Judith Anderson
Anthony Mann's 'The Furies'

IT HAS been a good DVD year for Anthony Mann (1906-67), a longtime critics' favorite often considered one of Hollywood's most underrated directors. Mann's relatively low name recognition might have something to do with the ease with which he slipped from one genre to another. He ended his career as the creator of handsomely mounted road-show epics such as "El Cid" (1961) and “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964), both of which the Weinstein Co. released in special collector's editions this year. But he started at the opposite end of the spectrum, a director of stylized, subtext-rich B-noirs ("Desperate," "T-Men," "Raw...