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Blood Simple [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1984]

Release Date:09/20/2016
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In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. False assumptions, guilt, and fear all lead to a frantic attempt to conceal evidence and the heart-pounding, irony-filled denouement. Blood Simple was re-released in the summer of 2000 with a digitally-remastered soundtrack and -- at the Coens' behest -- a few minutes of dialogue trimmed.~Hal Erickson


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 Livesay, and actors Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh

New, restored 4k digital transfer, approved by Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld and Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen

Plus: An essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich