Blood Simple

Blood Simple

John Getz
Director: Joel Coen Cast: John Getz
John Getz
, Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
, Dan Hedaya
Dan Hedaya
Joel Coen

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2016
UPC: 0715515186315
Original Release: 1984
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 20,584

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, approved by Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld and Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen; 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; Trailers; Plus: An essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Getz Ray
Frances McDormand Abby
Dan Hedaya Marty
M. Emmet Walsh Visser
Samm-Art Williams Maurice
Nancy Ginger Girl on Overlook
Preston Robertson Radio Evangelist
William Actor
Deborah Neumann Debra
Raquel Gavia Landlady
Van Brooks Man from Lubbock
Senor Marco Mr. Garcia
William Creamer Old Cracker
Loren Bivens Strip Bar Exhorter
Bob McAdams Strip Bar Senator
Shannon Sedwick Stripper
Holly Hunter Answering machine

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter
Daniel F. Bacaner Executive Producer
Mike Bacarella Producer
Loren Bivens Special Effects
Jean A. Black Makeup
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Ethan Coen Producer,Screenwriter
Julie Hughes Casting
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Barry Moss Casting
Jane Musky Production Designer
Deborah Reinisch Asst. Director
Stephen Roll Set Decoration/Design
Mark Silverman Associate Producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blood Simple
1. "Something Always Goes Wrong" [6:16]
2. Man Of The Year [3:31]
3. Marty and Ray [8:19]
4. Dead End [6:57]
5. "If It Pays Right..." [5:19]
6. "You Owe Me Some Money" [6:24]
7. "Who Looks Stupid Now?" [6:05]
8. "You Deaf?" [6:48]
9. Shallow Grave [9:27]
10. Morning After [3:17]
11. "It's Him" [6:11]
12. "I'm Not Laughing, Ray Bob" [5:24]
13. Nightmare [3:28]
14. "Truth Is ..." [5:02]
15. Abby [13:15]
Disc #2 -- Blood Simple
1. Chapter 1 [55:37]
2. Chapter 2 [14:46]
1. Chapter 1 [34:31]
2. Chapter 2 [:25]
1. Chapter 1 [24:37]
2. Chapter 2 [:26]
1. Chapter 1 [15:41]
2. Chapter 2 [:50]
1. Chapter 1 [23:07]
2. Chapter 2 [:36]

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