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In cold blood
Brooks, Richard, 1912-1992.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (133 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A hard hitting docu-drama about two ex-cons who ruthlessly murder a Kansas family in 1959 in order to steal their non-existent stash of money.
General Note:
Widescreen ed.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1967.

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Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Audubon Library DVD 6461 Adult DVD Open Shelf
Lancaster Library DVD 6461 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Eggertsville-Snyder Library DVD 6461 Adult DVD Open Shelf
Clarence Library DVD 6461 Adult DVD Classics

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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

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Library Journal Review

A quartet of films from Columbia Pictures-two from Hollywood's Golden Age and two from the postglory era of the studio system-get the Criterion treatment. A small-time airline operator (Cary Grant) excels with brave fliers but plays hard to get with a spirited woman (Jean Arthur) smitten with him in Only Angels Have Wings (1939). Columbia's biggest star in the 1940s, Rita Hayworth shines in Gilda (1946), as a femme fatale in a love triangle with a rough-and-tumble gambler (Glenn Ford) and a jealous casino operator (George Macready). A superb adaptation of Truman Capote's "nonfiction novel," In Cold Blood (1967) vividly traces the murder spree of a pair of ex-convicts (Robert Blake, Scott Wilson) and their subsequent capture and execution. Easy Rider (1969) follows the road trip of two doper bikers (Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper) and the folks, including a civil liberties attorney (Jack Nicholson), they meet along the way. In a clear break from Columbia's past, Rider rode a wave of low-budget, counterculture films catering to younger audiences. VERDICT Digitally restored in high definition and supplemented by special features, all four movies offer substantial upgrades over their previous versions.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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