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In the Electric Mist (2009) (Extended Version 2 Disc Edition) (Region 2) (Import)

3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,075 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A lot of disappointment has been expressed about this film - which I find baffling - because even as a complete novice to James Lee Burke's books or the director's past works - I loved it. I really did. I found "In The Electric Mist" to be a very compelling story - powerful acted and cleverly told.

Once again Tommy Lee Jones as the haggard and troubled lead - just stuns - his depth and power fill the screen absolutely all of the time. Credit must also go to the uniformly superb supporting cast too (even if in some cases they don't get a lot to do) - John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary Steenburgen, Ned Beatty, Kelly MacDonald, Pruitt Taylor-Vince, Justina Machado and even Buddy Guy (the blues guitar player) - all good. And then there's Levon Helm of the famous Americana rock group THE BAND as the ghost of a Confederate General - adding extraordinary old-world gravitas and mystery to the piece.

The Blu Ray print is BEAUTIFUL too - even in the dark interiors - but especially in the outdoor swamp shots and town houses. Disappointingly though, there are precious few extras.

Bertrand Tavernier's film isn't a masterpiece for sure, and it's perhaps just a little 'too' in love with its own gumbo and Louisiana scenery, but I found it immensely moving in places - and awkwardly real - especially on the core subject of racism and its still lingering malevolent presence (the title of this review is a rumination by one of the characters on that subject when a dead body from 1965 comes back to haunt him).

The film reminded me of John Sayles at his best ("Passion Fish" for instance) - full of heart and great observation - which is high praise indeed...

I'd say ignore the so-so reviews and put it high on your rental list. Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but so slow and anti-climatic 4 April 2011
By Vinman666 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
My wife picked this film up because of the bargain price and we watched it across Saturday and Sunday night. Across two nights? Yes, because she fell asleep first time around but stayed awake on the next night while I struggled to do so. The film is shot very well, giving a real sense of its Louisiana location, and Tommy Lee Jones gives a typically committed performance as the alcoholic Lt. Dave Robicheaux. It's a slow-burning story, revolving around Robicheaux, his family and a murder he witnessed many years earlier. Unfortunately it's often so slow it's practically stationary.

Several deep south themes are interwoven: slavery and racism, the Civil War, blackmail and corruption, gumbo and Dr Pepper (eh?). There's no denying the atmosphere created, and the acting is generally strong though blues legend Buddy Guy seems to be reading off an autocue (at least he gets a chance to play guitar later). But Southern Comfort, Deliverance or Mississippi Burning have equal atmosphere and are much better films.

The ending has to be one of the biggest anti-climaxes since Scatman Crothers' arrival at the Overlook Hotel (in The Shining). I won't spoil it but suffice to say I laughed and it's not intended to be funny. Some other reviews have mentioned that 20 minutes have been cut from this version and, despite not having seen the full version, I can imagine that as some strands of the story are under-developed.

The blu-ray begins with a series of trailers for straight to DVD chick flicks, all of which are in (sub)standard definition. Fortunately the movie is in HD and is pretty sharp though has signs of over-sharpening during the transfer. The cinematography is beautiful though and it's a shame that the pace or re-editing of the story lets it down.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE ELECTRIC (MISSED ) 13 April 2010
This film was made with love and care. It didn't reach us that way. It was butchered for the DVD release, almost 20 minutes gone out of it. I'm amazed that a product can be put on the market in this condition, and amazed that nobody saw the difference between the version that was first shown, and what's on the disc. And worse, padded out with crappy trailers.

Most other products that short-changed on that scale, would be liable to prosecution under a couple of Acts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Blu Ray Transfer 22 Nov 2010
The film is a bit wierd and slow in places but what must be noted is the sensational blu ray picture quality.
If you need a film to demo HD then this is it, incredible detail, texture and colour, even dark scenes are crystal clear.
If there is a film out there to better this in terms of HDPQ I would love to know what it is.

If only all films had this picture quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Lee Burke should be proud 3 Feb 2010
By J. Webb
I was lucky enough to see this recently at the cinema when BFI did a short season of thrillers by French directors (I think because of the release of Audiard's A Prophet). The story was familiar to me as I've read the Dave Robicheaux novels - and - like any discerning movie-goer I reckon TL Jones is one of the best actors of his generation, so the film had a lot to deliver. I'm happy to say they got it just right; the New Orleans swampy almost supernatural atmosphere, a twisting and brutal plot line and Tommy nailed Robicheaux's character - craggy, stubborn and dependable, a 'Bayou Philip Marlowe'. I haven't heard any reports of how the original author James Lee Burke received the movie, but I reckon he'd be proud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of the last 20 years
One of the best films of the last 20 years.
Tommy Lee has to be up there with Pacino and DeNiro
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Published 8 days ago by Robert mc culloch
4.0 out of 5 stars a good yarn about the deep south with with tommy lee ...
amust for james lee burke fans.a good yarn about the deep south with with tommy lee and john goodman. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fay Crowle
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Published 1 month ago by lotty481
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Movie
My fault for buying this on BR it's a poor movie, more like a TV movie and a bad one at that
Published 3 months ago by Foordy
5.0 out of 5 stars Existentialist? A ghost story?
An interesting film. It's perhaps of more interest for its showing of modern day Southwest Louisiana life than as a coherent detective mystery: one may end up asking one's self... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. E. M.Anderson PhD
3.0 out of 5 stars Vampire-Free Louisiana
A middling good detective story shot through with homesy wisdom, some righteous indignation and a bit of the supernatural. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles Vasey
3.0 out of 5 stars film
the film was ok, but nothing special, I just happen to like tommy lee jones, he usually makes a good film,
Published 11 months ago by mike1
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Movie, But Some Serious Misjudgements
IN THE ELECTRIC MIST, (In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead), (2008). This 102 minute thriller, helmed by the well-thought of French director Bertrand Tavernier, (Round... Read more
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