Blood Simple Blu-ray Review
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Abby Marty (Frances McDormand) is running away from husband Julian Marty (Dan Hedaya), known simply as “Marty”. She’s hitched a ride with Ray (John Getz), who works for Marty at his bar. When they stop at a hotel the affair starts. Little do they know that Marty has a private investigator on them, Loren Visser (M. Emmett Walsh), taking pictures of their more intimate moments. Ray and Abby return to town instead of running away, but Abby refuses to move back in with Marty.
Marty, in the meantime, has decided to pay the slippery Loren $10,000 to murder Ray and Abby; but Loren figures it’s a better deal to steal Abby’s gun, murder Marty with it, and take the money anyway. Ray finds the body and Abby’s gun and believes that Abby murdered Marty, so he attempts to hide the crime, becoming involved with it also. But Abby is innocent, and doesn’t know what to do when Ray vaguely tries to tell her he’s helped her out.
I wasn’t that impressed with this first Coen Brother’s film. It was rather deadpan, and whether on purpose or by accident it was too hard to tell. There just wasn’t enough ‘Ummph” in the movie for my tastes. There is such a thing as drawing out a scene too long, and that’s what happens several times during the film. It’s slow, and lacking in drama or suspense. There’s a great plot here, it’s just poorly executed.
Movie Quality: 8/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. Fans of the film will be happy that Fox did a good job with the quality of the print. Provide it that the age of the film and issues of this film on previous releases, Fox cleaned up the film very well. I didn’t see any issues with dirt or specs as in previous releases. Colors are strong, yet softer in several scenes. The strongest part of the print has to do with the clarity and details. Clarity is quite impressive with details being a huge improvement over the DVD release. Black levels are excellent as a part of the atmosphere.
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. This is a film that is very front heavy considering the sound design used in the early 80’s. There wasn’t as much dynamic range as I would have hoped in this film. The score and soundtrack though heavily use the rears to fill the soundfield. Dialogue comes through the center channel very clear and crisp. There was a slight issue where the dialogue didn’t seem like it was well placed in the entire sound design.
Print Quality: 8.5/10
- Audio Commentary with director Kenneth Loring
- Introduction [HD]
- Trailer [HD]
Special Features: 3/10
After being told how great the movie was, and after seeing what the Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand did with ‘Fargo’, I found ‘Blood Simple’ to be a disappointing let-down.
Overall Rating: 7/10