The Black Book (1949) – By Jason S. Lockard

I recently received Film Chest Media Group’s newly restored version of 1949’s historical drama originally titled Reign of terror. Let’s take a look at this new DVD release.  

The film follows Maximillian Robespierrre who is the most powerful man in France, but isn’t happy he wants to be the nation’s dictator. Panic ensues in 1794 France when the people discover he is looking for his ‘black book’. Now it’s not a book of ladies numbers, it’s a list of people marked for the guillotine that will be the key to making him the ultimate dictator. Will he reign supreme or will he be stopped. You’ll have to watch the film to find out!

While this film does not have the greatest story, you will find a lot of enjoyment from the cast which includes Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart and Arlene Dahl.

I have seen prints of this film and they are just ugly, but this restored print really is beautiful! The audio is a little scratchy at times, but its not that bad especially when you think this film is over 50 years old. Sadly there is no bonus features! I like at least a bonus trailer on my DVD releases, that would have made this release better, but for me a good copy of the film is enough!

So if you classic dramas from yesteryear this one is a must have and this is a great way to own it! Head over to over to for more details.

Moral Rating: Mild Violence
Audience: Parental Guidance
Genre: Drama
Length: 89 Minutes
DVD Released: 2014
DVD Rating: A-