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The Killing Blu-ray

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The Killing / Killer's Kiss | The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1956 | 2 Movies | 152 min | Not rated | Aug 16, 2011

The Killing (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (31.08 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1, 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1, 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 4.9 of 54.9
Based on 6 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
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Crime17%
Heist3%
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The Killing

 (1956)

The Killing Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Ex-con Johnny Clay has a plan, a $2 million plan to knock-off a race track. The plan is perfect; Johnny and his crew go in, they get out with the money, and no one gets hurt. Nothing can go wrong, Johnny has covered all the angles, all but one, a double-crossing, money-hungry dame named Sherry Peatty. Sherry has her OWN plan, and is gonna get what SHE wants, no matter the cost!!!

For more about The Killing and the The Killing Blu-ray release, see the The Killing Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Ted de Corsia, Marie Windsor
Narrator: Art Gilmore
Director: Stanley Kubrick

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The Killing Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.67:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Stanley Kubrick's The Killing arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The high-definition transfer Criterion have used for this Blu-ray release is simply beautiful. Fine object detail, for instance, is excellent even during the darker sequences from the race track building. Where there is plenty of light, the image is striking. Clarity is also dramatically improved. Where many scenes from the old SDVD of The Killing look soft and hazy, here they convey outstanding depth and fluidity (see screencapture #6). The close-ups are also incredibly well detailed. Edge-enhancement and macroblocking are never a serious issue of concern. I also did not see any traces of overzealous sharpening and filtering. Naturally, there is a prominent layer of healthy, well resolved grain throughout the entire film. The color reproduction is also impressive -- the blacks are rich and well saturated, while the variety of grays and whites have very pleasant organic qualities. Last but not least, there are no large damage marks, debris, scratches, or specks. The only possible issue here is the presence of light chroma noise during certain scenes. However, I was only able to spot its presence after I took the screencaptures for our review, not while viewing the film.

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.34:1 and granted a 1080p transfer, Killer's Kiss also looks mighty impressive - perhaps a notch below The Killing, but fine object detail and especially clarity are indeed dramatically improved. Again, I did not see any traces of overzealous sharpening, though partial noise corrections have been applied. Film grain is mostly evenly distributed throughout the film, but is not as well resolved as it is on The Killing. Naturally, selected scenes have a tendency to look slightly softer than others. Lastly, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review, but I did notice a couple of tiny flecks popping up here and there. All in all, the presentation is convincing, easily up to Criterion's high standards.

(Note 1: Please note that screencaptures #1-14 are from The Killing, while screencaptures #15-19 are from Killer's Kiss).

(Note 2: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Killing Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 1.0 for The Killing and English Dolby Digital 1.0 for Killer's Kiss. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for both films.

The English LPCM 1.0 track boasts a fuller, better rounded and generally better balanced sound. The shootouts, in particular, are crisper than they are on the SDVD release of The Killing, while the dialog is stable and clean. Gerald Fried's score gets a decent boost as well. For the record, I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, hissing (which is notably reduced here), or dropouts.

The English Dolby Digital 1.0 track delivers a slightly softer and less condensed sound -- dynamic progressions are not as effective as they are on the English LPCM 1.0 track. The dialog is also not as crisp, but this is not to say that it is in any way disappointing. There are no annoying pops and crack, but some background hiss is present.



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