Excerpt: Criterion’s black-and-white Blu-ray transfer, mastered at 2K resolution from the original 35mm camera negative, is a vast improvement over MGM’s standard-def disc of a dozen years ago. It has more detail, greater contrast, finer gray scale, and the proper aspect ratio—it’s just better in every way. Much of it looks terrific. But there are also, perhaps inescapably, signs of wear and slight fuzziness.
Conclusion: Considering the hit or miss way MGM has been handling their catalog titles, Kubrick fans should rejoice that the Criterion Collection was able to license 'The Killing' and create such a fantastic release. It's a thrilling crime movie that has benefited from the digital restoration it received. The inclusion of 'Killer's Kiss' makes it a must-own for Kubrick fans.
Excerpt: Every split second counts at the racetrack, where fortunes are won and lost in as much time and the smallest decisions carry a built-in intensity few other locations can claim. The Killing , a blisteringly taut decimation of post-WWII entitlement, understands this better than any other crime film.
Conclusion: Though less renowned and familiar than most of his later films, The Killing holds up as one of Stanley Kubrick's more enjoyable and less divisive works. It might not have seemed like it upon release, but this heist flick is now essential viewing for understanding and appreciating 1950s cinema.
Excerpt: The Movie Stanley Kubrick's The Killing , adapted from Lionel White's book Clean Break , goes beyond most crime dramas of its era. Sure, it has tough-guy anti-heroes spouting memorable dialogue, crafted with the help of the singular Jim Thompson, plus plenty of high-stakes suspense. We're also privy to all the nuts-and-bolts mechanics of the heist itself, an inside job taking down a cash-loaded racetrack in broad daylight.
Excerpt: “ Doe mij uit de categorie ‘classic film noir’ een film van Stanley Kubrick “, dacht ik gisteravond, en hoppa: The Killing voldeed daar perfect aan. Heerlijk hoe ik nog altijd op m’n ignorance gewezen kan worden. Ik was namelijk bang dat het een wat trage lange film zou zijn, maar dat is het absoluut niet.