KISS OR KILL: DVD
Nikki (OíConnor) and Al (Day) are lovers and partners in crime - small time. When a routine con job goes badly astray, they hit the road across the barren Nullarbor, carrying a stolen video that implicates a famous sportsman in child sex. With the city cops - and the threatened sportsman - on their trail, they overnight at a motel. By morning, the motel owner is dead. Murdered. Next day, they get a lift from a stranger, who takes them home and lets them stay. By morning, he and his wife are also dead. Murdered. As they begin to suspect each other of the multiple killings, the cops are closing in, helped by an Aboriginal tracker. They also learn things about each otherís past. Kiss or Kill poses a potent question: how well can you really know anyone?
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
As edgy as a good road movie should be, Kiss or Kill is highly entertaining and boasts two terrific central performances. The film won five AFI Awards in 1997, and was nominated for another six, but only stayed in the top 20 for seven weeks, taking $1 million at the box office. It deserves to have done much better Ė as illustrated by fat sales to other countries.
The DVD offers scant extras: the cast and crew interviews, cobbled together from the electronic press kit, are pretty basic, but together with some B roll in the short behind the scenes segment, convey the sense of location as well as of the filmmaking team.
Apart from the pan and scan aspect ratio (originally shot in 1.85:1) the DVD transfer is good, and (if you havenít seen the film before) donít think that something is wrong with it, or with your system if you canít hear the score. Director Bill Bennett chose to use no music at all, to add to the edginess of the film.
Published April 25, 2002
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BILL BENNETT INTERVIEW
KISS OR KILL: DVD (MA)
CAST: Frances OíConnor, Matt Day, Chris Haywood, Andrew S. Gilbert, Barry Langrishe, Max Cullen, Barry Otto
DIRECTOR: Bill Bennett
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes (feature only)
SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast & crew interviews
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Siren
DVD RELEASE: February 21, 2002