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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Gordon McMurphy, Feb 14, 2003.
DVD Review have posted their review of THE KILLERS Looks like another winner from Criterion! Gordy
That certainly looks impressive. I've never seen either version of the film, but this set is on my must buy list. Next week is a damn expensive week for me. The Killers : CC Fear and Loathing : CC Cinema Paradiso The Color Purple Metropolis and few other possibilities
So what happened to the Miklos Rozsa music and effects audio track that was supposed to be on the 1946 version?
According to the insert that's with the dvd it's still included. In a few minutes, I will be reviewing the disc and post my findings as to Rozsa's music. Crawdaddy
Nice. Damn, I love Criterion.
Just a short note that the dvd is fantastic and there is an isolated track with both Rozsa's music and sound effects. Crawdaddy
I know that the Siegel verson was originally shot for TV, so the 1.37:1 ratio would likely be correct (on the basis that it was composed for that ratio). But out of curiousity, does anyone know if that's how it ended up getting released theatrically?
Add one more voice to the choir: this DVD is terrific!! The 1964 version of the flick is one of my favorite movies, and I never would have expected to see it on DVD...let alone in a package like this one. God bless Criterion!
I was not sure about getting this at all, so I have just ordered this one. Thanks
Yes, credit where credit is due: Great review by Mr Tooze. Gordy
According to an audio excerpt taken from Don Siegel's autobiography, "A Siegel Film", the film was originally going to be the first 2 hour movie for television. However, Universal after viewing the finish product decided it was too violent for television and released it theatrically where it achieved some financial and critical success. According to Siegel the film is really tamed in comparison to later films. Also, you have to remember it was released in 1964, before films like "Bonnie and Clyde" were able to push the level of violence shown in films. By the way, the film is shown in it's OAR of 1.37:1 on the dvd. Crawdaddy
Also, it's interesting to find out that Mark Hellinger, the producer of the 1946 version of "The Killers" wanted a young director by the name of Don Siegel to direct the film, but Jack Warner who hated both Hellinger and Siegel wouldn't loan him out to film the movie for Universal. Next, we fast forward to 1963, when Siegel has another opportunity in which we get this 1964 film release. Crawdaddy
anyone even remotely interested in this title should run out on tues and grab one. Criterion hit another one out of the ballpark with this. both versions look and sound excellant. and wait till you see the packaging; multiple booklets, cover inserts- just a terrific job all around. Given Universals parent companys money troubles, and Universals own lackluster dvd presence recently, how great would it be to see Criterion start to consitently put out Universals older catalog titles? can you imagine a regular helping of Monster and Film Noirs every couple of months? and maybe some of those great pre-code Demille epics...
Did anyone else have problems with the second disc in this set freezing at the layer change? My copy of the Killers freezes at 59.30 into the movie. I can get it to continue playing by hitting fast forward and the movie will play to completion. Does this with my Pioneer DVL 909 but plays fine on my Toshiba SD 3109. I have the same problem with the Pioneer on Monsters, Inc. Otherwise I am very satisfied with the DVD and thought Criterion did a great job with it.
It looks like it was a made-for-tv movie, that was considered too violent for tv 'after' it was made, so I don't see any theatrical matting (if it was done) could have been correct. But I could be wrong.
The question I asked is NOT should the film be matted for theatrical release, but was the film matted?