Blood Simple has a film historian commentary!

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  1. Jon Robertson

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    A gentleman named Kenneth Loring, responsible for the recent restoration and cinema re-release (I think), has been given the honours of doing a commentary for the upcoming Blood Simple DVD, making it all the more enticing!
    Here's an interview with Loring: http://www.dvdtalk.com/bloodsimpleinterview.html
    Having only seen the original full-length version some months ago at the cinema (in a double bill with O Brother), I can't wait to see how the director's cut changes things around. I did feel the first half of the film was a little slow.
    One question - does this version replace the opening narration, discussed in the interview? I couldn't tell and haven't seen it yet.
    [Edited last by Jon Robertson on August 30, 2001 at 05:55 PM]
     
  2. Kevin Leonard

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    Great news...but I thought the disc was bare-bones? It's nice to have the commentary, though; I am really looking forward to this.
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    Jon, the guy in the interview you've linked to is named "Kenneth Loring", not "Kenneth Bowser" -- and the whole thing is a joke. Read the whole interview. It's all just a continuation of the hilarious introduction to the director's cut by the fake film historian.
    I mean, c'mon:
     
  4. Jon Robertson

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    Whoops! I've just been watching Sullivan's Travels and that disc has Kenneth Bowser all over it, so that name's stuck in my head.
    'Tis a cruel trick to play on fans such as myself...but I can take a joke.
    I just skimmed the article and the bits I saw looked real enough. Silly me. [​IMG]
     
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    The absolute best job I've ever come across in terms of
    a totally tongue in cheek documentary is Forgotten Silver.
    If one loves film, and hasn't experienced Forgotten Silver...
    Available at a fine purveyor of dvds near you.
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    Originally had Blood Simple on pre-order but I cancelled it because I was worried about the quality of the release.
    I already have the R2 version which is probably the worst looking DVD I have - it makes VHS look stunning.
    Hope I can find some reviews of the R1 Blood Simple DVD soon to see if it is any better.
    Don
     
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    That's the funniest "interview" I've read in a LONG time. Especially the bit about the "large, hectoring female" as standard archetype in film noir. And who can forget the great animatronic dog? LOL!
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    You can already get the directors cut (which only loses two minutes and adds a tiny narrative at the beginning) in Widescreen anamorphic and Dolby Digital 5.1 in Spain and Germany.
    Both include an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track as well.
    Read my review here: http://www.dvddebate.com/article.php?sid=1915
     

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