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Blood Simple [Blu-ray] (1984)

John Getz , Frances McDormand , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen  |  R |  Blu-ray
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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: Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00553K9OO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood Simple [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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From the celebrated filmmaking team of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Fargo, Raising Arizona), comes this visually stunning tale of a double-cross - and murder - in a small town. When the owner of a backwoods bar hires a man to kill his cheating wife and her boyfriend, he opens a door into the criminal world that he'll never be able to shut. Blood Simple hurtles forward with the speed and intensity of a fired bullet...and delivers as devastating an impact as has ever been felt from a noir film!

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Simple at Last! July 18, 2001
Format:DVD
Fortunately for everyone a decision was made to re-release Blood Simple in theaters. 16 years ago when it was in first run I was barely aware of it. There were so many good reviews of the film I decided to go catch it. Blood Simple was the best film I saw in 2000. Until now there has been no DVD available in the U.S. A very grainy poor quality pan and scan copy is being sold in the UK. It just isn't an option to purchase a pan and scan with this movie. The Coen brothers gorgeous cinematography makes full use of the entire frame. It is a noir style film so much of the imagery is in darkened bars and at night. But the color and light in the movie is really beautiful. This film has deserved a good treatment and now with this Director's cut it is finally getting one. One of the odd things about this Director's cut is it is the same length as the original version. Footage has been taken out and not added. The missing time is made up with an introduction by the Coen Brothers explaining that the film has been re-edited to take advantage of new technological advances not available when the film was first shot. This is sort of a joke similar to the opening of Fargo where a title card states, "Based upon a true story". Fargo is not based on a true story. They just thought it would be a better story if people thought it was true when they watched it. Ha Ha. Blood Simple's re-edit was a simple edit to tighten up the pace which was sometimes a little slow in the original version.
Made for only two million dollars Blood Simple is a stunning achievement, all the more so because it was the Coen's first film. Stylish photography plays with not just light and shadow as in most noir, but color as well. But what drives this film is suspense mistrust and double dealing.
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247 of 289 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Director's Cut? I DOUBT IT! April 10, 2003
Format:DVD
Blood Simple is one of the all-time great independent films. As a devotee of this film it goes without saying that I know nearly every line of dialogue and every cut. Well... if you too are a fan , my advice to you is: PASS ON THIS EDITION! I was absolutely shocked to see that this film had been re-edited! And NOT for the better. In fact, this was not a new edit in the traditional sense (scene shifting; scene re-edits etc.). All they did with this version was to simply lop off lines from the existing original final cut! That's right. They just shortened scenes, most often taking the form of the scene ins and outs (first and last lines in each scene). For instance, M.Emmet Walsh's last line to Marty in the VW when he contracts Walsh. Or how about the humorous placing of Getz's cigarette in the stuffed wild boars mouth at Marty's house? Or the exchange between Samm-Art Williams and the redneck at the juke box. Those lines are now gone completely. And remember that version of The Monkee's "I'm A Beliver" which was used in that scene? Its been dumped for a Four Tops tune. This is just a few in a long list of disturbing changes. As a film editor, I asked myself, what imporovements were made with these new cuts? The answer is a resounding, NONE!
