Blu-ray, DVD Release: In Cold Blood

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 17, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Truman Capote’s best seller In Cold Blood, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling 1967 film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks (The Professionals).

Robert Blake and Scott Wilson in In Cold Blood

Robert Blake and Scott Wilson in In Cold Blood

Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake (Lost Highway) and Scott Wilson (The Ninth Configuration) give authentic, unshowy performances as Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery.

Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath; at the same time, stylistically In Cold Blood is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad L. Hall (American Beauty), and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones (The Slender Thread).

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film include the following:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey on the film’s cinematography
    • New interview with film historian Bobbie O’Steen on the film’s editing
    • New interview with film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins on the film’s music by Quincy Jones
    • New interview with writer Douglass Daniel on director Richard Brooks
    • Interview with Brooks from 1988 from the French television series Cinéma cinemas
    • Interview with actor Robert Blake from 1968 from the British television series Good Evening with Jonathan King
    • With Love from Truman, a short 1966 documentary featuring novelist Truman Capote, directed by Albert and David Maysles
    • Two archival NBC interviews with Capote: one following the author on a 1966 visit to Holcomb, Kansas, and the other conducted by Barbara Walters in 1967
    • Trailer
    • An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.