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‘The Killers’ is a magnificent blend of style and story

12 July 2013 10:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Killers

Written by Anthony Veiller, Richard Brooks and John Huston

Directed by Robert Siodmak

U.S.A., 1946

Without question, Robert Siodmak was one of the great stylistic directors working in Hollywood during the 1930s, 40s, 50s and even into the 60s. Arriving from Europe as so many of his continental colleagues did during the period when the indescribable of evil of Nazism, had begun to spread its tentacles across their homelands, Siodmak brought with him to the film industry a stunning ability to construct rich films which balanced sharp storytelling and brilliant German Impressionistic visual allure, the latter which helped pronounce the often dire, sad, paranoid tone the stories themselves championed. The excellent thriller The Spiral Staircase (1945) and the underseen noir Phantom Lady (1944) are but two examples of Siodmak working in remarkable harmony with strong scripts and his cinematographers to produce not merely gripping tales, but gripping cinematic experiences of the classic period. »

- Edgar Chaput

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Disney Blu-ray Roundup: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ storms into the world of HD

4 March 2013 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A problem I’ve brought up before with these DVD and Blu-ray reviews of Disney films sadly recurs with their big new Blu-ray release, Wreck-It Ralph. If you buy the biggest possible combo pack, you’ll get four discs—the 3D Blu-ray disc, a regular Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital copy—and only six special features, all housed on the 2D Blu-ray disc. Though Disney’s most recent animated effort, set in the world of video games at a local arcade, didn’t make as much money in the theaters as Tangled did, it’s gotten a huge wave of critical and fan support. So why didn’t Disney spring for some substantial behind-the-scenes material? If you fell hard for the film, you’ll be glad to own the movie, no matter what, but a more detailed look at its creation would’ve been welcome for any fan or completist. »

- Josh Spiegel

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