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Mr. Redford allows the film’s drama to build slowly and in great detail, which does cause the pace to drag occasionally. Still, the story he and Mr. Solomon are telling is so absorbing that the occasional slow spot can be tolerated.

The work of the cast, which also includes Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton”), Colm Meaney (“Get Him to the Greek”) and Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler”), is uniformly strong, with Miss Wright deserving of Oscar consideration.

The film is available in a deluxe Blu-ray edition as well as a two-disc DVD version. Both editions include a feature-length documentary on the assassination plot, as well as interviews with the cast, commentary by Mr. Redford and a number of short features on the actual events.

A gripping historical drama, “The Conspirator” is a worthy addition to any film fan’s collection. MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some scenes of violence.

Back of the Rack

The Killing

The Criterion Collection


Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 film noir gem, centering on the real-time robbery of a racetrack, gets a well-deserved, first-class restoration on DVD and Blu-ray from the respected Criterion Collection. Featuring a cast of some of Hollywood’s best character actors, including Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray and Elisha Cook Jr., this edge-of-your-seat heist drama crackles with edgy dialogue and whip-quick plot twists and turns. As always, the technical folks at Criterion have done a masterful job of making the visuals and soundtrack as clear and crisp as if the film was brand new.

The Blu-ray edition includes interviews with a film historian and a critic on the making of the film and where it fits in Kubrick’s career; a short film about the movie’s co-screenwriter, Jim Thompson, best known as the author of such noir novels as “The Getaway” and “The Grifters”; and a brand new interview with the movie’s producer, James B. Harris.

No MPAA Rating, but should be treated as a PG film for violent content.

News & Notes

Big 3 to collaborate on 3-D

One of the biggest questions nagging consumers considering buying 3-D television sets is whether they’ll have to buy several pairs of glasses to work with different brands of sets. According to Variety, that concern may soon be largely obsolete.

The three leading manufacturers of television sets sold in the United States - Samsung, Panasonic and Sony - are joining forces to develop standards for 3-D TV glasses. The result, to be known as Full HD 3-D, will be available in 2012 and will be compatible with 3-D TVs sold in 2011.

Despite the confidence expressed by the three companies that the standardization of the glasses will overcome customer resistance to the 3-D format, some marketing firms continue to express doubt about the future of 3-D television. Sources cited in Variety point to a Nielsen survey that showed the two leading reasons for customer resistance were having to use glasses of any kind and the high price of sets.

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