Killers, The: Double-Disc Set - The Criterion Collection

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Killers, The: Double-Disc Set - The Criterion Collection

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Two Radically Different Films Inspired By One Classic Story

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 an archetypal masterpiece. In 1956, then-film student Andrei Tarkovsky tackled the story with a faithful 19-minute short. In 1946, Don Siegel-initially slated to direct the 1946 version-took it on, creating the first-ever made-for-TV feature, but it proved too violent for broadcast 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 silently welcomes his fate with the passivity of a man already dead.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 04 2002
  • Production Year 1964
  • Empire SKU 459251
  • UPC Code 715515013321
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


The Killers (1946)
Video Interview With Writer Stuart M. Kaminsky
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"
Essay By Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn)
Music and Effects Track
The Killers (1964)
Reflections With Star Clu Gulager
Excerpts From Don Siegel's Autobiography, 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
Essay By Geoffrey O'Brien (Hardboiled America)
Music and Effects Track


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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