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The story of a well-planned racetrack robbery is told via a radical-for-its-time splintered narrative peppered with sharp dialogue from the great pulp writer Jim Thompson. Plus, the film features a cast of legendary character actors, including Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove), Coleen Gray (Red River), Timothy Carey (Paths of Glory) and Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon).
A too-cool thriller embodying all of film noir’s finest characteristics — deceit, betrayal, fate and a femme fatale — as well as its maker’s trademark tracking shots and precise mise-en-scene, The Killing is definitely a must-own for Criterion classics collectors.
The movie will feature a new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. »
It’s so strange, writing this so long after the announcement yesterday. In today’s internet world of instant information, and twenty four second news cycles, yesterday’s August 2011 Criterion Collection new releases may as well have happened last week, or last month. I’m sure that the page views for this post will be markedly smaller than the usual, as I have tried consistently to have the new release post up within minutes of the pages going live on Criterion’s website. I know this all sounds like inside baseball stuff, but it’s on my mind, and darn it, this is my website.
I had a whole, several paragraph long, write up of the August titles, but since I’m finding myself writing this at 10pm on Tuesday evening, I think it’s better if I just scrap that whole thing and start over. I was going on »
- Ryan Gallagher
Back in February, Obsessed With Film’s Stuart Cummins dedicated an entry into his Top Ten Tuesdays series with his choice of the 10 Greatest Heist Movies Ever Made. It was a fun list and I loved most of the movies he chose but one classic he left out deserved recognition.
In fact I believe it to be the greatest heist film ever made.
Stanley Kubrick’s early career thriller The Killing, a movie so refined and perfectly put together – Criterion have got the idea to give it the kind of Blu-ray treatment only that magnificent company can with his 1958 boxing drama Killer’s Kiss getting the full restoration treatment as an bonus feature! Save your pennies in August.
Press release below;
The Killing – Blu-ray & DVD
Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, »
- Matt Holmes
3 items from 2011
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