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Director: Paul Thomas Anderson     Starring: Paul Dano Daniel Day-Lewis
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Learn more about There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 207994905
UPC: 097361374208
UPC 14: 00097361374208
Category Keywords: Based On A Novel  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Written for the Screen and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
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).

"An enthralling and powerfully eccentric American epic.  David Denby, The New Yorker
"This is truly a work of symphonic aspirations and masterful execution.  J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"Daniel Day-Lewis stuns in Paul Thomas Anderson's saga of a soul-dead oil man.  John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"...a consummate work of art, one that transcends the historically fraught context of its making...  Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"One of the most wholly original American movies ever made.  Richard Schickel, Time
"...there hasn't been such an amazing character study in film since "Citizen Kane." I honestly can't praise it enough.  Zack Haddad, Film Threat

Editor's Note
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.

Features

Video Features Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/31/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 158 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 137420
Video UPC UPC: 00097361374208
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review There Will Be Blood - Blu-ray Review
By: J.D. McNamara Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 6/10/2008 5:55 PM
There Will Be Blood is certainly not an easy film to watch, nor is it a particularly enjoyable experience. But it's an immensely powerful movie that's also darkly humorous, poignant, emotional, violent and ultimately, quite tragic. It's a perversely compelling story about a man who's torn to shreds by a world not fit enough for his madness, hatred, and stark self loathing. ...read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dillon Freasier
Video Cast Info Kevin J. O'Connor
Video Cast Info Paul Dano
Video Cast Info Daniel Day-Lewis
Video Cast Info Ciaran Hinds
Video Cast Info Robert Elswit - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Upton Sinclair - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Paul Thomas Anderson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Paul Thomas Anderson - Producer
Video Cast Info Daniel Lupi - Producer
Video Cast Info Jonny Greenwood - Composer
Video Cast Info Joanne Sellar - Producer
Video Cast Info Paul Thomas Anderson - Director

Awards


Oscar (2008)
Video Award Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

British Academy Awards (2008)
Video Award Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Best Leading Actor

Screen Actors Guild (2008)
Video Award Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Golden Globe (2008)
Video Award Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Oscar (2008)
   Video Award Name Dylan Tichenor, Nominee, Best Achievement in Editing
   Video Award Name Jack Fisk, Jim Erickson, Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction
   Video Award Name Matthew Wood, Christopher Scarabosio, Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound Editing
   Video Award Name Paul Thomas Anderson, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
   Video Award Name Paul Thomas Anderson, Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing
   Video Award Name Paul Thomas Anderson, et. al., Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year
Video Award Name Robert Elswit, Winner, Best Achievement in Cinematography

Golden Globe (2008)
   Video Award Name There Will Be Blood, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"It flows smoothly, linearly, building momentum and unbearable tension....[Mr. Day-Lewis] seems to have invaded Plainview's every atom....It's a thrilling performance..." 12/26/2007

Los Angeles Times
"[The film] creates considerable heat and light and does some serious aesthetic damage....Day-Lewis and Anderson share a ferocity of approach to their work..." 12/26/2007

Entertainment Weekly
"A complete universe is created before a word is spoken in THERE WILL BE BLOOD, a towering new American epic and instant modern classic..." -- Grade: A 01/11/2008 p.56-57

Rolling Stone
Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "[Anderson's] filmmaking is raw, risky and built to leave bruises. This is his bloody and brilliant CITIZEN KANE." 12/27/2007 p.120

Film Comment
"In P.T. Anderson's latest and most impressive vision of all-American excess, business and religion go the distance in a battle to the death..." 01/01/2008 p.38

Rolling Stone
4 stars out of 4 -- "THERE WILL BE BLOOD hits with hurricane force....In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher." 01/24/2008 p.70

Sight and Sound
"[Dano's] combination of cherubic earnestness and steely composure recalls the young Ed Norton; his fire-and-brimstone sermons are the stuff of fever dreams, rivetingly played." 02/01/2008 p.82-83

Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "The breadth of vision is impressive, but the lean, stark filmmaking more so....This is also Anderson's most classical movie..." 03/01/2008 p.116-117

Empire
5 stars out of 5 -- "The last scene is like a gusher, an explosion of high drama after all the low-key tension and unease." 03/01/2008 p.46

ReelViews 8 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

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