John Cassavetes’ film – THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE – released by the BFI as dual format dvd set

posted 22 Jul 2013, 07:07 by Julian Whiting

Killing of a Chinese BookieTHE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE (15) 1976   CASSAVETES, JOHN £19.99
Receiving its long-overdue High Definition premiere, as part of this Dual Format Edition, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is John Cassavetes’ uncompromising character study of a gangster.

Cassavetes regular Ben Gazzara, plays a seedy Los Angeles strip-club owner who runs up heavy gambling debts which he arranges to wipe out by murdering an elderly Chinese gangster.

Arguably the most plot-driven of his films, Cassavates withdrew The Killing of a Chinese Bookie shortly after the initial release and subsequently re-cut a shorter version with a different opening. Both cuts are made available on the Blu-ray and DVD

Special Features

•Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
•Includes both the 135 minute and 108 minute re-cut versions
•Selected scene commentary by Al Rubin and Peter Bogdanovich on long version
•Extensive booklet with essays and film credits

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/new-english-language-films-on-dvd