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In the Electric Mist [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary Steenburgen, Kelly Macdonald
  • Directors: Bertrand Tavernier
  • Writers: James Lee Burke, Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski
  • Producers: Clelio Boccato, Deborah Dobson Bach, Frédéric Bourboulon, Gulnara Sarsenova
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NFNFF8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,624 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vinman666 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Marshall on 13 April 2010
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Webb on 3 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2013
Format: DVD
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 the B & Q warehouse. It is set in the deep south bayou, with a craggy Tommy Lee Jones investigating a series of murders which may or may not be linked to a racist shooting he witnessed as a child. It is based on a popular book from the Dave Robicheaux series of detective yarns by James Lee Burke.

The film is directed by Bertrand Tavernier, who also directed the splendidy dark and cynical Coup de Torchon, based on a Jim Thompson pulp novel. Tavernier transplanted that story to a deeply racist West Africa to good effect. Although this film is certainly strange, it is not nearly as strange as this pedigree might suggest. A ghostly confederate general pops up, the lead is haunted by his previous alcoholism, and the deep south setting is used to good effect.

The film went straight to DVD in America, and despite the starry cast, with some splendidly idiosyncratic cameos, it is easy to see why. Imagine a really excellent tv drama, with a fantastic cast, and that gives you an idea of what to expect. No jumping from helicopters or breakneck chases through the swamps.

Personally I enjoyed it, Jones is an engaging lead, and it meandered along in an agreeable fashion. Not as hard edged as Prime Cut, nor as supernatural as the John Connolly books, it provides a relatively gentle afternoon's entertainment, though for me the Big Easy remains the definitive deep south detective yarn.
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