The new Criterion Collection restoration uses the original 35 mm negative of the film, which was scanned in 16-bit 4K resolution. The Coens, alongside director of photography Barry Sonnenfeld, supervised and approved the color correction and restoration. It will be available on both Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, September 20 (more details are below). Check out the video essay:
The new Criterion Collection restoration of “Blood Simple” will feature a new, restored 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; a new conversation between Sonnenfeld and the Coens about the film’s look, featuring Telestrator video illustrations; a new conversation between author Dave Eggers and the Coens about the film’s production, from inception to release; new interviews with composer Carter Burwell, sound mixer Skip Lievsay, and actors Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh; trailers and a new essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich.