UK audiences will get the chance to see the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple on the big screen as a “director’s cut” version of the film arrives in cinemas in October. This is ahead of Studiocanal’s new DVD, Blu-ray and EST release October 30.
Ahead of the film’s release, a special preview screening will be held at BFI Southbank on September 29, 2017.
Studiocanal and Independent Cinema Office (ICO) bring this hard-boiled neo noir back to the big screen in a new director’s cut version. Blood Simple announced the Coens as vital and distinctive new cinematic voices on its release three decades ago. Possessing all the characteristics that propelled the Coens to later success – razor sharp dialogue; a predilection for lethal and futile violence; ironic, fatalistic humour; and an inventive focus on the tragicomic lives of idiosyncratic misfits.
The film sees M. Emmett Walsh’s 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.
Beautifully shot and performed and with a haunting score by the Coens’ long-time collaborator Carter Burwell, it’s a landmark film, a trailblazing, near virtuosic debut which reinvented the noir for a new generation and marked the arrival of two filmmakers who would go on to revolutionise the American indie cinema scene.
Blood Simple: Director’s Cut will be in select cinemas from October 6 ahead of a DVD, Blu-ray and EST release on October 30.