- The commentary is a joke. It's done by the same fictional film restoration group as provides the bogus introduction to this restored version of the film, and it's funny for about two minutes. After that, you start to think how much a better value this dvd would be, if it had an unironic commentary track.
- The sound levels are off. This may be symptomatic of the original film recording, but I found that I had to crank up the volume to hear the dialogue, and then turn it down again whenever gunshots rattled the crystal in our apartment.
- The film itself drags in some scenes.
- A song has been substituted, as mentioned by other reviewers, though if this is a detriment or an improvement will depend on the viewer. I prefer Neil Diamond, myself.
And the points in its favor:
- The colors are vivid and the picture sharp: an excellent transfer.
- The film as a whole is superb. There are many scenes that strike me as revolutionary, given that the movie premiered in 1984. I have no doubt Tarantino was heavily influenced by Blood Simple.
- It's an important film just for being the first of the Coen brothers, and what dvd collector can resist owning a movie that is a milestone, as well as enormously entertaining?
For Gods' sake, listen to the commentary.