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DVD Reviews: Blood Work

The Final Say!

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Reviewed by Dean Malandrini
Review Date: 26 May 2003
Distributed by:
Warner Home Entertainment
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Good old Clint Eastwood, the only man that can have a mere two characters in his acting arsenal, Blondie and Dirty Harry.  Only recently had I noticed that Eastwood only seemed to get parts as cowboys or cops, but he’s good at it.   

In Blood Work Eastwood plays an ex FBI agent whose case has been reopened.  The case he left behind was a high profile serial killer investigation; he was the lead investigator in this case, Eastwood was left for dead after he suffered a major heart problem. 

Now retired, Eastwood lives on his boat moored indefinitely at a nearby marina.  Eastwood now in receivership of a new heart learns that it is that from a murder victim, this wouldn’t usually be such a big thing, though Eastwood’s blood type was one in 50,000, giving Eastwood a motive.   

The victim’s sister finds Eastwood and upon learning of his past she asks him to find the killer of her sister.  Calling in some favors at the local police station Eastwood is hot on the trail of the killer.   

The story has many twists and turns and is defiantly a good watch, you would think that Eastwood being a previous FBI profiler, he would be able to decode the messages left by the serial killer, but alas it takes the efforts of the young victim’s son to point Eastwood in the right direction.  Being a civilian now, you would think Eastwood would be arrested on sight for totting around shot guns and firing them at unsuspecting cars, a little unrealistic.  He many have friends on the force but that doesn’t give him the right to shoot at anyone he pleases.   The movie also stars Jeff Daniels, he may be dumb or dumber but in this film he’s a drunken no hoper that lives in the same marina as Eastwood, you will find that Jeff Daniels acting skills really come out in this film and in no way will you ever see him as a third rate comedy actor ever again. 

DVD quality is clear and the sound effects, especially the gun shots are very realistic.  Also the sound clarity is perfect, with no high pitch noises or picture interference.  Extras include theatrical and teaser trailer, the making of Bloodwork, it also includes a conversation with Eastwood, Wanda De Jesus and Paul Rodriguez, but unfortunately it’s in Spanish, not much good to us English speaking folk (*Eds Note - This is correct for the most part however skip through the interview when Clint shows up and it's in English*).  Menus aren’t really exciting with little motion they a purely a cut between two screens.   

Great film, if you’re an Eastwood fan its not one to miss, the story will take you further than the acting, suspense and intrigue will keep you interested until the end.

Blood Work Features

  • Cast & Crew
  • Making Blood Work
  • A conversation in Spanish with Clint Eastwood, Wanda De Jesus and Paul Rodriguez
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer


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