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William Richert's black comedy Winter Kills comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, interviews with the cast and crew, the theatrical trailer, a still photo gallery, and the original screenplay is available for those with a DVD-ROM drive. This is...
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William Richert's black comedy Winter Kills comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, interviews with the cast and crew, the theatrical trailer, a still photo gallery, and the original screenplay is available for those with a DVD-ROM drive. This is an excellent release from Anchor Bay.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with writer/director William Richert; "Who Killed Winter Kills?": All-new interviews with writer/director William Richert, actors Jeff Bridges and Belinda Bauer, director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond, and production designer Robert Boyle; "Reunion": William Richert and Jeff Bridges reminisce about making Winter Kills; "Star Stories": William Richert remembers his Winter Kills cast ; Theatrical trailer; Production still gallery; Behind-the-scenes still gallery; Deleted scenes still gallery; Poster and advertising art gallery; Production art gallery; Original screenplay in DVD-ROM
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This satirical cult favorite might seem a bit demanding at its outset due to its labyrinthine twists and turns but is well worth sticking with because it lives up to the promise of its darkly funny premise. Like The Manchurian Candidate, Winter Kills mixes horrific conspiracy theorizing with black humor to create a surreal blend of deadpan wit and skin-crawling menace. Such a tone is difficult to maintain, but William Richert manages to pull it off by giving the film a sedate, straight-faced stylishness that allows the plot's outrageous machinations to speak for themselves. Solid technical credits help Richert flesh out this approach, especially Vilmos Zsigmond's stylish lensing and a richly textured but always subtle score from Maurice Jarre. More importantly, the carefully modulated performances of the cast bring the story to life in a vivid fashion: Jeff Bridges maintains a low-key style throughout which keeps the material grounded while John Huston steals every scene he is in as his randy, thoroughly corrupt father, and everyone from Sterling Hayden to Anthony Perkins contributes memorable cameos as a rogue's gallery of suspects. In the end, Winter Kills might be a little too off-kilter and challenging for some viewers, but its intelligence and style make it a must for any fan of cult movies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • UPC: 013131213195
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Nick Kegan
John Huston Pa Kegan
Anthony Perkins John Ceruti
Sterling Hayden Z.K. Dawson
Eli Wallach Joe Diamond
Dorothy Malone Emma Kegan
Richard Boone Keifitz
Belinda Bauer Yvette Malone
Ralph Meeker Gameboy Baker
Toshiro Mifune Keith
Elizabeth Taylor Lola Comante (uncredited)
Joe Spinell Arthur Fletcher
Tomas Milian Frank Mayo
Gladys Hill Rosemary
Billie Allen Receptionist
Berry Berenson Morgue Attendant
Michael Bond Flight Engineer
Robert F. Boyle Desk Clerk
Peter Brandon Doctor
Loyd Catlett Z.K. Dawson Guard
Tim Culbertson Security Guard
Brad Dexter Capt. Heller One
Agneta Eckemyr Nurse One
Tisa Farrow Nurse Two
Loutz Gage Butler
Erin Gray Beautiful Woman Three
Rebecca Grimes Beautiful Woman Four
Eloise Hardt Secretary Two
Amanda Jones Beautiful Woman Seven
Peter Kilman Pilot
Lissette Cuban Singer
Donald Moffat Captain
Kyle Morris John Kullens
Joe Ragno Doorman
Candice Rialson 2nd Blonde Girl
Gianni Russo Co-Pilot
Irving Selbst Irving Mentor
Chris Soldo Jeffreys
Camilla Sparv Beautiful Woman One
David Spielberg Miles Garner
Susan Walden Beautiful Woman Three
Technical Credits
William Richert Director, Screenwriter
Del Acevedo Makeup
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
David Bretherton Editor
Fred C. Caruso Producer
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard J. Goldberg Executive Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Augie Lohman Special Effects
Norman Newberry Art Director
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Jeph Parker Set Decoration/Design
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
John H. Starke Associate Producer
Robert Sterling Executive Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Presentation
1. Main Titles [2:30]
2. Killer's Confession [6:42]
3. The Rifle [7:09]
4. Pa [8:50]
5. Time for Action [3:21]
6. The Family [4:19]
7. Patriot Games [7:35]
8. The Conspirators [6:18]
9. Come and Get Me [5:18]
10. The Hunter Hunted [7:03]
11. Where There's Smoke [2:45]
12. Meeting With the Mob [4:28]
13. Dead Ends [4:35]
14. Vanished [1:43]
15. Back From the Grave [3:26]
16. John Cerruti [10:04]
17. Father and Son [7:53]
18. End Titles [2:31]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Feature Presentation
   Chapter Selections
   Commentary
      Commentary With Writer/Director William Richert: On
      Commentary With Writer/Director William Richert: Off
   Play
Side #2 -- Bonus Materials
   Featurettes
      Who Killed Winter Kills? (38 Mins.)
      Reunion (9 Mins.)
      Star Stories (8 Mins.)
   Trailer
   Still Galleries
      Production Stills
      Behind-the-Scenes
      Deleted Scenes
      Posters & Advertising
      Original Production Art
   Original Screenplay
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    A rare movie with a rare history, was pulled out of the theaters

    A rare movie with a rare history, was pulled out of the theaters the second day it played. Check Jeff Bridges interview on youtube titled "Who killed winter kills"

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