Crimewave (BluRay/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Great old movie and amazon was the only place i could find it at a fair price.Published 4 months ago by les
A huge disappointment. I had expected it to be a hidden gem as it was written by the Coen Bros. Not so.Published 4 months ago by David J. Beeby
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 on June 13, 2014 by William H Hardman
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 morePublished on May 25, 2014 by JohnGuad
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 on February 20, 2014 by BSlamDesi