In Cold Blood
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  • In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

3.5 8
Director: Richard Brooks

Cast: Richard Brooks, Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

     
 

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A devastating take on the senseless murders that shocked the nation, director Richard Brooks adaptation of the Truman Capote novel arrives on DVD in fine form from Columbia/TriStar. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the black-and-white image is crisp and clear of any notable artifacting or digital distortion -- effectively retaining the stunning composition… See more details below

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A devastating take on the senseless murders that shocked the nation, director Richard Brooks adaptation of the Truman Capote novel arrives on DVD in fine form from Columbia/TriStar. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the black-and-white image is crisp and clear of any notable artifacting or digital distortion -- effectively retaining the stunning composition of cinematographer Conrad Hall's widescreen lens. A newly remastered English Dolby Digital Surround track brings also brings the film to life as never before experienced on home video. Aside from Quincy Jones' compelling score, the audio is remarkably clean and powerful for a film of this age. Directional effects are subtle but effective, and vocals are clear of any distortion or hiss. In addition to optional English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles, English closed captioning is also available. Though the only extras to speak of are lamentably a quartet of mostly unrelated trailers, a trailer from the original release of In Cold Blood offers some interesting facts concerning the film. Regardless as to how one feels about such little bonus material being offered on a film with such a well-documented history, the presentation of the film itself is to be commended, with the final product packing as much impact in the new millennium as it did when released over 30-years ago.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Director Richard Brooks stripped away the outer layers of literary artifice for his screen adaptation of Truman Capote's "non-fiction novel" about a multiple murder in Kansas and instead captured the book's core: a painstakingly researched and breathtakingly detailed account of a crime that had terrible consequences and no real point. Aiming for as realistic and "non-Hollywood" an approach as possible, Brooks shot In Cold Blood in stark but richly detailed black-and-white (Conrad Hall earned an Oscar nomination for his camera work) and filmed much of the action in locations where the events occurred in real life; the result is a film with the narrative strength of a well-structured drama and the unflinchingly honest look of a documentary. Brooks also wisely cast two relative unknowns in the leads; Robert Blake, who made his screen debut in 1938 at the age of 5, gave a striking breakthrough performance as the brutal but weak-willed Perry Smith, and Scott Wilson, in his second screen appearance, was just as convincing as the sly, manipulative Dick Hickock. Both actors practically disappear into their roles, delivering the finest work of their respective careers. The film also shrewdly follows the book's structure in not showing the actual murders until relatively late in the game. Brooks allows us to get to know Smith and Hickock quite well before we see their most brutal and mercenary sides, and we're also given a chance to become acquainted with the doomed members of the Clutter Family; it's ultimately the story of the killers, but the presence of the victims gives the film a greater, more tragic weight. And while Brooks avoids hitting the audience over the head with an anti-capital punishment message, the film's conclusion makes clear that the execution of Perry and Dick serves no more point than the murder of Herbert Clutter and his family: both are mistakes, with no one better off as a result.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
UPC:
0043396068315
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:14:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Blake Perry Smith
Scott Wilson Dick Hickok
John Forsythe Alvin Dewey
Paul Stewart Reporter, Jenson
Gerald O'Loughlin Harold Nye
Jeff Corey Hickock's Father
John Gallaudet Roy Church
James Flavin Clarence Duntz
Charles McGraw Mr. Smith
James Lantz Officer Rohleder
John McLiam Herbert Clutter
Ruth Storey Bonnie Clutter
Vaughn Taylor "Good Samaritan"
Duke Hobbie Young Reporter
Sheldon Allman Rev. Post
Ted Eccles Young Hitchhiker
Raymond Hatton Old Hitchhiker
Mary Linda Rapelye Susan Kidwell
Ronda Fultz Nancy's Friend
Al Christy Sheriff
Stan Levitt Insurance Man
Brenda Currin Nancy Clutter
Willow Geer-Alsop Prosecuting Attorney

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jack Ahern Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
Geza Gaspar Special Effects
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Jack Martell Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Morris Makeup
Peter Zinner Editor
Truman Capote Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:11]
2. A Decent, Ordinary Family [6:04]
3. Vegas Fantasy [3:35]
4. Tools of the Trade [5:15]
5. Treasure of Sierra Madre [3:59]
6. A Natural Born Killer [1:53]
7. In Cold Blood [8:42]
8. Agent Alvin Dewey [3:43]
9. Press Conference [2:27]
10. $43 & a Radio [3:05]
11. Wedding Trousseau [2:43]
12. Floyd Wells' Tip [1:51]
13. Tex Smith [8:35]
14. Great News [1:35]
15. Murder Without Motive [4:03]
16. Memories of Mother [2:16]
17. "You Only Live Once" [2:49]
18. Mr. Hickock [5:51]
19. Gifts in a Manger [1:42]
20. Needles Bound [1:58]
21. Interrogation [3:45]
22. The Third Mistake [6:21]
23. "He Said You Did It" [:22]
24. The Way it Was [6:51]
25. The State Rests [2:13]
26. The S&I Building [1:44]
27. Killing Time on Death Row [18:44]
28. Two Dates at the Corner [3:38]

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