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In the Electric Mist [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary Steenburgen, Kelly Macdonald
  • Directors: Bertrand Tavernier
  • Writers: James Lee Burke, Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski
  • Producers: Clelio Boccato, Deborah Dobson Bach, Frédéric Bourboulon, Gulnara Sarsenova
  • Format: Color, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: March 24 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NFNFF8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,091 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By Richenda on Sept. 4 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed in this movie. It had been recommended to me by a friend, but fell short of even making any good impression
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By Heather Martin on Feb. 22 2013
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The book was so amazing that the movie fell short, but still well worth it. Love the scenes in the south.
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By Linda McClean on Sept. 25 2011
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I orderd the English version but was mailed the French version. I had to return it. I'm waiting for the correct version to be mailed to me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 28 2010
Format: Blu-ray
It's a wonderful backdrop and the picturesque Louisiana scenery is greatly enhanced on blu-ray. In this intriguing mystery Tommy Lee Jones heads a name cast (which includes Mary Steenburgen, Peter Skarsgard, John Goodman, Ned Beatty, Levon Helm, and blues legend Buddy Guy), as he investigates murders from both present and past, and begins to question his own sanity. Unfortunately, there are no blu-ray extras except for the trailer, and the audio is at times uneven, but there is captioning. (I would have appreciated a commentary or featurette showcasing long-time French director and blues lover Bertrand Tavernier.) Despite a few unexplained plot devices and sometimes choppy narrative, this is an interesting film with some great music - 3 1/2 stars
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187 of 195 people found the following review helpful
A Must-See for Robicheaux Fans March 3 2009
By Brian Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is the second film adaptation of one of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series, the first being "Heaven's Prisoners" with Alec Baldwin horribly miscast as Robicheaux.

In this film, Tommy Lee Jones is perfectly cast as Robicheaux, capturing all the nuance of the literary character: the alcoholic obsessions, the need to impose justice, his essential toughness and goodness.

This is a pretty faithful adaptation of the novel, and captures the flavor of the books, as well as the Louisiana settings. In all honesty, this was almost exactly how I'd pictured it from reading the books.

But a caveat: if you haven't read the books, you're probably not going to enjoy this movie, which is probably why in the USA it was released directly to DVD. Burke's novels are very introspective, which makes for interesting literature, but slow movies. There's plenty of drama, with several murders, corruption, and depravity to spare. But the books - and this movie - are at their hearts character studies of the Robicheaux character. This is more akin to "Smilla's Sense of Snow" than "Dirty Harry".

I loved it; your mileage may vary.
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Never Read the Book Aug. 31 2010
By Cliff Speed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I watched "In the Electric Mist" on a whim, based upon nothing more than the two actors displayed on the cover. I had no idea what to expect, or what I was getting into. In all honesty, I can't think of a better way to describe my reaction to the film other than to tell you that I logged onto Amazon tonight to purchase a copy.
I loved this film.
From the very beginning, "In the Electric Mist" draws you into an irresistible embrace and never lets go. Every acting performance is spot-on, and the dubious culture of the Louisiana Bayou ebbs from every facet of the story. I also need to mention the excellent soundtrack by Marco Beltrami; it is so powerful that it should be considered a character unto itself. There is a song played during the end credits that is truly one of the most beautiful songs you will ever hear.
Seriously, a great movie.
That being said, when I logged onto Amazon, I was surprised to see many reviewers voicing the opinion that this film's appeal is limited mainly to fans of the book. It's true that "In the Electric Mist" leaves a lot to the imagination, but ambiguity and convolution are two very different things.
Take a chance.
Watch the movie.
Decide for yourself.
61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Not the Director's Cut but Still Very Entertaining March 3 2009
By Cubist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In the Electric Mist marks legendary French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier's first North American-made motion picture and, based on the troubles he encountered while making it, perhaps his last. Tavernier, a big fan of American crime fiction (he previously adapted Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280 into Coup de Torchon - Criterion Collection), jumped at the chance to bring James Lee Burke's bestselling novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead to the big screen. However, reports surfaced that Tavernier and the film's star, Tommy Lee Jones, did not get along, and the producers were not happy with the director's version. As a result, the version released on DVD in North America is the producers' cut and not Tavernier's.

