Who can forget Blood Simple, the directorial debut of the Coen Brothers (Fargo, Hail Caesar, No Country For Old Men). The 1984 classic crime thriller introduced the Coen Brothers’ definitive, dark tones to the big screen. The film has recently been restored for 4K under the supervision of both Joel and Ethan Coen. The restoration features a new crisp and remixed 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
Blood Simple, the movie that single-handedly reinvented film noir was originally released on January 18th, 1985. The highly acclaimed film was added Criterion Collection on September 20th in 2016. It also rocketed the career for actress Frances McDormand, who later appeared in films such as Burn after Reading, Moonrise Kingdom, and Almost Famous.
Texas bar owner Julian Marty, who is generally regarded as not a nice person, hires shady private detective Loren Visser, who is able to obtain what Marty requests: evidence – in this instance, photographic – that his wife, Abby, and one of his bartenders, Ray, are having an affair. As Ray and Abby realize that Marty has found out about them, it allows them to plan for their future away from Marty, while be up front with Marty about the situation. Marty, in turn, decides to hire Visser once again, this time to kill Abby and Ray, and dispose of their bodies so that they won’t be found. The out in the open affair and the contract hit lead to some actions based on self interest, and a standoff of sorts between the four players, which is compounded in complexity by some wrong assumptions of what has happened, with an innocent bystander, another of the Marty’s bartenders, Meurice, potentially and unwittingly adding to the scenario.
Blood Simple was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. John Getz, Samm-Art Williams, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh, and Dan Hedaya star.
Blood Simple will be re-released for viewing on the big screen in its new 4K format in select UK theaters, October 6th but you can look for this must own remastered film on DVD, Digital Download, Blu Ray, and 4K video formats everywhere October 30th.