Devil in a Blue Dress

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It's nice to see Columbia TriStar putting so much effort into a DVD package. The transfer is brilliant, both in image and sound. A subtlety of light is captured in the widescreen frame, successfully communicating the film's sultriness. The color is rich and definite, with the pastels and shadows of a 1940s Los Angeles shining through majestically. A key element in creating ambience is the soundtrack, with composer Elmer Bernstein's score interlaced with classic jazz and blues themes. The Dolby Digital 5:1 Audio ...
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It's nice to see Columbia TriStar putting so much effort into a DVD package. The transfer is brilliant, both in image and sound. A subtlety of light is captured in the widescreen frame, successfully communicating the film's sultriness. The color is rich and definite, with the pastels and shadows of a 1940s Los Angeles shining through majestically. A key element in creating ambience is the soundtrack, with composer Elmer Bernstein's score interlaced with classic jazz and blues themes. The Dolby Digital 5:1 Audio is pristine and a balanced surround is achieved. The main menu is classy, depicting the features as matinee neon lights, in sync with the overall feel of the film. Scene selections are not run of the mill static shots but mini-screened versions of each scene's beginning. There is an informative commentary with director Carl Franklin, as well as a booklet containing more background. Don Cheadle's screen test, with off-screen involvement heard from both Franklin and lead actor Denzel Washington, is a treat, giving audiences an opportunity to view an event that normally is not accessible to them. Other features include three language and subtitle choices and the theatrical trailer. It would have been nice to see more extensive biographies and filmographies, but all in all, this package is an impressive enhancement of an already attractive film.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Director's commentary; Don Cheadle's screen test
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The so-called "Black Pack" films of the late '80s and early '90s intersect with this attempt to revive film noir, set in 1940s Los Angeles. It has all the staples of the noirs of decades past: a dogged private eye Denzel Washington, shady, omnivorously sexual women, duplicitous clients, brutal cops, and a Deep, Dark Secret at the heart of it all. What makes Devil different is its pungent depiction of racism, which victimizes Washington's character repeatedly. Previous private eyes such as Sam Spade had to worry about getting killed or beaten up when they learned the truth; Washington has to worry about it while walking in a white neighborhood after dark. Director Carl Franklin also posits a black suburbia where both parents raise children in lovely middle-class homes with white picket fences, razor-cut lawns, and brightly beautiful sunlight, ironically contrasting the murky depravities of the night and the bombed-out minority "drug war" neighborhoods of decades later. Washington contributes a workmanlike performance, and watch for Don Cheadle as a friendly but hopelessly psychotic best friend -- he's terrifying. In all, Devil is a good but minor movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • UPC: 043396513495
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, EspaƱol, Portugais
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Easy Rawlins
Tom Sizemore DeWitt Albright
Jennifer Beals Daphne Monet
Don Cheadle Mouse
Maury Chaykin Matthew Terell
Lisa Nicole Carson Coretta James
Terry Kinney Todd Carter
Vinny Argiro Baxter
Jernard Burks Dupree Brouchard
L. Scott Caldwell Hattie Parsons
G. Smokey Campbell Nightclub Owner
Nicky Corello Sheriff
Frank Davis Butcher
Kenny Endoso Manny
Nigel Gibbs Bootlegger
Albert Hall Odell
Barry "Shabaka" Henley Woodcutter
Renee Humphrey Barbara
Brendan Kelly Terell's Chauffeur
Deborah Lacey Sophie
Joseph Latimore Frank Green
Scott Lincoln Richard McGee
Jeris Poindexter Alphonso Jenkins
Steve Randazzo Benny Giacomo
Peggy Rea Carter's Secretary
John Roselius Mason
J.D. Smith Pool Hall Owner
Beau Starr Miller
Mel Winkler Joppy
David Wolos-Fonteno Junior Fornay
Technical Credits
Carl Franklin Director, Screenwriter
Jesse Beaton Producer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Demme Executive Producer
Cheryl Smith Dimont Set Decoration/Design
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Donna Gigliotti Associate Producer
Gary Goetzman Producer
Thomas A. Imperato Associate Producer
Carole Kravetz Editor
Walter Mosley Associate Producer
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Edward Saxon Executive Producer
Ken Segal Sound/Sound Designer
Victoria Thomas Casting
Tom Ward Special Effects
Dan Webster Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start. [4:37]
2. Mr. Albright. [2:28]
3. Easy's house. [2:07]
4. The assignment. [2:03]
5. At 89th & Central. [1:43]
6. Old friends. [4:44]
7. Hitting the spot. [5:26]
8. Good news. [1:01]
9. Fisherman's Pier. [3:34]
10. Miller & Mason. [7:19]
11. A call from Daphne. [1:32]
12. The Ambassador Hotel. [4:59]
13. Richard McGee. [2:51]
14. Surprise party. [4:37]
15. With Joppy. [2:26]
16. To the top. [5:14]
17. Kicking up dust. [1:57]
18. Frank Green & Mouse. [4:13]
19. A few more questions. [2:10]
20. Junior Fornay. [3:03]
21. Dupree Brouchard. [3:38]
22. Bible pictures. [2:15]
23. Daphne's secret. [4:37]
24. Joppy takes a ride. [4:06]
25. A cabin in Malibu. [6:13]
26. Mouse goes home. [1:25]
27. In love. [4:01]
28. With his friend. [6:41]
Side #2
0. Scene Selections
1. Start. [4:37]
2. Mr. Albright. [2:28]
3. Easy's house. [2:07]
4. The assignment. [2:03]
5. At 89th & Central. [1:43]
6. Old friends. [4:44]
7. Hitting the spot. [5:26]
8. Good news. [1:01]
9. Fisherman's Pier. [3:34]
10. Miller & Mason. [7:19]
11. A call from Daphne. [1:32]
12. The Ambassador Hotel. [4:59]
13. Richard McGee. [2:51]
14. Surprise party. [4:37]
15. With Joppy. [2:26]
16. To the top. [5:14]
17. Kicking up dust. [1:57]
18. Frank Green & Mouse. [4:13]
19. A few more questions. [2:10]
20. Junior Fornay. [3:03]
21. Dupree Brouchard. [3:38]
22. Bible pictures. [2:15]
23. Daphne's secret. [4:37]
24. Joppy takes a ride. [4:06]
25. A cabin in Malibu. [6:13]
26. Mouse goes home. [1:25]
27. In love. [4:01]
28. With his friend. [6:41]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
   Languages & Audio Set-Up
   Extra Features
      Director's Commentary
      Don Cheadle's Screen Test
      Theatrical Trailers
         Devil in a Blue Dress
         also starring Denzel Washington :A Soldier's Story
         also directed by Carl Franklin:One False Move
Side #2
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
   Languages & Audio Set-Up
   Extra Features
      Director's Commentary
      Don Cheadle's Screen Test
      Theatrical Trailers
         Devil in a Blue Dress
         also starring Denzel Washington :A Soldier's Story
         also directed by Carl Franklin:One False Move
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Denzel at his Best

    My favorite Denzel movie. Good crime mystery with interesting characters.
    Set in post-war LA, it is a good period piece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    20th Century Classic in Living Color

    Finally, a crime drama with an ethnic-lead cast. The post WWII timing adds classical ambiance with modern-day, bona-fide African-American stars (Washington/Cheadle). This film has a Casablanca feel, with a splash of soul. The script leads and teases with a fist full of twists and turns. This is one for the library.

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