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    Arrow Releasing The Killers On Blu-ray

    Press release!

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    Released: 24 Feb 2014

    Payment for pre-order items will be collected now for despatch on the release date.

    Starring: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes
    Directed by: Don Siegel

    Overview: THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO KILL A MAN…

    "I gotta find out what makes a man decide not to run. Why all of a sudden he'd rather die."

    So muses hitman Charlie (Lee Marvin) after his high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight. Obsessed with the answer, Charlie and his hot-headed associate Lee (Clu Gulager) track down Johnny's associates, and uncover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan in his last screen role).

    Loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, and directed by Don Siegel (whose many other taut, efficient thrillers include Dirty Harry and the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers), The Killers was commissioned as the very first 'TV movie', but was given a cinema release because of its violence - although a cast like that really belonged on the big screen in the first place.

    Special Features:
    -New high definition digital transfer
    -Newly commissioned artwork
    -Collector’s booklet
    -More to be announced!

    Region B
    RRP £24.99
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    I'll be getting this. I love Siegel's films, and this is a fine one. Shame the 1946 THE KILLERS isn't coming out on Blu too, though.
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    This is one helluva neo-noir and I'm a Don Siegel completist. I was going to say, if the supplements differ from the Criterion I'm buying it, but -- this is a blu, as opposed to a DVD, so it must be a new transfer. Needless to say, I'm buying it.

    There is more than one way to kill a man.

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    Full specs announced!

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    High Definition digital transfer of the film by Universal Pictures, presented in alternative “television” and “cinema” aspect ratios
    Original uncompressed 2.0 mono PCM audio
    Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
    Reagan Kills: interview with New York Times bestselling writer Marc Eliot, author of 'Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years'
    Screen Killer: interview with Dwayne Epstein, author of 'Lee Marvin: Point Blank'
    Archive interview with Don Siegel (1984) from the French television series 'Cinéma Cinémas'
    Gallery of rare behind-the-scenes images
    Reversible sleeve featuring the original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
    Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mike Sutton, extracts from Don Siegel’s autobiography and contemporary reviews, illustrated with original lobby cards


    RRP: £24.99 £15.99
    Region: B
    Rating: 18
    Cat No: FCD896
    Duration: 95 mins
    Language: English
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1/1.85:1
    Audio: 2.0 PCM Mono
    Colour: Colour
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    Both aspect rations. I'm all in for THE KILLERS.
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    My only concern is this: "High Definition digital transfer of the film by Universal Pictures" - some of the transfers Universal have supplied to Shout! have been less than perfect...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
    I'll be getting this. I love Siegel's films, and this is a fine one. Shame the 1946 THE KILLERS isn't coming out on Blu too, though.
    It is now!

    Release Date: 17th November 2014
    Format: Blu-ray
    Starring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien
    Directed by: Robert Siodmak

    Synopsis: THE MAN WHO WANTED TO DIE…

    Ernest Hemingway’s spare, laconic short story about two professional killers and their encounter with a mysteriously unresisting victim was significantly expanded into this all-time film noir classic, which Hemingway said was the first adaptation of his work that he really admired.

    As washed-up boxer turned hitman victim Ole ‘Swede’ Andreson, Burt Lancaster made his screen debut, and was catapulted to instant stardom, not least for the screen chemistry that he showed opposite sultry Ava Gardner, whose Kitty Collins is the very personification of the femme fatale.

    German émigré Robert Siodmak was one of the filmmakers who helped create film noir, and Elwood Bredell’s high-contrast cinematography, all harsh lighting and long shadows, elevates the film far above a conventional crime drama. But even on that level it’s a first-rate demonstration of how to maintain narrative tension, with the flashback structure withholding crucial details until almost the very end.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
    - Gorgeous new High Definition digital transfer of the film
    - Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 audio
    - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
    - More details to be announced!

    DETAILS:
    Region: B
    Rating: PG
    Cat No: FCD1024
    Duration: 103 mins
    Language: English
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
    Audio: 1.0
    Black and White

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