Killing of Sister George

Killing of Sister George

Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne

     
 

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The Killing of Sister George has gotten a solid no-frills treatment on DVD with this disc from MGM. It benefits from a strong video transfer that offers a letterboxed, anamorphic image with strong levels of color and detail. The audio portion of the disc sticks with the original mono soundtrack, presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, and sounds fine. It's alsoSee more details below

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The Killing of Sister George has gotten a solid no-frills treatment on DVD with this disc from MGM. It benefits from a strong video transfer that offers a letterboxed, anamorphic image with strong levels of color and detail. The audio portion of the disc sticks with the original mono soundtrack, presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, and sounds fine. It's also worth noting that this disc offers English subtitles unlike the prior Anchor Bay Entertainment edition of this title. Unfortunately, there are no extras on this disc -- not even a trailer. The lack of a trailer is particularly disappointing, because it would have been interesting to see how they tried to sell this challenging, controversial story to the conventional moviegoers of that era. That said, MGM has made this quality presentation available at a decent price, making The Killing of Sister George a worthwhile buy for fans of the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Robert Aldrich's The Killing of Sister George is a powerful black comedy that continues to generate controversy over its portrayal of lesbian relationships. The central relationship is disturbing and fascinating, not due to the sex of the characters, but due to its sometimes abusive nature. Aldrich, whose work often is a mesmerizing mixture of luridness, camp, and insightfulness, is in top form here, creating a claustrophobic onscreen atmosphere that causes the audience itself to feel as trapped as the characters. George herself is the most trapped, but also the one that struggles the most against it -- and ironically the only one still trapped by film's end. Beryl Reid's towering performance is stunning. The viewer is appalled when watching her humiliate Childie with a cigar butt, yet somehow sympathetic. Reid makes the audience root for her and feel for her, even when she is at her most monstrous. And her final scene, standing amid the debris of a television studio and mooing, is both harrowing and heartbreaking. Susannah York and Coral Browne also turn in incredible performances, and their five-minute love scene is shocking both for its frankness and the naked intensity of desperate emotion they bring to it. Overlong, discomforting, and sometimes over-the-top in content, Sister George is still a unique experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
UPC:
0027616927514
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:20:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Beryl Reid June (Sister George)
Susannah York Alice McNaught
Coral Browne Mercy Croft
Ronald Fraser Leo Lockhart
Patricia Medina Betty Thaxter
Hugh Paddick Freddie
Cyril Delevanti Ted Baker
Cyril Elaine Church Actor
Sivi Aberg Diana
William Beckley Floor Manager
Elaine Church Marelen
Brendan Dillon Bert Turner
Jack Raine Deputy Commissioner
Meier Tzelniker Mr. Katz
Cicely Walper Mrs. Coote
Byron Webster Jack Adams

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director,Producer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Walter Blake Associate Producer
Dick Church Sound/Sound Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
William Glasgow Art Director,Production Designer
Lukas Heller Screenwriter
Dean Hodges Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Luciano Editor
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Edgar J. Scherick Executive Producer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
William Turner Makeup
Brian West Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Killing of Sister George
1. Main Title/Murder [6:58]
2. A Day at Work [7:43]
3. Master & Servant [10:29]
4. Girls Across the Way [7:14]
5. Ms. Croft Visits [9:29]
6. Nuns Strike Back [11:34]
7. Written Out [4:54]
8. Fan Letters [10:17]
9. Stan & Ollie [:38]
10. The Gateways Club [6:44]
11. "That's Life" [8:11]
12. Opportunity Knocks [3:51]
13. The Last Show [4:50]
14. Big Green Monster [6:52]
15. What's Next? [10:33]
16. Childie Protection [7:51]
17. In the Flesh [3:15]
18. Possession [9:54]
19. "Moo" [5:18]
20. End Credits [2:14]

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