Killing

Killing

3.8 9
Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Stanley Kubrick, Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Marie Windsor

     
 

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Director Stanley Kubrick's classic heist film and inspiration for Reservoir Dogs couldn't be a more standard DVD release, even more bare bones than the simplistic Stanley Kubrick Collection seven-pack, which doesn't include this film in its box. The reason this disc misses so badly is because it merely offers the film in its standard full-screen version,See more details below

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Director Stanley Kubrick's classic heist film and inspiration for Reservoir Dogs couldn't be a more standard DVD release, even more bare bones than the simplistic Stanley Kubrick Collection seven-pack, which doesn't include this film in its box. The reason this disc misses so badly is because it merely offers the film in its standard full-screen version, with mono audio. There's no widescreen presentation whatsoever, which is common in nearly all DVDs today, and the single theatrical trailer looks like it was transferred from an old used print. If there is a silver lining to this package, however, it's that DVD transfers tend to make black-and-white pop with visual brilliance, which is certainly the case here. Though not new, the transfer of the film itself still sparkles, with beautiful cinematography and striking images. The disc advertises a four-page booklet highlighting the making of the film, but it's really just a leaflet inserted into the case, with no more than 12 bullet points highlighting facts about the film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Stanley Kubrick's third feature showed that he was no ordinary director, as he dispensed with traditional time structure to detail the planning and execution of a racetrack heist gone wrong. Combining a non-linear story with a unifying, matter-of-fact voice-over narration, Kubrick constructed an intricate yet lucid cinematic puzzle that shifted back and forth both in time and among the central characters, revealing the personal stakes for each participant by following their individual actions leading up to the fateful seventh race. Johnny the leader thinks he has it all under control, but, in true Kubrick fashion, his plan is not immune to human failure. While the fractured time frame and use of long takes and tracking shots signaled Kubrick's stylistic break from classical form, the sharp black-and-white photography, Marie Windsor's insidious femme fatale, and Sterling Hayden's doomed Johnny place The Killing in the mode of 1940s/1950s film noir. His first film made on a reasonable budget and with an established cast of pros, The Killing caught critics' attention and established Kubrick as a director to watch, especially for such future cinematic time-tricksters as Quentin Tarantino.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
UPC:
0027616770622
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Four-page booklet highlighting the making of the film; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sterling Hayden Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray Fay
Marie Windsor Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook George Peatty
Vincent Edwards Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia Randy Kennan
Joe Sawyer Mike O'Reilly
Timothy Carey Nikki Arane
Jay Adler Leo
Joe Turkel Tiny
William Benedict Airline Clerk
Tito Vuolo Actor
James Edwards Parking Attendant
Dorothy Adams Actor
Mary Carroll Actor
James Griffith Actor
Kola Kwarian Maurice Oboukhoff
Steve Mitchell Actor
Robert B. Williams Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Screenwriter
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Rudy Harrington Costumes/Costume Designer
James B. Harris Producer
David Koehler Special Effects
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Singer Associate Producer
Earl Snyder Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Sobotka Art Director
Betty Steinberg Editor
Jim Thompson Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Main Title [1:53]
2. A Puzzling Race [3:00]
3. Loan Shark & Prey [2:04]
4. Johnny & His Love [2:49]
5. Where To Rendezvous [:43]
6. Unhappily Married [5:03]
7. A Sexy Affair [1:39]
8. The Betrayal [2:00]
9. A Meeting Of Hoods [2:36]
10. A Female Intruder [2:50]
11. Little Miss Innocent [1:28]
12. Two-Faced Wife [3:07]
13. Enlisting A Chessman [3:26]
14. Hiring A Shooter [2:35]
15. Joe Piano's Place [1:54]
16. Morning Confessions [3:27]
17. Like Father & Son [2:13]
18. Planting The Gun [2:28]
19. Mike Makes A Promise [1:30]
20. Locker Room Talk [2:45]
21. The Racetrack Drunk [1:11]
22. The Crooked Cop [2:10]
23. Philosopher Maurice [:50]
24. The Brawl Begins [3:00]
25. Double Killing [5:36]
26. A Clown In Control [7:37]
27. "Where's The Jerk" [3:33]
28. Money Transfer [2:38]
29. "It Isn't Fair!" [1:40]
30. A Suitcase Situation [3:06]
31. Crime Doesn't Pay [1:31]
32. The End/Credits [1:36]

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