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Win Blood Simple Director’s Cut on DVD

To celebrate the DVD, Blu-Ray & Est release of Blood Simple: Director’s Cut on Monday 30th October, we are giving away 3 copies of the film on DVD.

M. Emmett Walsh is sleazy Texas private eye Visser, hired by bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to kill his unfaithful wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). Given a plan to work from, he decides to modify it without warning; and matters quickly spiral out of control.

Blood Simple: Director’s Cut is the Coen brothers’ brilliant debut feature, beautifully restored in 4k overseen by the Coens themselves. The film releases on DVD & Blu-Ray 30th October.

To be in with a chance of winning, simple answer this question:

Which Coen Brothers film won an Academy Award for Best Picture?

Your Answer FargoTrue GritNo Country for Old Men

UK entries only. One entry per person. Competition closes 17th November. Terms & Conditions.
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Blood Simple: Director’s Cut review – the Coens at their leanest

This digital restoration of the Coen brothers’ 1984 film underlines their storytelling skills

The director’s cut of the Coen brothers’ feature debut is not radically different from the 1984 original, though a 4K digital restoration is as good an excuse as any to revisit their most pleasurably lean film on the big screen. A revenge thriller set in a Texas town of saloon bars and deserts, it is a cornucopia of misunderstandings that start with a slimy, wheezing private eye (M Emmet Walsh) hired to murder a cranky barkeep’s (Dan Hedaya) cheating wife (Frances McDormand, luminous here) and her lover (John Getz). A tracking shot that slides smoothly along the surface of a bar; a white car parked hastily in the middle of a vast, lavender-hued field at dawn; a brilliantly simple set piece involving a man’s trapped hand… Blood Simple is a reminder that the Coens are formalist film-makers first,
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Joe versus the Volcano

“May you live to be a thousand years old, sir.” Still the most widely unheralded great movie on the books, John Patrick Shanley’s lightweight/profound fable is an unmitigated delight. See Tom Hanks at the end of the first phase of his career plus Meg Ryan in an unacknowledged career highlight. How can a movie be so purposely insubstantial, and yet be ‘heavier’ than a dozen pictures with ‘big things to say?’

Joe Versus the Volcano

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1990 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 20, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Abe Vigoda,

Dan Hedaya, Barry McGovern, Amanda Plummer, Ossie Davis

Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt

Production Designer Bo Welch

Film Editors Richard Halsey, Kenneth Wannberg

Original Music Georges Delerue

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg and Teri Schwartz

Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley

I think I found
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The Coen Brother’s Blood Simple at The Tivoli Wednesday Night – ‘Classics in the Loop’

“If you point a gun at someone, you’d better make sure you shoot him, and if you shoot him you’d better make sure he’s dead, because if he isn’t then he’s gonna get up and try to kill you.”

Blood Simple screens Wednesday May 24th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as the finale of their ‘Classics in the Loop’ Crime & Noir film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.

The Coen Brothers’ startling debut, Blood Simple is about a murder that is anything but simple.1984 is when it all began for Joel and Ethan Coen and it’s the kind of thing they still do well to this day. The story centers around seemingly normal people getting in way over their heads with dangerous crime. There are dozens of prolific directors
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3-D

J. K. Rowling is back with a wizard world tale over which she has complete control — a diverting period adventure starring Eddie Redmayne and scores of fanciful magic creatures that belong on an endangered species list. Yep, it’s 2+plus hours of CGI illusions — in glorious 3-D for those so equipped, and Ms. Rowling has populated it with charming, personable actors. “You know — for adults.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

3-D Blu-ray

J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

2016 / Color / 2:40 widescreen /133 min. / Street Date March 28, 2017 / 3-D 44.95; Blu-ray & DVD 35.99

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, Josh Cowdery, Dan Hedaya, Johnny Depp. .

