Last I remember, Barton Fink, an outstandingly brilliant work of the Coen's if there ever was one, was within the range of these films. A shining moment for both John Turturro and John Goodman, it would be sad so see it get lost in the dust of these other releases. It's like, does anyone even remember it?
I was just going to comment but this is turning into a mini review of the UK Coen Brothers Collection linked above. I'm sure other Barton Fink fans out there are wondering if it's worth picking up.
I just received the UK set in the mail yesterday. Amazon UK has it for a great price right now, even with the exchange rate. Yes, the discs are region free and worked great in my Sony BD player. These are real Universal releases, not some shady Chinese discs or something. The set is in a slim blue plastic case with hub rings to lock in the discs. There are no individual cases for each film like this US set has but each disc does have full color artwork printed on it.
There are five movies in this set - one disc for each movie. Completely different movies from the US set so there is no double dipping you have to do.
Barton Fink Intolerable Cruelty The Big Lebowski A Serious Man Burn After Reading
If you've got the US set as well, I'd say the transfer of Barton Fink is on par with the transfers for Blood Simple and Raising Arizona. There is quite a bit of grain in some scenes but other scenes look great. Some of the close up shots, for instance, look amazing. Basically, it's a typical HD transfer for a movie of its age. I don't have the old DVD release to compare it to but considering how old that release is now it has to be an improvement. No extras at all that I saw on the disc, but lots of language choices.
I haven't explored the other discs much yet. I started watching A Serious Man because I hadn't seen that film before, excellent transfer there but then that movie is only a couple of years old. The artwork on The Big Lebowski disc is exactly the same as the one on the Blu Ray book release that just came out. I haven't put it in to see if the extras are the same but I wouldn't be surprised.
** Checked The Big Lebowski disc and it is exactly the same as the recently released US blu ray, just without the fancy blu ray book packaging. Plus you get the added benefit of being able to watch the movie in six different languages so you can learn how other cultures say the f-word! **
If you're dying to get Barton Fink on blu ray like I was and you don't already have most of these other movies then it might be worth getting at the current price, just don't expect anything amazing. If for some strange reason you don't already have new blu ray release of The Big Lebowski then yes, this set is worth it for those two movies alone at the current price. (I think with the exchange rate it worked out to around thirty-five bucks but I'm sure that could change at any time.)