There Will Be Blood (2007) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Drama
Paramount Vantage || R - 158 minutes - $39.99 || June 3, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-16


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer(s): Upton Sinclair (novel "Oil"); Paul Thomas Anderson (screenplay)
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciaran Hinds, Dillon Freasier


Theatrical Release Date: January 11, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 15 Minutes (Behind-the-Scenes Montage)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Story of Petroleum
  • Dailies Gone Wild
  • Trailers


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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"I drink your milkshake!"

Yeah, yeah. I'm sure you have already heard that little nugget a million times already and it was popular enough that ďSaturday Night LiveĒ even did a skit about it (which was hilarious!). While this line does not get uttered until the last few minutes of the film, it really brings closure to the film.

There Will Be Blood stars Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York) as Daniel Plainview, an oil tycoon that struck it rich early seeking out oil fields. One day, a young man named Paul Sunday (Paul Dano) seeks out Daniel to tell him of a place where the oil just seeps from the ground. After Daniel agrees to give the boy $500 in exchange for the location, Daniel and his young adopted son H.W. (Dillon Freasier) quickly leave to see if this story is true.

Once they arrive in Little Boston, Daniel and H.W. quickly meet the Sunday family, which includes Eli Sunday, who looks suspiciously like his brother Paul. We later find out they are, in fact, twins but I can't recall if Daniel ever finds this out and instead continues to think it was Eli who went to see him the whole time. Daniel quickly learns he has struck black gold their and offers to buy the Sunday ranch and nearly every other accessible land around. Daniel quickly brings in his team to drill for oil and an amazing tale unfolds.

Blood is simply an amazing movie. While the movie runs 158 minutes long, it never really feels that long. Sure, there are a few slow parts during the film, but as soon as it feels like its dragging something huge picks up and BOOM, we are back in the action.

As I'm sure you already know Daniel Day-Lewis gives an outstanding performance. He brings such an emotion to every scene that you simply watch in awe of what he is doing. When Daniel gives the speech to Little Boston about what he wants to bring to town (which was mostly improvised by Daniel Day-Lewis) is very believable, and itís easy to see how he became the successful man that he is in the film.

Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) as Eli and Paul Sunday is also very talented and when both he and Daniel are on screen itís a real treat to watch. The last scene of the film is nothing short of amazing. Daniels adopted son H.W. played by Dillon Freasier is also a real treat especially considering Blood is his first film.

I've been a big fan of Paul Thomas Andersons since Magnolia. It appears you either love Magnolia or you hate it. There is no in between. I, of course, loved Magnolia and went out and purchased Boogie Nights very soon after and saw Punch Drunk Love in theaters. There Will Be Blood follows a very similar fate as Magnolia. After watching it you either really like it, or really hate it. Me? I loved it.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features from the 2 Disc DVD version are included here and presented in HD.

Thankfully Paramount ditched the stupid cardboard style casing from the DVD counterparts and released in a normal Blu-ray case. Worth noting is the cover art is reversible as well. Nice touch, Paramount!

15 Minutes (15:38) - This is a montage of pictures and whatnot. REALLY disappointing. I had assumed this was some interviews or behind the scenes type stuff...but no, instead its pictures and footage. Boring.

Deleted Scenes: Fishing (6:15) and Haircut/Interrupted Hymn (3:15) - I enjoyed these three scenes, but with the film already being so long I can see why they were cut. Fishing is by far the best out of these three.

Dailies Gone Wild (2:45) - An alternate take on Daniel at the bar with his son H.W. where he confronts the men who questioned his family values.

The Story of Petroleum (25:36) - This is a very unique special feature that is actually a short silent film from 1923 that discusses the oil era. Nothing here really pertains to Blood much, but itís still the longest special feature on the entire disc.

Trailer(s) (2:34) - You're standard Theatrical Preview Trailer and Official Trailer.

Roughly an hour of special features Paramount, really? No Commentary? Behind the Scenes? Interviews? Very disappointing.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Blood is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 (VC1) on a 50GB disc. This Blu-ray release is a huge improvement over the very lackluster DVD release from a few months ago. Colors have an amazing 3D pop and blacks are just how they should be; black. I did notice a few soft scenes (especially from early in the film where Daniel is mining silver), but other than that expect a very HD experience. If you had purchased the previous DVD release I would recommend an upgrade to Blu-ray for the Picture Quality alone.

Paramount packs in a Dolby 5.1 TrueHD Track that while sounding great, is not something as equally impressive as the Picture Quality. If you have not seen Blood before, be warned, it is very dialog heavy. While there a few scenes with some explosions don't expect much from your rear speakers besides some instrumental music (that gets very loud). Dialog here is very clean and a much nicer mix than what the DVD offered. Also included are Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks.



.::OVERALL::.

Daniel Day Lewis packs an impressive performance here and while the movie does drag a few times I fully enjoyed it and plan on going back to it really soon. Paramount has included some great Picture and Audio Quality, and while the Special Features are lacking, itís still a fairly complete package and a huge improvement over the previous DVD release.