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

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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).

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCMT1I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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The XYZ Murders (aka Crimewave) is not a movie most people think of. I saw the movie years ago on some movie channel and was struck by the high levels of physical comedy in the movie. I recorded it on VHS but that tape hasn't been seen in years. I had a recent conversation with somebody who like s the movies of Joel & Ethan Coen. I started thinking of Crimewave again and decided to get my own DVD copy of it. When the copy arrived, it had asian writing (either Japanese or Chinese) on the cover. I thought I somehow got a copy of the movie from another country but the movie was intact in English. This movie was written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen & Sam Raimi, who directed it. The Coens went on to make Blood Simple and many more movies, usually with some reference to the name Hudsucker. Raimi, who could have just been known as horror film director for his Evil Dead movies, went on to do the Spiderman movies with Tobey McGuire. The plot of the movie is simplistic. Odengard and Trend run a security camera business. Odengard is selling his partner out to turn their business into a strip joint with a jerk & heel named Renaldo (Bruce Campbell). Trend accidentally finds out his partner's plans & hires an exterminating company run by two psychos to get revenge. Their only employee at their security company is Vic Ajax (Reed Birney), a nerd who will never get a girlfriend. Not only do these two whacky killers kill Odengard, but they accidentally kill Trend too. Trend's wife, Helene (Louise Lasser) witnesses all this from their apartment across the street. The killers have to silence her. Vic comes to the rescue of Renaldo's girlfriend played bySheree J. Wilson (Wlaker Texas Ranger). Before Vic knows it, he is rescuing a damsel in distress from two killers.Read more ›
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