Blood Simple: New Restored 4K Digital Transfer

JOEL AND ETHAN COEN began their career-long darkly comic road trip through America with Blood Simple, a razor-sharp, hard-boiled neo-noir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner sets off a torrent of violence with one murderous thought.

Actor M. EMMET WALSH (Blade Runner) looms over the proceedings as the slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy hat and no moral compass, and FRANCES MCDORMAND (Fargo) gives a cunning debut performance that set her on the road to stardom.

The tight scripting and inventive camera work that have marked the Coens’ work for decades is all here, as cinematographer BARRY SONNENFELD trades black-and-white chiaroscuro for neon signs and jukebox colors

A haunting score by CARTER BURWELL, used to lurid and thrilling effect.

Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, Blood Simple reinvented the film noir for a new generation, and marked the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene in the 1980s.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.

New conversation between Sonnenfeld and the  Coens about the film’s look, featuring Telestrator  video illustrations •

New conversation between author Dave Eggers and  the Coens about the film’s production, from inception  to release

New interviews with composer Carter Burwell, sound mixer Skip Lievsay, and actors Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh

Trailers

An essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich

Awards:

WINNER   BEST DIRECTOR/BEST MALE LEAD  (M. EMMET WALSH),  INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS, 1986
WINNER   GRAND JURY PRIZE (DRAMATIC), SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, 1985
THE CRITERION COLLECTION PRESENTS VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
“A lurid ’60s sensation.” —Filmcritic.com
“Gloriously campy.” —Decider.com
THE DELICIOUSLY STEAMY AND ENTERTAINING ADAPTATION OF THE DECADE-DEFINING  POP-CULTURE NOVEL
Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel. PATTY DUKE (The Miracle  Worker), BARBARA PARKINS (Peyton Place),  and SHARON TATE star as three friends attempting to navigate the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business— the “valley” is not a place but a narcotized state of mind, and the “dolls” are the pills that rouse them in the morning and knock them out at night. Blending old-fashioned gloss with Madison Avenue grooviness, this slick look by director MARK ROBSON (Peyton Place) at the early days of sexual liberation and an entertainment industry coming apart was a giant box-office hit and has become an unforgettably campy time capsule of the 1960s.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New 2K digital restoration, with 3.0 LCR DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actor Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca • New interview with author Amy Fine Collins about author Jacqueline Susann and the film • New video essay by critic Kim Morgan • Footage of Marc Huestis Presents Sparkle Patty Sparkle!, a 2009 gala tribute to actor Patty Duke at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco • A World Premiere Voyage and Jacqueline Susann and “Valley of the Dolls,” two promotional films from 1967 • Archival interviews • Trailers and TV spots • More! • PLUS: An essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
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1967 • 123 MINUTES • COLOR • 3.0 SURROUND • 2.35:1 ASPECT RATIO
2-DVD EDITION  SRP $29.95 PREBOOK 8/19/16  •  STREET 9/27/16 CAT. NO. CC2681DDVD ISBN 978-1-68143-208-3 • UPC 7-15515-18651-37 1 5 5 1 5 1 8 6 5 1 3
BLU-RAY EDITION  SRP $39.95 PREBOOK 8/19/16  •  STREET 9/27/16  CAT. NO. CC2680BD   ISBN 978-1-68143-207-6 • UPC 7-15515-18641-47 1 5 5 1 5 1 8 6 4 1 4
NOMINEE   BEST MUSIC, ADAPTATION OR TREATMENT,  ACADEMY AWARDS, 1968
NOMINEE   MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER, FEMALE (SHARON TATE),  GOLDEN GLOBES, 1968
NOMINEE   BEST ORIGINAL SCORE,  GRAMMY AWARDS, 1969
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THE CRITERION COLLECTION PRESENTS BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
“Shot and edited with astonishing mastery.” —Tony Rayns, Sight & Sound
“A camp classic . . . A patchwork quilt of details and nuances sewn with thread of campy outrageousness.” —J. Bryan Lowder, Slate
RUSS MEYER AND ROGER EBERT’S OUTRAGEOUS AND RAUCOUS CULT CLASSIC
In 1970, 20th Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing “King of the Nudies” RUSS MEYER (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) brought to bargainbasement exploitation fare, handed the director a studio budget and the title to one of its biggest hits, Valley of the Dolls. With a satirical screenplay by ROGER EBERT, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls follows three young female rockers going Hollywood in hell-bent sixties style under  the spell of a flamboyant producer—whose decadent bashes showcase Meyer’s trademark libidinal exuberance. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from  one of the movies’ great outsider artists.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar, and Erica Gavin • New interview with filmmaker John Waters • Archival interviews with writer, director, and producer Russ Meyer • Q&A about the film from 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, La Zar, Read, and actors David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams • Above, Beneath, and Beyond the Valley; Look On Up  at the Bottom; The Best of Beyond; Sex, Drugs, Music and Murder; and Casey & Roxanne, five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring the cast and crew • Trailers and TV spots • More! • PLUS: An essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
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1970 • 109 MINUTES • COLOR • MONAURAL • 2.35:1 ASPECT RATIO
2-DVD EDITION  SRP $29.95  PREBOOK 8/19/16  •  STREET 9/27/16 CAT. NO. CC2683DDVD ISBN 978-1-68143-210-6 • UPC 7-15515-18671-17 1 5 5 1 5 1 8 6 7 1 1
BLU-RAY EDITION  SRP $39.95  PREBOOK 8/19/16  •  STREET 9/27/16  CAT. NO. CC2682BD   ISBN 978-1-68143-209-0 • UPC 7-15515-18661-27 1 5 5 1 5 1 8 6 6 1 2
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THE EPIC TEN-PART MASTERPIECE