one of the retailers here put this out early (along with the remastered Assault On Precinct 13 which i also greedily snapped up), so i finally got a chance to see a movie i've heard good things about for years. and the buzz was right. the movie itself was great fun. its a wicked pitch black humoured thriller that riffs off of the Kennedy assasination and conspiracy theories. the cast of mostly old time vets is excellant across the board with John Huston being the stand out as the patriarch. great to finally see it. but when the trailer provides a more watchable picture than the actual film, you know you've got trouble. the 2.35 image here is bland, colors and blacks are washed out, the image is very soft, with some scenes looking positively unfocused. i was about to just chalk it up to the cinematography, but after seeing the richer colors, deep blacks, and sharper image in the trailer, i just have to wonder what the hell is up. not only is the image a big disappointment, the audio frequently becomes distorted.antime the noise escalates- a shout, a loud engine, a musical swell, the audio becomes very sibilant- it felt like someone was running sandpaper over my tweeter. i just casually went thru a couple of the extras. from what i can glean, the background of this movie, and the players involved, should also be fascinating. its a 2 disc set housed in the same style quasi-digipack as they used on Man Who Fell To Earth. i felt that the transfer for that movie looked every bit its age, and was probably the weakest AB title i'd seen up till then - but it was still very watchable. the transfer for Winter Kills isn't up to that level, which really hurts, because i found this film to be vastly more entertaining. off the top of my head, i don't recall EVER being disappointed in an AB disc. usually, i'm blown away by the level of quality they achieve. a real shame.