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Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake (Lost Highway) and Scott Wilson (The Great Gatsby) give authentic, unshowy performances as Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath; at the same time, stylistically In Cold Blood is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad L. Hall (American Beauty), and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones. BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES  • New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey on the film’s cinematography • New interview with film historian Bobbie O’Steen on the film’s editing • New interview with film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins on the film’s music by Quincy Jones • New interview with writer Douglass Daniel on director Richard Brooks • Interview with Brooks from 1988 from the French television series Cinéma cinemas • Interview with actor Robert Blake from 1968 from the British television series Good Evening with Jonathan King • With Love from Truman, a short 1966 documentary featuring novelist Truman Capote, directed by Albert and David Maysles • Two archival NBC interviews with Capote: one following the author on a 1966 visit to Holcomb, Kansas, and the other conducted by Barbara Walters in 1967 • Trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara
 

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Published November 17, 2015 by Criterion Collection (Direct).
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Daniel insists Brooks was a humanist first, resolute in his belief that "humanity needs work," and concludes by explaining Brooks's intent for In Cold Blood to be an anti-capital punishment film.

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