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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

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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


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  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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