My point is this. If you buy this DVD expecting the same old Blood Simple in a new, crisp DVD edition, you will be sorely disappointed. You will be constantly distracted by the jarring edits rather than being able to enjoy the film... Again, worthless.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walter Neff Said... June 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
With a story that makes "Double Indemnity" look like the quickest way to get from point A to point B, a couple of my very favorite filmmakers turned the film noir conventions 360 degrees. Yes, that means it ended up back where it started, but much better as a result of the the trip. A good film noir needs a couple key elements, not the least of which are several layers of double crosses and misunderstandings. It also needs the one key clue that could clear or incriminate a murderer. To those ends, Joel and Ethan Coen created yet another little world in which several clues are left unused or misunderstood, and the double crosses are the bread and butter of one very crafty, though seedy, private eye. John Getz, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh, and Dan Hedaya are all 102% perfect in their roles. Barry Sonnenfeld delights with his cinematography, and the Coens have fun messing with the viewer. They set out to make a darkly funny, very twisted noir and they succeeded. The real stars are the Coens, much like with any of their movies (exceptions made for John Turturro or John Goodman in any of their roles, of course). Joel and Ethan are master craftsmen of cinema usually overlooked by mainstream audiences. Their debut, "Blood Simple," not only showcased the promise of their talent, but was a tour de force on its own terms. Along with "L.A. Confidential," "Blade Runner," and "Hard Eight," "Blood Simple" proves that film noir is not dead. Because it is, as this film proves, very hard to kill something, and have it stay dead....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Minor cuts that leave minor scars October 2, 2001
Format:DVD
As a big fan of the film since it was released in 1985, I was looking forward to seeing Blood Simple transferred to DVD. A cleaned-up widescreen transfer, and maybe a little cleaner audio, were all good things that I wanted to see happen; and with the Director's Cut, it did happen. However, I think the edits that were made in this version of the film may displease fans of the original -- I know they displease this fan.
I won't go into a laundry-list of the cuts. They are, for the most part, the removal or trimming of some funny bits and gags that don't really contribute to telling the story; but they do, in my opinion, contribute to the quirky charm of the film without consuming a great deal of time on screen. Also trimmed are some uncomfortable silences that develop between people in certain scenes; making them not so uncomfortable, I guess, but I don't see this as an improvement.
Most disconcerting to me are some of the music changes. One that particularly disappointed me is when Ray first confronts Marty on the back steps of the bar. In the original version, a slow-tempo instrumental country-western tune is playing inside the bar, and after transitioning to the outside, the same song is heard muffled in the background with the bass still booming. As anyone who has ever stood outside a nightclub can tell you, this is exactly what you hear -- the lower frequencies propagate better than the higher frequencies. The editors have seen fit to change this to a vocal piece of music that is reduced in volume as the view changes to the outside, but without the realistic frequency balance. I don't understand why this change was made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing first film from the Cohens
Not a satire; harsh and artistic. I look forward to watching it again. One of their best movies (my other favorites are Oh Brother, Where Art Thou and The Man Who Wasn't There).
Published 13 days ago by Raymond Vanduyne
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC!
This is an absolute classic movie. A must watch for movie goers. Coen brothers artistic piece for sure. Watch It!
Published 1 month ago by Clint_fromAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning acheviement and my favorite Coen Brothers film!
I'm a huge Coen Brothers fan, and had to find this DVD on Amazon since it's rare.
This was the Coen's first film and although some do not believe it to be their best, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chloe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Coens' debut
The brothers' first movie is a witty thriller with a fresh twist: not one person in a tangled web of murder, deception and greed has a clear idea of what's going on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eric O. Allstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Coen Brothers first great one
This was my first exposure to the Coen Brothers and it's love ever since. They are the quirkiest, most talented directors around today. Their movies are never a disappointment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marty Page
1.0 out of 5 stars SNOOZEFEST
It's been a long time since I found a hot thriller. My favorite thrillers of this genre would be easily Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction both of which are mind blowing from... Read more
Published 4 months ago by BRIANNA
5.0 out of 5 stars No Breaks Allowed !
This is a murder/mystery that will keep you riveted to the couch! So you better not require a comfort break during the movie, or your viewing partner may freak on you. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joseph H. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense...
Film Noir...OK to watch alone...but don't recommend it...couple of scenes that will make you jump...Hey...remember the cat thing in Alien?
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable debut from the Coen Brothers now on Blu
This film has stood the test of time, and when you watch it you could tell that the Coen Brothers were going to be something special. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bobby W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut
This was the first Coen Brothers movie. You would never know. There are no freshman mistakes. They show why they should, and would be a forced to be reckoned with
Published 13 months ago by Smith Curry
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