course our hero finds true love as well. Produced by cult actor/director Guru Dutt, C.I.D. is a worthy companion piece to the Dutt-directed hit Baazi 1951 which explored similar territory. Cinematographer VK Murthy, who is now revered as one of the best ever, creates a shadowy, smoky world that perfectly frames the on-screen happenings. What makes it uniquely Indian is the introduction of several popular songs that enhance rather than disrupt the narrative. The suave Dev Anand is more of a soft-boiled detective than a hard-boiled one. But what makes the film memorable is Waheeda Rehmans vamp who is as coy, sexy and mysterious as they come. On the DVD: C.I.D. on DVD comes with a note that says reproduced from vintage source for the sake of nostalgic appeal, hence possibly compromising on quality. Happily, the quality is quite good barring a couple of dropouts near the beginning. The black and white transfer is not as crisp as it could be, but given the state of film preservation in India it is quite acceptable. The subtitles are accurate. The best feature on the DVD is Nasreen Munni Kabirs three-part Channel 4 documentary In Search of Guru Dutt which is a comprehensive and fascinating look into the life and work of C.I.D.s producer. --Nanan Ramachandran

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/C-i-D-DVD-Dev-Anand/dp/B0006GVJIA?SubscriptionId=AKIAIS3I5A33GTV7S27Q&tag=wwwcamratecom-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0006GVJIA Noir, Indian style: that in a nutshell is Raj Khoslas classic crime thriller C.I.D. 1956. Dev Anand plays the intrepid C.I.D Inspector Shekhar who is trying to solve the murder of a newspaper editor. On the way to achieving this he comes across a variety of stock film noir characters including a do-gooder with a dark side, a vamp with a heart of gold and a bumbling sidekick. All the elements of the genre are present, from the enigmatic woman to the cigarette-puffing hero to the tough police commissioner. And of course our hero finds true love as well. Produced by cult actor/director Guru Dutt, C.I.D. is a worthy companion piece to the Dutt-directed hit Baazi 1951 which explored similar territory. Cinematographer VK Murthy, who is now revered as one of the best ever, creates a shadowy, smoky world that perfectly frames the on-screen happenings. What makes it uniquely Indian is the introduction of several popular songs that enhance rather than disrupt the narrative. The suave Dev Anand is more of a soft-boiled detective than a hard-boiled one. But what makes the film memorable is Waheeda Rehmans vamp who is as coy, sexy and mysterious as they come. On the DVD: C.I.D. on DVD comes with a note that says reproduced from vintage source for the sake of nostalgic appeal, hence possibly compromising on quality. Happily, the quality is quite good barring a couple of dropouts near the beginning. The black and white transfer is not as crisp as it could be, but given the state of film preservation in India it is quite acceptable. The subtitles are accurate. The best feature on the DVD is Nasreen Munni Kabirs three-part Channel 4 documentary In Search of Guru Dutt which is a comprehensive and fascinating look into the life and work of C.I.D.s producer. --Nanan Ramachandran

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