O Brother, Where Art Thou? [Blu-ray]
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George Clooney (The Perfect Storm) and John Turturro (Cars 2)embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this hilarious, offbeat road picture. And now, for the first time, this quirky gem shines more brightly than ever in Blu-ray High Definition! Fed up with crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney) busts loose...except he's still shackled to two misfits from his chain gang: bad-tempered Pete (Turturro), and sweet, dimwitted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson). With nothing to lose and buried loot to regain, the three embark on a riotous odyssey filled with chases, close calls, near misses and betrayal. Experience every unpredictable moment as it plays out in the crystal-clear sound and breathtaking picture quality of Blu-ray. Populated with strange characters, including a blind prophet, sexy sirens, and a one-eyed Bible salesman (John Goodman), O Brother, Where Art Thou? will leave you laughing at every outrageous and surprising twist and turn
Only Joel and Ethan Coen, the fraternal director and producer team behind art-house hits such as The Big Lebowski and Fargo and masters of quirky and ultra-stylish genre subversion, would dare nick the plot line of Homer's Odyssey for a comic picaresque saga about three cons on the run in 1930s Mississippi. Our wandering hero in this case is one Ulysses Everett McGill, a slick-tongued wise guy with a thing about hair pomade (George Clooney, blithely sending up his own dapper image) who talks his chain-gang buddies (Coen-movie regular John Turturro and newcomer Tim Blake Nelson) into lighting out after some buried loot he claims to know of. En route they come up against a prophetic blind man on a railroad truck, a burly, one-eyed baddie (the ever-magnificent John Goodman), a trio of sexy singing ladies, a blues guitarist who's sold his soul to the devil, a brace of crooked politicos on the stump, a manic-depressive bank robber, and--well, you get the idea. Into this, their most relaxed film yet, the Coens have tossed a beguiling ragbag of inconsequential situations, a wealth of looping, left-field dialogue, and a whole stash of gags both verbal and visual. O Brother (the title's lifted from Preston Sturges's classic 1941 comedy Sullivan's Travels) is furthermore graced with glowing, burnished photography from Roger Deakins and a masterly soundtrack from T-Bone Burnett that pays loving homage to American '30s folk styles--blues, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, and more. And just to prove that the brothers haven't lost their knack for bad-taste humor, we get a Ku Klux Klan rally choreographed like a cross between a Nuremberg rally and a Busby Berkeley musical. --Philip Kemp
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : Relay time: 107min
- Director : Joel Coen, Roger Deakins
- Media Format : Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 47 minutes
- Release date : September 13, 2011
- Actors : George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish, English
- Language : Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
- Studio : TOUCHSTONE PICTURES
- ASIN : B0054PSY2W
- Writers : Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When my daughter had to read The Odyssey for school, we decided to follow it up by watching this movie and identifying all the parallels. That made for a fun evening.
If you've not read Homer's Odyssey, I'll suggest digging into it and then watching O Brother ... it's a good movie by itself, and even a better one when you can track the story line with Homer's tome.
Life in the South during the Great Depression is a major theme. Ulysses, Pete and Delmar start off on a chain gang one of the iconic images of crime and punishment in the South. Blues guitarist Tommy Johnson (Chris Thomas King) ends up joining them. He sold his soul to the devil to be a successful musician. That’s based upon the famous story of Blues guitarist Robert Johnson making a deal with the devil at the Crossroads. Another time they run into Baby Face Nelson (Michael Badalucco) who was a famous bank robber a crime that became synonymous during the Depression with the likes of Nelson and Bonnie and Clyde. They also find themselves at a Ku Klux Klan rally who want to lynch Tommy. Finally, they expose a budding politician as being a Klansman. Racism ran the south. The KKK terrorized African Americans that crossed the color line and killed hundreds. Politicians were also members of the Klan and even if not were ardent supporters of segregation to keep blacks down.
There are other parts that are about The Odyssey and the Gods. When Ulysses, Pete and Delmar ask Tommy Johnson what the Devil looked like he said he was a white man with a big dog. That man is chasing the three down to hang them for escaping. One day they come across Big Dan (John Goddman) who has only one eye. He is the cyclops from The Odyssey. Three women singing bewitch the men. They represent the Sirens who used their voices to draw sailors to their deaths.
There’s also the famous singing as Ulysses, Pete, Delmar and Tommy pose as the Soggy Bottom Boys and record a record which becomes a hit. They also perform at a political rally.
All together it mixes the south with mythology and the Cohen Brothers quirky story telling in an original and engaging story.
Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) parallels Ulysses/Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey. So funny, it's hard to believe it's the story we read in high school, re-packaged and so much funnier
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Gorgeous George Clooney is great as a vain prison escapee on the run to try to get his family back. There are of course some dark moments as in most Coen brothers films. Good soundtrack too.
My taste in films may not be the same as yours so if you want to know about this film I suggest that you use the internet to find 2 or 3 reviews by experienced film reviewers and make your judgment whether to buy this film or not.
I have watched approx 600 films in my life and have a collection of over 200 Blu-Ray's and I rate this one 8/10.