Cinematography: Philippe Rouselot

Film Editor: Mark Day

Original Music: James Newton Howard

Written by J. K. Rowling

Produced by J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram

Directed by David Yates

“And lo, the magical super-franchise of Harry Potter doth continue.
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Character Actors To Be Honored This Weekend At 2nd Annual Carney Awards

Conchata Ferrell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Banks, and Gary Cole will be honored this Sunday at the 2nd Annual Carney Awards to shed a light on outstanding character actors. Veteran character actor Dan Hedaya, whose career spans almost 50 years and has one of the most recognizable faces in TV and film, will also be receiving the Chairman's Lifetime Achievement Award. The show was named in honor of the late Oscar-winning and six-time Emmy-winning actor…
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Character Actors To Be Honored This Weekend At 2nd Annual Carney Awards

Character Actors To Be Honored This Weekend At 2nd Annual Carney Awards
Conchata Ferrell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Banks, and Gary Cole will be honored this Sunday at the 2nd Annual Carney Awards to shed a light on outstanding character actors. Veteran character actor Dan Hedaya, whose career spans almost 50 years and has one of the most recognizable faces in TV and film, will also be receiving the Chairman's Lifetime Achievement Award. The show was named in honor of the late Oscar-winning and six-time Emmy-winning actor…
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Joel and Ethan Coen Discuss the Making of Their Debut Feature ‘Blood Simple’

For as accomplished as Joel and Ethan Coen’s debut film Blood Simple comes across to any viewer, like any director, they can’t help but recognize their flaws. That’s not to say their newly restored first film, now available on The Criterion Collection, doesn’t look and sound gorgeous — every bead of sweat dripping down M. Emmet Walsh’s face and every gun blow feels like you’re right there in the sweltering Texas landscape — but there’s an undeniable charm in their recounting of the making of the film.

With it being the first time most of the major talent involved was doing their specific job, it was a learning experience through and through, which makes the special features on new release all the more informative and entertaining. The most substantial feature on the disc is a 70-minute discussion with the directors and cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld as
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Blu-ray Review: Blood Simple, Satisfying Neo Noir At Its Best

It's always fun to witness the debut of a fantastic filmmaker. In this case, it's the birth of Two filmmakers, the team of Joel and Ethan Coen, who debuted in the lexicon of cinema with the neo-noir film Blood Simple in 1984. Starring Frances McDormand, John Getz, M. Emmett Walsh, and Dan HedayaBlood Simple is the tale of a Abby (Frances McDormand), very young wife who tries to escape her marriage to psychotic, wealthy bar owner Julian Marty (Dan Hedaya) via one of Marty's bartenders, her new lover Ray (John Getz). In no short time, Marty hires a private detective to follow the two, and when Marty sees photographic proof that his wife has been unfaithful, he hires the same man to off them. In noir, things always...

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Blood Simple

Neo-noir got a major boost with this splendid first outing for the Coen Brothers, who planned to produce something commercially viable but broke through with a new style in fashionable genre mayhem. A fantastic cast helps, including the auspicious debut of the great Frances McDormand. Blood Simple Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 834 1984 / Color / 1:85 anamorphic 16:9 / 95 m. Starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams. Cinematography Barry Sonnenfeld Production Designer Jane Musky Film Editor Roderick Jaynes (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen), Don Wiegmann Original Music Carter Burwell, Jim Roberge Writing credits Ethan Coen and Joel Coen Produced by Daniel F. Bacaner, Ethan Coen Directed by Joel Coen

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Although I hear a fair amount of grousing against the Coen Bros. entire approach to filmmaking, they've earned their place through the sheer entertainment value of their work. Reading a Variety review of movies debuting at a
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Watch This: Has Nixon ever been mocked with more sweet sincerity?

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: With the election almost upon us and the Obama drama Southside With You coming soon to theaters, we tweak an old Watch This topic and hail some of our favorite films about real U.S. Presidents.

