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 Post subject: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:38 pm 
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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 sets off 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 the black-and-white chiaroscuro of classic noir 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.

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


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:40 pm 
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They didn't port over the joke "critic" commentary


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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Ugh, Dave Eggers. :roll:

Also, I was really hoping for the pitch trailer featuring Bruce Campbell


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:53 pm 
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Pretty surprised the theatrical cut wasn't included, especially considering the tone of the re-release lead-in that accompanies the director's cut.


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:58 pm 

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also-no Dan Hedaya interview? :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:08 pm 
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Blood Simple is sadly underwhelming. I too am surprised and disappointed they didn't include the joke track.

I also find it interesting that Criterion is officially crediting Ethan Coen as a director since he didn't receive official directing credit until The Ladykillers.


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:19 pm 
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Disappointed. I had emailed Mulvaney when they teased this to let him know I hoped they'd include the theatrical cut in addition to the director's cut. Besides the commentary they didn't port, wasn't there also a joke introduction that hasn't been ported?


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:36 pm 
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PfR73 wrote:
Disappointed. I had emailed Mulvaney when they teased this to let him know I hoped they'd include the theatrical cut in addition to the director's cut. Besides the commentary they didn't port, wasn't there also a joke introduction that hasn't been ported?


I think the joke intro is what I was describing, and it aired when I saw a print of the film at Film Forum in February. It's a pretty good send-up of general revisionism in Hollywood. An old man does a bit where he says "you're seeing the cleaned up director's edition which used computers to enhance and clean up the film." I can't do it justice, but it's a shame if it's not included as well.


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:41 pm 
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domino harvey wrote:
They didn't port over the joke "critic" commentary


Was going to mention the same thing


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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beamish13 wrote:
I was really hoping for the pitch trailer featuring Bruce Campbell

I suppose that it might be included as part of the Eggers interview. In the meantime, Vanity Fair has posted the pitch trailer along with a short article about its creation.


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:57 pm 
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Looks like the Website's listing has been changed to the (correct) sole directing credit for Joel Coen. Could the cover be soon to follow?


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:05 pm 
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It's still a film by both of them.


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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Ribs wrote:
Looks like the Website's listing has been changed to the (correct) sole directing credit for Joel Coen. Could the cover be soon to follow?


I thought on their older films Joel got the sole directing credit only because of DGA rules?


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:01 pm 
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The Coens/Sonnenfeld feature is 70 minutes long!


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:10 pm 
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Jeff wrote:
beamish13 wrote:
I was really hoping for the pitch trailer featuring Bruce Campbell

I suppose that it might be included as part of the Eggers interview. In the meantime, Vanity Fair has posted the pitch trailer along with a short article about its creation.

Looks like it made it since DVDBeaver lists a "Fund Raising" trailer!


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:21 pm 
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I guess I'll need to keep my old copy around for this supplement.
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• Audio Commentary by Kenneth Loring of Forever Young Films


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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I guess I'll need to keep my old copy around for this supplement.
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• Audio Commentary by Kenneth Loring of Forever Young Films

wasn't that commentary a gag and not a "real" extra so to speak?


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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movielocke wrote:
DeprongMori wrote:
I guess I'll need to keep my old copy around for this supplement.
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• Audio Commentary by Kenneth Loring of Forever Young Films

wasn't that commentary a gag and not a "real" extra so to speak?


100% a gag.


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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movielocke wrote:
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DeprongMori wrote:
I guess I'll need to keep my old copy around for this supplement.
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• Audio Commentary by Kenneth Loring of Forever Young Films


wasn't that commentary a gag and not a "real" extra so to speak?


Of course it's a gag. That doesn't mean it's not a real extra. (A number of the extras on Being John Malkovich would fall into this category as well.) It's a bit of authorial silliness that we lost in the new release. The overhead was low to keep it, so I'm surprised it got dropped. On the question of whether it was worthwhile to keep, YMMV. I'm sorry to see it go.


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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Ribs wrote:
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The Coens/Sonnenfeld feature is 70 minutes long!

It's actually "sorta" an audio commentary, playing over a good chunk of the film (a select scene commentary you could say), with some breakaways to the three occasionally, and there's even replays, stills, and slow motion bits to focus on certain elements. The three use Telestartors to "draw" on the screen to point out compositions, placements of equipment and mistakes they tried to cover up then (bumps in the camera, filter misuse, etc.) or notice now, along with other things. It mostly plays in sequence though occasionally jumps around to related scenes.

It's very technical and there's a few times where they may be just playing around with the telestrator equipment, but they do use it rather usefully throughout to focus your attention or address the framing and more (it doesn't feel like a gimmick). I rather enjoyed it and thought it was a fairly creative twist to a general commentary track.


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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That telestrator addition sounds like it may be a Sonnenfeld touch as I seem to remember he had the same thing on the Men In Black DVD back in the day!


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
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I remember Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn on the commentary for Made, uh, made funny use of that feature by making an on-screen tally with hash marks for all of the swears in a certain scene


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:08 am 
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That's right, I forgot about Men in Black. I know this type of thing has shown up before (actually didn't know about Made, though) but I thought it worked rather well here and didn't feel like a gimmick, and it's still used sparingly (it's not like they go nuts drawing all over the place and it still plays more like a commentary track). Much better than a standard interview, which is what I thought it was going to be going in, even after reading the notes on the feature. There is some goofing but on the whole it's very technical and academic.

Edit: I'm liking Criterion's Coen releases so far (you know, based on two of them) and hope they do more. They always seemed kind of reserved on other editions but on this and Llewyn they've been great participants.

The interview with Walsh is also pretty great!


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:28 am 
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I can't believe I had to Google to remember what the other Coen Brothers movie put out was-- shows how little space that film has taken in my mind!


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 Post subject: Re: 834 Blood Simple
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:06 am 
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The old DVD of Ghostbusters also had the telstrator thing done through the caption protocol, so you could also see MST3K style cutouts of Reitman et.al. during it as well.


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