Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Hit (Blu-ray)

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Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster’s henchman turned “supergrass” (informer) trying to live in peaceful hiding in a remote Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men—played by a soulless John Hurt and a youthful, loose-cannon Tim Roth—come calling to bring Willie back for execution. This stylish early gem from Stephen Frears boasts terrific hard-boiled performances from a roster of England’s best actors, music by Eric Clapton and virtuoso flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, and ravishing photography of its desolate Spanish locations—a splendid backdrop for a rather sordid story.
FILM INFO
  • Stephen Frears
  • United Kingdom
  • 1984
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #469
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • High-definition digital restoration, approved by director of photography Mike Molloy, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring director Stephen Frears, actors John Hurt and Tim Roth, screenwriter Peter Prince, and editor Mick Audsley
  • Interview from 1988 with actor Terence Stamp from the television show Parkinson One-to-One
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Graham Fuller
New cover by Jason Hardy

October 20, 2020
 
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Walter Kittel

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It has been ages since I saw this (around the time of the DVD release in 2009) so my memories are a bit vague, but I do recall enjoying the performances quite a bit and thought it was an interesting film. Worth a revisit on Blu-Ray.

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Frears, Stamp, Hurt, Roth...as if this combination could ever go wrong. I remember liking it very much.
 

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