Kiss of Death (1947)
Company: Twilight Time
Starring: Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Karl Malden, Richard Widmark, Coleen Gray, Taylor Holmes, Mildred Dunrock
My Review and Thoughts:
My Rating: 5 out of 5
This is a wonderful 1947 crime thriller film that stands the test of time. A true film noir. What makes this film stand out the most is, it has the phenomenal actor Richard Widmarks first starring feature film role.
The story is simple yet classic film noir unique. Nick Bianco and his 3 con men, robbers go about robbing a jewelry store. The robbery does not go as plan. Nick is hurt and arrested. Instead of snitching he ends up going to jail for 20 years. 3 years in his wife commits suicide and his daughters are sent to an orphanage. Now what makes this important is Nick was under the impression that his group would take care of his wife and kids for taking the wrap. Instead he finds out that his wife was in financial problems. Next to make things worse he finds out that one of his crew members raped and brutalized his wife. Nick works with the police. Soon he gets out. Add in a psychopathic killer played flawlessly by Widmark. Many murders and you have one tight and twisted little gem of a crime film. Equal parts brutal and equal parts dramatic.
Kiss of Death was directed by one of my favorite directors of the past. He had a total expertise in creating memorable films, and executing those characters on screen into a believable reality. If you know me, you know I mention growing up on Westerns. Staying at my Uncles house most of my childhood, there was always westerns on and many of those westerns where directed by Henry Hathaway. Hathaway was a passionate director. He worked with all the greats, the one of kind, amazing Randolph Scott. The legend and Icon John Wayne. The sexy, handsome Gary Cooper. He partly directed one of my favorite Westerns of all time 1962’s How the West Was Won. Also directed the one and only 1969’s True Grit. Twilight Time has honored him with another Special Edition release, his Garden of Evil which you can read my review in the Twilight Time section of reviews.
A wonderful cast of actors and actresses. The amazing Victor Mature, Brain Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Richard Widmark. Mature was a true brilliant talent. He starred in some of the great films in cinema history. The one and only 1946 My Darling Clementine, 1949’s Samson and Delilah, 1953’s The Robe and so many others. Mature was a true genius of film. He will always be remembered by any film historian or movie lover. This film was nominated for many awards and won many. Richard Widmark won most promising newcomer at the Golden Globes. Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer won for Best Screenplay at the Locarno International Film Festival. Victor Mature won best actor also at the International Film Festival. Also, Richard Widmark was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Role. Over the years, the movie has garnered a great following of fans and great respect from movie lovers.
Now there is a 1995 remake of the film starring David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Hunt and Nicolas Cage. They change the plot and alter the reality of the movie as most remakes do.
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Priceless as always. Beautiful black tones. Crisp imagery. Brilliant audio. Ear candy. Yet again another flawless way to treat a film. Twilight Time knows how to do it best.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1947 / B&W
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Isolated Music Track. Composed by a genius of film. David Buttolph left an amazing career in music and in film. He scored well over 300 movies. A truly prolific career. It was wonderful hearing this isolated score.
Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman. Priceless as always. A wonderful listen by two amazing film historians. Kirgo and Redman are fantastic film gurus to knowledge yourself on any film they are talking about.
Audio Commentary with Film Historians James Ursini and Alain Silver. Another wonderful listen. Priceless to be able to hear so many film historians speak about a film.
Original Theatrical Trailer
Again, Twilight Time has done another priceless job in bringing a wonderful product out. A perfect Blu-ray. Always a true treat to experience. Kiss of Death is a great film to own and speak about and most of all praise. What better way to praise it then on a wonderful high quality 1080p transfer Blu-ray. Twilight Time aces it yet again. Highly recommended.
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