Latest Review – The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Blu-ray) (BFI)

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THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE (3-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition)

(Strictly Limited Edition of 1,000 units)

BFI / John Cassavetes / 1976 / United States

Running Time: 134 minutes (full 1976 version) / 109 minutes (1978 re-edit)

Region Code: Region B (Locked)

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (Original Aspect Ratio)

Codec: AVC

Image: Colour

Video: Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p High Definition / 24fps

Video: Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL

Video: Disc 3: DVD5 / PAL

Audio: Disc 1: English LPCM Mono 2.0 Audio (48k/16-bit)

Audio: Disc 2: English Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 Audio (256 kbps)

Audio: Disc 3: English Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 Audio (320 kbps)

Language: English

Subtitles: Optional English SDH


Though a commercial failure upon its original release in the February of 1976 (with the film subsequently being pulled from distribution after only seven days), John Cassavetes’ gritty, absorbing and ultra-realistic art house-crime drama has since gone on to be considered one of his finest, most authentic and most acclaimed works, and this superb new release from the BFI, the fifth and final title in their ‘John Cassavetes Collection’, presents both the original ‘uncut’ 1976 version (which star, Ben Gazzara claimed he hated due to the length), and the shorter 1978 version, re-edited by Cassavetes’ for the 1978 commercial release…Read More

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