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There Will Be Blood (Blu-ray)

Released on 07 July 2008

Featuring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano & Ciarán Hinds

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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A brutal, bloody, and gripping saga of obsession, corruption, and poisonous greed; Paul Thomas Anderson's Award Winning There Will Be Blood is a masterly, unwavering inspection of a consummately evil man whose trailblazing spirit is equalled only by his murderous ambition.

In the dying years of the nineteenth century Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a struggling silver miner, realises that true wealth lies in oil extraction. Driven by a passionate hatred for others and an intense psychological need to see competitors fail, he heads for the oil-rich land of California in a bid to manipulate and exploit the landowners of dust-worn Little Boston in to selling him their properties. Forefront of the town is self-styled `faith healer' Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) who is structuring his own sinister plan to funnel the residents' impending wealth into his self-founded church. As Plainview's empire expands, so does his obsession with the intrinsic value of power and he becomes increasingly irascible and paranoid along the way. What follows is a vindictive, ruthless, and violent chain of events as Plainview fails to deliver on promises as he pits himself against the town's perturbed and unstable charismatic teenage preacher.

In addition to stunning visuals and an exceptional, captivating score from accomplished composer (and Radiohead guitarist) Jonny Greenwood, director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia) owes his best work to date to the incredible Academy Award winning performance as Plainview by Daniel Day-Lewis and the staggering portrayal of Eli Sunday by Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine). Bearing similarities to Citizen Kane and Giant, There Will Be Blood is an intelligent, thought-provoking, and powerfully-eccentric epic masterpiece that is as enchanting as it is timeless.
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 There Will Be Grimness....

| | See all Wicket55's reviews (44)

Regardless of whether you like this film or not, it will remain a talking point for quite awhile yet, and it's this divided opinion and Daniel Day Lewis' relentless and intense performance that essentially makes this movie so memorable. If you thought he was brilliantly evil as Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York, you ain't seen nothing yet!

I think reviews of this film have been somewhat harsh and over critical. The film should be best viewed as being an obsessive character study of a deeply disturbed man whose sole motivation for power and money ultimately end up destroying him. Like a very grim version of Citizen Kane in a way! And Citizen Kane wasn't exactly a laugh riot either!

Strangely reminscent of Kubrick's "The Shining" in parts, particularly Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood's haunting soundtrack and Day Lewis' psychotic yet compulsively watchable oilman, this is essential just for Daniel Day Lewis' performance alone.

 Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece

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I didn't quite know what to expect from There will be blood, in fact I was dubious of wanting to watch it, but curiosity did overtake me and I have to say it is one of the best films of 2007.

Daniel Day-Lewis magnificently plays the main part of Daniel Plainview, a ruthless oil tycoon who makes his play on a small town for oil, and the local faith healer Eli Sunday (a superb Paul Dano) who stands against him. The period setting of the film appears immaculate and its a beautifully shot film from start to finish, in fact its a terrific Blu-ray video transfer and its look fantastic. The score of the film is also worthy of note as Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead, has created a hauntingly beautfiul score that is reminiscent of Psycho and The Shining.

For Paul Thomas Anderson however this film is a towering achievement, his direction is brilliant, especially with the first 20 minutes being without dialogue, the plot of the film is also excellent and really consistent.

Overall There will be blood is one of the best American films in recent years and must be seen.

 film maker

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Uncomfortable soundtrack, brill acting from day lewis and cast....
Dramatic landscapes what else do you want

 I drink your milkshake......I drink it up!!

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This film is incredible. Without a doubt the best film I've seen this year. Its definitely somewhat of a change for Paul Thomas Anderson aswell, having not been that big a fan of many of his previous efforts this one lived up to all the hype & great reviews I'd read about.
Daniel Day Lewis is truely magnificent as Daniel Plainview, one of the greatest performances ever IMO. Paul Dano also puts in stellar display as Eli Sunday.

For those of you in the UK who can't wait for this Blu Ray disc to be released you should know that the US disc is already out & region free.

 A movie for the ages....I am undecided

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There will be blood...is that a reference to the "blood" that drove the oil mining communities 100 years ago, the blood being oil. Well I'm not too sure about that and I make no great claim to have completely understood this film or its intentions, however I do recognise and appreciate good acting and a great script and this film has both.

Whether or not you totally understand the "why" of this movie you cannot fail to be utterly memorized by Daniel Day-Lewis's performance as Daniel Plainview. A man who starts out with the most honest of intentions, but who becomes corrupted and ultimately disillusioned with what he has created. Day-Lewis has made 4 movies since 1997 and you can see why as each performance takes so much out of him he needs a few years to recover between parts.

However for a true model of corruption look at Paul Danos' depiction of Eli Sunday. A self styled man of God whose sole motivation appears to be the gathering of wealth in the name of religion; a man who is willing to "do a Judas" and denounce god as "superstition" in order to get his hands on the money.

Wonderful performances from both actors and Day-Lewis's Oscar was fully deserved.

But what about the substance of the movie itself. Is it or will it eventually become one of the greats ? There is no doubt that it is a serious movie for serious movie watchers. I am a serious movie goer, my wife is not and she went to bed after 90 mins unable to get to grips with the "lack of plot" and "where is this film going." I would not dare say that she didn't have the intellect to stay with the movie for its 150 minutes (not if I know what's good for me), and even if I did it would not be true and would be an insult to other movie goers who also didn't get on with the movie. This movie is not for everyone, and for all those who saw the greatness it in, there will many who didn't get the point. I fall somewhere in between.

As a historical depiction of the oil boom in America 100 years ago and one mans part in it, then this movie scores 10/10. As a study in how money and power corrupts 10/10. As a movie that has the ability to hold the common man gripped to the very end 6/10 or perhaps even lower and this is probably why it didn't win the Best Film Oscar and "No Country for Old Men" did.

The Hi Def transfer left a lot to be desired in my opinion. The whole film had a graininess about it which meant it was little better than upscaled standard DVD. However colours and blacks were solid enough even if the edges were on the hazy side. There is little point in reviewing the soundtrack because this isn't a movie that is intended to test your 5.1 set up. However there is a standard Dolby 5.1 and lossless PCM audio track to choose from.

There will no doubt be considerable debate amongst movie snobs that anyone who doesn't think "There will be Blood" is a classic movie is talking out of the top of their head and doesn't understand what a great movie is. I would be careful about going down that line because ultimately it is the paying public that decides what flops and what thrives. "There will be Blood" is a movie for purists and is probably best viewed twice to start to understand its message. It will create as much debate as classics like "Taxi Driver" which is a film I hated and could never see the point of, but which in many peoples opinions is one of the greatest movies of all time.

A great set of actors, a superb script and an excellent director should make a movie that will stand the test of time. Let's see.

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ActorsDaniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Russell Harvard & Kevin J. O'Connor
DirectorPaul Thomas Anderson
Certificate15 years and over
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; Spanish
SubtitlesDanish ; Dutch ; English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; French ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Spanish ; Swedish