There Will Be Blood, one of the best if not the best movie of 2007, makes its way onto DVD April 1st, and with it comes a 2-disc Collector’s Edition. From the actual box down to the features within, the DVD stays true to the look and feel of the film, with a rugged, turn-of-the-century approach and memorable visuals.
While the special features are not anything to scream about, they are, relatively speaking, quite good for a dramatic epic such as this. There Will Be Blood contains but a few real featurettes, most of them pretty simple, but they work and are surprisingly interesting:
- 15 minutes of pictures and research. Normally, I’m not a fan of looking at picture galleries, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. Played to the overture, you can watch 15 minutes of photos and old footage that were presumably used to capture the gritty details of There Will Be Blood, from the way characters looked to the oil rigs. While not super informative, it is interesting to see how things looked back then, as well as how close the movie comes to capturing the essence of the time and place where There Will Be Blood exists.
- Deleted scenes. Several deleted scenes are included, and while none may have added to the rather long running time, they are certainly quality scenes that were simply cut for pacing purposes. The most notable deleted scene is one called the “Fishing” sequence, which explains how the oil rig is reopened after the big explosion. This scene is informative, though I can understand why it was removed: unlike the rest of the movie, it focuses too much on the specific drilling methods used at the time, which really doesn’t tie in with the movie’s purpose.
- “The Story of Petroleum”, ca. 1923. The DVD set also contains an actual silent, black & white promotional film created by both the U.S. government and Standard Oil to depict how oil is pumped from the earth. The “documentary” is interesting in more ways than one, as it does drill, forgive the pun, into tiny details at times about the process as well as shows lots of footage that was clearly used as inspiration for Paul Thomas Anderson.
All in all, for the type of movie There Will Be Blood is, this 2-disc Collector’s Edition is worth purchasing. The movie is extraordinary, and there are just enough quality special features to make it worth the extra money. You can read my full There Will Be Blood movie review here.