Conclusion: Blood Red is, unfortunately, a dull and uninspired affair that decent camerawork and an interesting, albeit bizarre, performance from the late, great Dennis Hopper cannot save. Olive's Blu-ray looks nice enough and features good audio but it is devoid of any real extras. Unless you're a western completist or a diehard fan of any of the principals and need this to round out a collection, it's a pretty easy movie to live without. Skip it.
Conclusion: Grand sweeping frontier epics are a hard genre to work in. They require a great amount of time, care, and craft to pull off. Some rise, some fall, others hover right around the middle. ‘Blood Red’ is one of those middle movies. It isn’t a bad movie, but it isn’t a great movie either. It’s worth taking a look at, if only to appreciate the technical aspects of the film.
Conclusion: Blood has good performances, it literally drips with atmosphere, and it's been capably presented on Blu-ray. But it's not a very satisfying film, and I would recommend any number of British TV detective series instead, e.g., George Gently , which is set in a different era, but also takes place in a seaside environment and explores territory just as dark. Rent if curious. Did you find this review helpful?
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