New Release: The Killing Blu-ray and DVD

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Disguises are donned in a plot to rob a racetrack in Stanley Kubrick's The Killing.

Stanley Kubrick’s unforgettable 1956 film noir heist movie The Killing comes to Criterion Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 16 for the list prices of $39.95 and $29.95, respectively.

The story of a well-planned racetrack robbery is told via a radical-for-its-time splintered narrative peppered with sharp dialog from the great pulp writer Jim Thompson. Plus, the film features a cast of legendary character actors, including Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove), Coleen Gray (Red River), Timothy Carey (Paths of Glory) and Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon).

A too-cool thriller embodying all of film noir’s finest characteristics — deceit, betrayal, fate and a femme fatale — as well as Kubrick’s trademark tracking shots and precise mise-en-scene, The Killing is definitely a must-own for Criterion classics collectors.

The movie will feature a new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. The Blu-ray and DVD will include the following special features:

  • new video interview with producer James B. Harris
  • excerpts of interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series
  • new video interview with film scholar Robert Polito about writer Jim Thompson and his work on The Killing
  • restored transfer of Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 noir feature Killer’s Kiss
  • new video appreciation of Killer’s Kiss with film critic Geoffrey O’Brien
  • theatrical trailers
  • booklet featuring an essay by film historian Haden Guest and a reprinted interview with Marie Windsor on The Killing


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.