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Crimewave (BluRay/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (1985)

Louise Lasser , Paul L. Smith , Sam Raimi  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louise Lasser, Paul L. Smith, Brion James, Sheree J. Wilson, Edward R. Pressman
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCMT1I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After the success of their cult hit, The Evil Dead producer Robert Tapert and director Sam Raimi made Crimewave their next feature film. Also along from the ride is their Evil Dead leading man Bruce Campbell, who plays a supporting role. Writing the film along with Raimi is Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (The Big Lebowski, Fargo and Raising Arizona).


In a nod to film noir, a businessman hires two inept exterminators to kill his business partner in a burglar-alarm company, but his dim-witted wife witnesses the crime and becomes their next target, along with the nerd framed for the murder. Starring in this zany comedy are Reed Birney (Adult World), Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), Paul L. Smith (Midnight Express), Brion James (Blade Runner) and Sheree J. Wilson (Walker, Texas Ranger).

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy Tweeked by Hollywood. November 3, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Sam Raimi is the man. SPIDER-MAN surpassed just about everyone's predictions and is the biggest hit of the year (2002) so far (HARRY POTTER and THE TWO TOWERS may knock Spidey off, though). However, Raimi always was the man. He, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell parlayed their little independent film (EVIL DEAD) into a great franchise and used it to start their careers.
CRIMEWAVE was the first major feature for all involved after EVIL DEAD. The film was written by Raimi and two other quirky directors, the Coen Brothers. The movie was largely filmed in Detroit and the lead character was originally written specifically for Bruce Campbell (you can just picture how much better the movie would have been with Campbell in the lead role instead of the no name they cast instead). However, that was before Tinsletown took over. Campbell was scrapped as the lead, but Raimi kept him on in a supporting role. A new beginning and ending was filmed because "audiences just won't get it otherwise" and Raimi and company lost some editing control over the final product. The film was also plagued by all sorts of conflicts and from what I've gathered wasn't the most pleasant of shoots.
The end result is CRIMEWAVE, a quirky little dark comedy that if left alone would have been much better. The movie itself is full of humor on a variety of levels. The direction is intriguing and the acting is campy. The film would probably be PG by todays standards and only contains a handful of "foul" language and largely "cartoon" violence.
If you are a fan of Raimi, the Coens, or Campbell, this film is a must see. Also, if you like dark comedies full of slapstick humor you will probably enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a "DIRECTOR'S CUT" of a classic. June 23, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Here's something you should know about the new release of Sam Raimi's CRIMEWAVE, folks:

As Far as I know, and according to Bruce Campbell's commentary, this film was never actually (or at least widely) released in movie theaters. We all caught up with this on tape and on cable, back in the 1980s. I still have my VHS copy, which I've watched at least 20-30 times over the years, it being one of my very favorite Raimi Movies. I'm the guy who can literally quote chapter and verse from the dialogue. You need to now this about me, because today I ran the SHOUT! FACTORY Buy-ray edition for the first time (a thing of real beauty!), and it turns out this is sourced from a print that is actually more than SIX MINUTES longer than the version I've known and loved for so long. While not pointed out in the packaging, advertising, or even in Campbell's commentary, there are two scene extensions and one entire five minute sequence that were cut from the original release version, and appear here for the VERY FIRST TIME in darn-near 30 years. For die-hard fans, these scenes are as follows:

At 42:29, there is an additional bit of dialogue as Nancy complains about her bad night with Vic, just before she's hit with the mud.

At 51:51, there is an entire additional scene that last almost five minutes, depicting Vic returning to the apartment and being "rejected" by Nancy, who he can't really see, because she's behind a door, bound and gaged by Arthur Coddish. Vic then walks out of her apartment, glum and rejected. It's actually a crucial missing bit in the film, kind of the turning point, in which Vic thinks he's been spurned by the girl of his dreams, but of course it's one big "bedroom farce-style" misunderstanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now That's Comedy! June 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my all-time favorite comedies. Louise Lasser and Sam Raimi have gone out of their way to make this film look as much like a cardboard box-propped B movie as you could get. So it's cheap! Hurray for this kind of cheap! What is the era? It has the feel of a mid-60's film, but with a splash of early 80's and mid-40's hair styles, huge clunky 70's tuna boat cars in close up scenes and 50's style automobiles packed in a few outside scenes, with big band swing music from the early 20th century. This movie capitalizes on sheer stupidity and pulls it off rather well. Don't expect an "Airplane" or "Naked Gun" brand of foolishness. This is in a class all it's own. I wish there were other films like this. My heart was broken to find that the only DVD it is available on is a region 2 coded European disc with no English option. Watch this film only if you enjoy lame comedy and don't mind laughing at things that make other people think you're not playing with a full deck.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimewave Fun!! August 22, 2004
Format:DVD
I LOVE this movie! I have had it on vhs since it first came out.

