CRIMEWAVE - LE
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(Sam Raimi, 1985)
Release date: 22 March 2021
Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK Blu-ray premiere)
After the colossal success of The Evil Dead, director Sam Raimi teamed up with the Coen brothers (fresh from Blood Simple) to make his next film, Crimewave, an unusual mixture of screwball comedy, film noir and B-movie homage.
Raimi’s film tells the bizarre story of a security-system installer, Vic (Reed Birney), who finds himself in the electric chair when he falls in love with Nancy (Sheree J Wilson), a femme fatale on the run from two bumbling exterminators ‘of all sizes’ (Paul L Smith, Popeye, and Brion James, Blade Runner).
A notoriously troubled production which flopped upon its original release, Crimewave can now be enjoyed as a riotously entertaining showcase for Raimi and the Coens, which also benefits from a highly amusing performance from cult-horror star Bruce Campbell.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Alternative presentation with pre-release Broken Hearts and Broken Noses title sequence
Audio commentary with actor Bruce Campbell (2013)
The Crimewave Meter with Bruce Campbell (2013): the Evil Dead star revisits Crimewave and his various collaborations with Sam Raimi
Made in Detroit with Edward Pressman (2013): the producer discusses his participation in the making of the film
Leading Man with Reed Birney (2013): the actor talks about his lead role in Crimewave and his wider career
Rank Outsider (2021): genre-film expert, critic and author Kim Newman remembers the film’s original UK cinema release
New appreciation by the comedian, musician and writer Rob Deering (2021)
Alternative titles and credits
Original theatrical trailers
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Amanda Reyes, interview extracts with cast and crew members, an overview of contemporary critical responses and film credits
UK premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies
All extras subject to change
BBFC cert: 12