|Blood Simple (VHS) (VHS)|
|Blood Simple (VHS)|
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I love this movie so much that I purchased the 'Blood Simple' twice! Yes, the 70s and Coppola gave America its greatest era in movies. However, the Coen brothers laid the ground work for the next movement in cinema with Blood Simple.
Pulp Fiction and all that would follow in the 90s benefited from this movie. The great character actor - M. Emmet Walsh, the private detective, investigates cheating lovers and more for slimy bar owner. Walsh steals the show by delivering the Coen's best written lines and scenes with a laid back southern style that is endearing and funny. 'Blood Simple' compares well with Raising Arizona, Fargo, and their newest release No Country for Old Men. Coen should not miss this post-modern gem. Personally, I think Blood Simple is still their best.
If you want to see a really good, tension-filled movie, then I suggest that you watch Blood Simple. It's a genuinely original thriller by the famous Coen brothers directing team and this classic piece of film noir was also their very first major collaboration as well. This is a very bloody film, yes, but that still shouldn't discourage anyone from viewing it because the movie's truly subtle and brilliant moments really pay off in the end. The twists and turns lead to an exciting climax which is entirely unpredictable. The screenplay is also packed with great dialogue and surprisingly enough, there are indeed parts of the film which are extremely funny. That aspect alone probably is what separates Blood Simple from completely fitting into the horror genre basically and instead, treading into newer genres which have barely scratched the surface with subject matter like this. What makes certain portions of the movie so hilarious are some of the lines spoken by all of the main characters, including a few of the other key players too. Nevertheless, a lot of the actors from this film still deliver very powerful performances which have been overlooked. For example, M. Emmet Walsh's portrayal of the private investigater who turns to violence in order to be wealthy is really comedic at times, but also compelling and dark once his character transitions to being an extremely calculating man with murderous intentions. It's shocking that he wasn't at least nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards back in that year. Even though Blood Simple was completely snubbed with those kinds of award ceremonies, that still doesn't take away the movie's staying power. I'm glad that I bought this film on VHS in its original video release format. Both the tape and the case it arrived in were both from 1985 and that's pretty interesting as well. The only downside to the item is that the VHS tape itself was missing its labels and the front cover also had a fair amount of sun damage and because of that, its color has drastically faded over the years, but that's still alright by me. The only thing I care about is that it works fine, so nothing else is really much of an issue. For the record, this version of Blood Simple is different from the director's cut most people are used to by a couple minutes because all later DVD and Blu-ray editions were edited with changes made by the filmmakers themselves. To me, I actually prefer that cut, but the theatrical version is still very enjoyable and entertaining. In retrospect, those revisions enhance the quality of the film and made it slightly better. Responding to how Blood Simple compares to other similar products, I'd have to say that this film is certainly better than some of the other average flicks directed by the Coens such as True Grit, A Serious Man, Barton Fink, and Miller's Crossing. In closing, I suggest to anyone who likes movies such as this one to check it out because you also might think that Blood Simple is a good film.
Great early film from the Coen brothers. Even after all they have accomplished, still possibly their best film. Super stylish and suspenseful with especially great work from E. Emmett Walsh as the slimy detective. Highly recommended.