Blood SimpleDirector: Joel Coen,
In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. False assumptions, guilt, and fear all lead to a frantic attempt to conceal evidence and the heart-pounding, irony-filled denouement. Blood Simple was re-released in the summer of 2000 with a digitally-remastered soundtrack and -- at the Coens' behest -- a few minutes of dialogue trimmed.
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Cast & Crew
|M. Emmet Walsh||Visser|
|Nancy Ginger||Girl on Overlook|
|Preston Robertson||Radio Evangelist|
|Van Brooks||Man from Lubbock|
|Senor Marco||Mr. Garcia|
|William Creamer||Old Cracker|
|Loren Bivens||Strip Bar Exhorter|
|Bob McAdams||Strip Bar Senator|
|Holly Hunter||Answering machine|
|Daniel F. Bacaner||Executive Producer|
|Loren Bivens||Special Effects|
|Jean A. Black||Makeup|
|Carter Burwell||Score Composer|
|Jane Musky||Production Designer|
|Deborah Reinisch||Asst. Director|
|Stephen Roll||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mark Silverman||Associate Producer|
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The Coen's first movie, Blood Simple, is quite possibly one of their best. A tale of revenge and murder gone wrong in a Texas town, it features great dialogue, great acting, suspense and dark humor. Compared with most of their other films, it's noticeably less wacky, but they more than make up for it on the DVD.
As if this movie wasn't wonderful enough on its own, the Coens have added a full-length commentary by Ken Loring, of the ''Forever Young Film Preservation Institute.'' Through this fictional film expert, the Coens poke fun at all of what I would presume are their grievances about film commentaries. He blathers on incessantly about everything (especially over dialogue), explains the ''technical aspects'' of the filming (like how the entire opening highway sequence was filmed in a room with the car upside-down), and urges the viewer to fast-forward through the ''boring parts.''
The other special features are pretty standard, but the sheer excellence of the movie, combined with the hysterically funny commentary make this DVD one to own.