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O Brother Where Art Thou?
     

O Brother Where Art Thou?

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Director: Joel Coen, George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Cast: Joel Coen, 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,

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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:
PG-13
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:
5,089

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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O Brother Where Art Thou? 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
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CraigTX More than 1 year ago
O Brother Where Art Thou? is a fun movie from start to end. The Coen Bros. wrote an amazing script based on the Greek Odyssey. It is wholly entertaining without a dull moment. The soundtrack is phenomenal, and the feature song, "Man of Constant Sorrows" has become a classic. The performances were spot on, and the dialogue is brilliant. The comedy is intelligent and fast-paced at times. I can't imagine anyone NOT enjoying this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! It's so witty and wildly humorous & entertaining. I like how they portrayed the 30's within it too...very well done on that! Just watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, u need to see this movie right away! It is awsome like i said, and it made me laugh and it made me cry and it made me sing along like one of those baby sing along song things that arent't good enough for DVD! This move was just so awsome and George Clooney is exceptional he is just the best he is so awsome U have to see this movie! When u r done seein the movie u got to see it again and again this movie is SO awsome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie, first of all was halarious. some may not find it to be. i have rather strange taste, so i like the coen brother's humor. i am only 12. don't let that fool you. this is not just a kiddie movie. i have won several state art awards for best in show. with that said, you can tell that i choose to watch artistic films. it is my dream to become a director and i am currently working on scripts titled "song of the hummingbird", "death of the crickets", "knott", and "the touch me not". i like films that have an unusual style or look or rythm of dialouge, and so on. i like unusual movie with strange directors. my movie heros would be alfred hitchcock,m. night shyamalan, tim burton, and of course the coen brothers. this film has colorful characters and strange but halarious jokes. some parents my not like the language in this movie. most of the swear words in this movie are either son of a you know what or the "g.d." word. this movie DOES take place long ago so there is usage of the "N word" toward african americans. there is a bank robbery and a run in with the KKK, including a burning cross. if you enjoyed this you may enjoy the coen brother's earlier 1996 "fargo". i sure did enjoy them both very much and this is one of my favorite movies ever. ta.
Guest More than 1 year ago
O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU had a great plot, great acting, great acting, and most of all, great music. I read the Oddysey, and though it wasn't perfect, it had most of the themes captured. I love the soundtrack, it is one of the best records in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absolutely hilarious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is such a neat movie. is rich which genuine down-home american heritage, and the actors did a great job of drawing out the characters and complementing one another. George Clooney is hilarious! Never liked blue grass music but this movie changed my mind. Watch it sometime!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My entire family (teen-no little ones)loved this movie.We bought the movie and soundtrack too! We downloaded the words to sing along! It's just FUN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.