Dick (1999)

Oliver Stone’s excellent 1995 film Nixon brought depth and empathy to a controversial U.S. president, which in a way made it easier for Dick to circle back around to mockery. Its portrayal of Richard Nixon (Dan Hedaya) during the Watergate break-in and subsequent investigation might have come across as a cheap caricature, but the movie gleefully turns other key players in the scandal into goofs, too. Director and co-writer Andrew Fleming does a particularly savage number on intrepid reporting team Woodward and Bernstein, implicitly spoofing All The President’s Men by ...
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The Forgotten: Joe Dante's "The Second Civil War" (1997)

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The excellent retrospective of Joe Dante's subversive, eccentric cinema in New York at Bam this month includes all the expected classics, which can hardly be termed "forgotten"—"fondly remembered" would be more like it—but also some intriguing and more obscure pieces: The Film Orgy, a five-hour found footage riot; several items programmed by Dante, such as Anthony Mann's The Black Book (a.k.a. Reign of Terror) and Arthur Penn's existential art film Mickey One; and also some of Dante's TV work, much of which is far less well-known than it ought to be...Dante's episodes of cable show Masters of Horror are uniquely dark, savage affairs with strong political agendas—Homecoming (2005) was the first bit of American filmed drama to deal openly with the war in Iraq. The "serious comedy" of this all-out, take-no-prisoners assault on the Bush administration is anticipated by the
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Blood Simple, Sweet Charlotte, Suicide Squad And Other Scattered Shots And Short Ends

I’ve been back from my Oregon vacation for a couple of weeks now, and though the getaway was a good and necessary one, I’m still in the process of mentally unpacking from a week and a half of relaxing and thinking mostly only about things I wanted to think about. (I also discovered a blackberry cider brewed in the region, the source of a specific sort of relaxation that I’m still finding myself pining for.) It hasn’t helped that our time off and immediate time back coincided with the bombast and general insanity of the Republic National Convention, followed immediately by the disarray and sense of restored hope that bookended the Democrats’ week-long party. The extremity of emotions engendered by those two events, coupled with a profoundly unsettling worry over the base level of our current political discourse and where it may lead this country, hasn
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai at8d

The new branded line Shout Selects chooses Buckaroo for special-special edition treatment, with a long making-of docu just like the ones from the heyday of DVD. And this oddest of oddball sci-fi pictures has a backstory worth documenting. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Blu-ray Shout Select 1984 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 34.93 Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli, Dan Hedaya, Bill Henderson, Damon Hines, Billy Vera Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp Production Designer J. Michael Riva Art Direction Richard Carter, Stephen Dane Film Editor George Bowers, Richard Marks Original Music Michael Boddicker Written by Earl Mac Rauch Produced by Sidney Beckerman, Neil Canton, W.D. Richter Directed by W.D. Richter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Not content with its already well appointed special Blu-ray editions,
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‘Wise Guys’: Brian De Palma’s Self-Proclaimed “Bastard Child”

Is this Brian De Palma’s only dull film? Very possibly yes. Released in 1986, this post-SNL Joe Piscopo vehicle (you read that correctly) feels incredibly standard. The plot concerns two low-level gangsters, Moe and Harry (Piscopo and Danny DeVito, respectively), who lose their mob boss’ money at the race track. Said mob boss (Dan Hedaya) orders the two schlubs to kill each other. Hijinks ensue.

In spats, it plays like De Palma trying out slapstick. Select moments — a close-up shot that pulls out to reveal Harry being drowned inside of a fish tank or Moe testing out a bulletproof suit jacket for his boss — highlight the fascinating hybrid of De Palma’s visual style with broad, studio comedy. If only it worked a bit more frequently throughout the film’s bloated 100-minute runtime. One can only ponder what additional mileage the director may have achieved from DeVito’s deliciously terrible hairpiece,
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See the Re-Release Trailer for the Coen Bros' First Film 'Blood Simple'

