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Blood Simple Blu Ray [Blu-ray]

John Getz , Frances McDormand , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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The debut film of director Joel Coen and his brother-producer Ethan Coen, 1983's Blood Simple is grisly comic noir that marries the feverish toughness of pulp thrillers with the ghoulishness of even pulpier horror. (Imagine the novels of Jim Thompson somehow fused with the comic tabloid Weird Tales, and you get the idea.) The story concerns a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to follow his cheating wife (Frances McDormand in her first film appearance), and then kill her and her lover (John Getz). The gumshoe turns the tables on his client, and suddenly a bad situation gets much, much worse, with some violent goings-on that are as elemental as they are shocking. (A scene in which a character who has been buried alive suddenly emerges from his own grave instantly becomes an archetypal nightmare.) Shot by Barry Sonnenfeld before he became an A-list director in Hollywood, Blood Simple established the hyperreal look and feel of the Coens' productions (undoubtedly inspired a bit by filmmaker Sam Raimi, whose The Evil Dead had just been coedited by Joel). Sections of the film have proved to be an endurance test for art-house movie fans, particularly an extended climax that involves one shock after another but ends with a laugh at the absurdity of criminal ambition. This is definitely one of the triumphs of the 1980s and the American independent film scene in general. --Tom Keogh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller May 6 2004
This movie is a nearly flawless thriller. It's dark and sometimes bloody, but sprinkled with the quirky characters and odd, dark humour that fans of the Coen's have come to cherish. It is tight, taut, and tense - nearly perfect.
Grab it if you love thrillers, noir, or the Coens.
The audio commentary track is *hysterical*, though many may not appreciate the humor. Please don't mistake it for the real thing; the track is a joke.
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Do you need to own this dvd? Here are some points against it:
- 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?
The recommendation:
Strong buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best commentary ever Jan. 3 2004
By Ray
By now you have read the other commentaries and should have figured out that this is a great film and you should watch it at your first opportunity. I have another point to make.
For Gods' sake, listen to the commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a believer April 19 2004
Hi, I have not seen nor purchased this DVD but after reading some of these reviews had to comment--the ORIGINAL theatrical release had the Four Tops "The Same Old Song" during the "cleanup" scene and the ending credits. The Four Tops song, not the Neil Diamond song (or Monkees or whoever) is the ORIGINAL. I don't know what happened, but I vividly remember the first time I saw the film in the theater (Same Old Song) and then when I saw it again (I'm a Believer) I was extremely shocked and disappointed at the replaced music--It doesn't even fit with the storyline, that the bartender guy would insist on playing a Neil Diamond song--the Same Old Song fits better with his character and with them movie. I have never enjoyed the movie as much after they changed the music and am very pleased that they decided to go with the original song for the Director's Cut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Coens First April 16 2004
From the opening credits, you knew you were in for something very different and unique, a rarity these days, what with formula movie scripts selling popcorn like crazy! No, this is not for the faint of heart, but if you have a strong stomach, and are willing to put up with some gory stuff, then you will find this one of the all-time best murder mystery thrillers. The first thing you notice is the names in the opening credits being wiped off the screen by the windshield wipers of the car we are in. Nothing is as it seems. Kinda keeps you guessing right up to the highly dramatic and very profoundly philosophical ending. This movie paved the way for Frances McDormand to blossom into the world-class Oscar-winning actress she has become. A must-see!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars its not simple at all, but it is great. March 1 2004
Quite silmply(no pun intended) this film is one of the best ever made, and show's that the Coen's were always great even from their first outing.
The story is fantastic in its simplicity, jealous husband seeks revenge on wayward wife, calamity ensues. Think you've heard it before? Well i promise you never heard it like this, the term plot twist could have been invented especially to describe this film. But if you think that this is all seriousness and no fun, dont worry. The trademark coen wit is still there, the story about the guy with the broken hands is one of the funniest things they've ever written
The way the film is shot is fantastic aswell, i would nearly say that this film was an influence on David Lynch's Lost Highway in some ways, as the road scenes in Highway look very similar to those in Blood Simple. A small similarity but a similarity none the less. To put it into one sentence the lighting and cinematography are some of the best you'll ever see in a film.
All of this on top of some great performances make this film essential. This is the kind of film that can restore your faith in American cinema, as a foreigner i thought it was only that blockbuster crap that you guys made until i started to look at films like this. And thus i give it my full recomendation, this film is vital. Own it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir at its best Nov. 19 2003
I have seen a lot fo great films over the years, however Blood Simple remains at the top of my list. This was the Cohen Brother's first film and they couldn't have done a better job. The story itself is outstanding. A Texas bar owner named Marty (Dan Heyada) finds out that his wife Abby ( Frances McDormand) is cheating on him, with an employee of his named Ray (John Getz). Marty hires a seedy private investigator named Visser(M. Emmet Walsh) to follow and kill the two of them. But Visser has other plans, and decides to turn the tables on his employer. This is results in a series of double crosses that spin a tale of love, betrayal, and murder that will have you laughing as well as being shocked at the events that unfold.
One of the best scenes of all time is, when a character who has been buried alive suddenly emerges from his own grave. That alone is worth the price of the movie. Not to mention the incredible ending!! The cinematography is wonderfully shot by Barry Sonnenfeld, and really sets the film apart from the rest. The film is set in Texas, and this provides the perfect atmopshere of mystery to the film. The score is outstanding and really adds tension to each scene. Overall, this is "film noir" at its best. The DVD is a must own in this case, not only because of the quality, but also because of the extras. The commentary from Kenneth Loring is excellent! This film is definately a must own, and I highly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars waiting to share
saw it years ago, but a friend hasn't am waiting to share, great. i do not like being forced to comment more than i do
Published 13 months ago by Christopher Bird
2.0 out of 5 stars a simple story, a bit gruesome
I didn't really enjoy this movie. The story is of a love triangle that leads to a contract killing that goes bad. Read more
Published on June 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Two for the price of one...
A lot of people have tried to figure out the Coens. In my own Amazon review of Barton Fink, I took a stab at making sense of their intentions. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Wing J. Flanagan
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
The commentary track on this dvd is a "meh" joke. It's a scripted parody of all the worst commentary tracks you've ever heard. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by ShawnaLanne
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie explains film noir
Prior to seeing this movie, I didn't understand what was meant by the term 'film noir'. Film noir, I understood, was an enviable quality in a movie, a dark quality, but it was... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by D. Friedman
Yet another of Coen Brothers' delectably detailed mixture of Texas cowpoke satire and film noir by way of Antonioni style failure of communication, perhaps even one of the best... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by Shashank Tripathi
5.0 out of 5 stars the first Coen brother film
bloody and great, its bloody great. this one pits on John Getz who's having an affair with his bosses wife and then the boss puts a hit out on him and the boss ends up dead. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Michael Bolts
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