The Killing of America (1981) (Blu-ray)

The Killing of America (1981) (Blu-ray)

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Uncut, uncensored. They didn't want you to see... The Killing of America.
A brutal study of violence in the U.S.A.

Never distributed, televised or made available for sale in the United States, this provocative documentary now arrives in the UK, courtesy of Severin Films, in a fully restored edition. Loaded with exclusive special features, including the even more unnerving Japanese version known as Violence U.S.A. – which remains one of the most profoundly disturbing and still chillingly relevant documentary experiences of our time.
With gun crime at an all-time high in the USA and the UK, and increasing year on year, the film is as relevant today as it was in 1981. At the time of the film an attempted murder happened every three mins and a murder every 20 minutes. The film looks at the staggering violence in explicit detail and features alarming archive footage of brutal violence from massacres to assassinations and beyond. The Killing of America features interviews with police, coroners and mass murderers including Ed Kemper and Wayne Henley, as well as exclusive footage of some the world's most prolific serial killers from Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, 'Son of Sam' David Berkowtz, to the Hillside Strangler Kenneth Bianchi and Sidewalk Sniper Sam Brown. It features footage and reports of some of the most high-profile assassinations including John F Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and John Lennon.

Special Features

  • English language version: New 2K scan from original negative (95 mins)
  • Japanese language version: New 2K scan from original negative (115 mins)
  • Audio commentary with Director Sheldon Renan
  • The Madness is Real: Interview with Director Sheldon Renan
  • Cutting the Killing: Interview with Editor Lee Percy
  • Interview with Mondo Movie Historian Nick Pinkerton
  • Theatrical trailer


  • Country: United States
  • Year: 1981
  • Format: Blu-ray, Colour
  • Language: English, Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: FREE
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • More info: External