O Brother Where Art Thou?Director: Joel Coen
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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.
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- Walt Disney Video
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|George Clooney||Ulysses Everett McGill|
|Tim Blake Nelson||Delmar|
|Charles Durning||Pappy O'Daniel|
|John Goodman||Big Dan Teague|
|Michael Badalucco||George Nelson|
|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|
|Tim Bevan||Executive Producer|
|T-Bone Burnett||Score Composer|
|Carter Burwell||Score Composer|
|Eric Fellner||Executive Producer|
|Dennis Gassner||Production Designer|
|Eugene Gearty||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Robert Graf||Associate Producer|
|Nancy Haigh||Set Decoration/Design|
|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|
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]
Captions & Subtitles
"i Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" Music Video
Painting With Pixels
STORYBOARD TO SCENE COMPARISON (multi-angle featurette)
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This is the best produced, best directed, best written movie I have seen in a while. The casting on this movie is unbelievable! I would advise anyone, any age to watch and fall over in your couch laughing at this movie!
A very funny movie with a great bluegrass soundtrack! Characters and their actions may seem disparate throughout the movie, but it all comes together brilliantly at the end in a rousing performance of ''I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow''.
This was the movie of the year as far as I'm concerned. George Clooney deserved the Golden Globe he won for this role and John Tuturro delivers another outstanding and unique performance. This movie just makes you feel good, something that doesn't happen in film much any more. The Coen brothers capture the time period so well and the script is so clever that you can watch this movie multiple times and always find something new. If you like a well thought out, well acted comedy this is the movie for you.
Beautiful music, great choriography, funny to the marrow! Music from bluegrass, accoustic and old time genres that reaches out to everyone. Characters that many of us can relate to. This was the most enjoyable movie I've seen in a decade. Yee-haw!
This is the best comedy I've seen in years! If you enjoy good clean humor, you'll be rolling in the floor! Great acting, refreshing music, good old fashioned humor! Highly recommended for everyone!
I found this movie to be utterly inspiring. If you can hear the wit and humor in this movie over your own laughter then you will love this film. I personally saw it at the theaters and on dvd a total of 5 times. It has got to be one of the best that will surely become a treasured classic in it's own right.
I have seen this movie twice, and was VERY pleased both times and am adding this to my DVD collection. I am generally an action fan, but this was definitely a breath of fresh air in comedy. George and his 2 buddies in the movie are PERFECT for each other, the casting was perfect. the script was brilliant, next time you are in a light hearted mood rent or buy this movie, you will be pleased.
THE ACTORS DID A GREAT PERFORMANCE ON THE WAYS OF THE SOUTH AND THAT BEAUTIFUL MUSIC WAS BREATHE TAKING THE CAST DID SUCH A WONDERFUL JOB.AND ALSO ME&MINE LOVED IT SO MUCH WE'VE RENTED IT 6 TIMES AND NOW WE ARE ORDERING IT!I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANKS FOR BRINGING A MOVIE LIKE THAT INTO OUR LIVES.
one of those movies that you laugh harder each time you watch it. And it is rare for me to watch a movie more than once, but i did this one.
Excellent film! I enjoyed Raising Arizona and this film shares some of its Coen Brothers traits: suspension of reality, a major quest that will eventually be resolved in a quirky, rub-the-sleep-out-of-your-eyes way. The whole thing is just a joyous romp with three convicts on the lam during the normally joyless Depression. There is a laugh around every corner, and the story just sings... literally, since each scene is interspersed with either a spiritual or a hard-times bluegrass song. I was especially impressed with the casting. George Cloony was near-perfect with his slick-talking Ulysses Everett McGill. I had a bit of a problem with the accent... too yankee for Mississippi. John Turturro is fantastic as Pete. He has a look on his face between deep concentration and toothache, which is just right for his often-annoyed character. The biggest surprise, though, was Tim Blake Nelson as (''dumber 'n' a bag of hammers'') Delmar. He was the only one who got the accent down pat! Delmar actually had more lines than Pete. His were the funniest, and the most profound. And his wonderful innocent expressions! He looked like he had been slapped out of a deep sleep! The way he reacted to the sirens was just adorable! I gave a quick search and was able to find only a few things by this man. Most of his credits are in the directing department. I hope he doesn't ditch the acting. I'm looking forward to more stuff from this talented guy! This film has been compared to the Wizard of Oz and the Three Stooges, as well as the Odyssey on which it is loosely based. I just know it's infinitely rewatchable. Every time I do, I find something else! I'd recommend the DVD version for its goodies, like the interviews and discussion about post-production color changes. Very agreeable, classic Coen.
