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The Killing: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Ted DeCorsia
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: Black & White, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Aug. 16 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005152C78
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,547 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, including Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove), Coleen Gray (Red River), Timothy Carey (Paths of Glory), and Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon), The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold-blooded punch to the gut. And with its precise tracking shots and gratifying sense of irony, it’s Kubrick to the core.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• New video interview with producer James B. Harris
• Excerpts of interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series Cinéma cinémas
• New video interview with film scholar Robert Polito about writer Jim Thompson and his work on The Killing
• Restored transfer of Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 noir feature Killer’s Kiss
• New video appreciation of Killer’s Kiss with film critic Geoffrey O’Brien
• Theatrical trailers
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Haden Guest and a reprinted interview with Marie Windsor on The Killing

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Le troisième film de Kubrick prouve toute l'originalité du cinéaste. L'Ultime Razzia est l'histoire d'un hold-up sur un champ de courses, ce qui en soit n'a rien d'original. Mais la construction élaborée par Kubrick détaille successivement la journée de chacun des protagonistes jusqu'à leur intervention dans le hold-up. Combinant un montage alterné avec une narration linéaire en voix off, Kubrick construit un puzzle complexe qui s'organise et se désorganise à mesure que le film avance, révélant les enjeux personnels de chacun des participants. Malgré une photographie noir et blanc léchée, une femme fatale et un sombre Sterling Hayden en personnage central, L'Ultime Razzia rompt avec la forme classique du film noir et dévoile le style novateur de Kubrick. --Christophe Gagnot --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mathena on May 15 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This Classic Kubrick Crime Drama is one of the top Hollywood Film Noire entries. The usual "toughs" planning the big heist, the one to retire on. Since Classic Hollywood never allowed the bad guys to win, everyone can predict that all will not be well once the end credits roll.
All of the elements are here: Little guys who never got an even break, a Delilah-like wife of a simpleton, who won't settle for small-time life, a happily married older guy with a wife in need of expensive medical care, a guy just released from prison, who doesn't ever want to go back, and the rest of the usual suspects. Several scenes are quite moving; several times character's are shown saying their goodbyes to loved ones, as though they don't expect to ever see them again, when they are only supposed to "go to work". Watch for another scene in the final third of the film involving a horse-shoe. It makes a powerful statement of conventions in 1950s America.
Very few films have a truly memorable "last line". This is one of them! Of course, I won't give it away, as it requires an elaborate set-up, but you'll agree that it's one of the best last lines ever! As for "The Killing" as a nostalgic Crime Drama and exemplary film noire, I confidently give it 5 stars!*****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Bill TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2014
Format: DVD
There are a lot of films classified as film noir , sometimes it seems as if the only criteria are that it is in ( Glorious ) Black & White ,
and isn't a comedy. Here we have a moody , tense film which is magnified by the lighting and camera angles. For instance , early in the film there is a scene were the camera is so low and at an angle that you can see the shadows of the window frame on the roof of the room. Doesn't sound like much when expressed in words here , but the visual is spooky and effective. Another interesting scene has Sterling Hayden entering a chess club. You can clearly see that he is entering , but the lettering on the glass door is readable from the inside , which would make it backwards on the outside! What the heck? As the camera pans back you then see that the shot is off of a mirror , which is how the lettering is readable. Clever! Various stars abound ,
including the incomparable Queen of B movies , Marie Windsor. The story is a well planned heist at a horse racing track. With
( almost ) impeccable planning and execution it works perfectly , until it is undone by the human factor. Many of the players in the heist know only their part in it , but one player boasts to his wife , who tells her lover , and certain things go awry. Full of suspense as the heist unfolds. More suspense as things go wrong for the players. Hollywood ( censors ) don't mind killing
off bad guys , and these folk are all on the bad side , so one after another almost everybody gets cacked. In the end
Sterling Hayden is undone by a circumstance that given the level of planning , really doesn't fit ; he wants to have the money with him on the plane as carry-on luggage , but the suitcase he used is too large for carry-on! Damn that little mutt! ( You'll see...
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Format: DVD
United Artists presents "THE KILLING" (6 June 1956) (85 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Nothing can stop The Killing from greatness --- It's one of those noirs you can watch over and over again and discover fresh revelations in each viewing --- Sterling Hayden and the rest of the cast makes this one of the darker films ever to grace the big screen, and a more compelling noir --- Director Stanley Kubrick brings together an all-star team of actors from his favorite noir films - Hayden, Elisha Cook, Marie Windsor, Ted de Corsia, Coleen Gray, Jay C. Flippen, Joe Sawyer and Vince Edwards, and what's left is pure noir

Memorable scenes between Elisha Cook and Marie Windsor set the stage of events.

Sterling Hayden simply doesn't get the credit he deserves.

Under the production staff of:
Stanley Kubrick [Director/Screenplay]
Jim Thompson [dialogue]
Lionel White [novel "Clean Break"]
James B. Harris [Producer]
Alexander Singer [Associate Producer]
Gerald Fried [Original Music]
Lucien Ballard [Cinematographer]
Betty Steinberg [Film Editor]
Ruth Sobotka [Art Director]
Harry Reif [Set Decoration]

BIOS:
1. Stanley Kubrick [Director]
Date of Birth: 26 July 1928 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 7 March 1999 - Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England, UK

2. Sterling Hayden [aka: Sterling Relyea Walter]
Date of Birth: 26 March 1916- Upper Montclair, New Jersey
Date of Death: 23 May 1986 - Sausalito, California

the cast includes:
Sterling Hayden - Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray - Fay
Vince Edwards - Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen - Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia - Policeman Randy Kennan
Marie Windsor - Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook Jr.
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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 9 2004
Format: DVD
This is the third feature film directed by Kubrick and the one which probably established his eminence, subsequently enhanced by Paths of Glory (1957), Spartacus (1960), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), and Full Metal Jacket (1987). The title refers to the one last lucrative theft which Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) carefully plans so that he can retire from his life of crime and live happily ever after with Fay (Colleen Gray). Although Kubrick carefully tracks the preparations by Clay and his associates, he seems more interested in what (for lack of a better term) can be viewed as a self-fulfilling negative prophecy. That is to say, there seems to be little (if any) chance that the robbery of a race track will turn out well. In fact, it doesn't. Clay is a world-weary, semi-paranoid leader of losers. Henpecked by wife Sherry (Marie Windsor), George Peatty (Elisha Cook, Jr.) is a reluctant accomplice, obviously motivated to satisfy his financially insatiable spouse. He as well as Nikki (Tim Carey) and Tiny (Joe Turkel) are Keystone Bandits. The quality of acting throughout the cast is first-rate. Kubrick obtains from Hayden in this film and in Dr. Strangelove his two strongest performances. The final scene on the airport tarmac is unforgettable, a fitting and (for me) an inevitable conclusion. If pressed to use one word to describe this film, I would suggest "tidy." Also "compelling." Those who share my high regard for this film are urged to check out The Public Enemy (1931), You Only Live Once (1937), High Sierra (1941), and They Live by Night (1949).
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