Blood Simple Blu Ray [Blu-ray]
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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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 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.
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!
Blood Simple has been called film noir, and it is that, in spades. But it is also a screwball comedy (yes, you read that correctly). In the great Preston Sturges tradition, each character thinks he or she knows what's happening, but only has a small piece of the puzzle. Only we, the audience can see the whole picture. The fun is in watching how one absurdity piles upon the next as the characters act on bad information. That's the very definition of screwball comedy -- only in this case, we get increasingly horrific (if satirical) set-pieces in place of the usual witty repartee and sight-gags.
You see, the Coens intend nothing more than to tell an interesting story. That is exactly what they do, and no more. Trying to label it, find its "meaning", or stuff it into a genre-specific box is pointless.Read more ›
Blood Simple is the bizarre tale of some small-town Texans (the politically incorrect term likely would be white trash) marginally employed in a variety of jobs: private eye, bartender, loan shark, etc. One thing leads to another and eventually all of the major characters meet grisly ends.
In this vein the movie is fairly predictable: it becomes obvious about half way through the movie that the only way for the movie to end is for everyone to die; that is, the movie requires that none of its major characters survive the world in which they inhabit.
So, no, the movie is not to be judged in the way Hitchcock is to be judged; the movie is predictable.
But what of its evocative atmosphere? What of its unstabilizing effect on the viewer? Watching this movie is like having bugs crawl over you: you want it over with as soon as possible so you can escape the bizarre sensations. If the genius of film is that it excites the emotions (hell, even Die Hard does this), then this movie is the apotheosis of emotional excitement.
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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 doPublished on June 23 2013 by wazzo
I didn't really enjoy this movie. The story is of a love triangle that leads to a contract killing that goes bad. Read morePublished on June 29 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"... Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by Doctor Goode
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! Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by James R. Mckinley
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Ray