Arrow Films’ Arrow Academy label are releasing the classic The Killers, onto Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 24th February. One of the first post-noir movies, The Killers is probably best known as the film which was originally intended to be the first TV movie, but pulled by broadcasters due to what was seen as overtly graphic violence, The Killers, most importantly, is the film which established Lee Marvin: achingly cool, unnervingly relaxed and physically daunting.
This feature-packed disc will be released as a deluxe Blu-ray featuring original and newly commissioned artwork, an archive interview with director Don Siegel, new and exclusive interviews with Dwayne Epstein, author of ‘Lee Marvin: Point Blank’ and Marc Eliot, author of ‘Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years’, alongside an exclusive collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mike Sutton andextracts from Don Siegel’s autobiography. Arrow will release the film in both the alternate widescreen framing (1.85:1) and the more commonly seen 1.33:1/4:3 version. The Killers was originally commissioned as the first American TV movie, though it was intended from the outset to be released in European cinemas. However, following the JFK assassination, NBC became nervous about the film’s subject matter, and the film debuted in American cinemas instead. But because of the original plans, previous video releases have treated The Killers as a TV movie and framed it at the then-universal TV shape of 1.33:1/4:3.