Criterion Collection: In Cold Blood (Region A Blu-ray)

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Truman Capote's best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson give authentic, not so show-like performances as Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and it's aftermath; at the same time, stylistically In Cold Blood is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad Hall, and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones.

Product Details

Barcode
715515160612
Department
Movies & TV
Released
17 Nov 2015
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Action
Sub-genre
Classic
Region
Region A
Studio
Criterion
Runtime
134 min
Age Restriction
R
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
In Cold Blood
Release Year
1967
Running Time
134 min
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Dramas / Disturbing / Essential Cinema / Killer / Murder / Recommended / Theatrical Release / True Story
Ratings
IMDb
7.9
Rotten Tomatoes®
84% 88%
Metacritic
89
Synopsis
IN COLD BLOOD is Richard Brooks' stylish and powerful 1967 drama adapted from Truman Capote's novel about a shocking real-life murder case. This daring cinematic portrait employs flashbacks to fully examine what drives an individual to commit thoughtless and brutal crimes, while using a highly innovative jazz score by Quincy Jones to capture the moody atmosphere. Capote's own role as researcher-narrator of the young criminals' intense friendship, fantasies, and troubled lives is effectively brought to the screen in this striking, groundbreaking drama.

Two aimless drifters, Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and Dick Hickock (Scott Wilson), target the home of Kansas businessman Herbert Clutter. After breaking into the house, they find no money, and Smith and Hickock brutally kill the entire Clutter family. They escape the scene of the crime and head for Mexico, but they eventually go back to the States, ultimately returning to Kansas. After being chased for almost a year, the troubled drifters are captured and sentenced to death.
Notes
Theatrical release: December 14, 1967.

Richard Brooks was determined to bring a realistic feeling to the screen, so he filmed in the actual locations of the murder and surrounding town--including in the Clutter house, where the murders took place, and the actual courtroom. Nancy Clutter's horse, Babe, was even used in a few scenes, and the hangman in the movie is the actual hangman who executed the real Hickock and Smith.

Brooks also fought against Hollywood conventions and studio Columbia Pictures in order to film in black and white and to cast relative unknowns Robert Blake and Scott Wilson in the lead roles.

Filming through a window, cinematographer Conrad Hall encountered a startling accidental effect of water running down the window, giving actor Robert Blake the appearance of tears his character would never shed. This accident created what would become one of the film's most memorable and devastating shots.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region 1
  • Keep Case
  • Widescreen - 1.85
Audio:
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
Poster
Poster for In Cold Blood
Cast & Crew
Director
Richard Brooks
Star
Robert Blake / Jeff Corey / James Flavin / John Forsythe / John Gallaudet / Charles McGraw / Gerald S. O'Loughlin / Paul Stewart / Scott Wilson
Screenwriter
Richard Brooks
Source Writer
Truman Capote / Author: Truman Capote
Composer
Quincy Jones
Producer
Richard Brooks
Director of Photography
Conrad L. Hall
Editor
Peter Zinner
Production Designer
Robert Boyle
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"[I]t’s unlike anything else coming out of Hollywood at the time -- at once a throwback to the best American movies of the 1950s and on the cutting edge of what was happening and what was about to happen in world cinema."
Noel Murray (18 Nov 2015, )
Entertainment Weekly
"...Put Blake on the fast-track....Chilling, inevitable..." -- Rating: A-
David Everitt (8 Nov 1996, p.78)
Total Film
"...Superbly shot in black-and-white..."
Neil Smith (1 Nov 2003, p.126)
USA Today
"...Robert Blake and Scott Wilson remain memorable..."
Mike Clark (26 Sep 2003, p.10E)