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In the Electric Mist [Blu-ray] (2009)

Ned Beatty , John Goodman , Bertrand Tavernier  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ned Beatty, John Goodman, Levon Helm, Tommy Lee Jones, Peter Sarsgaard
  • Directors: Bertrand Tavernier
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NFNFF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In the Electric Mist [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones leads an all-star cast in this psychological thriller based on the bestselling novel by James Lee Burke.
While on an investigation into a series of grisly murders, veteran detective Dave Robicheaux (Jones) navigates his way through the Louisiana bayou and the dark, sultry world of New Orleans mobster "Baby Feet" Balboni (John Goodman). Layers of corruption and long-dead secrets reawaken grudges and a lethal alliance A tangled web of killings, past and present, converges in a shocking showdown with stakes that become deeply personal to Robicheaux and his family. Featuring music from five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Buddy Guy, this film takes you deep into Cajun country's hidden worlds. *Best Supporting Actor: The Fugitive, 1993

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181 of 189 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See for Robicheaux Fans March 3, 2009
Format:DVD
This is the second film adaptation of one of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series, the first being "Heaven's Prisoners" with Alec Baldwin horribly miscast as Robicheaux.

In this film, Tommy Lee Jones is perfectly cast as Robicheaux, capturing all the nuance of the literary character: the alcoholic obsessions, the need to impose justice, his essential toughness and goodness.

This is a pretty faithful adaptation of the novel, and captures the flavor of the books, as well as the Louisiana settings. In all honesty, this was almost exactly how I'd pictured it from reading the books.

But a caveat: if you haven't read the books, you're probably not going to enjoy this movie, which is probably why in the USA it was released directly to DVD. Burke's novels are very introspective, which makes for interesting literature, but slow movies. There's plenty of drama, with several murders, corruption, and depravity to spare. But the books - and this movie - are at their hearts character studies of the Robicheaux character. This is more akin to "Smilla's Sense of Snow" than "Dirty Harry".

I loved it; your mileage may vary.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Read the Book August 31, 2010
Format:DVD
I watched "In the Electric Mist" on a whim, based upon nothing more than the two actors displayed on the cover. I had no idea what to expect, or what I was getting into. In all honesty, I can't think of a better way to describe my reaction to the film other than to tell you that I logged onto Amazon tonight to purchase a copy.
I loved this film.
From the very beginning, "In the Electric Mist" draws you into an irresistible embrace and never lets go. Every acting performance is spot-on, and the dubious culture of the Louisiana Bayou ebbs from every facet of the story. I also need to mention the excellent soundtrack by Marco Beltrami; it is so powerful that it should be considered a character unto itself. There is a song played during the end credits that is truly one of the most beautiful songs you will ever hear.
Seriously, a great movie.
That being said, when I logged onto Amazon, I was surprised to see many reviewers voicing the opinion that this film's appeal is limited mainly to fans of the book. It's true that "In the Electric Mist" leaves a lot to the imagination, but ambiguity and convolution are two very different things.
Take a chance.
Watch the movie.
Decide for yourself.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Director's Cut but Still Very Entertaining March 3, 2009
By Cubist
Format:DVD
In the Electric Mist marks legendary French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier's first North American-made motion picture and, based on the troubles he encountered while making it, perhaps his last. Tavernier, a big fan of American crime fiction (he previously adapted Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280 into Coup de Torchon - Criterion Collection), jumped at the chance to bring James Lee Burke's bestselling novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead to the big screen. However, reports surfaced that Tavernier and the film's star, Tommy Lee Jones, did not get along, and the producers were not happy with the director's version. As a result, the version released on DVD in North America is the producers' cut and not Tavernier's.

Tavernier does an excellent job capturing the local color of the area in the scenes where protagonist Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) canvases the locals. The entire film was shot on location and this only enhances the authenticity of the story's setting which is rich in atmosphere - also helped by the liberal use of blues and zydeco music. The cinematography has a textured quality to it that really brings out the lushness of the region.

The cast is outstanding with Tommy Lee Jones doing his patented gruff yet savvy lawman, Peter Sarsgaard portraying a boozy actor, and John Goodman as a scene-stealing mobster with a genial facade that barely masks a threatening demeanor. The cast is rounded out by fascinating veteran character actors like Mary Steenburgen, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Ned Beatty.
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Casted but only for those who have read the books January 19, 2009
Format:DVD
I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books. I have read most of them and most of them have been top notch. Unlike most series, Burke's actually gets better and better and just when you think its peaked, he writes something better.

Having read so many of the books, I always pictured either Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin (in his younger, lighter days) and Tommy Lee Jones as Dave. 2/3 predictions have come true. Tommy Lee Jones is the perfect David Robicheaux, this character was meant for him to play.

In the Electric Mist is one of the best books in the series, so how come with a great book and great casting the movie is only ok?

The problem is the movie itself is very very inside. The screen writers did too good a job adapting the story from the book. Remember the book is a middle book of a very long running series. As a fan and reader of the series, I knew who everyone was and how they got there. The problem for the mass audience will be that they will have no idea who half the people are and the film does not really give any answers.

This unfortunately will be a film liked by those who have read the books, and not fully understood by those who have not.

Twice filmakers have well casted and made well intentioned adaptations of the books, and twice they have not come through as they should have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars review
although I love Tommy lee Jones this movie was very lacking in the suspense the novel portrayed.
James Lee Burkes' book are poetic discourse about the human condition and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by gregg dunn
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
Interesting plot and good performances by Jones and Goodman. They both seem to get better with age. Fine supporting cast, too.
Published 1 day ago by Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars good rrad
Have read many of the books. The movie is very close to the books in location and characters. Jones is good in the role
Published 1 day ago by Ronald B. Moss
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Representation
One of James Burke's better novels is poorly represented in this weak film adaptation. Despite the appropriate star power, overall the character portrayals were inadequate due to a... Read more
Published 3 days ago by K. Proctor
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tommy Lee
Sort of a strange story line, but plenty of classic Tommy Lee Jones character for his fans (I'm one). Read more
Published 5 days ago by R.P. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Did Not Make A Successful Translation To Film
While I can certainly compliment James Lee Burke for his ability to write a novel, this psychological thriller did not fare so well in the hands of a screenwriting duo. Read more
Published 6 days ago by W. Clement
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Jones' or Goodman's Best
Relies way too much on local Louisiana color to carry the weight and is very poorly edited. Many of the side characters are barely capable of acting and the the movie is a total... Read more
Published 7 days ago by AudiophileHeadCase
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing if you haven't read the book
I love all of James Lee Burke's books and I was anxious to see how they adapted to the big screen. The main character casting was good. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michele P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the trailer---then you'll want to watch it too
Never heard of this movie but knew of the book author----Was a really good trailer so we watched it and it kept our interest throughout the entire story---Tommy Lee Jones is... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Casey M. Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Excellent movie to watch. Tommy Lee Jones movies always are good ones to watch in my opinion. Good acting on all the actors.
Published 9 days ago by Shirley R
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