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Kill Me Again [Blu-ray]

 

(John Dahl, 1989)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Propaganda Films

Video: Olive Films

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:34:44.178

Disc Size: 24,330,161,876 bytes

Feature Size: 23,874,908,160 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.89 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: March 22nd, 2016

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1997 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1997 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

Trailer (1:48)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Jack Andrews (Val Kilmer, Heat), a down on his luck private investigator is looking to score some cash in order to pay off his debt to a local loan shark. Fay Forrester (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Shattered) in femme fatale mode is looking to disappear, having just made off with a suitcase full of money stolen from her psychotic boyfriend Vince (Michael Madsen, Species) following a robbery gone wrong. Fate will bring Jack and Fay together. And fate may tear them apart in the modern day noir Kill Me Again, directed by John Dahl (The Last Seduction) from a screenplay by Dahl and David W. Warfield.

 

 

The Film:

In his film debut, novice director John Dahl (who would later make The Last Seduction), weaves a quirky tale of love, murder and deception. Jack Andrews (Val Kilmer), a seedy private detective is hired by Fay Forrester (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), to help her fake her own death in a clever scheme to escape from her mob pursuers, whom she double-crossed stealing money she had been sent to pick up, and are now intent on killing her. There then ensues a series of complicated plot-twists, double-crosses and surprises as Fay and Jack race each other to escape the mobsters, who have found them, and to get the money before the other does.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Things start off with Fay (Joanne Whalley, billed here when she was Joanne Whalley-Kilmer) and Vince (Michael Madsen) making away with a suitcase full of stolen money. It turns out to be a lot more than Vince thought it would be, leading him to start worrying and considering where they can go to lie low. Fay doesn't want to lie low, so she gets Vince out of the picture and heads off on her own. Well, on her own with the suitcase full of money. Knowing that Vince will be in hot pursuit, Fay contacts a private eye (Val Kilmer) and asks him to help fake her death. She doesn't tell him the truth, of course, but she tells him enough to get him interested, with the bit about paying him $10,000 - an amount that he owes to people who are happy to hurt his fingers - probably the most interesting part. Things go according to plan . . . . . . . up to a point. Then, almost inevitably, things start to go awry.

Excerpt from ForItIsMansNumber located HERE

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

Kill Me Again arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. Predictably, it is single-layered but has a high bitrate and looks decent in 1080P. There is some inherent softness but skin tones are warm and there is even some depth sprinkled in. It looks, about as expected, and the source is clean and supportive in-motion. Nothing to overly rave over but no nagging complaints either - this probably looks akin to its theatrical premiere presentation.

 

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Audio :

Audio is transferred to a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1997 kbps (24-bit). There are aggressive effects with gunshots and fighting sequences. They carry some depth and the score is by William Olvis (aside from this feature almost exclusively TV work on his resume.) It supports the film dark moods quite well and sounds clean and moody in the lossless. Dialogue is consistent and audible. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

Only a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their Blu-ray releases.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Kill Me Again is the first foray into Dahl's impressive Neo-Noirs. I really enjoyed it. He uses plenty of dark-cinema conventions, it has twists, and a nice build up of suspense - it's an excellent crime-thriller, pop-corner, if you are in the mood with shades of his excellent The Last Seduction. Madsen is his usual nasty character, and doe-eyed Whalley-Kilmer plays a deliciously evil femme fatale. The bare-bones Blu-ray is fine, a decent a/v presentation and offers good value at 57% OFF Pre-order at Amazon. Go for it.

Gary Tooze

March 14th, 2016

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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