Blu-ray Review: THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT

THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT was written, produced and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski and stars Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald, Larry Miller and Ron Livingston. The score is by Joe Kraemer.

Decades after ending World War II by assassinating Adolf Hitler in an undercover operation, unsung American hero Calvin Barr (Sam Elliott) is called upon by the government to hunt down the fabled Bigfoot, the carrier of a deadly plague that could destroy humanity.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot follows Calvin Barr, an old man who lives a lonely life full of amazing memories as well as one big regret. The first half of the movie introduces a younger Calvin, through flashbacks, who is a goverment op that goes on a top-secret mission to sneak inside Nazi Germany and assassinate Adolf Hitler. These scenes show how the highly skilled agent not only infiltrated his way into enemy territory but it shows how it all went down without a flaw.

The second half of the movie follows a much older Calvin who lives a quiet life in a small town where nobody really knows how big of a hero he actually is – not even his brother. What happens is, the government calls on Calvin to go on one more dangerous mission where he is to hunt down and kill the legendary Bigfoot that is carrying a deadly plague that has the potential to wipe out a lot of people if it gets too close. Calvin accepts the mission and once again heads into enemy territory where he hunts down the elusive creature and not only makes contact with it but he ends up realizing that he’s in the fight of his life.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot ended up being one of those rare kind of movies that leaves a warm place in your heart because it’s just that good. It’s also a movie that I want to watch over and over again because I like that feeling it gives me – it’s a nice escape from reality. The unique title is there to draw in the viewer because it will easily get your attention but once I started watching this amazing slice of cinema I realized I was watching something really special. This character driven movie is so interesting about this man who’s lived such an amazing life but he also has some regrets – especially with the one who got away. We get to see two versions of Calvin Barr – there’s the much younger man who loved a girl but couldn’t quite seal the deal and the older man who’s lived to regret it.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot is much more than a fantasy adventure because there’s a love story within the story that gives this movie so much heart. Who doesn’t love Sam Elliott because he’s a living legend and about as cool as they come, on screen and off. He gives this character life and it’s hard not to feel for this amazing man who’s witnessed so much in his rich life even though there’s an emptiness and void there because of some of the choices he made along the way.

Bottom line is, writer-director Bob Krzykowski has not only executed a movie with a great story but it’s also one of the years best and I consider it an instant classic that will live on. I felt like I was watching a feature-length episode of Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” that so many of us grew up on but there’s also a hint of Indiana Jones to this wonderful character as well. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot will be available on Blu-ray on April 2nd.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a making of featurette that includes interviews with the director and cast, a standalone interview with the composer, six deleted scenes, a short film and art gallery.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Robert D. Krzykowski
  • The Making of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot – An in-depth featurette that has the director and cast describing this special movie and sharing their experience filming it. (39:14)
  • A Conversation with Composer Joe Kraemer – The composer talks about how he first worked with the director that ultimately led to working on this feature. He also compares his score to the Amblin movies from the 80’s. (06:23)
  • Deleted Scenes – These deleted scenes feature everything from a walk with his dog, to his dangerous assassination mission, to the deadly hunt in the end. (08:52)
  • Elsie Hooper Short Film – An atmospheric black and white noir short done with puppets that follows a young man who’s on a mission to save his sister from the monsters that kidnapped her. (05:45)
  • Concept Art Gallery (00:19)
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