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In Cold Blood

(DVD - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In Cold Blood
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A hard hitting docu-drama about two ex-cons who ruthlessly murder a Kansas family in 1959 in order to steal their non-existent stash of money.
Title: In cold blood
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2003
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: written for the screen and directed by Richard Brooks
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1967
Based on the novel by Truman Capote
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: A hard hitting docu-drama about two ex-cons who ruthlessly murder a Kansas family in 1959 in order to steal their non-existent stash of money.
ISBN: 0767871286
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama IN
Credits: Music, Quincy Jones.
Performers: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Jeff Corey.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital
Other Language: Dialogue in English with optional soundtrack in French, and with optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Hickock, Richard Eugene, 1931-1965 Drama Smith, Perry Edward, 1928-1965 Drama Murder Kansas Drama Asesinato Kansas Teatro. bidex
Genre/Form: Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Murder
Asesinato
Publisher No: 06831 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
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Jun 28, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I can't explain it, but when it starts off, it has a Twilight Zone feel to it....could be the music used for effect. However, that feeling fades away and it settles into a start contrast of good and evil. The Black & White cinematography looks almost 3D at some points, adding an eerie underscore to what is going on in the film. Well made, well directed, well acted, holds true to Capote's real life crime novel. Has to be Robert Blake's best film and Scott Wilson was his equal on screen.

Apr 06, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A lot of viewers will need to get past the oldness of this film - including bat-like cars but the film is a high-quality "snapshot" of a problem which continues to this day in our society. What do we do with anti-social and emotionally damaged people with poor judgment. The two hanging executions as shown both made a statement and let the viewer decide how they felt about it.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An intensely bleak docudrama, based on the Truman Capote "nonfiction" novel. Screenwriter/director Richard Brooks' vision for the film is enhanced with his choosing the starkness of black and white. Quincy Jones' score adds drama and depth. Great cinematography. In one of Robert Blake's final scenes with the Reverend, he's pouring his heart out about his father, next to a window. The reflection of the rain from the window on Blake's face gives the illusion of tears streaming down - an ingenious shot. Locations for the film were actually shot in the home where the family was massacred - rather freakin' ghoulish and unnecessary in my opinion. Nevertheless, a well made piece. FIVE STARS.

Nov 01, 2012
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Without question, In Cold Blood (from 1967) is filmmaking at its absolute finest._____ Incisive, engrossing, unsensational, with a masterful script and direction by Richard Brooks, In Cold Blood is a powerful, emotionally-charged film that never loses its grip on the heart-pounding suspense and drama, not even for a single minute._____ Ingeniously filmed in stark b&w, this is a truly chilling "documentary-style" re-creation of the utterly sad and senseless murders, in 1959, of a Kansas farm family._____ From my perspective, In Cold Blood's only real flaw was the somewhat unrealistic portrayal of the Clutter family. This depiction of them and their homelife was just a tad too wholesome for my liking. _____ But, all the same, I can easily forgive this irrelevant flaw since it didn't mar the story in any way._____ *Movie Trivia Note* - This was the very first mainstream film to use the word "bullshit" in its dialogue.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Officer (before the gallows): "Anything you'd like to say? ...Perry?" Perry (his last words): "I think maybe, I'd like to apologize, but who to? ...Who...?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Perry (to Alvin Dewey): "It doesn't make sense. I mean, what happened. Or why. It had nothing to do with the Clutters. They never hurt me - they just... happened to be there. I thought Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman... I thought so right up to the time I cut his throat."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reporter: "I see the hangman's ready. What's his name?" Alvin Dewey: "We The People."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dick: "Hey Andy? Does it tell anywhere in them books what happens when you make 'the big drop'?" Andy (in adjacent cell): "Well, your neck breaks... you crap your pants."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Perry (to the Clutter girl, after he stopped Dick from raping her): "I despise people who can't control themselves."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tex Smith (to Alvin Dewey): "...I guess I haven't seen him for five or six years. That's not surprising, though - he's a 'lone wolf' just like me. You guys can rest easy on one thing, sure. You won't be havin' any more trouble with Perry. He learned his lesson for sure. He wrote me from prison, I wrote him right back, pronto. "Boy, you take your punishment with a smile. And I didn't raise you to steal. So don't expect me to cry just because you got it tough behind the bars." Perry's no fool. He knows when he's beat. You fellas have got him whipped forever. The law is the boss. He knows the difference between right and wrong, you can bet on that, because I taught my kids the 'golden rule'. "Always tell the truth. Always wash in the morning. Always be sober and independent." And I showed him how. How to prospect, how to trap fur, how to carpenter, how to bake bread, how to be his own boss... Yes, he's a chip off the old block, alright..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dick: "Next move... Mexico. Once we beat it out of the country." Perry: "On what? Forty three dollars, and a smile, and bullsh*t." (First use of the word 'bullsh*t' in a Hollywood film)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dick: "That waitress - nice piece o' blonde chicken." Perry: "Why'd ya pick me for this job?" Dick: "A perfect score needs perfect partners. Together, we're a perfect fit." Perry: "It's your score. Where do I fit in?" Dick: "I got you figured for a 'natural born killer'... Now, did you lie about that punk in Vegas?" Perry: "...No." Dick: "Why'd you kill him?" Perry: "No special reason. Just the hell of it." Dick: "That's the best reason of all. Back there... you wanted to kill me... just for a second. Right?" Perry: (shrugs) "...It passed."

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