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Kill List [Blu-ray]


(Ben Wheatley, 2011)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: IFC Films

Video: MPI Video



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:35:36.000

Disc Size: 22,779,649,911 bytes

Feature Size: 19,585,320,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.95 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: August 14th, 2012



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3390 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3390 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB



English (SDH), Spanish, none



• Two commentaries - Ben Wheatley and writer Amy Jump and second with  actors Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring and Michael Smiley

• Interview with Director Ben Wheatley (6:27 in 480i), Claire Jones and Andrew Stark (Producers) - 7:42 in 480i , MyAnna Buring + Neil Maskell (10:23 in 480i)

Making Of... (7:41 - 1080i)

• Featurette (2:00 in 1080P)

Trailer (1:48 in 1080P)





Description: Eight months after a disastrous hit job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer Jay (Neil Maskell) is pressured by his partner Gal (Michael Smiley), into taking a new assignment. But as they descend into the bizarre, disturbing world of the contract, Jay's reality begins to unravel until fear and paranoia send him reeling towards a horrifying point of no return. From director Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace), KILL LIST is a mind-blowing psychological horror film that plunges into the heart of human darkness.



The Film:

Simmering marital tensions and unexpected complications weigh heavily on the conscience of a seasoned contract killer in this dark thriller from Down Terrace director Ben Wheatley. An ex-soldier in desperate need of work, Jay (Neil Maskell) is hosting a dinner party with his wife, Shel (MyAnna Buring), when the conversation with guests Gal (Michael Smiley) and Fiona (Emma Fryer) turns suddenly combative. In the aftermath of the incident, Gal proposes to Jay that they both earn a hearty payday by accepting a few well-timed contract jobs. Meanwhile, as the pair go to work getting a lock on their targets, Jay finds himself increasingly distracted by domestic issues and his growing desire to be a good father. Jay's paternal instincts drive him to violent extremes, however, when he makes a shocking discovery about one of the men on his list. Later, after finding a new tool to get the job done, the details of Jay's latest assignment begin to take on deeply ominous undertones.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Shot with the, now famous, Red One Camera Kill List looks quite acceptable on Blu-ray from MPI. This is only single-layered but the bitrate seems to support the film well and the deficiencies of the production format haven't exposed any contrast failings. It doesn't look overly waxy and detail has impressive moments with some sneaking depth. This Blu-ray exports an accurate image with realistic colors.  I doubt much more could be done technically to improve the 1080P presentation. The 2.35:1 framing establishes a precise representation of the original. Thumbs up!















Audio :

Totally competent DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 3390 kbps. It handles even the intense moments with punchy depth. There isn't a lot of aggression - till the second half and this track sounds like a fine representation. The robust lossless offers a crisp, vibrant presentation with some minor subtleties exported to the rear speakers. Solid all around. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'.


Extras :

The supplements appear to duplicate the UK edition from December of 2011. We get the same two commentaries - Ben Wheatley and writer Amy Jump from the production to adaptation of the story and a second, lighter one, with actors Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring and Michael Smiley - dealing with the characterizations and development. There are also interviews with Wheatley (6:27 in 480i), Producers Claire Jones and Andrew Stark (7:42 in 480i) and lastly actors MyAnna Buring + Neil Maskell (10:23 in 480i). There is an 8-minute Making Of... in HD, a short 'featurette' and a trailer in 1080P.

NOTE: James tells us: The UK disc comes on a BD-50, has the same extras as the US disc, but the US disc adds a 2-minute featurette. The disc also comes with a DVD copy, with the same extras. It's region-B locked.



Interesting, odd, disturbing film - well realized by the filmmakers. Not for the squeamish but worth a spin and the extras on the Blu-ray give value to the package. I'd like to see more from Wheatley - who definitely shows some promise. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

August 8th, 2012


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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