The original mono audio is fine and legibility is ninety-nine per cent. Anne Billson's piece on the film is an informative scene setter. As a thriller, it meanders a bit too wildly and as a satire, it's hardly biting but as entertainment, you won't find another movie anything like it. high-class callgirls attending to their Sadly, what this means is a drama / action film made by the comedically inept. It took almost three years to finish after a long list of calamities that would have made most filmmakers crawl back to their beds and whimper for an entire season. quickly establishes that nobody is telling Kegan the truth, so we never even begin to get a version. 'Wild Bill' Richert on Winter Kills by Richard T. Johnson is a 1982 career-wide interview that excerpts Richert's time writing and directing the film. little impact and seems rushed, and (spoiler) John Huston's exit goes against the nature of the Winter Kills on DVD (013131213195) from Starz / Anchor Bay. needs - on golf courses, in hospital rooms. The skyscraper showdown at the end has There are only minor instances of graininess; otherwise, it's flawless. I wasn't aware that the crew were only one week away from finishing the shoot when the Hollywood union IATSE shut down the production. Richert rewrote scenes and cut out expensive locations to complete the film. First time director William Richert sounds like one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, a man who was smart enough to surround himself with so much tested talent in front of and behind the camera, so that whatever he ended up with would have been interesting. The Manhattan siren is a hot lay in bed, but a cold adventuress It's as sane as a straitjacketed masochist in a padded cell. Impressively produced, Winter Kills was a jinxed production Director Richert's reasoning was that he didn't want to embarrass Mifune (so he got cut out). I'm looking at you, Brad Dexter. If we're always convinced are listening in the next room. A final aside - genre fans can see femme favorites Tisa Farrow, Candace Rialson, Camilla Sparv, and Erin Gray peppered here and there as various sultry callgirls, adding more spice to the director's very male … After finding it, Nick's aides are all murdered in ridiculously quick succession. With the exception of the last few shots of the shorter 1983 re-issue (the only surviving version of this new ending was a 4:3 unsaturated source), lighting cameraman Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography looks luscious and about as clean as it could be. The quote at the end of Billson's piece has an alarming connection to the quote Slarek prefaced his latest 2019 round up with (from Chernobyl). The conversation it may stimulate will be just as entertaining. a wildly disjointed thriller about the vain attempts of a brother of a slain President to get to Jeff Bridges stars as Nick Kegan, the son of world famous tycoon Pa Kegan (John Huston) and half brother of the late President Timothy Kegan who was s… Winter Kills Director's Cut. 1.0 out of 5 stars big disappointment. Can't recall the last time I saw naked breasts in a trailer. DH. leopard coat from a top ten seconds to adjust to the sight of him (probably missing any essential dialogue that may be Drama 1978 1 hr 37 min ... Director. even more. Some were totally right. Not really caring about anyone is less of a plus (the trade off you make with fantastical plot developments) but the film is never less than entertaining even if every other scene, you say "Whoah. This extra includes 27 colour behind the scenes shots followed by 11 Front of House Black and White Stills with the first signed by John Huston and another showing the sexual clinch between two naked actors now oddly clothed. I looked forward to this dvd and was quite happy when it arrived promptly, as usual, so my disappointment had nothing to do with the merchants or suppliers - it was simply that it was a rubbish film, badly acted. Elizabeth Taylor appears uncredited as one "Lola Comante." OK. Anchor Bay's DVD of Winter Kills is an exciting presentation that surrounds the Winter Kills. Hmm. In fact, "Winter Kills" teems with offbeat characterizations that might flutter off into self-absorbed zaniness if not for Jeff Bridges in a competent everyman role. ", Next up is The Unmaking of Winter Kills, taken from four sources, it charts the extraordinary path of the film's budget. he knows, is the failing of both conspiracy movies, and real-life conspiracies as well. that is flatly impossible to follow or appreciate on a first viewing. This is a joy from start to a particularly lovely finish. The primary interview subjects all have the most charming stories and memories and Bill Richert comes across as a man for whom anyone would do anything. I'm tempted to list the more entertaining stories but then what would be the point of listening to the commentary. The reason I'm unfamiliar with Winter Kills probably has more to do with how relatively disconnected we all were in 1979, that and the fact that there was no theatrical release listing for the UK. "WINTER Kills," which opens today at Cinema 2 and a number of other theaters, has been advertised with the slogan "Something funny is happening in 'Winter Kills.' It's well worth a look but try to watch it with a friend. Dick Tracy-league gangsters hulk around looking sinister, RS. His father is played by the incomparable John Huston who when he's not directing classic Hollywood fare, he's playing some of the nastiest bad guys around. "Winter Kills" exemplifies this. Image gallery: publicity and promotional material Blu-ray: Winter Kills (1979) Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Condon, Winter Kills is one of those films that Indicator excel in: a ‘lost’ film, unfamiliar yet on watching you can’t believe you’ve never seen it before. First of all, there's Vilmos Zsigmond, the acclaimed Hungarian born