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Raising Arizona [Blu-ray] (2011)

Nicolas Cage , Trey Wilson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Trey Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter and John Goodman lead an all-star cast in Ethan and Joel Coen’s celebrated comedy. Once he decides to give up crime, a small-time robber (Cage) proposes to a pretty cop (Hunter). But when the newlyweds learn they can’t conceive a baby, they decide to steal one from a couple who seem to have one to spare – since they just had quintuplets! With its outrageous plot, fast-paced action and even some wild pyrotechnics, Raising Arizona will forever have a place in the hearts of lovers – and film lovers – everywhere.

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Meets the Eye November 30, 1998
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This movie is much more than an outrageous and unique comedy. One reason for its cult following has been consistently missed by the critics: repeated viewings reveal surprising layers of meaning and an intricate web of symbolism.
At the heart of this film is the timeless debate known as "nature vs. nurture": are we more a product of our genes, or of our environment? How much of an effect does our upbringing have on our likelihood to turn out as either a law-abiding member of society (a society which in this movie is of dubious merit, as represented by Hi's job and his unctuous boss) or as a criminal deviant from its norms?
The symbolism in this film is rich and evocative--while always contributing to the comedy. Note how often the adult characters cry and carry on like infants. Note the way the escaped convicts are "born" into the outside world. Note the marriage of a convict and a police officer, and the difference in their families visible in the brief wedding shot. Note the juxtaposition of milk poured over cereal with the infant's feeding bottle, as Evelle observes, "Ya don't breast feed him, he'll hate you for it later. That's why we wound up in prison." And note the frequent use of phrases such as "that's natural," as opposed to "you're not being true to your nature" or "mother didn't love me." As Hi observes, "maybe it's my upbringing, maybe it's just that my genes got screwed up, I don't know."
The quasi-biblical, poetical and aphorism-laden language the characters use in the-state-adjacent-to-Utah is both touching and funny. Every word of the film is a finely polished gem. Ed's little plan is "the solution to all our problems, and the answer to all our prayers.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the funniest movie ever made June 5, 2000
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I've seen Raising Arizona far more times than I can count. It is, in my humble opinion, next to Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove the most original, inventive comedy ever made.
The dialogue is absolutely razor-sharp -- plenty of examples are certainly readily available in the reviews preceding this one -- and the camera work is wonderful, as well. I'd rank Raising Arizona a VERY close second to Miller's Crossing in a list of the Coen's best films. It is admittedly not as visually stylish as Miller's Crossing (then again, very few films ever made are), and the storyline is not as cohesive as Miller's Crossing, Fargo, or Barton Fink. However, the film is so full of verbal gems that it definitely ranks as the Coen's best dialogue writing effort. Cage and Hunter are wonderful, and John Goodman and William Forsythe are absolutely perfect as the Snopes brothers.
Admittedly, the DVD is nothing very special. All you really get is the more durable medium and a widescreen format. Some kind of "The Making of..." mini-documentary, or better yet, a commentary option with two or three of the actors, the director of photography, or ideally the Coens themselves would have been a priceless addition to the DVD.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising cinema geniuses. August 27, 2002
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The one that started it all. *Raising Arizona* is the first of a string of masterpieces continuing all the way up to *O Brother, Where Art Thou?* (*The Man Who Wasn't There* has fallen short of the adjective "masterpiece", in my view.) Joel & Ethan Coen, America's very best filmmakers, sloughed off the apprentice mentality so evident in *Blood Simple* and went for broke in this film, relying on their own creativity to bring their sensibilities to the movie-going world. In this particular case, the sensibility is often akin to the classic Warner Bros. cartoons with Bugs Bunny and friends. This is most evident in the movie's style, with its exaggerated perception, off-kilter compositions, speeding Steadicam, comical close-ups, over-the-top action, and sparkling-clean, eye-watering Pop color. (The DP on this film was Barry Sonnenfeld, who has gone on to direct some very bad films. This movie remains his career-high.) *Raising Arizona* is CINEMATIC filmmaking: the Coens successfully found the fine line between static presentation and overwrought, music-video-style camera intrusion, and they've walked that line ever since. The visuals are one thing. But the Coens also invest their plot and characters with the Warner cartoons' sensibility -- or lack thereof. Chaos, daffiness, and limitlessness reign supreme here, as in the old Warner shorts. The narration is exquisitely faux-literary, by way of redneck hominess: Nicolas Cage lays on the syrup over lines like "The doctor explained that her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase. Read more ›
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I first saw this movie on a date, and my date didn't like it...and not coincidentally, there was no second date! Now I'm married, and fortunately for him, my husband loves the movie (or at least he claims he does). Our entire family loves this movie, which is infinitely quotable--we can come up with quotes from it that suit a wide variety of situations. As my mom says (who typically thinks it's a waste of time to see a movie more than once), it is the kind of movie that just gets funnier with repeat viewings. It is absolutely hilarious, though as other reviewers have pointed out, you either love it or hate it...."Maybe it was Utah." Check it out, and who knows? Before long, you'll be quoting away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars it is good older style comedy at it's best
This is a oldie but goodie, it is good older style comedy at it's best, I love this movie and bought it for the grand kids to see
Published 18 hours ago by carla hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
lts a good movie BUT I did not get it
Published 2 days ago by Anthony Salaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun and quirky flick.
Published 3 days ago by Denise M. Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised quality
Shipped quickly and securely. As advertised quality
Published 9 days ago by William S.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Nicolas Cage movie worth watching yet one of the best movies ever...
The only Nicolas Cage movie worth watching yet one of the best movies ever made.
Published 10 days ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good'un
There are good movies and bad movies.
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Published 13 days ago by Heather H
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny baby gift!
GREAT movie! Makes a funny baby gift!
Published 13 days ago by HJW in Columbus Ohio
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie
If I am ever asked to name one good movie with Nicolas Cage in it this would be the one ! Good cast and plot.
Published 19 days ago by John Turchioe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 19 days ago by Trixie
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the funniest movies ever! It's one of ...
one of the funniest movies ever! It's one of those that you can watch a million times. Lots of stars in their younger probably funnier days.
Published 20 days ago by Spacechick
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