‘I gotta find out what makes a man decide not to run. Why all of a sudden he’d rather die.’ So muses hitman Charlie (Lee Marvin) after his high-priced victim Johnny North (John Cassavetes) gives in without a fight. Obsessed with the answer, Charlie and his hot-headed associate Lee (Clu Gulager) track down Johnny’s associates, and uncover a complex web of crime and deceit involving his femme fatale girlfriend Sheila (Angie Dickinson) and ruthless mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan).
For the first time in the UK comes the UK Blu-ray release of the 1964 crime thriller, The Killers, from director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry). One of the first post-noir films, Siegel’s taut thriller, loosely inspired by the Ernest Hemingway story, was originally intended to be a TV movie, but was pulled due to its overtly graphic violence. It’s also the film that gave Lee Marvin his finest role and was Ronald Reagan’s last movie before entering politics.
THE UK BLU-RAY RELEASE
The Arrow Films’ Arrow Academy deluxe Blu-ray release features a High Definition digital transfer of the film by Universal Pictures, presented in alternative TV and alternate widescreen cinema aspect ratios. The super cool extras include an archive interview with director Don Siegel, new interviews with Dwayne Epstein, author of Lee Marvin: Point Blank and Marc Eliot, author of Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years, original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh, and an exclusive collector’s booklet.
The Killers is out on Blu-ray from Monday 24 February, from Arrow Films