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Cold In July Blu-ray Review

Cold In July Blu-ray

“Cold In July” is a haunting thriller.

After a husband/father (Richard) kills a home intruder (a criminal allegedly named Freddy), the traumatizing event comes back to haunt him. Upon learning of his son’s death, Freddy’s father Ben initially seeks revenge against Richard and his family, but his plan soon changes when he learns that Freddy may not be dead after all. To say anything further would be spoiling the major narrative twist.

“Cold In July,” which is based on Joe R. Lansdale’s novel, is one of those rare films that you think is going in one direction, but winds up making a 180 degree turn. In the first half hour, viewers will likely get the impression that Jim Mickle’s film is little more than a revenge story. That all changes, however, as this dark, violent southern neo-noir story veers into another unpredictable direction entirely. While the second half may be a little hard to swallow at times (especially Richard’s journey in the film), the story switch does make for an engrossing and haunting tale about family, death, and secrets.

Of course, the film wouldn’t be nearly as compelling without notable turns by the impressive cast. Don Johnson (who plays Private Eye Jim Bob) gives one of the best performances of his career here while Sam Shepard also shines as the conflicted father Ben. While the character may be puzzling at times, Michael C. Hall shows immense versatility in his post “Dexter” career.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This is a great hi-def transfer that perfectly highlights the moody cinematography.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? While the film isn’t exactly audio heavy, this audio track still packs a punch during a few key moments.

Extras:
* “Cold In July” trailer and other IFC Films trailers.
* Jeff Grace’s isolated score.
* 16 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary.
* Short previsualization tests of certain scenes with optional commentary.
* Q&A At The Jean Cocteau With Jim Mickle, Joe R. Lansdale and George R.R. Martin”-Lansdale and Mickle chat about the setting, the characters, how the story came about, westerns, the cast, film related questions, etc. Note: Martin has nothing to do with the film but he was at the screening and Q&A.
* Two commentary tracks have been included. The first has Jim Mickle, Michael C. Hall and Nick Damici while the second contains Jim Mickle, Ryan Samul, Jeff Grace and Linda Moran. Both are worth listening to for fans of the film.

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October 1, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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