April 12, 2013 5:05 pm

Blood Simple (Director’s Cut) – review

The Coens’ 96-minute edit of their sublime first film stands a full three minutes shorter than its theatrical counterpart

Joel Coen, 1984


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DVD cover of Blood Simple

The dreaded director’s cut: a chance for the unjustly suppressed filmmaker to restore their art to its original 202 minute brilliance, right? Not so, Joel and Ethan Coen – whose 96-minute edit of their sublime first film stands a full three minutes shorter than its theatrical counterpart. No bonus flab to be found here, it’s a lean, mean neo-noir with a barnstorming Frances McDormand debut and an artfully tangled plot. Banal Texan landscapes, baffling non-sequiturs, a maddeningly abrupt ending – for the Coen brothers fan, it has everything.


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