Reed Birney is adoribly innocent & dorky playing Vic in the lead role. But Brion James & Paul Smith stole the show playing the pest patrol baddies...getting rid of pesty people too. The cast is sweet, but the comedy is a silly dark crazy adventure. This movie is a classic funny movie. If you haven't seen it, give it a try...it'll be a dorky zanie ride! Even my 78 year old dad loved it for laughs, and he's got every new movie released!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sam Raimi's Second Slapstick, Cult , Horror, Drama October 13, 2004
Format:DVD
Sam Raimi proved to us, with his first film "The Evil Dead", that his mixed Comedy/Horror combination made his original directing style stand out. Combining complex camera angles, camera movement and overbearing gore. Crimewave takes filmmaking to a new medium, combing the classic film noir detective theme, with comedic horror/drama heroes and villians. Collaborating the screenplay with his assistant editor from the evil dead, not to mention future vituroso director "Joel Coen" , and Joel's brother screenwriter "Ethan Coen", the screenplay stands out as an early inspiration to Coen Brother's films, such as "The Hudsucker Proxy" and "Miller's Crossing". Crimewave is clever and enjoyable from begining to end. The flaws sustain the intense overacting and slaptstick mentality, yet that adds an extra flavor to Raimi's love of the three stooges. Starring Paul L. Smith, as the unappealing and weak willed , hero, security worker,and Louise Laser as a temptress turned nun. Also, starring Edward Pressman and Brion James as the agressive villian duo of exterminators. Crimewave is a stylistic action thriller bleeding with horror and slapstick comedy. A wonderful second feature for horror's backbone, Sam Raimi.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a cult classic?
I have no idea why this is a cult classic. Very few laughs, bad acting, bad story. Could not get into this movie at all, which is rare for me.
Published 4 months ago by William H Hardman
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, farcical, eminently nonsensical. I laughed my butt off.
This flick is an oldy but a goody. An early (1985) Raimi vehicle featuring his favorite chin (Bruce Campbell) and favorite car (73 Olds Delta 88), about a young lovestruck wanna-be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MuleHeadJoe
1.0 out of 5 stars Not So Good Now
I remember seeing this when it first came out on video and thought it was so funny. Oh well. Wait until it drops down to $8.99 and then, wait a little longer. ;)
Published 8 months ago by B. Slama
4.0 out of 5 stars a great silly movie
the coens do it again, and again and i like 'em. i enjoy their take on movies (i have most of their collection).
Published 9 months ago by u e chapa
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good product.
Very good product and I have no problems recommending this to others. Very good job in satisfying me as a customer.
Published 9 months ago by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent blu ray release of a somewhat muddled mess
The film itself does not hold up very well. It moves along in fits and starts, but it's a terrific time capsule, where the makers of EVIL DEAD make the transition from home-movies... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cinemaniac
4.0 out of 5 stars Failed movie, but a cult classicd nevertheless
I know lots of people hated the movie, and from the special edition contents here, sounds like the filmmakers themselves hated it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Laurent Hasson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to finally see this movie on DVD in years , but,
although the extras (interviews, etc.) were a nice addition, one cannot truly give this movie the 5 stars that it deserves, no matter how much it reflects Sam Raimi at his prime,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Y. Nomura
3.0 out of 5 stars A Compromised, Manic Live-Action Cartoon that Hasn't Aged Well...but...
After making a name for himself with the success of 1983's "The Evil Dead," Sam Raimi teamed up with pals Robert Tapert, Bruce Campbell and a pair of fellow filmmaker friends -... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andre Dursin
1.0 out of 5 stars "Slit Your Wrists" Horrible
Try to watch it all (I couldn't) if you dare just to soak in the worst movie ever made. Never have acting, editing, plot, dialogue, and sound so infuriated me at the same time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mr. contrarian
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