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There Will Be Blood (2 disc Special Edition) [DVD]

Daniel Day-Lewis , Ciarán Hinds , Paul Thomas Anderson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Kevin J. O'Connor, Barry Del Sherman, Dillon Freasier
  • Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainm
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2008
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012L6AC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If there's a screen performance in 2008 that comes anywhere near to matching Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-winning turn in There Will Be Blood, then we've come nowhere near to seeing it. A tour-de-force of acting and a career high for Day-Lewis, it's the highlight of an extraordinary, really quite daring piece of cinema.

That said, we've come to expect nothing less from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, the man who previously brought us Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love. However, he's really topped himself in terms of ambition with There Will Be Blood, an adaptation of Upton Sinclair's book, Oil! It follows Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis) who, when we first meet him in the film's silent opening is attempting to mine silver, before he discovers oil and slowly builds up an empire off the back of it. There Will Be Blood then follows his rise to power, given the vast riches that his oil brings him, concurrently exploring his relationship with his son. It proves to be a long, complex, stunning piece of work.

There's little room in There Will Be Blood for much more than the sheer power of Day-Lewis' performance, but credit Paul Dano (last seen saying an awful lot less in Little Miss Sunshine) for attempting to go toe-to-toe with the leading man. He's a foil of sorts for Plainview, playing a man as troubled and torn as Day-Lewis' character, and it's a career high to date for the young actor. The film, too, is a match for anything Paul Thomas Anderson has done to date, and that's some achievement.

With no easy resolution, and a degree of complexity in its characters that we all-too-rarely see from modern American films, There Will Be Blood is a challenging, at times breathtaking piece of cinema. It won't be to all tastes, and it adamantly refuses to give easy answers, but it's as daring as anything you’ll see on screen all year. And Day-Lewis' performance ranks next to any of the all-time greats that you'd care to mention. --Simon Brew

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood is a masterly, unflinching examination of a consummately evil man. Daniel Plainview (via a transcendent performance by the great Daniel Day-Lewis) is, as he likes to remind those around him, an oil man: he finds it, he drills for it, and he makes money from it. Following a tip from a visitor named Paul Sunday, whose family sits atop a veritable ocean of oil, Plainview travels to the town of New Boston, California, with his young son. Sunday's preacher brother Eli (both roles are played by the excellent Paul Dano) grudgingly accepts Plainview's ambitions under the condition that he help fund the town church. As Plainview's plans come to fruition, a series of events begin to fracture the insular world he has constructed for himself, pitting Plainview against Sunday and forcing him to become even more vindictive and ruthless. Anderson proved with Boogie Nights and Magnolia that he was adept at handling expansive storylines and layered plots; however, he stakes out a claim here as a new master of the cinematic epic. The film is visually stunning, and alternates between lush widescreen shots of the desert and meticulously composed, darkly lit close-up of his actors, presenting complex images of the American landscape and the souls that dot it. As a narrative, There Will Be Blood is told with a sense of economy, yet never at the expense of the film's inherently grand scope. It's difficult to determine precisely what Anderson wants his viewers to take from the experience: the film is, in the end, appropriately complex and ambiguous. There Will Be Blood forces us to confront Plainville, who seems to be a larger-than-life personification of evil; that we don't entirely understand him at the film's conclusion is not a shortcoming, but rather a tribute to the depths of this most vile creature and this most brilliant film.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DANIEL-DAY LEWIS 12 April 2012
Format:DVD
DANIEL-DAY LEWIS! DANIEL-DAY LEWIS!
There's your review, now go see in my honest opinion THE best performance of all time in cinema history. A pretty bold statement, but my goodness, the fearless acting in this superb movie is unmatched. I've never seen anything like it and I consider myself a movie buff who've seen quite a damn lot in my 40-odd years on this planet.
Yes, Bobby de Niro in Taxi Driver, Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, there are many brilliant performances out there, but this is positively acting of a satanic calibre.
The definite peak of his astonishing career (until now). He's like a king cobra who hypnotises the audience, you can't take your eyes off him.
The movie itself, by Paul Thomas Anderson, is undeniably awesome itself and goes places other movies won't even dare. The totally bonkers ending, which feels somewhat seperate in tone from the rest of the movie, and not everyone will like, blew me away and raised goosebumps on my goosebumps. Paul Dano does pretty darn well against the sound and fury of Lewis's presence and acts as counterpoint to his insanity.
To me personally, no matter in what category video outlets place the cover box, this is a HORROR movie, something Anderson possibly alludes to with the opening snatch of music before the mostly dialogue-less beginning which definitely sounds like it belongs in one.
A horror movie inspires horror and dread in a viewer, and my goodness, this movie does, in spades. No monsters, creatures, serial-killers or supernatural shenanigans, just good ol' nasty capitalism and greed personified by Daniel Day-Lewis who, in my interpretation, is playing the Devil himself.
A bona-fide masterpiece!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THE 2 DISC EDITION - NOT WORTH IT! 9 Mar 2011
By mozzer
Format:DVD
Fortunately I received the 2 disc edition as a present, otherwise I would have appreciated reading this first, since the 2 disc edition is still currently more expensive. It is a great film, but you do not get any insights into the making of the film whatsoever from the "bonus disc"

The second disc itself is only 1/2 hour long. Fifteen minutes is made up of a series of old photographs and film footage set to music. The rest consists of two trailers (why watch a trailer when you have seen the film?) and about 3 deleted scenes. There is also an old silent movie reel documentary about petroleum.

