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Capote / in Cold Blood Set [Blu-ray]

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CAPOTE Famed author Truman Capote befriends two murderers while researching his celebrated book "In Cold Blood" - and finds himself changed to the core. IN COLD BLOOD The powerful true story of a callous murder from the minds of the criminals who performed it. Based on Truman Capote's best-selling novel.

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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Robert Blake, Scott Wilson
  • Directors: Bennett Miller, Richard Brooks
  • Writers: Richard Brooks, Dan Futterman, Gerald Clarke, Truman Capote
  • Producers: Caroline Baron, Dan Futterman
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 248 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N77YPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Capote / in Cold Blood Set [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The double feature is the 1967 adaptation of Capote's chilling book of the same name (In Cold Blood) on a gruesome murder in "small-town" America and the outstanding 2005 release chronicling the life of perhaps the most enigmatic author of the post-World War II era.

This is one of the best examples of making two movies available at an affordable price. And what makes it particularly nice is they complement each other in an artistic, historical way. There is cinematic splendor in both and certainly a welcome addition to anyone's DVD library.
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This double-feature DVD of CAPOTE and IN COLD BLOOD is a handy (and cheap!) way to get two top-notch movies relating the same events with different viewpoints and in very different ways.

As many of you surely know, IN COLD BLOOD the 1967 movie was based on IN COLD BLOOD the book, Truman Capote's phenomenally successful 1966 account of a horrific mass murder in little Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 and the aftermath the killers faced. (Capote insisted on calling his work, oxymoronically, a "non-fiction novel"). By contrast, CAPOTE is a slightly fictionalized 2005 movie spanning the same time frame (1959 and the Clutter family murders to 1965 and the killers' executions). In essence it's an extended "telling of" account with Truman Capote front and center as its lead character, whereas IN COLD BLOOD author Capote stayed journalistically behind the typewriter and out of the original book, as did his research assistant, Nelle Harper Lee, who would go on to become a sensation in mid-1960 with the publication of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. In CAPOTE, mirroring the actual events, Capote and Lee form an investigative duo who scope out Holcomb and the county seat, Garden City, and speak with those who knew the slain.

IN COLD BLOOD the 1967 movie was fairly successful but at the time, though one criticism surprises me: that Alvin Dewey, lead of the K.B.I. team investigating the murders, was a "composite" that included his fellow investigators Church, Duntz and Nye. Actually, all four characters are represented in ths movie, though it's true the Forsythe/Dewey character performs many of the tasks that were in reality performed by others.
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This is a great deal. These are two great films, very different in style, but thematically liked an an intelligent way so few of these 'double bill' features are.

"In Cold Blood" is one of the great crime films ever made. Stunning in every department - acting, photography, editing, score - Richard Brooks' film of Truman Capote's true crime book pulls off the near impossible by building to what is still one of the most deeply disturbing scenes of murder ever filmed, yet still making us question the sanity of the death penalty, even in the face of the grossest outrages against human decency. And takes two of the most unredeemable characters, and yet makes us - at moments - understand, and even sympathize. A film that will give you nightmares and also make you think.

"Capote" is Bennett Miller's highly intelligent biographic drama of the brilliant writer who created "In Cold Blood", and tells the story of how Capote came to write the book and how deeply the process of getting to know these killers effected him. The always brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman gave what may have been the greatest of all his screen performances. On the exterior level he completely transforms himself into Capote - the look, the voice, the mannerisms. But this is far more than a stunt of imitation. He captures the soul of the man tormented by moral dilemmas with no answers, compelled as an artist to keep moving forward, but aware of how much the process was costing him. Catherine Keener also does superb work as Capote's long time friend, the novelist Harper Lee ('To Kill a Mockingbird'). Keener is one of those actresses whose work is so subtle and natural that it's easy to overlook just how terrific she is.
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I purchased this blu ray dvd for $13.99 soon after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Simply because of his magnificent performance as Capote and the very GOOD film, In Cold Blood from the 60s. To skyrocket this set of moives to 33.00 and change is taking ADVANTAGE of Mr. Hoffman's death and in POOR, POOR TASTE. I give it 4 stars for the quality of the movies and a resounding "F" for the seller taking advantage of a death.
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If you like true crime novels with a literary slant, this non-fiction book does not disappoint. Capote, one of the masterful writers of the twentieth century, creates a masterpiece, which will not doubt be read for years to come. He delves into the human psyche of the criminals, but more than that Capote manipulates the minds of readers. An astonishing piece of work.
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"Capote" (2005) is a brilliantly conceived and rendered movie with Philip Seymour Hoffman superb as Capote. Catherine Keener is novelist Harper Lee, Clifton Collins, Jr. is marvelous as killer Perry Smith, and Chris Cooper is Alvin Dewey, the chief investigator for The Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Occasionally Seymour can be faulted for excessive mimicry in his portrayal. The movie deals with the crucial part of Capote's life when he was researching his great non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood."
The movie starts with the vast open wheat fields and the Sunday morning discovery of Nancy Clutter's body by her girlfriend. When Capote shows up in the small Kansas town, a bit too much is made of Capote's flamboyant dress by the filmmakers; people weren't that primordial even in rural Kansas.
The movie shows the incredible access and trust he gained from everyone involved as he investigated the killing of the Clutters. It is not a flattering or favorable picture of Capote but rather a searing portrait of a self-absorbed and selfish writer who prized his book above the life of Perry Smith, a man who came to probably love him. Hickock and Smith were monsters of one sort, but Capote is pictured as being a monster of another sort. The movie makes short shrift of Hickock because Capote had less access to him.
We see views of Capote at New York cocktail parties entertaining his fellow guests, showing off, being vain, and petty and later flippant when he is recounting the gory details. Truman's relationship with his boyfriend is strained by his single-mindedness and callousness toward the condemned men.
The movie cuts back in forth between Capote in Kansas investigating and his periods in Manhattan writing or party-going.
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