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The Coen Brothers Movie Collection (Fargo / Miller's Crossing / Barton Fink / Raising Arizona / Blood Simple) (1987)

William H. Macy , Frances McDormand , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Dashiell Hammett
  • Producers: Ben Barenholtz, Bill Durkin, Daniel F. Bacaner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 519 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V3JGII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Coen Brothers Movie Collection (Fargo / Miller's Crossing / Barton Fink / Raising Arizona / Blood Simple)" on IMDb

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Disc 1: Barton Fink WS Disc 2: Blood Simple WS Disc 3: Fargo WS Disc 4: Miller's Crossing WS Disc 5: Raising Arizona WS

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Coen Classics! December 17, 2007
I'm not sure if a better 5 film collection exists right now. While this collection is missing one big thing, "The Big Lebowski", it is nevertheless the essential Coen brothers set to own. Whether you have been a fan since "Blood Simple" or you have just been introduced to the Coen's magic with their amazing new film "No Country for Old Men", then this set will appeal to you. Containing 5 films, "Blood Simple", "Raising Arizona", "Miller's Crossing", "Barton Fink", and "Fargo" this set covers all the bases of the Coen brothers brand of film making. From the ridiculously hilarious (Raising Arizona), to the dark and dramatic (Miller's Crossing and Blood Simple), and finally to a hybrid of the two (Fargo and Barton Fink), these films show the Coen brothers at their best.

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.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The easiest way to become a Coen brothers junkie May 21, 2008
The Coen brothers -- Joel and Ethan -- burst onto the scene with 1984's "Blood Simple", a slow-moving noirish crime drama that expanded the universe of those films in ways most Americans were not familiar. For one thing, it wasn't clear right away what the crime was. Second, it wasn't clear who the crimial was. Third, as that guy stated in one of the film's great lines, "Where's my jacket?" indicated the complete irony every character found himself facing in this very original production.

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.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Raising Arizona is Small/Letterboxed July 6, 2008
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It pains me to give this collection less than 5 stars, because these are unbelievably great films at what has (at times) been a great price. But in presenting "Raising Arizona" to friends and family last night, I was frustrated that I couldn't get the 16:9 picture to fill my HDTV screen. So I fiddled with controls on the DVD player and the TV set itself, continually failing to make the picture large enough (though the aspect ratio was fine). Only later did I find out that this is not a true 16:9 anamorphic transfer, but a "letterboxed" version - meaning you're only going to get a picture about half the size your television is capable of showing. I just checked "Fargo," and it filled the screen nicely (though neither film has a really pristine transfer). Does it sound like I'm nitpicking details? Maybe so - but it's only because these are COEN BROTHERS films, and are so close to being perfect that I'd like the technical side to live up to the films themselves. That being said, this is a terrific collection and highly recommended.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding Coen Brothers collection. March 11, 2008
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I'll cut to the chase and say that these five films are the best films The Coen Brothers made from their early years. "Fargo" is genius and should have won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director over "The English Patient" back in 1996; "Miller's Crossing" is the most original gangster film ever made; "Barton Fink" is one of the most original films ever made, period; "Raising Arizona" shows The Coen Brothers at their most hilarious and quirky best; and "Blood Simple" is a masterful and truly remarkable debut film. While some might include "The Big Lebowski" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" in place of some of the films listed here, we'll just have to wait for the second box set to come out which will undoubtedly include "No Country for Old Men" in the new collection. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coen Brothers Movie Collection Rocks
5 great movies packaged together at a discount. Awesome deal. The Coen Brothers' movies are amazing, especially Raising Arizona, Blood Simple and Fargo.
Published 5 months ago by Hector Cardenas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great represetative set!
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 7 months ago by Take a Louie at Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong with these favorites?
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 8 months ago by Paul Ganster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set/great value pricing!
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 more
Published 15 months ago by SalemClipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service... Great DVDs
The Coen Brothers are the best team working in movies... I've gotta admit though, I thought that Fargo was really based on true events
Published 15 months ago by Sean Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't like a Coen Brothers Movie?
I like some more then others but they do an entertaining movie. I own a collection and watch them often.
Published 17 months ago by Marinka
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Coen!
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 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies to watch over and over
The Coen Brothers movies are to be watched over and over again. Each time you view one of their movies you find something you missed before
Published 20 months ago by K. M. Filkins-Sanders
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it
I appear to be the only person on Earth who does not get why the Coen brothers are so liked by everybody out there. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection of the Coen Brothers Films!
The Movie Collection contains 5 films that the Coen Brothers are known for: Blood Simple, Barton Fink, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona and Fargo. Read more
Published on May 10, 2011 by Linnea J. Whitman
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What the h***? None of the reviews are for THIS MOVIE
Under Barton Fink. Was that really a mystery? Are you new to the internet?
Nov 23, 2008 by BC |  See all 2 posts
Should I purchase ... extras?
This is what is so aggravating about Amazon listings (besides reviews for different editions being shared across pages, and boneheaded people who think this review system is a place to talk about whether and when they received an item), we need clear descriptions of extras and versions and what... Read More
Sep 16, 2008 by Bloody Mary |  See all 4 posts
Raising Arizona: anamorphic remaster?
this is non anamorphic. =(
Mar 24, 2008 by Andrew Glover |  See all 2 posts
This is always my own question, so am extra empathetic and glad to be able to give an answer. According to the back of the product packaging, which can currently be seen on the main product page via a customer provided image, or here ,... Read More
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