"Something can always go wrong..." Janus Films has unveiled a trailer for the upcoming restored re-release of the Coen Brothers' first film, Blood Simple, which first hit theaters in 1985 - 31 years ago. The film is still regarded as one of the Coens' best and is a crime thriller about a bar owner who figures out his wife is having an affair and tries to hire a private investigator to kill her and her new lover, a bartender at his bar. The film stars Dan Hedaya, Frances McDormand, John Getz, M. Emmet Walsh and Samm-Art Williams. Along with the trailer, there's a flashy poster (seen below) to compliment the re-release. Those who haven't seen this classic crime film yet, this is a perfect opportunity to catch it on the big screen. Enjoy. Here's the new re-release trailer for the Coen Brothers' film Blood Simple, in high def from Apple: Deep in the heart of Texas,
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‘Blood Simple’ Trailer: Bruce Campbell Stars in This Early Version of the Coen Brothers’ Classic Debut

‘Blood Simple’ Trailer: Bruce Campbell Stars in This Early Version of the Coen Brothers’ Classic Debut
Soldiers of cinema that they are, the fine folks at Janus Films are releasing a 4K restoration of the Coen Brothers’ “Blood Simple” this week. As an added bonus, the art-house stalwarts have also unveiled the two-minute trailer a certain Joel and Ethan put together as a means of securing financing for their debut feature. They got the idea from their friend Sam Raimi, whom they knew from “The Evil Dead” — which is also why the trailer features Bruce Campbell in the role that eventually went to Dan Hedaya.

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“Sam taught us that if you call on the phone and ask people to invest in a movie they’ll tell you to go hell,“ Joel explains in an interview from this fall’s Criterion Collection release of the noir thriller. (Janus and Criterion are longtime partners.) “But if you tell them
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Blood Simple' Proof of Concept Trailer, Another 'Suicide Squad' Music Video and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Proof of Concept Trailer of the Day: This never before seen online trailer for Blood Simple was made before the Coen Brothers even did the film and stars Bruce Campbell in the part that would be played by Dan Hedaya (via Vanity Fair):   Music Video of the Day: We've got another new music video for a song off the Suicide Squad soundtrack featuring footage from the movie. This one is for "Sucker for Pain" by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons (via Screen Rant):   Fan Art of the Day: What if other iconic movie vehicles wound up in the world of Mad Max: Fury Road? Below are the Delorean from Back to the Future and the...

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Watch: Bruce Campbell Stars in Fake Trailer For Blood Simple, Which The Coen Brothers Used to Kickstart Their Career

Before the Coen Brothers became the legendary Hollywood figures they are today, they were scrappy, upstart filmmakers with a dream looking for a way to raise money for their first feature film. And way before the days of Kickstarter, they took some advice from their roommate — Evil Dead director Sam Raimi — and made a short trailer as a way to pitch the project to potential investors. From Vanity Fair:

"Sam taught us that if you call on the phone and ask people to invest in a movie they’ll tell you to go hell," Joel Coen explains in an interview that will be featured on the upcoming Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray release of Blood Simple, which will be available in September. "But if you tell them ‘I have a piece of film to show you,’ then some of the would let you come into their living room and set
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Watch the ‘Blood Simple’ Pitch Trailer that Launched the Coen Brothers’ Career

We all have to start somewhere. Before Joel and Ethan Coen got their directorial feature Blood Simple off the ground, they needed something to show to investors. In order to pique the interests of Hollywood producers so they’d greenlight the work of two Minnesota no-name brothers, they created a pitch trailer. We can now see this proof-of-concept video from the Coens, with a hat tip to Vanity Fair.

The duo were good friends with Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi (and went on to write his 1985 film Crimewave), who convinced the pair to make the video pitch. Raimi also got them in touch with Bruce Campbell, who plays Julian Marty in the clip — a role that would go to Dan Hedaya in the feature version. The scene itself features some very Raimi-esque camera swoops, namely overtop a car, along with gorgeous imagery of a bullet-ridden wall that would make its
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