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The Killers [1946+1964] Doublefeature [DVD]


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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes
  • Directors: Robert Siodmak, Don Siegel
  • Producers: Mark Hellinger
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 195 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UWXM4E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,797 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The original film noir and its remake in one package. In 'The Killers' (1946), after boxer Swede (Burt Lancaster) is gunned down by a pair of contract killers, insurance investigator Jim Reardon (Edmond O'Brien) sets about piecing together the motives behind the murder. Swede's story is revealed in flashback - how he became involved in the crime world of Big Jim Colfax (Albert Dekker), only to be seduced into armed robbery by Colfax's glamorous moll, Kitty Collins (Ava Gardner). In 'The Killers' (1964), director Don Siegel's gritty remake of the 1946 original, Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager star as two hitmen determined to find out why their latest victim offered no resistance when they came calling.

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Ernest Hemingway's short story The Killers was turned into two memorable films noir at the beginning and the end of the high period of the genre. This collection features both films. The original 1946, directed by Robert Siodmak, version stars Burt Lancaster as 'the Swede', an aging boxer who is brought in on for an underground job. The 1964 Don Siegel version stars Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager as a pair of gunmen scouring a seedy underworld.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 20 Aug 2008
anyone who denies the raw passion and power combined with the furious pacing and editing of this great noir is not really alive,it shows where tarantino gets all his so-called style and origonality from -the origonal source.

the getaway race trek exchamp played with impeccable indifference by cassavettes ,the sly ,malicious and deceiving eve who is the fatal attraction as angie dickinson,and lee marvin in the title role amaze you with ronald reagen for once playing a badman too,

thw score is great as are the locales and the technique is superb ,storytelling at it's lustrous best with smart lines and great sound .

the characters are forbidding and live in a dark yet colorful world of race car treks and armed heists .

the twists are just too amazing to be true and the revenge tale unfolds in reverse with an emotional strength that makes you care for all whether they are good or bad ,

don spiegel made a masterpiece here for not getting into the straight narrative but innovating it with a new ingeniousness that still upholds well after falf a century ,

it still gives a lot of insight into it's characters just with a really cleverly written script and the economising of frames is perfection as it fits into solid 91 minutes so well .

the 46 feature with burt -ava is good too but the 1964 movie is unmissable and you get to see two different versions anyway -a big fat bonus

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By John Barrett Rose on 3 Feb 2011
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Gangster drama for the old at heart. Interesting if you like Lee Marvin. Amusing if you wish to see a former President of the United States posing as a criminal.
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