The first time I watched this film I did not laugh once. Not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I was in awe of its brilliance and creativity. I knew from the early ''train scene'' that I would buy the DVD and watch it repeatedly. As you probably have read in other reviews, Clooney, Turturro, and Blake Nelson are all great. But the best performance in the movie is easily turned in by Stephen Root who plays blind radio DJ Blind Bard. Most know him as ''Jimmy James'' in the TV show ''Newsradio''. Root (Blind Bard) is to ''O Brother...'' what Turturro (Jesus Quintana) is to ''The Big Lebowski''. Don't waste your money renting this one. Just buy it right away. And after you have watched it you will buy the soundtrack. It's that simple.
Once in awhile a really good movie comes along, and this one is like a breath of fresh air. Original, funny, brilliantly written and directed and all the actors are great. Who knew George Clooney was such a great actor? We were too busy drooling over his looks! I can't say enough good things about this movie. Watch it and see for yourself!
O Brother Where Art Thou is one of the best movies I have watched in a long time. It was so much fun watching 3 guys, with totally different personalities, stick together through thick and thin. This is one movie I can watch over and over and never get tired of. I don't want to give anything away if you haven't seen it yet, just that the casting of George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson is perfect. It is definitely a hayseed movie that young kids will even enjoy. (My 11 year old daughter loves to watch it with me everytime I want to watch it again!) All I can say is, watch it! It is just pure fun and laughter!
Actually it wasn't him singing, and good thing because that song is AWESOME. The movie was one of those unexpected pleasant surprises when renting movies just based on the main player.
If you see only one movie ever, please make it this one. You won't be disappointed. You get action, drama, loads of comedy, and great music. This movie features George Clooney like you've never seen him. The supporting cast also features excellent performances from John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and Holly Hunter, just to name a few. Oh Brother is set in the Depression-era South, and the wonderful cinematography makes you feel like you're there. I don't want ot say too much, except you must see this movie!! I haven't met anyone yet who didn't like this film! (well, maybe people who lack taste).
I am not a Clooney fan and that almost made me miss a great movie. The entire cast, including George Clooney, was absolutely outstanding. It was a delight from beginning to end. Good music, lots of laughs, and a good story line. Don't miss it!!
Perhaps this movie would not have seemed such a disgrace had it not explicitly claimed attachment to Homer's Odyssey. I, for one, am glad that the epic poet was blind, such that he will not be able to view this tantalizingly banal rendition of his epic. Now the soundtrack happens to be amazing, but that's a different story. The scenes that surely parallel Homer, (the sirens, the cyclops) seem to be novelty renditions just thrown in for the sake of saying it is a modern Odyssey. If Goodman's character can be compared to Polyphemos, then I suppose any theif can...oh wait, he had an eyepatch...what an amazingly clever way to suggest the connection to the epic monster. I'm stunned...really. The creative juices must have been flowing on that one. Clooney's attempts at lyrical virtuosity, I assume, are supposed to evoke the smooth-tongued Odysseus...but again, they seem just thrown in as if the movie was finished and then somebody remembered they were supposed to be evoking the Odyssey. And what was with the Robert Johnson character? Why didn't they just call him Robert Johnson...I mean, it was so obvious that it wasn't even fun to guess at the symbol...so why give him everything except the right last name? If people still read books, I'm sure Homer's Odyssey would expose the inadequacies of this version...but, people don't. Or when they do, they don't read them well. I give my two stars for cinematography. Maybe television has lulled our collective imaginations too sleep...granted, books aren't as easy as movies...learning the Odyssey, not just flying through it, is truley knowledge painfully acquired, but well worthwhile. Read it!
I loved the movie,I bought the video a couple of weeks ago,the whole family watches it ,we must have watched it now at least eight times, we also had to go get the soundtrack! It's an adventure with kind of a Stienbeck flavor to it,and a small pinch of The Wizard of Oz. It is sure to be an American Classic.
I Loved this flick. Based on Homer's ''Odyssey''. Very , very funny. I watched it twice in a row and then again the following day.
I rented this movie hearing that is was really good from one of my friends. It was. I think that just the subject matter was real good and each character was played so well. George Clooney (Ocean's 11) was witty, charming, and hilarious, ''We're in a tight spot!'' It's hilarious how he repeats the same thing 4 times in like, 2 minutes. The song he sings, ''I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow'' is great. It really attracts attention.
This movie had superb acting along with a musical score that complemented it to the utmost. You will want to see it over and over again. Each time you see something new and better. It is really good.
Genius is being able to grab inspiration from the classic Homer¿s Odyssey and turn it into a depression era, bluegrass comedy. The Coen brothers displayed their genius with O Brother, Where Art Thou? The entire cast is great, but George Clooney steals the show. The film is carried by its music, a bluegrass and gospel period-fest. I love this movie. If you¿re into bluegrass, comedy and George Clooney, you¿ll love it too.
Clooney did a wonderful job of bringing his character to life. His outrageous vocabulary accompanied by his cunning schemes makes this film a laugh riot. Great movie if you're looking for laugh.