There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray)

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This widely acclaimed masterpiece and must see American epic features the Academy Award wining performance of Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor, 2007). Daniel Plainview and son are independent oil men, looking for prospects in California at the turn of the 20th century. They are challenged by a young preacher, Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), whose own ambition is matched by Plainview's. Their battle forms the center of a scary, darkly comic historical journey into an abyss of madness. "There Will Be Blood is Paul Thomas Anderson's epic American nightmare, belching fire and brimstone and damnation to hell. It is, above all, a consummate work of art" (Manahola Dargis, The New York Times).

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Studio Paramount
SKU 207994905
UPC 097361374208
UPC 14 00097361374208
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2008) Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Dylan Tichenor, Nominee, Best Achievement in Editing,Jack Fisk, Jim Erickson, Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction,Matthew Wood, Christopher Scarabosio, Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound Editing,Paul Thomas Anderson, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Paul Thomas Anderson, Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing,Paul Thomas Anderson, et. al., Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Robert Elswit, Winner, Best Achievement in Cinematography
British Academy Awards (2008) Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Best Leading Actor
Screen Actors Guild (2008) Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2008) Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,There Will Be Blood, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The best things about Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood are not elements that will build large audiences. This is a film about character development/disintegration and a comprehensive look at the early days of the oil industry. The more the film focuses on the mechanics of finding oil, the process of getting it out of the ground, and the politics of persuading landowners to sell the rights to their property, There Will Be Blood has the capacity to engage, if not enthrall...For those who have followed Anderson's career, this is in some ways a departure. It's his first distant period piece and is more traditional than either of his best known pictures, Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Although There Will Be Blood has a storyline that crosses more than 30 years and offers insights into the early era of the oil business in California, it is first and foremost a character study. Anderson is primarily interested in how developing events shape Daniel's life view. The film's final 30 minutes may fail short of delivering on the promise of the preceding two hours but, even taking into account its faults, this is nevertheless an arresting, fascinating, and sometimes disturbing motion picture experience.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Watching the movie is like viewing a natural disaster that you cannot turn away from. By that I do not mean that the movie is bad, any more than it is good. It is a force beyond categories. It has scenes of terror and poignancy, scenes of ruthless chicanery, scenes awesome for their scope, moments echoing with whispers and an ending that in some peculiar way this material demands, because it could not conclude on an appropriate note -- there has been nothing appropriate about it. Those who hate the ending, and there may be many, might be asked to dictate a different one. Something bittersweet, perhaps? Grandly tragic? Only madness can supply a termination for this story..."There Will Be Blood" is the kind of film that is easily called great. I am not sure of its greatness. It was filmed in the same area of Texas used by "No Country for Old Men," and that is a great film, and a perfect one. But "There Will Be Blood" is not perfect, and in its imperfections (its unbending characters, its lack of women or any reflection of ordinary society, its ending, its relentlessness) we may see its reach exceeding its grasp. Which is not a dishonorable thing.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
David Denby, The New Yorker An enthralling and powerfully eccentric American epic.
J. Hoberman, The Village Voice This is truly a work of symphonic aspirations and masterful execution.
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter Daniel Day-Lewis stuns in Paul Thomas Anderson's saga of a soul-dead oil man.
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times ...a consummate work of art, one that transcends the historically fraught context of its making...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.
Richard Schickel, Time One of the most wholly original American movies ever made.
Zack Haddad, Film Threat ...there hasn't been such an amazing character study in film since "Citizen Kane." I honestly can't praise it enough.

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