by Anthony King
With the fourth chapter of the John Wick saga still in the top three at the box office, dipping back more than 50 years and digging up a relic like Basil Dearden's The Assassination Bureau proves to be a curious endeavor. It's a film I'd never heard of based on an unfinished Jack London novel starring two of the biggest British stars of the '60s and '70s: Diana Rigg and Oliver Reed. While unknown to me, the story is familiar due to several movies that borrowed or downright stole plot points and ideas.John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in the fact that Dragomiloff now has to fend off all the assassins coming after him. At the helm of this operation is Bostwick, whose motivation is to eliminate the current chairman so he can overtake the role in order to take over all of Europe. Winter then tags along with Dragomiloff in order to get a behind-the-scenes look of how the assassination will take place.
The Assassination Bureau is an all-around fun time with eye-popping colors and charm for days. Add it to your collection today.
Blu-ray release date: April 25, 2023
PCM Mono (English)
Subtitles: English (SDH)
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Katherine McLaughlin and a set of six reproduction lobby cards from the original release
Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork choices
“Right Film, Wrong Time”: a 30-minute appreciation by critic, broadcaster, and cultural historian Matthew Sweet
Brand new audio commentary with authors Sean Hogan and Kim Newman
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Original lossless English mono audio
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation