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Blood Simple - Blu-ray Preview

Blood Simple

Preview by Jack Foley

BLOOD Simple is the first film of the celebrated filmmaking team of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowski, Fargo) – a witty and stylish film noir telling the story of the owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar who discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife.

A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.

Starring an assembly of great character actors (John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya and M. Emmet Walsh), this DVD release is a Director’s Cut: three minutes shorter than the original 1985 theatrical release.

The Coens reduced the running time with tighter editing, shortening some shots and removing others altogether. In addition, they resolved long-standing rights issues with the music.

M. Emmett Walsh (Blade Runner) plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya, The Usual Suspects) to murder Marty’s faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz, The Social Network), one of Marty’s employees.

But Visser is not 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.

Blood Simple: Director’s Cut is released on DVD on Monday, April 15, 2013.

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