Blood Simple

(DVD - 2001)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Blood Simple
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A jealous husband hires a detective to murder his wife and her lover.
Title: Blood simple
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2001.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features include: feature commentary with Kenneth Loring of Forever Young Films ; theatrical trailer ; cast & filmmakers ; production notes.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1983.
Widescreen format (aspect ratio 1.85:1).
Summary: A jealous husband hires a detective to murder his wife and her lover.
Audience: MPAA rating R.
Local Note: 6 109 112 118 133 152 264 274
ISBN: 0783261136
Statement of Responsibility: Universal ; Ted and Jim Pedas and Ben Barenholtz present a River Road production ; directed by Joel Coen ; produced by Ethan Coen ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Credits: Director of photography, Barry Sonnenfeld ; editors, Roderick Jaynes, Don Wiegmann ; music, Carter Burwell ; writers, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.
Performers: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh.
System Details: DVD; Dolby digital, Dolby surround.
Other Language: English language soundtrack (surround) with optional subtitles in English, Spanish and French ; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
Subject Headings: Film noir. Texas Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama. Married people Drama. Deception Drama. Jealousy Drama. Adultery Drama. Private investigators Drama. Murder for hire Drama.
Genre/Form: DVD-Video discs-2001.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired-2001.
Feature films-2001.
Topical Term: Film noir.
Man-woman relationships
Married people
Private investigators
Murder for hire
Publisher No: 21425
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Sep 06, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I never saw this debut neo-noir from the Coen brothers before, and I really enjoyed it. A dark, dark revenge flick, with some twists I didn't see coming, and scored with an atmospheric piano composition adding the perfect eerie mood. All four of the main characters were terrific: (poor Dan Hedaya/Marty... You can't trust *anybody*!); and agreed, 'liquiddemons', Frances McDormand here in her first film was a hottie. FIVE STARS.

Jul 14, 2013
  • liquiddemons rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A bit clunky but worth a view if you are fan of the Cohen brothers. This, I believe, is their first feature film effort and the bargain-basement peripherals show through in some scenes. I found the plot to have a few holes as well. No spoiler alert but be prepared to be saying "what?" a few times upon viewing. Shout outs to M. Emmet Walsh for a creepy-good performance and of course to Frances McDormand who is good in everything (Cohen-brothers or otherwise) she does. She was a little hottie back in the day too!

Apr 04, 2013
  • rudyone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw this one again since I first saw it in a theater. I recommended it then because it had a terrific psychological device -- the hand coming around the window that when you watch it, it will make you squirm. It 's so easy to do, without CGI, that I wish I had thought of it. This is a "modern" classic noir in that it is in color but unlike others in color, it actually works. The Coens use lighting much like the noirs in B & W.

Dec 12, 2012
  • downsman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had forgotten how good this movie is. Blackly-comdic noir: a comedy of misunderstandings.

Dec 30, 2011
  • LetsTalkCandidly rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Quite engaging. There was a bit of drag at times and not a lot of action but the acting was good and the plot kept you from turning away. Mcdormand is always excellent.

Sep 15, 2011
  • gandhi_senn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Having heard of its plot beforehand, I had assumed this thriller had been ruined... but thankfully, not at all. The incredible cinematography only highlights how well each scene has been arranged - resulting tension is nearly palpable.

Jul 26, 2011
  • sdelao rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved the ending. Overall, a wonderful movie. The direction by Joel Coen was fantastic. Some of the shots of Frances McDormand were incredible. I just love her acting. Highly recommend

Jan 25, 2011
  • mawall rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

great movie with a great twist

Jun 27, 2010
  • doubleplanet rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Long a favourite of my husband's and mine. Glad to see a re-release of this intense, undervalued movie.

We saw this years ago and remembered it as a really good thriller so decided to watch it again. I'm afraid it doesn't stand up second time around, too many holes that at times made it even funny


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Aug 28, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Meurice: "Howdy stranger." Ray: Meurice. "Meurice. Sorry about last night." Meurice: "No sweat; wasn't too busy. You missed a good one, though. This white guy walks in about one o'clock, and asks if we have a discount for alcoholics... Well, I tell him to get lost, but now Marty's sittin' here, and I can tell he's thinkin' that maybe that ain't such a bad idea..."

Aug 28, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Marty: "I got a job for you." Private Detective Visser: "Uh, well, if the pay's right, and it's legal, I'll do it." Marty: "It's not strictly legal." Private Detective Visser: "......Well, if the pay's right, I'll do it."

Aug 28, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Marty (pushing ten grand across the table with his boot): "Count it... and go." Private Detective Visser: "Naw... I trust ya." (shoots Marty)


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Jun 17, 2010
  • mattperrycommunications rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Blood Simple

Number 97 of AFI's 100 Years 100 Thrills list.

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