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The Killers

Spine #176

Feb 18, 2003

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

The Killers

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Directed By: Robert Siodmak, Don Siegel
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, Clu Gulager, Claude Akins, Norman Fell, Ronald Reagan, Seymour Cassel
Licensor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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Why would a man welcome his own murder?

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 this archetypal masterpiece. In 1956, then-film student Andrei Tarkovsky tackled the story with a faithful 19-minute short. In 1964, Don Siegel-initially slated to direct the 1946 version-took it on, creating the first-ever made-for-TV feature, which would prove too violent for American audiences 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 would silently welcome his fate with the passivity of a man already dead.

  • Both Robert Siodmak's 1946 version and Don Siegel's 1964 version
  • Andrei Tarkovsky's student film version of The Killers
  • Video interview with writer Stuart M. Kaminsky (Don Siegel: Director)
  • Screen Director's Playhouse 1949 radio adaptation, starring Burt Lancaster and Shelley Winters
  • Actor Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) reads Hemingway's short story
  • Production and publicity stills with actor biographies, rare behind-the-scenes stills gallery, original press book and ads
  • Collection of trailers for Robert Siodmak films
  • Writer/director Paul Schrader's seminal 1972 essay "notes on film noir"
  • Notes by Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn)
  • Music and effects track
  • Reflections with Clu Gulager, star of the 1964 version
  • Excerpts from A Siegel Film pertaining to the making of the movie
  • Production correspondence including memos from Don Siegel, broadcasting standards reports and casting suggestions
  • Production and publicity stills with actor biographies, rare behind-the-scenes stills gallery, and advertisements
  • Notes by Geoffrey O'Brien (Hardboiled America: Lurid Paperbacks and the Masters of Noir)


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