Blood Work

Blood Work

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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, Wanda De Jesus


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Warner receives high marks for the transfer on this DVD of Blood Work. Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (this is another title that has a separate chopped pan & scan transfer), the image is top notch. Colors are natural, while the blacks are solid and show no sign of break down. Detail is nearly perfect, giving the picture a realistic edge. The…  See more details below


Warner receives high marks for the transfer on this DVD of Blood Work. Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (this is another title that has a separate chopped pan & scan transfer), the image is top notch. Colors are natural, while the blacks are solid and show no sign of break down. Detail is nearly perfect, giving the picture a realistic edge. The sound is also quite good, though not outstanding. The 5.1 English and French tracks don't utilize the back surrounds in any truly effective way, but the front speakers do show nice separation, while dialogue is clear up front. It's a nice mix that certainly won't impress, but also won't disappoint. Not up to those standards are the supplements offered here. They're rather weak. All that is included are two featurettes, one on making the film, while the other is a conversation (partly in Spanish, with subtitles) about characters with actors Wanda De Jesus, Paul Rodriguez, and Clint Eastwood. Be careful to watch the film first, as the brief "making of" featurette gives the ending away. Along with that is a teaser and theatrical trailer and some filmographies for a few cast and crew members.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
As both an actor and a director, Clint Eastwood gets better as he gets older, and this suspenseful thriller provides the septuagenarian star with one of his most engrossing roles to date. He portrays Terry McCaleb, an FBI agent forced into retirement by the near-fatal heart attack he suffered while chasing a notorious serial killer. Saved by a last-minute heart transplant, a still-ailing Terry is asked by Graciella Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) to investigate the murder of her sister -- whose heart now beats in his chest. The Michael Connelly novel that screenwriter Brian Helgeland has adapted supplies the director-star with an interesting dilemma that Eastwood exploits for maximum dramatic effect. The search for the woman's murderer leads Terry back to the serial killer whose pursuit nearly cost him his life. Eastwood plays the former G-man as weak, tired, and feverish, constantly pressing a hand to his scarred chest while brushing off admonitions to relax. The character is continually conscious of his own mortality, yet driven by both his duty as a lawman and his obligation to the dead woman who gave him a second chance at life. As the donor's sister, De Jesus is subtle yet strong; she's not a dewy-eyed ingénue or a voluptuous sex kitten, but rather a mature woman who gradually develops affection for the ailing ex-agent. Jeff Daniels scores solidly as the amiable layabout who acts as Terry's chauffeur -- and who figures prominently in the film's exciting denouement. Understated and even elegiac in tone, Blood Work puts a different spin on familiar melodramatic plot conventions, and it has an emotional resonance that's absent from most thrillers -- which makes it, arguably, Eastwood's finest film since Unforgiven. The DVD sports a making-of featurette and interviews with Eastwood and other cast members.
All Movie Guide
When the deconstructive Western Unforgiven brought Clint Eastwood unprecedented respect, it was tempting to hope the newly minted auteur would reserve himself for superior projects and artistic themes close to his heart. What an appropriate metaphor for his career, then, that Eastwood's latest, Blood Work, is about a transplant of that essential organ. It's as though what makes Eastwood tick has been supplanted by a foreign presence his body can't reject, leaving him content to toe the (assembly) line and glumly perpetuate his Absolute Power-True Crime school of pedestrian thrillers. It's also tempting to suggest that this aging treasure of tough guy machismo has "still got it," but Blood Work returns quite the opposite verdict. Eastwood is finally starting to look fragile and elderly -- in fact, thank goodness his character is weak following major surgery, because it provides a narrative explanation why the actor's voice is more gasp than rasp. But Blood Work is depressing in so many ways that aren't traceable to Eastwood's frailties. Tops on the list is the utter conventionality of the script, which follows the familiar path of the umpteen thrillers in which serial killers taunt celebrity FBI agents for the purpose of aggrandizing and fetishizing their crimes. Brian Helgeland has fallen far from his days as writer of L. A. Confidential if this soap opera dialogue and ham-fisted foreshadowing is all he can muster. The tone is schizophrenic, caught between the misplaced gravity of Eastwood's recent films, the ludicrous renegade posturing of his Dirty Harry days, and a cops-and-donuts style of comedy (embodied by pesky irritant Paul Rodriguez) that was never fashionable. Long before the laughable finish, the test results of this Blood Work have already come back negative.
Village Voice
A bracingly no-nonsense, highly professional policier -- as proudly old-fashioned as its curmudgeon hero. J. Hoberman
Chicago Sun-Times
The strength of the picture, directed by Eastwood, is that it has three intersecting story arcs: The investigation, the health issues, and the relationship that builds, step by step. Roger Ebert
New York Observer
It can be argued, I suppose, that Blood Work was designed from the outset not so much as a whodunit as a why-and-how-dunit, and here the film becomes metaphysically ingenious. Andrew Sarris

