KILLING THEM SOFTLY Blu-ray Review
Killing Them Softly is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Starz and Anchor Bay. It unfortunately had a quick release in theaters that prevented me from watching it on the big screen, so I was excited to see this when it arrived in the mail. Andrew Dominik directs Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Richard Jenkins in this gritty heist movie. Dominik adapted the script from George V. Higgins’ 1974 crime novel titled Cogan’s Trade. In the film, Jackie Cogan (Pitt) is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.
In reality it should have been titled killing them slowly and to the point of boredom. I had high hopes for Killing The Softly because of the exceptional cast, and the direction of Dominik. What I got was a film that was too slow for it’s own good. Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, and Scoot McNairy are the saving graces for this film. Ray Liotta,and James Gandolfini are basically playing the same characters that they did in Goodfellas and The Soprano’s respectively.
Aside from the solid acting moments, the film’s use of natural lighting was a great element. With all of the big blockbuster CGI-heavy movies in theaters, it is nice to see a low key movie like this from time-to-time. There are a lot of dark colors, browns, greens and other similar colors that look wonderful on the Blu-ray. In addition to the use of natural light, the sound mix includes a lot of environmental noise throughout the film. This is especially noticeable thanks the 5.1 audio mix.
The special features are very limited for the Killing Them Softly Blu-ray. The disc only includes a handful of deleted scenes and a 6 minute making-of documentary. I would have loved to have seen an extended interview with Pitt about his role as the enforcer. Surprisingly there is not even an audio commentary track