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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT277-BR

THE STONE KILLER (1973) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Charles Bronson, Norman Fell, Martin Balsam, David Sheiner, Jack Colvin, Paul Koslo, Stuart Margolin
Directed By:  Michael Winner
Composed By:  Roy Budd

“The Stone Killer is a superior example of its type – tough cop against the mob – and probably the best violent big-city police movie since Dirty Harry…Winner directs it with great zeal.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Distinguished by the appearance of Bronson and its interesting plot…Bronson shows everyone that he can be a rock-solid killing machine when he has to be.”
– TV Guide

Star Charles Bronson and director Michael Winner (The Mechanic) team up again in The Stone Killer (1973), the tale of a tough cop (Bronson) up against a Mafia plot to avenge a decades-old massacre. The twist: the Don (Martin Balsalm) is using Vietnam vets as his hit men. John Gardner’s book was adapted by Gerald Wilson, and the score is from Roy Budd.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1973 / Color
95 MINUTES
RATED R

Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary with Bronson Biographer Paul Talbot / Original Theatrical Trailer

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on August 28, 2017 3:16 AM
Charles Bronson was one of the hottest movie stars in the seventies only behind Clint Eastwood when it came to the box office. But before he had his breakout role in THE MECHANIC, he played mostly second tier parts doing so with ease. All of that changed in 1972 as that film became a hit and was quickly followed up to cash in on its release with THE STONE KILLER.

Made between THE MECHANIC and DEATH WISH (all three of which teamed Bronson with director Michael Winner), Bronson stars as New York police detective Lou Torrey. As the film opens he’s in trouble with the higher ups for shooting a suspect who had drawn and fired on him. This isn’t the first time it’s happened and with the public making a scene he decides to turn in his badge and move west. He’s given a detective’s badge again and makes as little problem as possible.

Time passes but Torrey ends up getting clues that something big is in the planning stages. It begins with the arrest of an old hit man he recognizes who is then gunned down. Each clue leads him closer and closer to the truth, a situation that will merge his past and present. It seems that old mob boss Al Vescari (Martin Balsam) planning to finally unleash the revenge he’s waited years for.

His plan is to exact vengeance on the mob families that were behind the “night of the vespers”, an evening decades earlier when a number of mob bosses were all killed on the same night, changing the makeup of the mob from then forward. How he plans to accomplish this is where the clues come into play and while a number of posts online will tell you what that is I’ll allow you to find out for yourself.

This is not Bronson at his best but it is better than a few others he’d done by that time. The character is in the mold of Dirty Harry which had come out two years earlier. The tough cop who plays by his own rules and employs a sort of vigilante justice in the eyes of the press and police watchdogs who aren’t there to walk the same areas he covers or be shot at. The good part about it is that in watching his films you can see the progress of Bronson from supporting to leading roles. Some would like to discredit his skills as an actor but come on, this isn’t Shakespeare here. He does a great job at what he’s doing in these films.

Twilight Time is releasing this film in the usual beautiful clearest presentation possible in 1080p hi-def on blu-ray. They include several extras this time around including an isolated music track, audio commentary track by Bronson biographer Paul Talbot and the original theatrical trailer. Copies are, as always, limited to just 3,000 so if you’re interested pick one up soon. Bronson fans who failed to do so on previous titles found themselves left empty handed by not picking up titles right away.

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