Tavernier does an excellent job capturing the local color of the area in the scenes where protagonist Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) canvases the locals. The entire film was shot on location and this only enhances the authenticity of the story's setting which is rich in atmosphere - also helped by the liberal use of blues and zydeco music. The cinematography has a textured quality to it that really brings out the lushness of the region.

The cast is outstanding with Tommy Lee Jones doing his patented gruff yet savvy lawman, Peter Sarsgaard portraying a boozy actor, and John Goodman as a scene-stealing mobster with a genial facade that barely masks a threatening demeanor. The cast is rounded out by fascinating veteran character actors like Mary Steenburgen, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Ned Beatty.

Despite the production and post-production problems that plagued the film, this version is engaging and entertaining but one still wonders what Tavernier's original cut is like.

Sadly, the only special features are a theatrical trailer but considering the bad blood between director and the producers this is hardly suprising.
90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Well Casted but only for those who have read the books Jan. 19 2009
By Crossfit Len - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books. I have read most of them and most of them have been top notch. Unlike most series, Burke's actually gets better and better and just when you think its peaked, he writes something better.

Having read so many of the books, I always pictured either Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin (in his younger, lighter days) and Tommy Lee Jones as Dave. 2/3 predictions have come true. Tommy Lee Jones is the perfect David Robicheaux, this character was meant for him to play.

In the Electric Mist is one of the best books in the series, so how come with a great book and great casting the movie is only ok?

The problem is the movie itself is very very inside. The screen writers did too good a job adapting the story from the book. Remember the book is a middle book of a very long running series. As a fan and reader of the series, I knew who everyone was and how they got there. The problem for the mass audience will be that they will have no idea who half the people are and the film does not really give any answers.

This unfortunately will be a film liked by those who have read the books, and not fully understood by those who have not.

Twice filmakers have well casted and made well intentioned adaptations of the books, and twice they have not come through as they should have.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Good but not Great March 7 2009
By Fitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I too am a huge James Lee Burke fan. I have read most if not all of Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead is my favorite of the series. I liked this movie much more then the movie adaptation of Heaven's Prisoners. I think Tommy Lee Jones makes a great Dave Robicheaux much more so then does Alec Baldwin. Jones lacks the dark hair and the touch of gray, so it is harder to call him by Dave's other nick name "Streak" that may be more of a problem with some of the other books with "Cletus". I thought Goodman makes a great villain (Baby Feet) as well. Overall the casting in this movie is outstanding!

As usual the movie left out a few scenes from the book. I was wondering how they would show Baby Feet hitting Dave with a line drive with a baseball. I suspect the scene was shot, but all cut from the movie except at the end when you see Baby Feet hitting a ball with a bat while Dave describes his fate, but that is all you see.

I believe the book had more conversations between Dave and the "General". Levon Helm made a good General Hood but I wish they used more of the books dialog. I knew how the book was going to end and was looking forward to it, but thought the director did not quite pull it off like Burke does in the book.

I'm not sure I liked seeing the scenes of post Katrina New Orleans as the book is + 15 years old, long before Katrina but the scenes were interesting.

I agree with the other reviewers that if you never have read a Burke book you might not like this movie. Like most great books seldom does the movie live up to the book. One of the things very difficult for moviemakers to do with Burke's books is bring out the poetic descriptive prose he uses. His writing is "beautiful. To really enjoy a Burke book read it first and then listen to it on audiotape! You get a taste of this in the opening and closing of The Electric Mist.

I pray they make more Dave Robicheaux movies, but one with Cletus. Who would make a good Cletus? I'm thinking Tom Sizemore or Randy Quaid. Which novel would you pick? I hope they bring back Tommy Lee Jones he is a GREAT Dave!

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