The Killers [1946/1964] [Criterion] (DVD)

Robert Siodmak / Don Siegel






Ernest Hemingway's gripping short story The Killers has fascinated readers and filmmakers for generations. Its first screen incarnation came in 1946, when director Robert Siodmak unleashed The Killers, helping to define the film noir style and launching the careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in an archetypal masterpiece. In 1956, then-film student Andrei Tarkovsky tackled the story with a faithful 19-minute short. In 1946, Don Siegel-initially slated to direct the 1946 version-took it on, creating the first-ever made-for-TV feature, but it proved too violent for broadcast in the wake of JFK's assassination. The Criterion Collection presents all three versions of this classic tale of amorality that asks why a man silently welcomes his fate with the passivity of a man already dead.

Product Details

  • Starring: Burt Lancaster, John Cassavetes, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 02/18/2003
  • Run Time: 196 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 176

Special Features

  • Music and Effects Track
  • Essay By Geoffrey O'Brien (Hardboiled America)
  • Production and Publicity Stills With Actor Biographies, Rare Behind-the-Scenes Stills Gallery, and Advertisements
  • Production Correspondence Including Memos From Don Siegel, Broadcasting Standards Reports, and Casting Suggestions
  • Excerpts From Don Siegel's Autobiography, A Siegel Film, Pertaining To the Making Of the Movie
  • Reflections With Star Clu Gulager
  • Essay By Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn)
  • Essay "Notes On Film Noir"
  • Writer/Director Paul Schrader's Seminal 1972
  • Collection Of Trailers For Robert Siodmak Films
  • Actor Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) Reads Hemingway's Short Story
  • Video Interview With Writer Stuart M. Kaminsky
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