Letters From a Killer

Overview

Letters From a Killer proves that Sterling (now Studio) is getting better with age. This may be one of the best discs they've put together. The picture quality is excellent. In a rare move, they used an anamorphic transfer, making the 1.78:1 ratio film look great. Colors are constant, though the black level varies from scene to scene. Fortunately, it's never too distracting. The sound is also quite good. There isn't wide use of the surround speakers, but the disc does use the front speakers wisely, with some ...
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Overview

Letters From a Killer proves that Sterling (now Studio) is getting better with age. This may be one of the best discs they've put together. The picture quality is excellent. In a rare move, they used an anamorphic transfer, making the 1.78:1 ratio film look great. Colors are constant, though the black level varies from scene to scene. Fortunately, it's never too distracting. The sound is also quite good. There isn't wide use of the surround speakers, but the disc does use the front speakers wisely, with some decent directional effect. Not only is a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack included, but it also has a 4.0 English track and a stereo French track. As usual, Sterling only uses a Spanish subtitle track. What make these Millennium Series discs worth the money are the extra features, and this one is no exception. The main point of interest for most will be the commentary track from director David Carson (Star Trek: Generations). He relates many stories on making the film. The disc also has a montage (far too short) of behind-the-scenes activity. It's not really a documentary, but film fans should still find it interesting. The disc also has nine trailers from previous Millennium Series titles, plus the trailer for this one. It's a nice addition considering the variety of different films. In addition to these features, there are extensive biographies and filmographies. It's here, with their individual biographies, that viewers can also see brief interviews with the cast and director. A short quiz and DVD-ROM material round out this already loaded disc.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Every once in a while an indie B-thriller comes along that gives hope for the genre. This is one of them. There is not a dull moment in this action-driven murder mystery, in which the generous $26 million budget is entirely visible, as the peripatetic ex-con with a great name, Race Darnell (Patrick Swayze), covers considerable ground in cars, trucks, and on horseback. Many of the vehicles he rides in wind up in justified fiery explosions (thank heavens the horse was spared) as he speeds around the countryside trying to stop the next slaying. The success of the film must be credited to the tightly spiraling, brightly polished script (which has moments that recall Seven's murder-by-theme conceit), as well as to veteran director David Carson (Star Trek: Generations) and the cast, which seems to know it has something special. For his part, Swayze proves more than capable of shouldering the bulk of the work. One has to think that if Race had been played by Harrison Ford, Letters From a Killer might have found its way onto thousands of movie screens.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • UPC: 658149739628
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Swayze
Kim Myers
Olivia Birkelund
Technical Credits
David Carson Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Waiting [9:39]
2. The Switch [12:32]
3. Getting In Touch [12:41]
4. Surprise [9:12]
5. Crime Scene [11:22]
6. At The Farm [10:14]
7. Sorting The Facts [8:16]
8. Who Trusts Who? [9:46]
9. Caught [19:03]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Play Trailer
   Biographies
      Patrick Swayze
      Gia Carides
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