The Coen Brothers Movie Collection (Fargo / Miller's Crossing / Barton Fink / Raising Arizona / Blood Simple)
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One thing you will notice throughout these films is that the brothers use the same stable of actors in several of their movies. I have heard some people complain about this, but I think it is fantastic. The reason they do this is because they know how to get the exact performance that they want from each of these great actors (John Goodman being a prime example). And the characters throughout their films are so quirky and distinct, that you will never have to worry about seeing the same performance twice.
If you don't own any Coen films then nothing should be stopping you from picking up this set, but even for fans who may own a film or two, or three, it is a great way to have 5 of the brothers best films in one place. Pick up "The Big Lebowski" and, if you like, "O Brother Where Art Thou", and "The Man Who Wasn't There" and you will have every Coen film worth owning.
And whether you enjoy any or all of these films, go see "No Country for Old Men", it is an extremely good film, one of the best of this decade. The Coen's are back, and I'm sure they have exciting things planned for the future.
And thus began the career of two of America's most celebrated filmmakers from the past 25 years. The Coen brothers grew up in Minneapolis and present a very Seinfeld-esque Midwestern view in their films, even those that take place in unnamed large cities including the oddball mobster movie "Miller's Crossing" or "Barton Fink", which begins in New York and moves onto Los Angeles.
The latter film -- always one of my favorite Coen brothers' works -- was almost completely misintrepreted by critics when it arrived in 1991. None could identify the obvious symbolism that it was about a conflicted playwright (John Turturro) who took his great success from New York's theater community and went West to become a screenwriter in Hollywood, where he encounters all sorts of evil including the Devil incarnate. Even during all these very unMidwestern transacations, the Coens stayed true to their upbringing and brought hardworking pull yourself up by your bootstraps elements to their movies, where every hero was challenged by the unusual, original and sometimes even the insurmountable. They did this even when mixing film metaphors as they so often do.
The greatest advantage of this package is it includes none of their later higher gloss but emotionally empty movies with George Clooney.Read more ›
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Coen movies are usually good and there are some good ones "Millers Crossing" and "Fargo" are especially good.Published 16 months ago by Charles W.Schuler
5 great movies packaged together at a discount. Awesome deal. The Coen Brothers' movies are amazing, especially Raising Arizona, Blood Simple and Fargo.Published on February 27, 2014 by Hector Cardenas
Doesn't have all the good ones, but catch it on sale and you won't be dissapointed. There isn't a bad movie in this set.Published on December 30, 2013 by Take a Louie at Texas
How can you go wrong with these favorites? All a joy to see again... if you love the Coen brothers this would make a great gift.Published on December 4, 2013 by Paul Ganster
Contains both well-known and some early CB movies. One can watch the progress from their first movie, Blood Simple to today's more sophisticated and more polished efforts. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by SalemClipper
The Coen Brothers are the best team working in movies... I've gotta admit though, I thought that Fargo was really based on true eventsPublished on April 27, 2013 by Sean Nolan
I like some more then others but they do an entertaining movie. I own a collection and watch them often.Published on March 24, 2013 by Marinka
This includes a few less recognizable titles and they are wonderful! The old stand-bys are awesome too. Look forward to nights of enjoyment!Published on January 10, 2013 by Shannon
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