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.
Exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette
"Painting With Pixels": the groundbreaking digital post-production process
Script to storyboard to final scene comparisons
"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" music video
DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Widescreen [2.35:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions
George ClooneyUlysses Everett McGill
Tim Blake NelsonDelmar
Charles DurningPappy O'Daniel
John GoodmanBig Dan Teague
Michael BadaluccoGeorge Nelson
Stephen RootRadio Station Man
Chris Thomas KingTommy Johnson
Wayne DuvallHomer Stokes
Daniel Von BargenSheriff Cooley
J.R. HornePappy's Staff
Brian ReddyPappy's Staff
Frank CollisonWash Hogwallop
Ray McKinnonVernon T. Waldrip
Del PentecostJunior O'Daniel
Carter BurwellComposer (Music Score)
T-Bone BurnettComposer (Music Score)
Dennis GassnerProduction Designer
Richard JohnsonArt Director
Robert GrafAssociate Producer
Eric FellnerExecutive Producer
Tim BevanExecutive Producer
Nancy HaighSet Designer
Thomas MintonSet Designer
Mary ZophresCostume Designer
Eugene GeartySound/Sound Designer
Peter KurlandSound/Sound Designer
Skip LievsaySound Editor
Crime Comedy,Road Movie,Americana,Buddy Film
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Year of Release
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
This film is a modern classic. The soundtrack alone is enough of a reason to watch this movie. But stay for the entertaining characters and constantly moving story. It is framed upon Homer's Odyssey, and sharp eyes will catch many of the references. The Cohen brothers do an excellent job of building this world with humor and subtle reflection.
Sidenote: I purchased this to watch with the family, and a couple weeks later it appeared available on streaming services! haha.
The Coen Brothers do not disappoint with is grand tale of Ulysses Everett McGill, Delmar O’Donnell and Pete as they journey through Depression era Mississippi after escaping from their chain gang.
Plenty of quotable lines as well such as “We’re in a tight spot!”, “I’m a Dapper Dan man!” and “The Color Guard’s colored!”
This is one of the very best Coen Brothers movies, with a wonderful script, great cast and a terrific "old-time" music score curated by T-Bone Burnett. George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson, John Turturro, Holly Hunter, John Goodman and Charles Durning lead the stellar cast. A must own for any Coen Brothers fan!
It is a good movie, but the language is bad for a family with children. I would have enjoyed it better but using God’s name in vain I didn’t like. Can’t understand why they think a movie with bad language is okay for people when it isn’t. Gone With The Wind made millions of dollars only had 1 bad word in it and it was a great movie. Music was good and acting was good. Wish they could remake it without the language.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A Coen Brothers Classic
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
A great story (based on Homer's Odyssey) accompanied by a great soundtrack. I have the dvd and have seen it at least 50 times. I wanted to upgrade to the blu ray.
I love this movie because of the era and the music along with the humor. This is the best movie George Clooney has ever made. His character is hilarious and so are the other two guys with him. Great movie.