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In Cold Blood

Richard Brooks

 
In Cold Blood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1967
  • 134 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #781

Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson give authentic, unshowy performances as Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath; at the same time, stylistically In Cold Blood is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad Hall, and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones.

Cast

Perry SmithRobert Blake
Dick Hickock Scott Wilson
Alvin Dewey John Forsythe
Bill Jensen Paul Stewart
Harold NyeGerald S. O’Loughlin
Mr. HickockJeff Corey
Roy ChurchJohn Gallaudet
Clarence DuntzJames Flavin
Tex SmithCharles McGraw
ProsecutorWill Geer
Herbert ClutterJohn McLiam
Bonnie ClutterRuth Storey
Nancy ClutterBrenda C. Currin
Kenyon ClutterPaul Hough

Credits

DirectorRichard Brooks
Written for the screen byRichard Brooks
ProducerRichard Brooks
Based on the book byTruman Capote
Director of photographyConrad Hall
MusicQuincy Jones
Assistant directorTom Shaw
Art directorRobert Boyle
EditorPeter Zinner
Script supervisorJohn Franco
Public relationsAl Horwits
Chief electricianHarry Sundby
Property mastersJoe LaBella and Bob Eaton
SoundWilliam Randall Jr., Dick Tyler and Arthur Piantadosi
Sound effectsJohn H. Newman
Set decoratorJack Ahern
Special effectsChuck Gaspar
WardrobeJack Martell
MakeupGary Morris
Assistant editorEarl Herdan
OrchestrationsLeo Shuken and Jack Hayes

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Conrad Hall’s work in the film
  • New interview with film historian Bobbie O’Steen on the film’s editing
  • New interview with film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins about Quincy Jones’s music for the film
  • New interview with writer Douglass K. Daniel on director Richard Brooks
  • Interview with Brooks from a 1988 episode of the French television series Cinéma cinemas
  • With Love from Truman, a short 1966 documentary featuring novelist Truman Capote, directed by Albert and David Maysles
  • Two archival NBC interviews with Capote: one following the author on a 1966 visit to Holcomb, Kansas, and the other conducted by Barbara Walters in 1967
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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In Cold Blood: Structuring the Real

By Chris Fujiwara November 18, 2015

Richard Brooks’s In Cold Blood applied cinematic specificity and flair to the literary realism of Truman Capote’s classic “nonfiction novel.” Read more »

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April 22, 2016

Writer Harold Schechter shares a list of five true-crime films that encapsulate the essence of fear—including collection favorites In Cold Blood, The Honeymoon Killers, and Badlands—in the . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

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In Cold Blood: Structuring the Real

By Chris Fujiwara November 18, 2015

Richard Brooks’s In Cold Blood applied cinematic specificity and flair to the literary realism of Truman Capote’s classic “nonfiction novel.” Read more »

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