Killers

The Killers

Director: Don Siegel, Robert Siodmak, Lee Marvin, Vince Barnett

Cast: Don Siegel, Robert Siodmak, Lee Marvin, Vince Barnett

     
 
Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale “The Killers” is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak (Criss Cross), in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success) and Ava Gardner (On the Beach); and Don Siegel (Dirty

Overview

Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale “The Killers” is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak (Criss Cross), in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success) and Ava Gardner (On the Beach); and Don Siegel (Dirty Harry), in a brutal 1964 version, starring Lee Marvin (Point Blank), Angie Dickinson (Rio Bravo), and John Cassavetes (Rosemary’s Baby), that was intended for television but deemed too violent for home audiences and released theatrically instead. The first is poetic and shadowy, the second direct and harsh as daylight, but both get at the heart of Hemingway’s existential classic.

DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital restorations of both films
  • Andrei Tarkovsky’s short film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers,” made when he was a student in 1956
  • Interview from 2002 with writer Stuart M. Kaminsky about both films
  • Piece from 2002 in which actor Stacy Keach reads Hemingway’s short story
  • Screen Director’s Playhouse radio adaptation from 1949 of the 1946 film, starring Burt Lancaster and Shelley Winters
  • Interview from 2002 with actor Clu Gulager
  • Audio excerpt from director Don Siegel’s autobiography, A Siegel Film, read by actor and director Hampton Fancher
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: Essays by novelist Jonathan Lethem and critic Geoffrey O’Brien

  • Product Details

    Release Date:
    07/07/2015
    UPC:
    0715515150910
    Rating:
    NR
    Source:
    Criterion
    Region Code:
    A
    Presentation:
    [Full Frame]
    Time:
    3:16:00
    Sales rank:
    17,817

    Special Features

    Andrei Tarkovsky's Short film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers," made when he was a student in 1956; Interview from 2002 with writer Stuart M. Kaminsky about both films; Audio recording from 2002 of actor Stacy Keach reading Hemingway's short story; Screen Directors' Playhouse radio adaptation from 1949 of the 1946 film, starring Burt Lancaster And Shelly Winters; Interview from 2002 with actor Clu Gulager; Audio excerpt from director Don Siegel's autobiography, A Siegel Film, read by actor and director Hampton Fancher; Trailers

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