cinematographer who won an Oscar for his work on Close Encounters and a year later, a BAFTA for his cinematography of The Deer Hunter. Film grain is never an issue. Reportedly intoxicated at all times, ex-Cowboy star Richard Boone nevertheless delivers a performance on take one. Daniel H. Blatt Producer. "~Hal Erickson I wouldn’t rank this with the elite political conspiracy flicks out there, but it is well crafted and a cut above most of the genre’s entries. But it was simply too early to fully capture the public at some level make sense. Verified Purchase. Everyone else comes under the heading of one-scene irrelevance or purposeful misdirection. He gives us the gen on his experiences with Elizabeth Taylor, Sterling Hayden and Richard Boone. Josh Olson trailer commentary (2013): short critical appreciation (3' 29") have been confusing, but it at least gave us the implicit nod, that what we were watching might Winter Kills is at once, surprising, baffling, exhilarating, labyrinthine, simplistic and exciting. Fourteen. feel lost. They must have said goodbye and went their separate ways in 1979 but twenty-four years later, here they are and the relationship is so real, no actors could act that. (note: This is second-hand info, 25 years old) Return, Review Staff | About DVD Talk | Newsletter Subscribe | Join DVD Talk Forum Seventeen years later, when paranoid conspiracy thrillers had already worn out their welcome, Spielberg's first choice for Quint in Jaws, Sterling Hayden, plays a deranged former political rival, Dawson. Erin Gray peppered here and there as various sultry callgirls, adding more spice to the director's I know he was about in California in 1978/9 as he featured in Spielberg's 1941 speaking his native Japanese. Video: Excellent The transfer of Winter Kills is beautifully-enhanced and brings out the full impact of every handsome set; I'd only seen the film on television and I think this is the first widescreen video version. It strings together most of the principal conspiracy  'theories' that popped up in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Movie legends have bizarre walk-ons; when Elizabeth Taylor has no lines and is on-screen and only served to muddy the water. The Parallax View, Winter Kills is natural charm is what makes the film watchable. After a night of frantic activity, Nick's father sends his son on a mission to interview all the known players in the conspiracy while Nick also tries to hook up with the love of his life. Robert Sterling Producer. Richert was in his early 30s on his directorial debut and almost every story about the making of the film reflects well on him. Kenny's mid shot piece to camera presentation is informative, entertaining and somewhat surprising (if visually a little lacklustre). 1973's literal Executive Action had made the killing a plot by right-wing Texas millionaires, On 1941, we miniature makers made our own molds for a number of models against His larger role was cut due to illegibility issues. telling of the story couldn't be better. lack of sinister ambition sets him apart from everyone else in this overpopulated picture, and Bridges' Frankenheimer, was a progressive black comedy about conspiracy in a is a pan up the promotional artwork. It contains all the craziness of the film in which it features while giving a flavour of the whole in one small sequence. It gets a lot crazier than that. It's just that these days everything is so safe, so anodyne and so correct. It's never less than entertaining but as a satisfying satirical thriller, it just falls a little short more from its glorious ambition than any failure of imagination. Seeing how genuine the regard and affection both star and director have for each other is rather special. The all-star cast turn in fun performances, In 1976, he'd not yet achieved that level of acclaim but he'd already shot John Boorman's Deliverance, Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye and Spielberg's debut feature The Sugarland Express. Every time it attempts to be funny or hip or quirky, it simply becomes ridiculous. The transfer of Winter Kills is beautifully-enhanced and brings out the full impact of every British label, Powerhouse Films’ Indicator Series, is releasing Director William Richert’s Winter Kills (1979) on a limited edition 4K Blu-ray. The hero, whose rich family seems to replicate its own original palatial apartment in hotels (and one hospital) all over the world, is trying to loosen a tight knot of a conspiracy theory while being frustrated at not being able to contact the love of his life. I have to admit only getting all this on a second viewing. This 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 1080p presentation looks like it just came straight from the lab. Boone's drinking, Sterling Hayden's pot-smoking in a Manhattan hotel, and Liz Taylor's leopard coat Perhaps this was the result of the shoot starting with enthusiasm and gusto in 1976 and then being broken up by money troubles and union issues. Winter Kills rates: flashy movie stars in bizarre roles, makes it an extremely difficult movie to understand, perhaps accounting All I was thinking was how much fun might it have been working on a Bill Richert set. each. Why Pa Kegan (or Cerruti) should think Nick will not simply write down what The writer and director William Richert is simply not very good and in HIS directors cut, … Jeff Bridges stands as normal enveloped by a whirlwind of caricatures and overblown situations. Reunion (2003): Richert and Bridges reflect on the film's colourful production (9' 07") the people he's seen have mysteriously died, except for crotchety Richard Boone, reprising his role, The poor assistant wardrobe person was stuck in the middle, threatened with legal action by the Original theatrical trailer (3' 16") As mentioned the cast is just jaw-dropping. The characters are hard to care about (as most are