Along with ‘Double Indemnity’, ‘Out of the Past’ and ‘The Big Sleep’ ‘Laura’ is one of the quintessential film noirs of the 1940s. It stars Dana Andrews as police detective Mark McPherson who is drawn into Manhattan high society as he investigates the death of stunning ad executive, Laura Hunt, played by Gene Tierney at her most alluring. The slithery suspects are numerous and include Laura’s philandering fiancé Shelby (Vincent Price before the ghouls came a-calling) and, best of all, Waldo Lydecker, played with acidic relish by Clifton Webb. The script is sharp enough to slice tomatoes and, indeed, it’s Lydecker who gets many of the best lines: “Self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.” – “I cannot stand these morons any longer. If you don’t come with me this instant, I shall run amok.” – McPherson: “Nice little place you have here, Mr Lydecker.” Lydecker: “It’s lavish, but I call it home.” The film looks crisp in high-definition, with Oscar-winning cinematography by Joseph LaShelle, and this package comes with a wealth of extras including two radio adaptations.Laura is released as part of Eureka Entertainment’s The Masters of Cinema series on 14 January.