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  • Actors: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Daniel F. Bacaner, Mark Silverman
  • Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: Aug. 30 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00553K9OO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,574 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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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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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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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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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. But you know, it took seeing Blood Simple - The Director's Cut, with its intelligent and insightful commentary by "film historian Kenneth Loring", to turn that lightbulb on above my head. For all of the skill the Coens display in marshalling symbols (the hat in Miller's Crossing, the picture in Barton Fink, the UFO in The Man Who Wasn't There; on and on), you would think they have something in mind. Something specific, in a metaphorical sense. Some philosophical point to advance. Some kind of meaning, in other words. But if you take an artist's premiere work to be prototypical in some way, then a viewing of Blood Simple (especially with the commentary track) will tell you all you need to know about Joel and Ethan Coen's artistic sensibilities.
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.
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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 also an ephemeral quality: I knew it when I saw it in a movie, but could not elucidate precisely what it was.
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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