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.
- 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.
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!