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Raising Arizona
     

Raising Arizona

4.8 9
Director: Joel Coen

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson

 

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A classic film from the Coen brothers, Raising Arizona features an excellent DVD transfer but not much more. Top cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who later directed Get Shorty and Wild Wild West, photographed this film and its transfer would make him proud. The widescreen 1:85 sparkles with color saturation and even the smallest background detail

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A classic film from the Coen brothers, Raising Arizona features an excellent DVD transfer but not much more. Top cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who later directed Get Shorty and Wild Wild West, photographed this film and its transfer would make him proud. The widescreen 1:85 sparkles with color saturation and even the smallest background detail stands out to enhance the humor. Joel and Ethan Coen are known for making great quirky films and for never including commentary or interviews on their discs. They stay true to form here. Extras-wise, the disc doesn't offer much, except for a theatrical trailer, three TV spots, and trailers for their other films, Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink. Dolby Surround is available in English and French languages. Since the film has such a fanatical following, even without extras the awesome transfer will be enough for many fans to add this to their collection.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Following their noir debut, Blood Simple (1984), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen turned their idiosyncratic, film-literate attentions to screwball comedy in Raising Arizona (1987). The Coens play the American Dream for farce, as non-violent hold-up man "Hi" (Nicolas Cage) and mug shot photographer Edwina (Holly Hunter) attempt parenthood through kidnapping. With nods to cartoon slapstick and The Road Warrior (1981), among others, and a script that mixes southwestern slang and polished locutions, the Coens extract maximum wackiness from their sly send-up of familial urges. From crude yet refined convicts Gale (John Goodman) and Evelle (William Forsythe) to blowhard father Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson) to swinging procreators Glen (Sam McMurray) and Dot (Frances McDormand), all the cartoony characters want to parent baby Arizona for all the wrong reasons. Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld's sharp compositions, low camera, and manic "shakycam" shots showcase the Coens' energetic visual wit, particularly in a prolonged chase featuring dogs, cops, a "panty"-wearing Hi, and a package of purloined Huggies. Complete with carefully modulated over-the-top performances from the entire cast, Raising Arizona confirmed the Coens' place among the most distinctive filmmakers to emerge from the 1980s independent cinema.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
UPC:
0024543020196
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
2,573

Special Features

Widescreen format (Aspect Ration 1.85:1); Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original Theatrical trailer; TV spots; Languages: English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage H.I. McDonnough
Holly Hunter Ed
Trey Wilson Nathan Arizona, Sr.
John Goodman Gale
William Forsythe Evelle
Sam McMurray Glen
Frances McDormand Dot
Randall "Tex" Cobb Leonard Smalls
T.J. Kuhn Nathan Arizona, Jr.
Lynne Dumin Kitel Florence Arizona
Peter Benedek Prison Counsellor
Carver Barnes Reporter
Mary Francis Glenn Payroll Cashier
Robert Gray Glen and Dot's Kid
Todd Michael Rogers Varsity Nathan, Jr.
Charles "Lew" Smith Nice Old Grocery Man
Michael Stewart Arizona Quint
Keith Warren Younger FBI Agent
Sidney Dawson Ear-Bending Cellmate
Richard Blake Parole Board Chairman
Troy Nabors Parole Board Member
Mary Seibel Parole Board Member
John O'Donnal Hayseed in Pick-Up
Keith Jandacek Whitey
Warren Forsythe Minister
Ruben Young Trapped Convict
Dennis Sullivan Policeman in Arizona House
Richard Alexander Policeman in Arizona House
Rusty Lee Feisty Hayseed
James Yeater Fingerprint Technician
Bill Andres Reporter
Margaret H. McCormack Unpainted Secretary
Bill Rocz Newscaster
Jeremy Babendure Scamp with Squirt Gun
Bill Dobbins Adoption Agent
Ralph Norton Gynecologist
Henry Tank Mopping Convict
Frank Outlaw Supermarket Manager
M. Emmet Walsh Machine Shop Earbender
Cody Ranger Arizona Quint
Jeremy Arendt Arizona Quint
Ashley Hammon Arizona Quint
Crystal Hiller Arizona Quint
Olivia Hughes Arizona Quint
Emily Malin Arizona Quint
Melanie Malin Arizona Quint
Craig McLaughlin Arizona Quint
Adam Savageau Arizona Quint
Benjamin Savageau Arizona Quint
David Schneider Arizona Quint
William Preston Robertson Voice Only

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter
Billy Anagnos Stunts
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Ethan Coen Producer,Screenwriter
Shane Dixon Stunts
Allan Graf Stunts
Gene Hartline Stunts
Jery Hewitt Stunts
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
Donna Isaacson Casting
James Jacks Executive Producer
Katherine James-Cosburn Makeup
Jeff Jensen Stunts
Robert Kracik Set Decoration/Design
John Lyons Casting
Michael R. Miller Editor
Edgard Mourino Stunts
Jane Musky Production Designer
Ron Nix Stunts
Deborah Reinisch Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Pete Seeger Songwriter
Mark Silverman Co-producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Spanky Spangler Stunts
Harold Thrasher Art Director
Kelly Van Horn Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Raising Arizona
1. The Revolving Door Of Justice [:14]
2. The Salad Days [5:53]
3. Main Titles [4:33]
4. The Arizona Household [:23]
5. A Hot Baby [:31]
6. The Snopes Redemption [:01]
7. The Dream Warrior [5:44]
8. A Federal Case [2:15]
9. Glen and Dot [1:50]
10. H.I. On the Run [5:38]
11. A Tempting Proposition [:13]
12. Letter Of Love [2:36]
13. Leonard Smalls [5:35]
14. Everyone Wants Junior [7:01]
15. Junior's New Daddies [7:55]
16. Breaking Up [4:30]
17. The Bank Job [2:32]
18. Warthog From Hell [4:02]
19. Home Again [4:30]
20. Dream On [:42]
21. End Titles [4:12]

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Raising Arizona 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Angel-from-Jersey More than 1 year ago
25 years after it came out, I finally saw RAISING ARIZONA with my son and we had a blast. The dark humor in this movie, the funny manner of language along with the slapstick makes this a very funny movie with two great actors, Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter. My son especially like the part when Hi's friends leave Nathan Jr behind in the middle of the road. We then saw the movie again the next night and laugh even harder. The movie has many memorable moments and I would recommend that you make this movie part of your collection. You cant go wrong with this one if you like twisted humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie never fails me after a good day or a bad day at work. Just pop it in and you will get a belly-laugh and a sight gag at almost any portion of the movie. From Tex getting whacked in the face with a 2 by 6, or Hi trying to coral the quints, or ''you gimme that baby yew warthog frum hell,'' or ''son, yew got a panty on yor haid!'' The price of the DVD is paid for on the basis of all the times in your life you will utter John Goodman's rendition of ''So many social engagements... So little time.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect casting. Cage & Hunter should work together more often. The story line is great too. Extremely funny if you like quirky, slightly dark comedy with masterful language use. One of my favorite characters is John Goodman's bumbling thief.
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