Devil in a Blue Dress Blu-ray Review – Stylish 1940/50’s Feel & Look But Underrated?

Have you heard of Denzel Washington’s 1995 film Devil in a Blue Dress? If you have then you probably already know it’s a rather stylish film noir drama that definitely worth your time. Personally I’d never seen or heard of it prior to my Denzel Washington Blu-ray season. I simply love it when I discover a film that passed me by upon its cinema release but is brought back to prominence via Blu-ray/DVD. In any case let’s take a closer look, so without further ado here’s my Devil in a Blue Dress Blu-ray Review.

  • Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) Imported Version
  • Genre: Film Noir/ Neo-noir
  • Directed by Carl Franklin
  • Running Time: 101 Mins
  • UK Rating N/A
  • Discs: 1
Plot

Denzel Washington is Easy Rawlins a man down on his luck having been laid off from Champion Aircraft factory. He’s in need of money and takes on a seemingly simple job of tracking down a woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals). However it seems she is pawn in the upcoming mayoral race meaning several sides are interested in her whereabouts. Not only that but two people are dead and Easy Rawlins looks like taking the blame unless he can track her down in time.

Style / DirectionDevil in a Blue Dress Blu-ray Review

The films directed by Carl Franklin whilst the cinematography is handled by Tak Fujimoto. The story is set around 1948 and the film certainly oozes that early 1950’s vibe. It’s a well shot and good looking film that screams out film noir.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Elmer Bernstein.

 

Acting / Characters

The casting is very strong just take a look below, obviously Denzel Washington takes centre stage and rightly so he’s outstanding as Easy Rawlins.

The film steps up a gear in terms of both humour and action when Easy enlists the help of his friend, Mouse Alexander played by Don Cheadle. His casting is inspired as it adds a slightly unbalance and unpredictable character into an already tense situation. I thoroughly enjoy his performance.

Cast
  • Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins
  • Tom Sizemore as DeWitt Albright
  • Jennifer Beals as Daphne Monet
  • Don Cheadle as Mouse
  • Maury Chaykin as Matthew Terell
  • Terry Kinney as Todd Carter
  • Mel Winkler as Joppy
  • Albert Hall as Odell
  • Lisa Nicole Carson as Coretta James
  • Jernard Burks as Dupree Brouchard
  • David Wolos-Fonteno as Junior Fornay
Conclusion: Devil in a Blue Dress Film Review

I highly recommend taking a look at this one if you have the opportunity to do so. Its film noir quality or neo-noir style is simply awesome whilst the story and the acting are equally satisfying.

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Conclusion: Devil in a Blue Dress Blu-ray Review (Import)

Unfortunately the film is yet to receive a UK release meaning you will need to obtain an imported version if you are to enjoy it in high definition. The version I have comes with excellent picture quality, just ensure you get one that plays on UK Blu-ray players.

On to my movie rating for Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)Recommended Films

  • Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT

 

 


Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) is available now on Blu-ray.

Amazon UK Links

 

 


Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not representative of the Blu-ray version

So that’s my Devil in a Blue Dress Blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:

 

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Summary: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) Blu-ray Review - Import

Director(s): Carl Franklin

Actor(s): Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, Maury Chaykin, Terry Kinney, Mel Winkler

Genre: Film Noir/ Neo-Noir, Drama

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
4.5

Summary

The film noir quality is simply awesome whilst the story and acting are equally satisfying.

Pros

  • Stylishly Made
  • Good Story
  • Great Acting

Cons

  • No UK Blu-ray Release

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