Richard Brooks

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

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.

Film Info

  • Richard Brooks
  • United States
  • 1967
  • 134 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #781

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

In Cold Blood
Cast
Robert Blake
Perry Smith
Scott Wilson
Dick Hickock
John Forsythe
Alvin Dewey
Paul Stewart
Bill Jensen
Gerald S. O’Loughlin
Harold Nye
Jeff Corey
Mr. Hickock
John Gallaudet
Roy Church
James Flavin
Clarence Duntz
Charles McGraw
Tex Smith
Will Geer
Prosecutor
John McLiam
Herbert Clutter
Ruth Storey
Bonnie Clutter
Brenda C. Currin
Nancy Clutter
Paul Hough
Kenyon Clutter
Credits
Director
Richard Brooks
Written for the screen by
Richard Brooks
Producer
Richard Brooks
Based on the book by
Truman Capote
Director of photography
Conrad Hall
Music
Quincy Jones
Assistant director
Tom Shaw
Art director
Robert Boyle
Editor
Peter Zinner
Script supervisor
John Franco
Public relations
Al Horwits
Chief electrician
Harry Sundby
Property masters
Joe LaBella
Property masters
Bob Eaton
Sound
William Randall Jr.
Sound
Dick Tyler
Sound
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound effects
John H. Newman
Set decorator
Jack Ahern
Special effects
Chuck Gaspar
Wardrobe
Jack Martell
Makeup
Gary Morris
Assistant editor
Earl Herdan
Orchestrations
Leo Shuken
Orchestrations
Jack Hayes

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In Cold Blood: Structuring the Real

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