O Brother Where Art Thou?

O Brother Where Art Thou?

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Director: Joel Coen

Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

     
 

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For viewers who find that the picture and sound are more important than supplemental material, this DVD will suit them just fine. The dry, sepia tone look of the film is reproduced perfectly on this disc. Colors are purposely muted, but the image quality doesn't suffer at all. As a matter of fact, the lack of color might even help this already excellent transfer,…  See more details below

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For viewers who find that the picture and sound are more important than supplemental material, this DVD will suit them just fine. The dry, sepia tone look of the film is reproduced perfectly on this disc. Colors are purposely muted, but the image quality doesn't suffer at all. As a matter of fact, the lack of color might even help this already excellent transfer, which doesn't have a single distracting element. The movie is presented, as it was in theaters, with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and is anamorphic for widescreen televisions. The sound, utilizing both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 soundtracks, is equally good. While generally centered up front, with dialogue that is clear and distortion-free, there is some limited use of the surrounds. Also included are subtitles in Spanish and closed-captions in English. Unfortunately the disc falls a little short with regard to extra material. The few extras it has are relatively weak. There are three individual featurettes, though each is very brief. The first is called "Painting With Pixels" and looks at the work of digitally changing the colors to achieve the specific effect that filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen were trying to achieve. The second is a too short, behind-the-scenes glance at making the film, including some interviews. It fails to be more than a glorified fluff piece. Finally, there is a comparison between storyboards and the final film of two scenes -- the flood and the Klan rally. Considering the use of music in this film, a real plus is the music video for the song "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow." Rounding things off is the theatrical trailer. Certainly not the most exciting disc, but fans of this film shouldn't be disappointed with what is offered.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Sibling filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowksi) enhanced their well-deserved reputation for comedic ingenuity with this rib-tickling and extremely loose adaptation of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. O Brother chronicles the picaresque adventures of three chain-gang escapees traversing Depression-era Mississippi in search of treasure (the title is that of the social issues picture the director wants to +make in Presten Sturges's Sullivan's Travels). George Clooney (who positively radiates star quality), John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson play the hapless ex-cons who encounter oracles, sirens, and even a Cyclops (John Goodman sporting an eye patch) before achieving unexpected and improbable stardom at the end of their journey. The Coens chart this bizarre voyage with customary meticulousness, replicating 1930s Mississippi and its inhabitants down to the tiniest detail. As always with these filmmakers, the supporting players are perfectly cast, especially Charles Durning, Holly Hunter, and Goodman -- the latter in a terrific turn as a psychotic Bible salesman. Yet the movie's most effective "character" may well be its musical score, an assortment of bluegrass standards and slavery-era spirituals that set the period and enhance the narrative. Inventive and unpredictable (even to those who remember their Homer), O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a tuneful funfest that represents the Coens at the top of their game. They, along with major cast members, are interviewed for a making-of featurette included on the DVD, which also features a documentary on the digital enhancement technology used during the movie's postproduction period, comparisons of script and storyboards with the finished film, and a "Man of Constant Sorrow" music video.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
Rather than wallow in nostalgia for the past, [the Coen brothers] dare to reinvent it, to make it something strange, beautiful and new. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a tribute to, and example of, the persistent vitality of the American imagination. It's bona fide...

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2001
UPC:
0786936144758
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
2,309

Special Features

Featurette; interviews with the Coen brothers and major cast members; Painting With Pixels: The Groundbreaking Digital Post-Production Process; script-to-storyboard-to-final scene comparison; music video: "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Ulysses Everett McGill
John Turturro Pete
Tim Blake Nelson Delmar
Charles Durning Pappy O'Daniel
John Goodman Big Dan Teague
Michael Badalucco George Nelson
Holly Hunter Penny
Stephen Root Radio Station Man
Chris Thomas King Tommy Johnson
Wayne Duvall Homer Stokes
Daniel Von Bargen Sheriff Cooley
J.R. Horne Pappy's Staff
Brian Reddy Pappy's Staff
Frank Collison Wash Hogwallop
Ray McKinnon Vernon T. Waldrip
Del Pentecost Junior O'Daniel
Musetta Vander Siren

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
T-Bone Burnett Score Composer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
John Cameron Producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Ethan Coen Producer,Screenwriter
Tricia Cooke Editor
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Eugene Gearty Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Graf Associate Producer
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Richard Johnson Art Director
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Skip Lievsay Sound Editor
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Thomas Minton Set Decoration/Design
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles [4:40]
2. A Blind Man's Prophecy [4:29]
3. Betrayed By A Hogwallop [5:58]
4. Redemption [5:04]
5. Crossroads Minstrel [7:26]
6. Dreams And Plans [3:28]
7. "Oh George, Not The Livestock!" [6:29]
8. Blind Bard [1:56]
9. Wandering Homeward [2:57]
10. Song Of The Sirens [3:06]
11. Awakening [3:08]
12. Lesson Of The Cyclops [5:56]
13. Losing Pete [2:59]
14. Homecoming [4:08]
15. Bona Fide Suitor [2:47]
16. "Do Not Seek The Treasure" [3:13]
17. Pappy's Dilemma [1:10]
18. True Friends [4:07]
19. Defeating The Cyclops [5:45]
20. Disquised And Pardoned [8:19]
21. Back On Top? [4:23]
22. Eluding Fate [2:13]
23. Adventuring Days Are Over [7:02]
24. End Credits [1:39]

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