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ISBN13: 00097363479246
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This widely acclaimed masterpiece and must see American epic features the Academy Award wining performance of Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor, 2007). Daniel Plainview and son are independent oil men, looking for prospects in California at the turn of the 20th century. They are challenged by a young preacher, Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), whose own ambition is matched by Plainview's. Their battle forms the center of a scary, darkly comic historical journey into an abyss of madness.

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"There Will Be Blood hits with hurricane force. Lovers of formula and sugarcoating will hate it. Screw them. In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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"Filmmaking at the highest level." Richard Roeper

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"There Will Be Blood reminds us that the greatest screen performances don't settle for capturing one trait, a dominant emotion or an easy way in." Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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"What's so remarkable about this film is not its time frame but the wealth of its detail, the eloquence of its images, and the sweep of its ambition." Joe Mogenstern, Wall Street Journal

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"There Will Be Blood is Paul Thomas Anderson's epic American nightmare, belching fire and brimstone and damnation to hell. It is, above all, a consummate work of art." Manahola Dargis, New York Times

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"An enthralling and powerfully eccentric American epic." New Yorker

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"One of the most wholly original American movies ever made." Richard Shickel

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Grady Harp, April 10, 2008 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
A Long, Dark Journey into the Soul of Greed and Power

Upton Sinclair's epic novel OIL! has been successfully transformed to a film by screen writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson ('Magnolia','Boogie Nights', etc). The film is a long song (158 minutes), covering a fascinating span of time in turn of the century California when oil gained the lure of gold and transformed the land and the people into creatures of capitalism and greed and lust, and were it not for the presence of Daniel Day-Lewis' powerful performance as the man who makes it all happen, the story itself would become tiresome. It doesn't.

Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a silver miner in 1898, but soon discovers oil and begins on a mission to become wealthy, owning most of the oil fields from the mountains of central California to the Pacific Ocean. With his medicine man manner of getting people to do what he wants he pursues his greed relentlessly, disrupting small sleepy towns like Little Boston as he gains access to the wealth of the black gold. There are odd characters along the way, such as the evangelist Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) who become crushable clods beneath Plainview's boots. The progress of the story is well known to most: it is the telling of the tale in the hands of wholly credible, completely physically immersed Daniel Day-Lewis that makes the story seem new.

The film's grimy atmosphere is well presented in Robert Elswit's cinematography and the odd musical score by Jonny Greenwood is as ominous as the vantage of Plainview. Greenwood elects to weave classical works into the fabric of the film: when young HW falls deaf after an explosion the silence is partnered by one of Arvö Pärt's 'Fratres', and the film's credits are displayed over the Anne Sophie Mutter/von Karajan recording of Brahms' Violin Concerto. Strange bedfellows, yes, but entirely appropriate to the overall mood of the film. The journey is long and depressing, but the power of Day-Lewis' performance is magic.

Grady Harp
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Product Details

ISBN:
00097363479246
Publisher:
Paramount Home Video
Publication Date:
2008-04-08
Credits:
Anderson, Paul Thomas
Credits:
Dano, Paul
Actor:
Day-Lewis, Daniel
Binding:
DVD
Grade Level:
R
DVD Features:
Color, English Soundtrack, French Soundtrack, French Subtitles, SensorMatic, Spanish Soundtrack, Spanish Subtitles, Widescreen

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There Will Be Blood (Widescreen)
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Product details pages Paramount Home Video - English 00097363479246 Reviews:
"Review" by , "There Will Be Blood hits with hurricane force. Lovers of formula and sugarcoating will hate it. Screw them. In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher."
"Review" by , "Filmmaking at the highest level."
"Review" by , "There Will Be Blood reminds us that the greatest screen performances don't settle for capturing one trait, a dominant emotion or an easy way in."
"Review" by , "What's so remarkable about this film is not its time frame but the wealth of its detail, the eloquence of its images, and the sweep of its ambition."
"Review" by , "There Will Be Blood is Paul Thomas Anderson's epic American nightmare, belching fire and brimstone and damnation to hell. It is, above all, a consummate work of art."
"Review" by , "An enthralling and powerfully eccentric American epic."
"Review" by , "One of the most wholly original American movies ever made."
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