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Inside Llewyn Davis [Blu-ray] (2013)

Oscar Isaac , Carey Mulligan  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GMV8KGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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153 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No punchline here. January 20, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
(This review is for the theatrical release.)

I've read a lot of commentary about Inside Llewyn Davis failing to deliver a pay-off. Oddly, this was one of the aspects of the film I enjoyed the most. It is devoid of the glamour and artifice of an uplifting underdog story; Llewyn's story begins and ends in the same alley, no redemption found, his only prize the blood on his lips. Throughout the film, there were many moments I found myself wishing Llewyn would just say, or just do, this instead of that, find a way to overcome his weaknesses and flaws. But he always says, or does, exactly as Llewyn would do.

This is what I find so refreshing about the film, the screenplay driving it and the performances delivering it. The characters on-screen act with the same perplexing unpredictability as we all do. They never know just what to say to each other. They talk at each other rather than to each other. They are weak, and often unlikeable, and often uncomfortably vulnerable. Our expectations as an audience, sculpted by decades of formulaic Joseph Campbell-driven story arcs, are of no consequence here.

I think our desire for packages with bows on them stems from our yearning for life to follow suit. But it doesn't, does it? We are all little islands of feeling trying desperately and confusedly to express some sort of identity and to find a voice that will connect us to others.

I think it is essential to the film that we don't know the details of Llewyn's story. His relationship with Jean, his estrangement from his father, the loss of his musical partner; these things are vague hints, and as such, we can't take sides. We can't make Llewyn a hero or a villain. And so we must perceive him only as a man.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This review is fairly lengthy but I think those interested in the "Folk Music" aspect of the film will find it worth reading.

First, a point of information: Amazon has a policy to group all reviews of ALL formats of a film (in theaters,streaming,DVD, and BD) together. It is important to note which version the reviewer is commenting on and to note the date of the review (you can sort by Newest First.) With that said, this is a review of the DVD. It will not be released until March 11, 2014 but I was sent a copy by the studio in advance. I did see the film in the theater in December and my review of the film itself will be based on what I wrote then. The film on the DVD is no different. And, I'm told that Bluray has the same "Special Feature" and the print should be the same. In an "about face" from my usual reviews, I will discuss the "Bonus Features" - since there are 26 reviews before mine about the film itself.

The "bonuses" are really singular: One 42-minute "making of" featurette titled "Inside Inside Llewyn Davis". There is not a trailer - or even previews of other films. While much of it concerns the music in the film and how the pre-recording was done in a studio for "practice", though the performances in the film were done "live on set", there are interviews with both Coens, the costume designer and music producer T Bone Burnett. The rehearsal scenes appeared jump on my HD TV screen and the sharpness varied throughout the featurette. One thing you notice when scenes from the film are included is that the Coens used lots of muted blues and greens in the color palette. They are in sharp contrast from the brighter colors (though still not very bright) of the interview scenes.
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42 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's its scrotum, Llewyn? Where's its scrotum? February 2, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
That line by Mrs. Gorfein as she accusingly displays the undercarriage of the wrong cat still cracks me up. Besides being by turns deliciously moody and hilarious, this movie boasts a boatload of other reasons to watch it not just once but many times. New York City is a knockout on screen thanks to some seriously crafty camerawork and all the characters are stylishly and inventively filmed. The music itself is folk music obviously but some of it ain't too shabby and the song Please Mr. Kennedy is a priceless slice of time warp. Am falling asleep at the keys here so I'll come back tomorrow and continue my roomy nations. Well it's tommorrow now and boy did it ever snow in the interim: New York in February can be a big fat smorsgaborgy of intensely winterised weather conditions and it's just occurred to me that this movie here also takes place in New York in February coz when Llewyn is signing papers for the session fee I think I caught a glimpse of the date on one of the forms. Jeepers, no wonder Lewyn was a tad splenetic about not having an overcoat. But back to how atmospherically handsome this film looks: Ace cinematographer Roger Deakins has worked his lenser's magic for the Coen boys in a bunch of their previous pictures but here the brothers opted for some French dude, Bruno Delbonnel, and the result is totally tray tray bong: The look is expressively lit nighttime mostly but even the scenes in what daylight there is are beautifully framed and coolly washed out. Acting is top-shelf all round with Oscar Isaac in particular playing a blinder in the lead role. Read more ›
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Was not able to view the film. Amazon instant does not seem to work with I Pad air play. A waste of money
Published 54 minutes ago by Timothy P. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Movie
I cannot recall a better casting choice for the lead role. The music was phenomenal, and the acting was superb. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by David Carpenter
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty horrible.
A story revolving around a loathsome lead you couldn't muster a care for. A story that goes nowhere. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars low profile
I have stated my opinion about the film many times as it is one of the recent movies that kept me thinking a lot;I started by feeling ambivalent when I watched it at first, to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Nikolaos Oikonomidis
3.0 out of 5 stars A Depressing Movie
It seemed sort of sad but it was real life. I doubt if I would recommend it to anyone. The acting was very good and the music was good.
Published 1 day ago by Richard V. Tieken
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Folk Music
Music was good. Not much character development. Weird scenes. If you like folk music you will probably enjoy the movies.
Published 1 day ago by L. Ogilvie
1.0 out of 5 stars Nihilistic and Pointlessly Depressing
Nihilistic, like every Coen brothers film. Pointlessly depressing. (If I had known it was a Coen brothers film, I would never have rented it - so "my bad. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tracy McDonnell
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Reminded me of a french movie; interesting but not very satisfying. Loved the music, though and the acting was terrific.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Streaming
I am new to this process, but everything worked seamlessly, all you need is your Amazon pin for it to work.
Published 2 days ago by Don
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, great soundtrack!
The movie was well written, great cast and the music was fantastic. The only caution I would give is that it's not for everyone. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michele
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