No directors commentary, no "making of", no insights into the actors, characters, sets, script. This was merely the studio stuffing a few spare feet of film onto the DVD in order to sell a 2 disc edition. Disappointing and taking advantage of the very fans who make the film a success.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 24 Feb 2014
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I can see this being a Marmite film but I really enjoyed it. It has a classic clash between Mammon and God; and the ability of a man to use rage to build something great and then to find the cost of that building. Based on a novel by that great teller of social tales - Upton Sinclair - the plot is tight if depressing and the location and camera work at times brutal and at others lyrical. Day-Lewis is a hard act to go up against but the preacher Paul Dano makes a game fight in rounds five to eight. There is no happy ending and not a great deal of violence but there is a lot of passion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There will be blood 28 Sep 2013
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Fantastic movie. Daniel Day Lewis is outstanding. Would recommend this movie to anyone. Great story line and good support cast
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 30 Mar 2014
By xena
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Daniel Day-Lewis is as always fabulous. A film that can be watched over and over again, definitely one of my dessert island must haves.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "if you had a milkshake...." 21 July 2012
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There have been many peaks, and a few troughs, in Daniel Day Lewis's career, but his portrayal of an intense, brooding cow-eyed oil prospector at the turn of the last century must rank as one of his finest. For three hours, he holds our attention through a complex tale of fatherhood, religion, greed and obsession. His lack of lust is a strange counterfoil to the deep passions he shows in other areas of his life - his protectiveness towards children, his loathing of religious hypocrisy, and his yearning for a real family. His inability to adapt to the changing world brought about by industrialistion, and his bitterness at the betrayals in his life, lead to his inevitable and painful ruin. Alcohol plays a part in this downfall, of course, but it is his fondness for milkshakes that this viewer will remember him by ...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Amazon and other reviewers have provided extended summaries of the storyline, so I'd just like to add my opinion that as as second disc of 'Extras', that inclusion is very disappointing and consists mostly of re-reun extracts from the film in association with historical resource material. The best element is probably the 'silent' movie made by the American Ministry of the Interior over 60 years ago to explain the story of petroleum. If you hope to see anything about how the film was actually made - there's absolutely nothing.

As everyone seems to agree, Daniel Day Lewis's performance is superb - there aren't really any adjectives strong enough to describe it. The final, brutally violent scene in the bowling alley - although weirdly unreal - is a triumph of acting. The final shot and line of dialogue, however, is oddly dissatisfying, but its very ambiguity does leave you considering its true meaning.

As for ambiguity - the title of the film is extremely clever and can be interpretted in very many ways ---- the blood of Christ and baptism - the blood of family ties - the blood of violence - the life-blood of oil in society etc.

The one thing that is very important to understand is that 'There will be blood' is essentially an extended character study and although there are highspots of activity and violence, these are infrequent and short. The film is the story of one man and the consequences of his over-arching self-belief in the face of a world and other people who don't agree with his methods, ethics and ambitions. In this respect, Daniel Plainview has certain similarities with that of Charles Foster Kane and the film as a whole is often reminiscent of the darkest work by the Coen Brothers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good purchase! Great product and highly recommended
Published 6 days ago by Stephen Ball
3.0 out of 5 stars Super slow movie
I really could not understnad why this movie is top of the cart.
Souper slow and not at good story line.
Activing is really good.
Published 3 months ago by Anuj Kumar
5.0 out of 5 stars hell on earth
I didn't see this in the theater when it was released, but better late than never. It's quite an experience, with a central performance by Daniel Day-Lewis that is simply... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars not perfect!
Have just watched this as escapism from incessant sport on TV! Didn't quite know how I felt so read some reviews from opposite ends of the spectrum. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bugeyed from books
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
A masterpiece of modern cinema, amazing acting from Day-Lewis. Incredible cinematography by Robert Elswit and brilliant direction by Paul Thomas-Anderson. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bennie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Daniel Day Lewis at his best as a tough no nonsense oilman great cast good storyline.You can feel the anger in the Day Lewis character can recommend highly
Published 7 months ago by Happy chap
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
This is a powerful film but I found it challenging in its portrayal of the characters. Daniel Day Lewis is a phenomenal actor but in this film he does not encourage sympathy.
Published 8 months ago by lisa michelle beddoe
4.0 out of 5 stars blood
very very educacational film you learn a lot from watching this dvd would recommend to all adults to watch it
Published 8 months ago by Raya
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
I wasn't sure what this film was about, but i'm a DDL fan and have been for ages. I loved him in this film, what an awesome performance!!! You must see it.
Published 9 months ago by Fuzzypiglet
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Drink Your Milkshake..."
Having recently watched this film, I can honestly say that it is one of THE true masterworks in cinema. Read more
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