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Blood Work (Widescreen Edition) (2002)

Gerry Becker , Chao Li Chi  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gerry Becker, Chao Li Chi, Jeff Daniels, Wanda De Jesus, Dina Eastwood
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLGP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood Work (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Making Blood Work"
  • A conversation in Spanish with actors Clint Eastwood, Wanda De Jesus, and Paul Rodriguiz (with subtitles)

Editorial Reviews

A former FBI profiler who has recently undergone a heart transplant comes out of retirement to track down the serial killer who has recently begun killing victims with the former agent's blood type.

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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forty-three years older August 25, 2002
For those of us Clint Eastwood fans who remember him as the young and headstrong Rowdy Yates in the TV series RAWHIDE (1959-1966), going to see the latest Eastwood Big Screen epic is a sobering reminder that time catches up to us all.
In BLOOD WORK, Clint plays Terry McCaleb, a high profile FBI agent who suffers a severe heart attack while chasing (on foot) a vicious serial killer who leaves taunting messages for McCaleb at the crime scene. Terry finds that climbing over fences just isn't as easy at is used to be, but then a Clint Eastwood character in the old days would've just stood back and shot the perp down at long range with his .44 Magnum. Oh, well. In any case, it's now two years later and Terry is just off a heart transplant and retired to his boat. Graciella (Wanda De Jesus) shows up to request that McCaleb get back in harness to investigate the death of her sister, who was murdered in a convenience store holdup. McCaleb at first demurs, but then has a change of heart, so to speak, when he learns that the dead woman was the donor of his new ticker.
The best part of BLOOD WORK, also directed and produced by Eastwood, is watching Clint depict the aging, debilitated and physically vulnerable McCabe, who can perhaps be viewed as a composite of all the other heroes played by Clint over the decades, only older. Eastwood, possibly mindful of his own mortality, is perhaps acknowledging time's inexorable march through Terry's persona. Beyond that, the film had its uneven moments. Paul Rodriguez plays Detective Arrango, a Latino LAPD cop so gratuitously buffoonish and unpleasant that I'm surprised the Brotherhood of Latino Law Enforcement Officers isn't suing. Anjelica Huston overacts her role as McCabe's cardiologist, Dr.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more than solid Eastwood vehicle August 20, 2002
We all know good 'ol Clint isn't getting any younger, and he knows that himself which is part of what makes Blood Work as good as it is. Eastwood plays an FBI agent drawn out of retirement to find a serial killer which Eastwood had a heart attack chasing. What develops is a game of cat & mouse between Eastwood and the killer, culminating in a stunning revelation and an ending similar to that of another Eastwood starring/directing effort; In the Line of Fire. Blood Work is a smart, intelligent thriller and a throwbacl to the days when movies didn't have to rely on anemic storylines and bloated special effects to get going. Sadly though, Blood Work will most likely go ignored by audiences while overblown, mindless action pics like XXX rake in the millions. Still though, you should really give Blood Work a try, it's a real gem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Work August 13, 2002
There is a masked hold-up artist/killer on the loose, and the police believe the cold-hearted criminal to be selecting the locations purposefully, and that his victims are just unlucky, random individuals. Retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb thinks that it is the *locations* which are random, and that the killer's victims are very, very specific. Will his wisdom prevail? That is one of the interesting plot elements in "Blood Work", the 20th movie starring Clint Eastwood that he has also directed.
Eastwood plays McCaleb, a gritty man with a gentle streak, who was forced into retirement after suffering a heart attack while chasing a serial killer on his last case. Two years later, McCaleb receives a new heart, and the serial killer is still at-large. Terry McCaleb is Eastwood playing his age. We know that this man used to possess solid physical strength, but age has diminished that strength, so now he is left to rely almost solely on his keen intellect. That intellect does not fail him, although it is sometimes slow to catch on.
McCaleb is enjoying retirement on his boat, when he is approached by the sister of the woman whose heart he now has. She explains to him that her sister was murdered (one of the victims of the aforementioned hold-up artist/killer), and she would like for McCaleb to crack the case and find the murderer. At first reluctant, the former FBI man soon acquiesces to the sister's request, and the game is afoot.
I found "Blood Work" enjoyable. Watching Eastwood so easily play the role of McCaleb is fun in and of itself, and the story is always involving. It isn't necessarily as realistic as it could have been, but that is part of its charm.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow-Moving, But Well-Made Thriller in Traditional Style December 10, 2002
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My three star rating may look unkind, but actually it is 3.5, so don't be mistaken. Clint Eastwood never played any other role than Eastwood (or Dirty Harry), that's true, but the point is, he does it cool, and does it with confidence. He knows what he is doing, even as a director, and "Blood Work" is another proof that he is one of the accomplished directors of America.
Eastwood is ex-FBI profiler Terry McCareb, now retired after one bloody case of murder. Recovered from severe heart attack which hit him during the invetigation, he gets an operation. Now a heart transplant recepient, Terry is advised to live quitely by his doctor Anjelica Huston. But an unexpected visitor comes to him, asking him to help her; her sister was murdered at a grocery shop, and she says she has a good reason to ask Terry to do what she needs.
Back in former business, Terry starts his own search for the killer, and the film displays some actions (including shootings) and activities of Terry with his sidekick Jeff Daniels ("Speed" and "Dumb and Dumber"), but it is Eastwood whom we would watch with certain amount of respect and feeling of "wow". In fact, even though he was born in 1930, he still is in good shape, with his tough and cool images all around. You may say this guy Terry is just an elder version of Harry, and you're right. But when Eastwood does it, he does it better than anyone, blending his machismo with some sort of resignation and sadness which only those veterans can exude.
Once I heard that Eastwood behind the carema never shouts or yells when shooting -- no "Action!" no "Cut!" -- but speaks it quietly (and in Italian too). Probably so. The pace of the film is always assured, showing that director Eastwood perfectly comprehends his subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This was a great movie. One of my favorite Client Eastwood movies! Had seen part of this movie before but enjoyed it so much!
Published 7 days ago by Kathy Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good movie
Have the movie on tape. This is a very exciting movie, full of twists & turns. One time you think you know who "done it" then something else happens & you're not sure "who did... Read more
Published 11 days ago by nodakian
2.0 out of 5 stars As usual the book is much better
Clint Eastwood is too old for the role, plus a lot of the careful detailed plotting of the story was omitted. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sarah K.Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest
Love Clint Eastwood he always brings the story to realize and make you feel like your a part of the story.
Published 14 days ago by regima53.wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Great Movie
It's a 5-star, except my failing ears found the dialog hard to follow. Me or the sound? Hard to tell. Michael Connelly can sure spin a yarn! Read more
Published 15 days ago by John E. Singley
4.0 out of 5 stars It's one of those movie you want to watch twice just to see the clues...
It's got an ending you will never see coming. I gave it only 4 stars because they changed the ending from the book. It was really two books and they left out Harry Bosch. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Suzan
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the suspense
Can't say I am a devoted Eastwood fan however I've always loved the suspense of this film. It kept me on pins and needles
Published 1 month ago by K. I. Martinez
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Work Movie
Very interesting movie - a bit slow at times but a really good story with unexpected interesting twists and turns.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Dispenza
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood
This is a very moving story but would not recommend it to kids. Clint is, as always, great in this movie about a cop who has a heart attack and gets a new heart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betsy B. Ballard
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This was not what I expected of an Eastwood film. I liked it, but would not recommend it for the young folks. Bobby J.
Published 2 months ago by Bobby J. Dillard
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