- Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin J. O'Connor, Dillon Freasier, Paul Dano
- Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch, Hindi
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Disney
- DVD Release Date: 7 July 2008
- Run Time: 158 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 320 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00181NF0C
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,178 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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.Note: There Will Be Blood will be packaged in environmentally-friendly cardboard made from recycled paper.
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 youll 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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The sprawling tale of Daniel Plainview, an oil driller, as he falls deeper and deeper into madness as the film continues.
The direction is practically flawless, with Mr Anderson bringing the dusty fields and green acres of 20th Century America to the screen in a way that few have managed over the centuries of film. The grit, the dirt, the mud, the oil... All feel like they are able to be touched by the audience such is the excellence of the cinematography/direction.
Of course, beautiful scenery is just as easy to capture in a nature show, so a movie must have a compelling story to match the direction. As the minutes go by, the twists and turns come thick and fast and each packs as much of a punch as the previous one.
Now obviously it is easy to praise Mr Day-Lewis as he is the best actor working today. His transformation into Daniel Plainview occurs as soon as he is introduced. You do not see an actor you see a man who, despite his best efforts, becomes lost the more the film progresses.
However the one person who sticks out (and not in a positive way either) is Paul Dano. While there are moments he is excellent, there are just as many moments where his overacting is noticeable and that is a detriment to the film as a whole. His high pitched shrieks during his sermons are horrible to listen to. Thankfully he is not given too many speeches to perform otherwise he would have knocked another star off of this review.
I recommend you watch this film. It has complex characters, mature plot points and even some social commentary on power and money. Maybe, unlike myself, you won't get a headache from hearing Dano's voice.
Plus, what do I know, I'm just a reviewer on a website. My word means literally nothing!
The DVD unfortunately is a bit of a let down, especially for some. The only extra is a 10-15 minute video showing various vintage photo's and documents used as reference for the film with some of the films score to accompany it. For me, as I guess it would be for some others, it was pretty interesting and served as a good companion to the film but for others I can imagine it would be a bit of a bore.
Even with the lack of extras this should still be top of your list for purchases.
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When I was told about it, "oh it's all about this guy that finds oil", I thought to myself hmmm, this doesn't sound interesting at all.
I was wrong. It is shot perfectly and creates great atmosphere. The tone is mastered throughout which keeps you unsure what is going to happen next although the story is pretty straight forward. The underlying themes are a constant battle between greed, religion and family.
It is nearly three hours long so I can understand how some people might not enjoy it based on that single fact. I think the story is paced appropriately, remember it is NOT an action film with an explosion every two minutes. Just sit back and take it all in and hopefully, you should enjoy it.
The film has excellent continuity. It is, at times moving, funny and has pathos.
I watched the film at release in the cinema and have now watched it twice on small format.
This film was definitely made for the Big Screen.
I was an idealist when I first watched it.
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