The Ladykillers

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Overview

The first film to be officially co-credited to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen as directors, The Ladykillers debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. A French soundtrack has also been recorded. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a reel consisting of co-star Irma P. Hall slapping around Marlon Wayans, a pair of featurettes about the gospel ...
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Overview

The first film to be officially co-credited to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen as directors, The Ladykillers debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. A French soundtrack has also been recorded. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a reel consisting of co-star Irma P. Hall slapping around Marlon Wayans, a pair of featurettes about the gospel music heard in the film, and a script reader that allows those with a DVD-ROM drive to read the script -- and allow the viewer to see any scene in the film by clicking on the corresponding line in the script. This disc is fine for what it is, but the same extras are available on a different disc that also boasts a widescreen transfer of the film. That edition is superior to this one.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Slap Reel" outtakes; "The Gospel of The Ladykillers" deleted music scenes; "Danny Ferrington: The Man Behind the Band" featurette - the master guitar-maker tells all; The Ladykillers ScriptScanner enhanced computer feature; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Fullscreen (1.33:1) ; French language track; French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The classic 1955 British black comedy starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers gets a thorough updating and change in location for this droll remake written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen Fargo. The Guinness role is reworked for top-billed Tom Hanks, delightfully eccentric as Professor G. H. Dorr, an old-school southern gentleman who poses as a music teacher while secretly masterminding bank robberies. For their latest caper, Dorr and his equally eccentric associates Marlon Wayans, J. K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, and Ryan Hurst have chosen a casino; their planned means of access is a tunnel they’re digging from underneath the home of Dorr’s churchgoing landlady Irma P. Hall. When the old woman begins to suspect the professor’s “students” have something other than music lessons in mind, she becomes an obstacle that must be overcome…or removed. No strangers to black comedy, the Coens manage to make Hanks and company likable even when they’re expressing murderous intent. The secondary characters are limned carefully, with Simmons -- best known as newspaper editor Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies -- a clear standout as an explosives specialist with alarming lapses of judgment. Hanks, the recipient of numerous close-ups, squanders no opportunity to mug for the camera while he rattles off dialogue in a molasses-thick Dixie accent. Irma P. Hall has the toughest assignment, playing straight to these oddballs. But she gets plenty of laughs herself, especially when chastising Marlon Wayans about contemporary music like “hippity-hop.” Although the coming attractions made Ladykillers seem relatively benign, don’t be fooled: This movie has plenty of edge and a denouement that will be especially surprising to anyone who hasn’t seen the original.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There is something appropriate about Joel and Ethan Coen officially sharing directing credit for the first time with their remake of The Ladykillers. This film uses many tropes and devices familiar to fans of their work -- a big terse dumb guy, an overly loquacious main character, and American roots music, to name just three. While all these familiar elements add up to an entertaining film, The Ladykillers lacks the comic highs of their best work, though the film is well worth seeing for Tom Hanks. Finally playing an all-out bad guy allows Hanks to shred every ounce of movie-star self-consciousness. This is his first film since winning back-to-back Oscars in which he seems free from the need to have the audience like him -- and that sense of freedom comes through in the performance. The brothers have given him some of the most baroque dialogue they have ever devised, and Hanks twists and turns his voice so that he plays every nuance perfectly. His many speeches are certainly the best aspects of The Ladykillers. The final 30 minutes of the film feels like an extended version of the death of Wheezy Joe from their previous film Intolerable Cruelty, but the black humor loses shock value fairly early as if Joel and Ethan do not have the heart to stay wicked for such an extended period of time. While this is most certainly a minor work from Coen brothers, they never just go through the motions. The final joke, about what happens to the score from the heist, provides a scathingly funny final twist. Unlike most of Joel and Ethan's work, the pleasures here are mostly ephemeral. Fun while it lasts, The Ladykillers may be the first Coen brothers film that fails to stay with the viewer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 786936239492
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,702

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Goldthwait Higginson Dorr
Marlon Wayans Gawain MacSam
J.K. Simmons Garth Pancake
Irma P. Hall Marva Munson
Tzi Ma The General
Ryan Hurst Lump Hudson
George Wallace The Sheriff
Diane Delano Mountain Girl
Stephen Root Fernand Gudge
Jason Weaver Weemack Funthes
Greg Grunberg TV Commercial Director
Technical Credits
Ethan Coen Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Joel Coen Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
T-Bone Burnett Musical Direction/Supervision
Carter Burwell Score Composer
John Cameron Co-producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
David Diliberto Associate Producer
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Robert Graf Associate Producer
Tom Jacobson Producer
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Barry Josephson Producer
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Barry Sonnenfeld Producer
Rachel Tenner Casting
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [12:01]
2. Members of the Ensemble [7:17]
3. Shine on Me [9:04]
4. Practicing Music [5:39]
5. The Bandit Queen [8:42]
6. A New Friend [6:47]
7. Bad Timing [6:25]
8. Trouble [9:21]
9. Entertaining the Ladies [9:51]
10. "A Middle Way" [8:19]
11. Dazzling Conversation [14:43]
12. End Credits [5:42]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Bonus Features
      The Gospel of the Ladykillers
         Shine on Me
         Trouble of This World
         Play All
      Danny Ferrington: The Man Behind the Band
      The Slap Reel
      ScriptScanner
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         French
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: French
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: None
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      The Last Shot
      The Alamo
      King Arthur
      Jersey Girl
      M. Night Shyamalan's The Village
      Splash
      Alias Season 3
      The Ladykillers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHY?

    The use of profanity was totally unnecessary and distracted from the overall comedy. I had no idea. As a result, I wouldn't watch it again. Wayans was a stereotype and an embarrassment. With or without children around, this offended my sensibilities.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was ok

    I liked it, but I made a mistake and took my son to see it with me. He is 8 years old and he alwys would yell when they said a bad word. It was pretty good and I thought it was hilarious, but the title and the LAANGUAGE was bad for my son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    I thought this was hysterical and surprising, which is rare in s

    I thought this was hysterical and surprising, which is rare in such a comedy. I was not offended by the language, because of the rating which forewarned me. I am buying it to show to friends and family who will be told about the language and an choose whether or not to watch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2004

    Hank's finest performance yet since 'Forrest Gump'

    'The Ladykillers' was an absolutely funny film from start to finish! The Cohen brothers masterfully remade this 1955 classic, into a very hilarious film. Tom Hank's performance as Professor Goldwait Higginson Dorr, was the finest performance since 'Forrest Gump'. I would also rank this up there with his performances in 'Philadelphia', 'The Green Mile', 'Catch me if You Can', 'Road to Perdition', and 'The Terminal'. Irma P. Hall was truly a pleasure to watch! I haven't seen so much slapping in one film since watching a Three Stooges filmfest!!! The Cohens have another winner!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great comedy!

    This is funny comedy about some thieves who actually try to seem like they have class. This movie kept me chuckling until the end - it really only has an R rating for the use of f-ck every other sentence (an unnecessary addition to the film) - but there is no nudity. But if you can ignore the bad language, I would totally recommend this movie because Tom Hanks as always portrays beautiful acting!

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