Killers & Killers

Killers & Killers

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Director: Robert Siodmak

Cast: Burt Lancaster

     
 

Prepare to experience two radically different versions of Ernest Hemingway's gripping crime drama The Killers as The Criterion Collection presents both the Robert Siodmak 1946 screen adaptation and Don Siegel's 1964 take on the tale in one feature-packed special edition DVD release. Both films are presented in 1.33:1 full-frame as originally released and offerSee more details below

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Overview

Prepare to experience two radically different versions of Ernest Hemingway's gripping crime drama The Killers as The Criterion Collection presents both the Robert Siodmak 1946 screen adaptation and Don Siegel's 1964 take on the tale in one feature-packed special edition DVD release. Both films are presented in 1.33:1 full-frame as originally released and offer audio in English Dolby Digital Mono with optional English subtitles. Special features for Siodmak's version include Andrei Tarkovsky's 1956 student film version of The Killers, a video interview with writer Stuart M. Kaminsky, a Screen Director's Playhouse radio adaptation of the tale from 1949, actor Stacy Keach reading Hemingway's original short story, production and publication stills, trailers for other Siodmak films, writer/director Paul Schrader's 1972 essay "Notes on Film Noir," an essay by Jonathan Lethem, and a music and effects audio track. Bonus materials for Siegel's version include reflections with star Clu Gulager, pertinent excerpts from Siegel's autobiography, A Siegel Film, production correspondence including memos from Siegel, production and publicity stills, an essay by Hardboiled America author Geoffrey O'Brien, and a music and effects track.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
In this classic 1946 crime drama based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway the question is not so much whodunit as why? Directed by Robert Siodmak, The Killers chronicles the investigation into the murder of a reclusive, washed-up boxer (Burt Lancaster) whose demise is somehow connected to an old flame (Ava Gardner) from years before. In classic noir style, the film starts with the hero's death, and then reveals how he came to his unhappy end through a succession of flashbacks driven here by the keen interest of an insurance investigator (Edmond O'Brien). The Killers was Lancaster's screen debut and he scored big, his sotto voce delivery and sad-dog eyes suiting this tragic hero to a tee. Gardner is equally well-cast, her seductive good looks making her a top-notch femme fatale. But The Killers is not a love story, and the chemistry between Gardner and Lancaster remains in large part undeveloped. Instead, a caper story emerges, and with O'Brien's tenacious, solid-as-a-rock investigator holding the film together, it's that story that ultimately holds the key to the hero's mysterious murder. The result is a beautiful blend of plot twists and understated pathos that clicks from beginning to end.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
UPC:
0715515013321
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
3:16:00

Special Features

The Killers (1946):; New digital transfer; Andrei Tarkovsky's 1956 student film version of The Killers; Video interview with writer Stuart M. Kaminsky (Don Siegel: Director); Screen Director's Playhouse 1949 radio adaptation, starring Burt Lancaster and Shelley Winters; Actor Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) reads Hemingway's short story; Production and publicity stills with actor biographies, rare behind-the-scenes stills gallery, original press book, and ads; Collection of trailers for Robert Siodmak films; Writer/director Paul Schrader's seminal 1972 essay "Notes on Film Noir"; Essay by Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn); Music and effects track; ; The Killers (1964): ; New digital transfer; Reflections with star Clu Gulager; Excerpts from Don Siegel's autobiography, "A Siegel Film," pertaining to the making of the movie; Production correspondence including memos from Don Siegel, broadcasting standards reports, and casting suggestions; Production and publicity stills with actor biographies, rare behind-the-scenes stills gallery, and advertisements; Music and effects track

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Killers (1946)
1. Brentwood, U.S.A. [8:40]
2. "Why Would Anyone Want to Kill the Swede?" [4:09]
3. "What Do You Know About Lunn?" [2:10]
4. Nick Adams' Story [3:59]
5. Queenie's Story [4:43]
6. Dead Man's Handkerchief [3:00]
7. Lt. Lubinsky's Story [9:04]
8. Lilly's Story [5:27]
9. "Tip on Some Hot Jewelry" [5:33]
10. Charleston's Story [5:12]
11. "Tell Us About a Caper" [5:18]
12. Holdup in Hackensack [5:25]
13. Bunky's Story [4:47]
14. "There Goes a Quarter of a Million" [3:59]
15. Dum Dum's Story [7:12]
16. Big Jim Colfax's Story [5:15]
17. "Blue Suit, Bow Tie" [3:14]
18. Kitty's Story [6:48]
19. Let's Get Out of Here [2:30]
20. "Our Luck's Run Out, Kitty" [4:49]
21. Double-Cross to End All Double-Crosses [1:16]
Side #2 -- The Killers (1964)
1. Sage Home for the Blind [6:12]
2. Just Stood There and Took It [3:05]
3. Earl's Story [4:58]
4. "Ma'am, You Dig Fast Cars?" [5:59]
5. "Neither of Us Scares Easily" [3:56]
6. Too Little Time [4:36]
7. At the Race [10:01]
8. What a Loser Looks Like [6:50]
9. Choking on a Question [1:51]
10. Mickey's Story [5:22]
11. A Trial Run [3:29]
12. "I'm Mixed Up in You" [3:06]
13. Show Me What You Can do [2:20]
14. "Homicide Is Against My Principles" [4:17]
15. No Sweat, Mickey [6:29]
16. "Don't Try to Run" [5:50]
17. A Long Way Down [4:32]
18. Sheila's Story [7:22]
19. "Lady, I Don't Have the Time" [4:29]

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