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In Cold Blood [DVD] (1967)

Robert Blake , Scott Wilson , Richard Brooks    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Jeff Corey, Paul Stewart
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VXMWG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,833 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Richard Brooks's In Cold Blood is a faithful 1967 screen adaptation of Truman Capote's extraordinary non-fiction book about the course of two killers in this world--their lives, their senseless slaughter of an entire family, and their executions. Robert Blake and Scott Wilson are remarkable as the murderers, but what has kept this film special over the decades is Brooks's blunt, clearheaded, and non-sensational approach to the story. (The term "semi-documentary" has been applied to Brooks's style on this film, and it's an entirely fair description.) The experience of watching In Cold Blood is naturally unsettling, but the director--as with Capote--leaves final judgments about justice to the beholder. --Tom Keogh

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Gripping and chillingly disturbing account of one America's most shocking murder cases. Robert Blake (Tell Them Willie Boy is Here; Electra Glide in Blue; Tv's - Baretta) & Scott Wilson (The Gypsy Moths; The Grissom Gang; Dead Man Walking; Pearl Harbor) star as Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, two ex-cons who one night carry out a robbery at the Cutter family home in Holcomb, Kansas. The subsequent killing of the entire family, and the two men's arrest and trial are told in flashback as we see what really happened that night. Truman Copte wrote the non-fiction book upon which the film is based, after travelling down South to meet the two killers in jail and he and director/screenwriter Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry; The Professionals) certainly do a fine job of portaying just how brutally callous these men were, there's no trying understand their backgrounds or seeing them also as victims here !. The final twenty minutes are inevitably grim, so be warned, even after almost 50 years and being filmed in black & white, this is still strong stuff and not for the squeamish or easily upset !.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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"In Cold Blood" ranks top of my honor list of crime/dramas. Adapted from international bestseller non-fiction novel by Truman Capote; it was a real sensation of late 1950s, a true crime classic based on 1959 Halcomb, Kansas murders.

Thanks to writer/producer/director Richard Brook's journalistic background, it has a good taste of docu-drama in and of itself. His directorial touch is amazing. Everything unfolds as it should, and the story clicks along without a wasted second. The film was shot mostly in actual locations (e.g. Clutter house where the murders were committed) and used the people (7 original members of 12 jurors & the real hangman who made their execution) involved to make the film as authentic as possible. Furthermore, the outstanding cast and exquisite, richly-detailed black & white cinematography of Conrad Hall contribute greatly to the gritty, documentary realism of the story.

Well, another thing that impressed me so much is the psychological portraits of killers. Both characters are well-drawn and well-acted. Perry Smith, brutal albeit nave and weak-willed of the duo is victim of circumstances. His childhood traumas (broken home, tough father and promiscuous mother) and complexes about his physical handicap reflect his interior confusion perfectly. Flashbacks and his fantasies are put so proper places that not only enriches the viewing experience, but also deepens the film's philosophy. On the other hand, Dick Hickock portrays Smith's sly accomplice with terrifingly manipulative mind. Theirs are one of the most alive albeit morbid relationships in cinema history in that both feed on other's psychopathology and the film captures perfectly all the pathos of their situation. We come to realize that these two as both equal but opposite kinds of a killer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the movie but read the book first 15 Jun 2011
A film based on real events and the concept taken largely from the book "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. These two guys wiped out an entire family and, even now, we don't have all of the facts, we'll never know how those people suffered at the hands of Perry and Dick before they finally killed them. Capote created a work of art when he wrote "In Cold Blood"; bringing home to the public for the very first time a style of reporting that was simple and clean, he wrote the book as a journalistic report rather than a "story" and that's why this film works, that's the basic element that's been captured here. There's no glorification of the murder it's just brutally cold and fast and there's no wallowing through the lives of the culprits looking for pity, looking for justification. They plan it, they do it, they run away and very nearly get away, plain and simple. I loved this film. The whole atmosphere's cold, dark and brooding and you feel anxious right from the start, something bad's coming and you can't stop it. I would suggest, humbly, that you read the book before you watch the film, you don't have to, but it's a classic and goes further. Good quality, no problem with the picture or sound, definitely worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When A Bad Plan Goes Really Bad... 19 Mar 2004
By Tanya
This film is just plain mesmerising from start to finish. Robert Blake and Scott Wilson both give deeply believable performances as two amateur thieves who end up with a massacre on their hands.
Based on Capote's book about an actual event that stunned the small farming community where it occured, the film is shot in black and white and has a fly-on-the-wall feel about it. Engrossing and brutal, with just enough heart and just enough humour to make it real.
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A film as good as the book? Well it's not far off. `In Cold Blood' was Capote's best book by a mile and this film gets very close.

Brooks was a fine underrated director and this may be his finest (though `The Professionals' and `Elmer Gantry' were pretty good). Shot in glowering black and white by the late great Conrad Hall and using most of the original locations this film just feels like they've got it right.

As the two protagonists Robert Blake and Scott Wilson are superb. Blake's is the showier role (and Capote was obviously more interested in Perry Smith) but Wilson is perhaps even more chilling. A charming, smiling all-American boy who just happens to have a great big empty hole where his heart should be. As the film makes clear these were two pathetic losers who probably would've never done any real harm had they never met - but together they made another altogether more dangerous beast.

The film wanders a little when Smith and Hickok are on the run and the flashbacks are not really necessary but the film, for the most part, retains a vice-like grip.

You can keep your Hannibal Lecter's - Smith and Hickok were real evil, in all its miserable, pathetic ordinariness.

Definitely work seeking out.
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