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making of featurette; A conversation in Spanish with Clint Eastwood, Wanda de Jesús and Paul Rodriguez (with English subtitles); Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer & teaser; Star/director/writer film highlights; Scene acces; English and French language tracks; English, French and Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Terry McCaleb
Jeff Daniels Buddy Noone
Anjelica Huston Dr. Bonnie Fox
Wanda De Jesus Graciella Rivers
Tina Lifford Det. Jaye Winston
Paul Rodriguez Ronaldo Arrango
Dylan Walsh Detective John Waller
Mason Lucero Raymond
Gerry Becker Mr. Toliver
Rick Hoffman James Lockridge
Alix Koromzay Mrs. Cordell
Igor Jijikine Bolotov
P.J. Byrne Forensics #2
Amanda Carlin Office Manager
Chao-Li Chi Mr. Kang
Dina Eastwood Reporter #1
James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Robert Harvey Restaurant Manager
Brent Hinkley Cab Driver
Craig Hoskins Helicopter Pilot
Matt Huffman Young Detective
Sam Jaeger Deputy
Beverly Leech Reporter #2
June Kyoko Lu Mrs. Kang
Glenn Morshower Captain
Derric Nugent L.A.P.D. Officer
Natalia Ongaro Receptionist
Maria Quiban Gloria Torres
Ted Rooney Forensics #1
Mark Thomason James Cordell

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director,Producer
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Cox Editor
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Adrian H. Gorton Set Decoration/Design
Brian Helgeland Screenwriter
Deborah Hopper Costumes/Costume Designer
Judie G. Hoyt Co-producer
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Robert Lorenz Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Walt Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Lennie Niehaus Score Composer
Tom Stern Cinematographer
Jack Gammon Taylor Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Catch Me [3:46]
2. End of the Chase [3:29]
3. Circle Around the Heart [3:05]
4. Graciella Rivers [3:15]
5. Donuts With Friends [5:20]
6. Not the First Time [3:05]
7. Observations [1:49]
8. The Cordell Case [4:45]
9. ATM Activity [2:19]
10. Fever Dream [1:57]
11. No Choice [4:38]
12. Bolotov Plays Rough [5:35]
13. What's the Average? [1:30]
14. A Souvenir [5:48]
15. Feeling Connected [1:51]
16. Like Stalking [3:43]
17. For the Full Ride [4:41]
18. Blood Tie [:42]
19. Losses and Gains [3:13]
20. Matter of Timing [4:55]
21. Shooting Up the Valley [4:04]
22. Grim Discovery [1:53]
23. All Except One [1:39]
24. Night Companions [3:18]
25. They're Both Back [2:24]
26. The Following Sea [4:12]
27. Freighter Prison [6:00]
28. Armed and Deadly [3:00]
29. Ramming Speed [3:30]
30. Not Needed [2:47]
31. Having Someone [1:29]
32. End Credits [2:06]


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Blood Work 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best clint eastwood movies ever. it was unreal anybody would like it. it's so suspencful and thats the great part! u don't no whats coming next!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago