Blood Simple [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Blood Simple [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Joel Coen Cast: John Getz
John Getz
, M. Emmet Walsh
M. Emmet Walsh
, Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
, Dan Hedaya
Dan Hedaya
Joel Coen
Blood Simple [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Blood Simple [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Joel Coen Cast: John Getz
John Getz
, M. Emmet Walsh
M. Emmet Walsh
, Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
, Dan Hedaya
Dan Hedaya
Joel Coen

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Overview

Marty (Dan Hedaya), the owner of a sleazy country-western bar hires cynical private detective Visser (M. Emmet Walsh) to murder his wife Abbey (Frances McDormand) and her lover Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees, who have run away together. Visser, never intending to to do the killings, falsifies pictures showing the murdered bodies of Abbey and Ray, collects his money from Marty, and then shoots him, leaving his body slumped in his office. Ray, returning to the bar to pick up some money he is owed, finds the body. Believing that Marty has been killed by Abbey, Ray, in an memorable scene, drags Marty's body to his car and cleans up the bloody floor, using his windbreaker. He drives to a deserted field where, in a brutal, memorable scene he discovers that Marty is still alive and kills him. Ray, stunned and disgusted by what he has done returns to his apartment where Abbey is sleeping. Visser, having returned to the bar to retrieve a very distinctive lighter he has left, finds the body gone and goes looking for Ray, shooting and killing him as Ray stands in front of the window, trying to tell Abbey what he has done. Abbey, not knowing of Marty's murder, believes Marty has killed Ray. She then has a final confrontation with Visser, who she believes to be Marty as she fights for her life. Blood Simple with its complicated plot twists and superb performances by all of the cast is one of the best American independent films of its decade. While made on a shoe string budget, the film with a brilliant screenplay, and masterful direction and production all by Joel and Ethan Coen wisely uses character and plot to involve its audience, rather than splashy special effects. The result is an small masterpiece. The entire cast gives the performances of their careers, particularly, Frances McDormand as Abbey, who never quite knows what is going on and the superb character actor E. Emmet Walsh who is unforgettable in the ironic, darkly humorous final sequence. This stylish, low-budget noir-style thriller was a remarkable and compelling debut for the Coen brothers, who went on to make, among other fine films, the highly acclaimed Fargo.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2016
UPC: 0715515186216
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Language: English
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 1,208

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, approved by Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfield and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, with 5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Getz Ray
M. Emmet Walsh Visser
Frances McDormand Abby
Dan Hedaya Marty
Samm-Art Williams Maurice
Deborah Neumann Debra
Raquel Gavia Landlady
Van Brooks Man from Lubbock
Senor Marco Mr. Garcia
William Creamer Old Cracker
Loren Bivens Strip-Bar Exhorter
Bob McAdams Strip-Bar Senator
Shannon Sedwick Stripper
Nancy Ginger Girl on Overlook
William Preston Robertson Radio Evangelist
Preston Robertson Radio Evangelist
Rev. William Actor
Holly Hunter Answering machine
Carter Burwell Composer

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter,Screenwriter,Producer
Daniel F. Bacaner Executive Producer,Producer
Loren Bivens Special Effects
Lewis Goldstein Sound Effects
Peter F. Kurland Sound Effects
Blake Leyh Sound Effects
Skip Lievsay Sound Effects
Barry Moss Casting
Julie Hughes Casting
Mike Bacarella Producer
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