Conclusion: 'The Night They Raided Minsky's' is a fun film that allows itself to be as bawdy as its subject matter. And while that is entertaining for the most part, the script's surface-level attention to its characters leaves them and the story feeling one-dimensional.
Conclusion: Ekland proves herself to be a rather game comedienne in this appealing if flawed film, and the rest of the cast offers wonderful moments as well. The romantic pairing between Ekland and Robards is at least a little problematic, and the film's seams tend to show despite the reportedly heroic efforts...
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: A teenager is mutilated, and the suspect – a grizzly, greasy religious convert with a penchant for perversion – will not confess. For Blood , that is cinematic fuel for expansively wide cinematography, and a story of mental desperation.
Excerpt: In the drizzly, grayish-blue policier Blood , Paul Bettany plays a detective who kills a suspect in a fit of anger. When it becomes obvious that the man was innocent, Bettany finds himself caught in a double web of guilt and paranoia.