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Blood Simple

Joel Coen

 
Blood Simple (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1984
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #834

Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy hat, and no moral compass, and Frances McDormand’s cunning debut performance set her on the road to stardom. The tight scripting and inventive style that have marked the Coens’ work for decades are all here in their first film, in which cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld abandons black-and-white chiaroscuro for neon signs and jukebox colors that combine with Carter Burwell’s haunting score to lurid and thrilling effect. Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, Blood Simple reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene.

Cast

RayJohn Getz
AbbyFrances McDormand
Julian MartyDan Hedaya
Private detectiveM. Emmet Walsh
MeuriceSamm-Art Williams
DebraDeborah Neumann
LandladyRaquel Gavia
Man from LubbockVan Brooks
Mr. GarciaSeñor Marco
Old crackerWilliam Creamer
Strip bar exhorterLoren Bivens
Strip bar senatorBob McAdams
StripperShannon Sedwick
Girl on overlookNancy Finger
Radio evangelistRev. William Preston Robertson

Credits

DirectorJoel Coen
Produced byEthan Coen
Written byJoel Coen and Ethan Coen
Executive producerDaniel F. Bacaner
Associate producerMark Silverman
Director of photographyBarry Sonnenfeld
Production designer Jane Musky
Music byCarter Burwell
Edited byRoderick Jaynes and Don Wiegmann
First assistant directorDeborah Reinisch
CastingJulie Hughes and Barry Moss

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Sonnenfeld and the Coens about the film’s look, featuring Telestrator video illustrations
  • New conversation between author Dave Eggers and the Coens about the film’s production, from inception to release
  • New interviews with composer Carter Burwell, sound mixer Skip Lievsay, and actors Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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Blood Simple: “Down Here, You’re on Your Own”

By Nathaniel Rich September 21, 2016

An exhilarating blend of noir and splatter-flick tropes, the Coen brothers’ debut feature established their unique brand of cosmic fatalism. Read more »

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Horror Time: Josh and Benny Safdie’s Favorite Nightmares

October 30, 2017

Just in time for Halloween, we’re musing on what it is that makes a movie frightening with the help of filmmaking duo Josh and Benny Safdie, the directors behind this year’s celebrated heist . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28852id_312_thumbnail

Blood Simple: “Down Here, You’re on Your Own”

By Nathaniel Rich September 21, 2016

An exhilarating blend of noir and splatter-flick tropes, the Coen brothers’ debut feature established their unique brand of cosmic fatalism. Read more »


Video

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Storyboarding Blood Simple

September 19, 2016

Since the beginning of their three-decade creative partnership, Joel and Ethan Coen have developed a meticulous approach to filmmaking. From the tight scripting to the impeccable visual style, . . . Read more »


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August 26, 2016

Last weekend, in conjunction with his new album, Blonde, musician and noted cinephile Frank Ocean released a limited-edition zine titled Boys Don’t Cry, which featured a list of his favorite . . . Read more »

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