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Blood Simple

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 55 (Dec 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams & M. Emmet Walsh

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes an up-front introduction by Mortimer Young of Forever Young Films, an up-front Universal ad, a

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21425
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1983
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/18/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joel Coen
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Marty (Hedaya) can no longer deal with his unfaithful wife. His solution is Blood Simple. He hires a private investigator (Walsh) to

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits an appropriately dark picture for the genre, but visual information is generally satisfying in the darker scenes. Colors appear nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich hues and deep blacks. The picture is generally sharp, but there is some smearing and detail can be limited at times. There are some signs of slight loss in detail that could be attributed to noise reduction. Edge enhancement is occasionally noticed, but is not terribly distracting. The source element is revealing of artifacts and film grain. (Suzanne Hodges)

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