Director: Robert D. Krzykowski
Cast: Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald
Release Date: April 2, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Since WWII, Calvin Barr has lived with the secret that he was responsible for the assassination of Adolf Hitler. Now, decades later, the US government has called on him again for a new top-secret mission. Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again. Starring Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Aidan Turner (“Poldark”), Caitlin FitzGerald (“Masters of Sex”) and Ron Livingston (Office Space), THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT follows the epic adventures of an American legend that no one has ever heard of.
‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ tells the story of American hero Calvin Barr over two key points in his life; both in his prime during WWII and as an aging man whose life has started to become routine and uneventful, plagued by memories of his days serving America during the war. A talented tracker and marksman, as well as a true war hero that albeit unknown to the masses was in fact the man who infiltrated Hitler’s compound and assassinated the monster. Now, decades later Calvin finds the government knocking on his door and beseeching him for assistance in a new and equally deadly threat that no other individual stands a chance of accomplishing due to a unique immunity in his blood. The task, to track and kill the creature known as Bigfoot who is far more than mere myth and whose disease spreading has caused an outbreak and the necessity for a controlled burn zone in Canada to enclose it. Our last hope at a far less catastrophic resolution, he must accomplish the task before the American government resorts to more drastic measures in order to solve the problem before it spreads further.
Written, produced and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski and marking his feature length directorial debut, Krzykowsk does a magnificent job at the helm of ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ guiding his own unique script along with passion and style. The film also benefits a great deal from a talented cast that includes Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born), Aidan Turner (The Hobbit trilogy), Caitlin FitzGerald (TV’s UnREAL), Rizwan Manji (TV’s The Magicians), Larry Miller (Second Act) and Ron Livingston (The Conjuring) along with more, the majority all offering highly capable performances in each of their respective roles, and Elliott frequently tending to steal the show with his heartfelt performance in the lead.
‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ is a beautiful, touching and carefully crafted piece of filmmaking that continually impresses as it repeatedly proves to be something far more heartfelt and intricate than you might imagine. Definitely not the film most will expect initially going in (although in the best way possible), it passionately explores the trials, tribulations and talents of one noteworthy man, as well as the toll that previous life has taken on him, while also exploring the nature and changing ways of our world in general. Never hesitating to dive into the more outrageous aspects of the story either such as Bigfoot and the assassination of Hitler, and somehow managing to keep them feeling largely grounded in reality. It’s carefully guided along by Robert D. Krzykowski making his feature length directorial debut and his talented work at the helm is tremendously complimented by a talented cast that’s led by a noteworthy performance from Sam Elliott who is nothing short of fantastic. I’d thoroughly encourage fans of Elliott and anyone even mildly intrigued by this one already to try and go out of your way to check out ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ whenever you can find the chance. It’s a surprisingly heartwarming and thoughtful piece of cinema that you probably won’t want to miss out on.
Overall, ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ is a moving and beautifully crafted tale that manages to merge together elements of numerous genres without it ever feeling ridiculous or even unbelievable. It’s an impressive accomplishment in itself that truly shines thanks to its unique approach and style, not to mention a powerful performance by the talented and always wonderful Sam Elliott. ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ is definitely highly recommended and a film well worth taking the time to check out. If nothing else it should at least prove worthy of your time and the price of a rental one evening if you’re looking for a moving and thoroughly enjoyable adventure to dive into. There’s an excellent chance you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised with this unique and outstanding film.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks great as a whole and delivers a clean, detailed and richly colored presentation from start to finish, with no notable faults or issues to be found within. It holds up admirably even during the darkly lit and heavily populated moments, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a pretty fantastic high definition video presentation from RLJE that should more than satisfy fans of the film and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack does a wonderful job of complimenting the film, providing a crisp, clean and often quite active audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send war, action and weather elements, along with nature effects, bits of dialogue and more throughout the various speakers whenever appropriate, and never conflicting with any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that sounds consistently great and contributes some extra tension and emotion to the film throughout.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ includes a number of worthwhile extras that fans of the movie should appreciate. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Director/Producer Robert D. Krzykowski’, in addition to ‘The Making of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ (running approximately 39 minutes in length) which explores bringing the film to life and features interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. We are also treated to a collection of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the film (running approximately 9 minutes altogether), plus ‘A Conversation with Composer Joe Kraemer’ (approximately 6 minutes), Krzykowski’s ‘Elsie Hooper Short Film’ (6 minutes) and a ‘Concept Art Gallery’.