Conclusion: I like this release a lot. It gives British fans of director Stanley Kubrick and his work the opportunity to own two of his most entertaining films exactly like Criterion presented them in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: När det stod klart att den omtyckta danska TV-serien "Forbrydelsen" skulle få en amerikansk remake var det många som höjde på ögonbrynen av oro. Varför göra om en så pass lyckad serie, frågade man sig. Oron var dock oförtjänt, då showrunnern Veena Sud levererade en helt fenomenal thrillerserie.
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.