There will be Blood Review and Blu-ray Features
There will be Blood
25 Jan 2008
Paul Thomas Anderson
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
If Plainview later ran for president
So the movie ended with Plainview having a mansion (well at least one) and eventually his own corporate dynasty and more money than Carnegie and Rockefeller combined. If he wound up being president (think Donald Trump) of the United States at least a decade later, how do you think his methods while running office would have been? What kinds direction do you think he would’ve taken to country?
DDL= Phenomenal actor
An artist that stays true to form. Probably the only actor that can take a role every 5 years or so and EARN an Oscar nom each time. Wouldn’t it be cool for everyone to have the talent like him, where they take time off their job to do something else, and then still come back on top of their game. It’s a bonus that he considers Heath Ledger as an inspiration to him
When Plainview goes to cash his gold?
There’s a shot of a man putting a metal handtool over some rocks. He rocks the tool back and forth a number of times.
Does anyone know what this tool was or what he was doing?
First, I think it was silver, not gold.
Secondly, I believe they are crushing the rock to separate the actual silver from anything that won’t be weighed. You wouldn’t want to pay out the entire weight of the rock if it only contained a small amount of silver.
Lastly, there could be a specific name for what they were using, but it’s basically a mortar and pestle or stone and muller type of instrument. It’s just a tool to crush something up…
Great movie,Masterpiece after 2nd time …
I tend to agree. What really influenced me on my nth viewing was DDL and the music. Now, some people feel the music is disparate to the cinematography but I disagree; it adds a lot to the intensity. If I feel removed from the fact that I’m watching a movie (e.g. GBL) and get absorbed in to the scenery, characters and plot –I’m watching a great movie.
Definitely a masterpiece and P.T. Anderson i a great director. Lewis is Brando are the 2 greatest film actors of all time.
i had a similar experience.. i just rewatched it and instantly thought it was a masterpiece, a 10/10
It keeps getting better with every watch.
Daniel Day-Lewis improvised the speech he gives to the citizens of Little Boston, about building schools, bringing bread to the town, etc. Paul Thomas Anderson says of this, “It was delicious. It was Plainview on a platter.”
According to Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson told Entertainment Weekly magazine that the fake oil used throughout the movie included “the stuff they put in chocolate milkshakes at McDonald’s
Dedicated to Robert Altman.
Based on Novel
Although the script is based on the Upton Sinclair novel, Paul Thomas Anderson used only the first hundred and fifty pages for a big portion of the material. The rest was contrived. The novel’s setting was in 1920s but it was moved to the beginning of the oil boom in California
Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.
Ranked #51 on Entertainment Weekly’s “100 New Movie Classics” list in 2008
RT/Meta Critic Review
It takes a talented person to make a great film, but it takes an even more talented one to know when to say enough is enough.(Click here to see)
There Will Be Blood can finally be discovered on Blu-ray, and the disc sports a pleasant 1080p high definition, 2.35:1 framed transfer. Grain is an important part of this film, and it is present in many scenes, notably during the film’s climax. Grain is also present in darker scenes in abundance. The film opens inside a dimly lit mineshaft and the transfer at this juncture of the movie sports black levels that appear somewhat washed out, but the composition of the scene makes the look understandable and permissible. Most of the time, blacks are as solid as we would expect form a first-rate Blu-ray release. Flesh tones are impeccably accurate. Some background objects appear a bit fuzzy and out-of-focus, but the foreground objects appear nicely reproduced. There are also some minor fluctuations in contrast. Brightly lit scenes are amazing, and there is a terrific sense of depth to much of the transfer as it places us squarely into the oil fields depicted throughout the film. The level of detail to be seen throughout the movie is also impressive. From close-ups of the cast, which show in plain detail their journey throughout the movie, to the impressive visuals of the oil derricks (notably the wood they are constructed from), to the primary environment where the film takes place (where nearly every weed, rock, and grain of dirt is noticeable), There Will Be Blood makes for an impressive visual experience on Blu-ray, and combined with the film’s excellent cinematography, it’s difficult not to get pulled into the movie visually and feel like you’re there in turn-of-the-century California
There Will Be Blood comes to Blu-ray with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack that is befitting the film but is certainly not a sonic extravaganza. In fact, there are but one or two utterances of words in the first fourteen minutes of the film until Daniel Plainview discusses the status of his oil wells. The bass heard near the beginning of the film didn’t impress me all that much, sounding a bit tiny and uninspired, but rest assured, the moments that call for deep bass later in the movie do not disappoint, the first instance coming at the 19:30 mark of the film. The strings that play over those first fourteen minutes of the movie sound mesmerizingly good, almost signaling the beginning of a horror movie which, in a way, this is. They are never too loud or too low, and brought about inside of me a sense of anticipatory dread. Dialogue is well rendered, although through much of the movie there isn’t a lot more than light music and dialogue. Surrounds remain inactive much of the time, but the film’s music can be heard in the rears on occasion, sometimes at a higher volume than others. Eli’s repeated statement at the end of the film doesn’t reverberate the way I thought it would; the surrounds remain mostly silent during his loud proclamation. When the derrick strikes oil, the moment is an amazing sound experience as the power of the gushing crude is not only seen on-screen but felt off of it by the audience. Paramount has done a good job on this disc. While the track isn’t overly active, it allows the film to tell its own tale, and indeed, the movie is good enough to stand on its own and allow the music to compliment it rather than dominate it.
There Will Be Blood leaks onto Blu-ray with some interesting supplements, but hardly enough to label this a first-rate special edition. ‘There Will Be Blood’: Pics, Research, Etc. (1080p, 15:37) is a feature that intercuts historical documents with clips from the movie. Like the movie itself, the feature is subdued and different, but a fascinating watch nevertheless. It shows where ideas for the film originated and the authenticity of the look and feel of the film based on historical facts. The film’s teaser (1080p, 1:22) and theatrical trailer (1080p, 2:12) are next. Fishing (1080p, 6:15) andHaircut/Interrupted Hymn (1080p, 3:15) are two deleted scenes from the film. Dailies Gone Wild (1080p, 2:48) is not what it sounds like, but is rather an alternate take on a scene. Finally, The Story of Petroleum (1080p, 25:36) is a silent piece produced in the 1920s and is described as “a promotional film [made] to highlight the operations of the U.S. oil industry.” It contains a new score and is a fascinating watch for those interested in the early history of the oil business in the United States.