caricatures) but this doesn't take too much away from one's enjoyment. Bob Grimm Las Vegas CityLife. Some of the cuts were plain wrong, like the tanks. (Mr. Arkadin), Orson Welles' story about a corrupt tycoon who uses a hired detective to help Pa Kegan has just bullied his son to play detective. Olson adds some detail (a lot we have already gleaned after viewing the extras in order but that's hardly his fault) to the trailer of a film he holds in some high regard. She said that when the production shut down, Liz refused to return the coat. Sweet. an unprofessional pariah of herself, by begging an established Hollywood costume legend who knew Liz, Winter Kills (1979) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Richert's stories flow out at a heady pace. with the beautiful backdrop of Death Valley in wide shots and closer ones. You get an idea of what you're in for but no sense of the comedy or satire as elliptical as it is. After having seen it, the experience is not dissimilar to watching a very enthusiastic jigsaw enthusiast take several pieces from twenty-four widely diverse puzzles and go about trying to make them not only fit together but also have the whole picture make some sort of sense once 'completed'. Directed by William Richert. This kind of weirdness can have a kooky Lewis Carroll / funhouse 4-hour cut. This is followed by a colour Front of House still (again signed by John Huston) and finally the US release theatrical poster. She makes a terrific observation that well-known film actors could reassure an audience by popping up every now and again, that all is well even if you feel you may not be following the plot. Winter Kills opened to positive (if at times querulous Huston apparently wore his same 'bikini' in a meeting with the director. It seems mean spirited to describe this alternate end scene but it's not one that changes the effect of the film in any significant way. Stars Jeff Bridges. A failure when first released, Winter Kills fared somewhat better when director William Richert arranged to rerelease the film through his own company and restore several scenes that had been cut by its previous backers. The negative aspect of this is that you can't care for any of the characters as much as you might in a more conventional film. About. Despite how you might feel about the finished project, there doesn't seem to be any question of how committed the cast and crew were to this real oddity. Here he's required to speak English, which the revered actor learned phonetically. One way to explain Winter Kills is to see it as an updated Confidential Report He's the nominal centre of the action, the puppet jerked around by circumstance and characters all looking out for themselves. A man with the will to kill his own sons to get ahead, and the power to cover up anything, isn't Indecent is up against decent in the ring and I'm afraid I can guess which usually ends up bloodied on the mat. 1. Dorothy Malone, Tomas Milian, and Ralph Meeker flash by making little impact. A vast computer network (yawn) is the center of a conspiracy of intelligence that Jeff Bridges' Nick Kegan moves in a world of fantastic spoken) and then assume he has something important to contribute. play real war games in real tanks. Giuseppe Tornatore’s romantic ode to the movies charmed America, convincing theater-goers that little Italian kids are the cutest in the world. A close friend was proven false when unions shut down the show, spreading fear and loathing among its (previously Assumptions are made of the past too. Savant has another take on the Liz Taylor fur coat scandal. Return, 3. Screaming Flower is a wild psychedelic safari exploration of Simbal Karma born in New York, USA. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor, Let's just say things do not go either smoothly or in any way whatsoever predictably. It's curious that it's almost the opposite effect in 1917 where each well known face almost removes your from the full experience of the film. Things Happening in Secret (2020): critic and writer Glenn Kenny explores the history and legacy of conspiracy thrillers (30' 56") There's so much fine work in Winter Kills, it's hard to know where to begin. sinister millionaires, William Richert's sumptuously-produced film takes on dead-serious issues Each story is well worth your time but I think Richard Boone having a problem with the foghorn has to be my favourite. Liz couldn't be bothered There is a large flashback section in 1960 with Eli Wallach, mostly told through rushed voceover, "Winter Kills" exemplifies this. There is still genuine enthusiasm and love among those who participated in this most unusual film. For all we know, the shipboard I have never known a Hollywood film quite like Winter Kills and while that may be a positive thing (any outlier is welcome in these days of corporate conformity, cookie-cutter sequels and formula following) the movie itself defies pigeonholing. It has plenty of details not featured in the extras so is well worth a read. A political Alice Through the Looking Glass populated by stereotyped gangsters & more or less, from the superior The Kremlin Letter. Adding to the rest of the talent in front of the camera, this was a dream cast, each famous name, once committed, prompting snorts of incredulous surprise from Richert's young leading man. There are new and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Bellicose John Huston as Kegan's Machiavellian, overbearing father is fun to watch, as is the but most are one-scene one-shots. Though technically a work of fiction, Winter Kills (1979, R) is the maddest and most entertaining of Kennedy conspiracy thrillers, a wild kaleidoscope of clashing theories directed with wit and performed with gusto by an astounding cast. ridiculous breaks in production, not to mention the alleged mob presence. 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