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In the Electric Mist [Blu-ray]

Tommy Lee Jones , John Goodman , Betrand Tavernier    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen
  • Directors: Betrand Tavernier
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZNO2AO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,040 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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New Iberia, Louisiana. Detective Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) is on the hunt for a serial killer who preys on young women. Driving home from another gruesome crime scene, Dave meets glamorous Hollywood star Elrod Sykes (Peter Sarsgaard). Sykes is in town shooting his new movie, with backing from local crime kingpin Baby Feet Balboni (John Goodman). He tells Dave he saw a body lying in a swamp - the decomposed corpse of a black man in chains. The discovery brings memories hurtling out of Dave's past. He senses the two cases are linked. But as Dave gets closer to the murderer, the murderer gets closer to Dave and his family...

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28 of 29 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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24 of 25 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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Viewing no match to Reading JLB 25 Oct 2010
I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke's books and especially of the Dave Rubicheaux series.I am also an avid admirer of Tommy Lee Jones' work.Si when I saw this BluRay on amazon I didn;t hesitate and snapped it up.
Unfortunately I should have known that there is a reason no other title of JLB has been made into a movie - his books are simply not conducive to visualisation! Tommy Lee Jones is great but so much of the book transpires inside the characters heads that the film just doesn't have the same impact.
The BluRay disc was also extremely disapointing - no extra I can live with but no subtitles whatsoever ? not even English ? come on :-(
I'll just stock to Burke's books!
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Movie, But Some Serious Misjudgements 16 Aug 2013
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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 Midnight ) centers on characters created by beloved, bestselling American author of crime dramas, James Lee Burke. The mystery is set in and around New Orleans, Burke's home, French-speaking turf, after the terrible damage inflicted on the region in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. Principally, it tells us of troubled former New Orleans Police Detective Dave Robicheaux, now a deputy sheriff in neighboring Iberia County. The lead part is fully inhabited by veteran Texas-born actor Tommy Lee Jones, (Men in Black I and II , The Fugitive ), who might well have been born to play it, as it was created by the Texas Panhandle-born Burke.

The stubborn Robichaux, haunted by his service in the Vietnam War, struggling with a drinking problem, is, as ever, ignoring warnings to leave the local messes alone. He begins to investigate the possible connections between a series of torture murders of local prostitutes, a 1976 lynching that he witnessed 35 years before as a young boy, and Julie `Baby Feet' Balboni, a notorious New Orleans gangster, played by the popular St. Louis-born John Goodman,(The Big Easy ). The Southern-born Mary Steenburgen, (Cross Creek ), plays Bootsie, the detective's second wife.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 3 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 6 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 9 months ago by mike1
5.0 out of 5 stars in the electric mist dvd
not seen it yet but anything tommy lee jones is in does it for me. will recommend it to all
Published 12 months ago by irene lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars A good adaptation.
I really like Tommy Lee Jones as an actor, and have read all the 'Dave Robicheaux' novels, and this was a pleasant surprise to me. Read more
Published 14 months ago by asiana88
4.0 out of 5 stars cops and zydeco
The title is a bit mystifying, presumably for Americans, as with the Walt Whitman line, "I sing the body electric", the word electric has slightly more spiritual connotations than... Read more
Published 15 months ago by tallmanbaby
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film that captures the spirit of the novel
James Lee Burke's novels featuring Dave Robichaux have always cried out to be filmed. Alec Baldwin was the first to essay this feat with "Heaven's Prisoners" and it... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Louis Lince
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Any film with Tommy Lee Jones tends to be a good one, this does not let the viewer down can totally recommend it.
Published 21 months ago by ian
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent crime detective thriller...
So many reviews here that were so poles apart, actively deriding or applauding it, that they made my head spin! It's only a film, I told myself... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Tim Kidner
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