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Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Special Edition, The Criterion Collection

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John Cassavetes engages film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays gentlemen s club owner Cosmo Vitelli, a man dedicated to pretenses of composure and self-possession. When he runs afoul of a group of gangsters, Cosmo is forced to commit a horrible crime in a last-ditch effort to save his beloved club and his way of life. Suspenseful, mesmerizing, and idiosyncratic, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is a thought-provoking examination of desperation and masculine identity. Available for the first time as a stand-alone release, from the box set John Cassavetes: Five Films.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
Restored high-definition digital transfer of John Cassavetes original 1976, 135-minute edit of the film
Restored high-definition digital transfer of Cassavetes 108-minute edit from the 1978 theatrical rerelease
Video interviews with star Ben Gazzara and producer Al Ruban
Audio interview with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson, conducted after the film s release
Stills gallery featuring rare, behind-the-scenes production photos
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Phillip Lopate and interviews with Cassavetes

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Things we have never
seen on screen before. --David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

Visually stunning, stylistically extravagant. --Newsweek


Special features

  • Video interviews with star Ben Gazzara and producer Al Ruban
  • Audio interview with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson, conducted after the film’s release
  • Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos
  • A booklet featuring an essay by Phillip Lopate

Product details

  • Actors: Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel
  • Directors: John Cassavetes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0012YICBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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