The Coen Brothers Collection (A Serious Man / the Big Lebowski / Burn After Reading / Barton Fink / Intolerable Cruelty) [Blu-ray]
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The Coens are a prickly pair of daring auteurs whose sometimes affectionate and often misanthropic takes on humanity are not to everyone's taste. They write for their favorite actors, among them George Clooney, John Goodman, John Turturro, and Steve Buscemi, who repeatedly appear in their ensembles, providing them endlessly wry dialog and deliciously clever irony.
The critically praised but bleakly comic "A Serious Man" (2009) deals with a quest by a physics professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) to understand the purpose of his life, one continually beset by misfortune and absurdity. As his family, career, and finances disintegrate, the professor turns to his Jewish faith for a consolation that is questionable at best. The story inevitably brings to mind the biblical book of Job.
Set in Washington, DC, "Burn After Reading" (2008) features a terrific troupe of actors: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and John Malkovich. They play arrogant, avaricious, duplicitous, sex-obsessed, and downright stupid schmucks who collide with one another and with fate in myriad combinations and permutations. Spy thriller meets Laurel & Hardy and riotous misadventure ensues.Read more ›
Each film is a jewel of movie making.
If you are at all curious as to what happens to someone who follows the rules of God and man
as best he can then watch a "Serious Man".
If you think going your own way and doing your own thing will lead to happiness
then watch the "Big Lebowski".
If you think you know what is best for the Common Man even if you are not a very
good listener to those around you who could tell you a story or two...and your sharing your wisdom
will lead to happiness then watch "Barton Fink".
If you think being up-to-date on everything that comes you way is the way to happiness
then watch "Burn After Reading".
Finally, if you believe in Pre-Nups and Wedded Bliss, not to mention incredibly white teeth, will
lead to happiness then watch "Intolerable Cruelty".
Each film has its own lessons for life - as such each film is worth watching over and over again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the Coen brothers movies, so to get a collection of their movies for a fair price was great!Published 2 months ago by Mitch Ryan Harrison
They are all wonderful movies. a couple of them, I feel, they made just for the fun of it, so don't expect any hidden agenda. It was just fun to do, that's the point.Published 3 months ago by Mixhael
Great movies to share with the younger family that did not see them first time around.Published 7 months ago by sam buschell
Subject to return by buyer. Other reviews were right on. The sound quality on some of the disks is poor.Published 13 months ago by Kathleen Flanagan