The Coen Brothers Collection A Serious Man / The Big Lebowski / Burn After Reading / Barton Fink / Intolerable Cruelty Region Free
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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), French ( DTS 5.1 ), Spanish ( DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: ***WARNING***Burn After Reading - no Spanish audio** A Serious Man (2009) An original and darkly humorous story about one ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics professor Larry Gopnik can't believe his life: His wife is leaving him for his best friend. The Big Lebowski (1998) The Big Lebowski is a hilariously quirky comedy about bowling, a severed toe, White Russians and a guy named...The Dude. Jeff Lebowski doesn't want any drama in his life... Barton Fink (1991) Socially Concious scriptwriter Barton Fink has made it big on Broadway, now Tinsel Town is taking notice. Hired by Hollywood to write a wrestling picture, Barton quits the city smog for movie stardom. Burn After Reading (2008) An all-star cast come together in this outrageous spy comedy about murder, blackmail, sex addiction and physical fitness! Intolerable Cruelty (2003) Top divorce attorney Miles Massey has got it all. Serial gold-digger Marilyn Rexroth wants it all. When Miles falls for the unattainable Marilyn, a hilarious battle of deceit and cunning ensues. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, David Donatello Awards, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, European Film Awards, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards, ...The Coen Brothers Collection - 5-Disc Box Set ( A Serious Man / The Big Lebowski / Burn After Reading / Barton Fink / Intolerable Cruelty ) ( Divorce Law
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The Coens are a prickly pair of daring auteurs whose sometimes affectionate and often misanthropic takes on humanity are not to everyone's taste. They write for their favorite actors, among them George Clooney, John Goodman, John Turturro, and Steve Buscemi, who repeatedly appear in their ensembles, providing them endlessly wry dialog and deliciously clever irony.
The critically praised but bleakly comic "A Serious Man" (2009) deals with a quest by a physics professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) to understand the purpose of his life, one continually beset by misfortune and absurdity. As his family, career, and finances disintegrate, the professor turns to his Jewish faith for a consolation that is questionable at best. The story inevitably brings to mind the biblical book of Job.
Set in Washington, DC, "Burn After Reading" (2008) features a terrific troupe of actors: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and John Malkovich. They play arrogant, avaricious, duplicitous, sex-obsessed, and downright stupid schmucks who collide with one another and with fate in myriad combinations and permutations. Spy thriller meets Laurel & Hardy and riotous misadventure ensues.
Cult classic "The Big Lebowski" (1998) is as odd as they come, a gleefully profane and hallucinatory story about bowling, mistaken identity, and mind-altering substances. Its characters include a philanthropist, a pornographer, a police chief, a Vietnam veteran, a farmer's daughter gone bad, a gang of German nihilists, and the ultimate slacker, indelibly portrayed by Jeff "The Dude" Bridges. He's joined by an all-star cast: John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Ben Gazzara, Tara Reid, David Thewlis, Sam Elliott, and others.
The surreal, paranoid "Barton Fink" (1991) is an atmospheric cross between Franz Kafka and William Burroughs. John Turturro plays a playwright-turned-screenwriter suffering from writer's block and John Goodman plays his insurance agent neighbor at a run-down hotel in Hollywood. Under pressure to complete a screenplay for a studio, Fink finds inspiration in a very dark source. What's in the box? That's for you to figure out!
Finally, there's "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003), which concerns a high-powered divorce attorney (George Clooney) and the beautiful gold-digger he falls for (Catherine Zeta-Jones). This is a very funny, take-no-prisoners battle of the sexes in which only the most relentlessly scheming character can win.
Buy this collection. If you add the similarly low-priced -- and similarly wonderful -- Blu-ray anthology "From the Minds of the Coen Brothers" ("Blood Simple," "Fargo," "Miller's Crossing," and "Raising Arizona") and a few individual films ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "No Country for Old Men," and "True Grit"), you will have the 12 Coen movies that I think matter most, a weirdly enthralling mix of comedy and tragedy imbued with mystery, poetry, and genius.
I'm sure that's a minor complaint, but that's also why it's only missing one star.
It's really hard to go wrong with this set. It's basically $6.00 per individually packaged blu-ray of some the Coen's most critically acclaimed and entertaining films. There aren't a huge number of special features, but the ones they have are worthwhile, especially on "Miller's Crossing" and "Fargo".
If you're a hardcore Coen Brothers fan, you might already have these. But if you're a neophyte, this collection of four movies for the price of one is the best place to start.
However, Arizona and especially Fargo were the grainiest things I've ever seen.
I habitually scout reviews for bad transfers but I assumed these more or less modern masterpieces were gonna be at least alright. I put on "Lawrence of Arabia" circa 1962) just to make sure my Bluray wasn't malfunctioning. Amazing restoration.
Who ever signed off on these transfers should find another line of work.
I think that one of the great virtues of having discs is that you (generally) don't need a network connection to play them. If the disc industry wants to shoot themselves in the foot time after time, well that's their problem, but I will simply continue buying Blu Ray discs from other than Universal Studios or anyone who adds these features. I'm fine with DVD's if that is what it takes.