In Cold Blood [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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Synopsis

Richard Brooks wrote and directed this stark black-and-white (with brilliantly evocative cinematography by Conrad Hall) study of two drifters who murder a family, based on Truman Capote's non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. The film takes place in Holcomb, Kansas, where four members of the Herbert Clutter family are roused from their sleep and brutally murdered. The killers, Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and Dick Hickock (Scott Wilson), are two ex-cons who plan to rob the Clutters of $10,000 kept in a safe in their home. But Dick and Perry find no safe and no $10,000 and end up leaving the murder scene with only $43. The police, led by Alvin Dewey (John Forsythe) of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, try to track down the killers. Meanwhile, Dick and Perry take off to Mexico, where Perry has fantasies of prospecting for gold. But when his dreams of prospecting come to naught, Dick insists that they return to the United States. Confident that they have left no clues, they cash bad checks, and the police track them down in Las Vegas. During questioning, their alibis are broken when they are separated and tell conflicting stories. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
11/17/15 
Studio
Sony Pictures
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
2 hours, 14 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Conrad Hall's work in the film
  • New interview with film historian Bobbie O'Steen on the film's editing
  • New interview with film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins about Quincy Jones's music for the film
  • New interview with writer Douglass K. Daniel on director Richard Brooks
  • Interview with Brooks from a 1988 episode of the French television series Cinéma cinémas
  • 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
Number of Discs
2

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