The Resource Blood simple, Ben Barenholtz presents a River Road production ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ; produced by Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen, (videorecording)

Blood simple, Ben Barenholtz presents a River Road production ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ; produced by Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen, (videorecording)

Label
Blood simple
Title
Blood simple
Statement of responsibility
Ben Barenholtz presents a River Road production ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ; produced by Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen
Contributor
Actor
Film director
Publisher
Screenwriter
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
The debut film of director Joel Coen and his brother-producer Ethan Coen, 1983's Blood Simple is grisly comic noir that marries the feverish toughness of pulp thrillers with the ghoulishness of even pulpier horror. (Imagine the novels of Jim Thompson somehow fused with the comic tabloid Weird Tales, and you get the idea.) The story concerns a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to follow his cheating wife (Frances McDormand in her first film appearance), and then kill her and her lover (John Getz). The gumshoe turns the tables on his client, and suddenly a bad situation gets much, much worse, with some violent goings-on that are as elemental as they are shocking. (A scene in which a character who has been buried alive suddenly emerges from his own grave instantly becomes an archetypal nightmare.) Shot by Barry Sonnenfeld before he became an A-list director in Hollywood, Blood Simple established the hyperreal look and feel of the Coens' productions (undoubtedly inspired a bit by filmmaker Sam Raimi, whose The Evil Dead had just been coedited by Joel). Sections of the film have proved to be an endurance test for art-house movie fans, particularly an extended climax that involves one shock after another but ends with a laugh at the absurdity of criminal ambition. This is definitely one of the triumphs of the 1980s and the American independent film scene in general
Member of
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
Characteristic
videorecording
Dewey number
791.43/72
Intended audience
  • MPAA rating: R
  • Canadian Home Video Rating: R
Language note
In English with optional English subtitles
PerformerNote
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Coen, Joel.
  • Getz, John
  • Hedaya, Dan.
  • McDormand, Frances.
  • Criterion Collection (Firm)
Runtime
95
Series statement
The Criterion collection
Series volume
834
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adultery
  • Deception
  • Murder for hire
  • Murderers
  • Private investigators
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
Blood simple, Ben Barenholtz presents a River Road production ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ; produced by Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich in container
  • Features: new conversation between Sonnenfeld and the Coens about the film's look, featuring Telestrator video illustrations; new conversation between author Dave Eggers and the Coens about the film's production, from inception to release; new interviews with composer Carter Burwell, sound mixer Skip Lievsay, and actors Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh; trailers
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1984
  • Title from container
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
mixed
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 inches.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
Extent
2 videodiscs (95 minutes)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515186315
Other physical details
sound, colour
Publisher number
CC2679D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • av00301141
  • 839951
System details
DVD ; widescreen presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1
Terms governing use
For private home use only.
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Blood simple, Ben Barenholtz presents a River Road production ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ; produced by Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen, (videorecording)
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich in container
  • Features: new conversation between Sonnenfeld and the Coens about the film's look, featuring Telestrator video illustrations; new conversation between author Dave Eggers and the Coens about the film's production, from inception to release; new interviews with composer Carter Burwell, sound mixer Skip Lievsay, and actors Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh; trailers
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1984
  • Title from container
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
mixed
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 inches.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
Extent
2 videodiscs (95 minutes)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515186315
Other physical details
sound, colour
Publisher number
CC2679D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • av00301141
  • 839951
System details
DVD ; widescreen presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1
Terms governing use
For private home use only.
Video recording format
DVD

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