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
•The Making of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
•Two Storyboard-To-Scene Comparisons
•"I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" Music Video
Top customer reviews
George Clooney, John Tuturro and Tim Nelson play Everett, Pete and Delmar. This goes without saying, but George Clooney was fantastic. I've been hearing people say he's overrated a bit too often lately. I call bullshit. He's one of the wittiest, and gives some of the greatest soft-spoken perfoamces that I've seen. Maybe watching this film right after The Descendants allowed me to appreciate his abilities even more. Tim Blake was pretty good as dimwitted Delmar, and I often felt bad for Tuturro's Pete. I especially liked John Goodman's appearance, despite how short it was. There are always memorable moments in the Coen Brothers' films, and O Brother Where Art Thou does not disappoint. It has quite a few memorable moments, and this is the only film I can think of that'll make you both laugh and feel bad for cows at the same time. I recomment it.
Of special note, the Coens have been exceedingly generous in the extras offered to those who see the DVD. A behind-the-scenes presentation features interviews and observations from the brothers as well as major actors and technical people; a music video of the breakaway single "A Man of Constant Sorrow"; a documentary about the unique digital colorization techniques used for the film; and (my favorite) three scenes which can be run as a simulcast of the film with storyboard panels. The cinematography and sets are beautiful.
This is what a DVD package *should* be! If you like the Coen Brothers' previous work you should love this. If you are interested in film as a creative endeavor, you will probably enjoy the film and the informative and fun extras. If you like comedy and good music, it would be worth your while to take a chance on this very enjoyable film.