O Brother, Where Art Thou? [DVD] [2000]

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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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (46 out of 48)

Special Features


  • 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
  • Animated menus
  • Theatrical trailer
  • DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Widescreen [2.35:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Spanish subtitles

Synopsis


O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The writing, directing, and producing team of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen created this picaresque comedy (inspired in part by Homer's The Odyssey) set in the Deep South during the Depression. Suave and fancy-talking Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), dim-witted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), and easily-excitable Pete (John Turturro) are serving time together on a prison chain gang. Everett knows where $1.2 million is hidden that's theirs for the taking, and the three manage to escape; however, a stranger soon warns them that they'll find treasure, but not the sort they're looking for. As Everett and his partners hit the road, they happen upon a gluttonous bible salesman, Big Dan Teague (John Goodman); meet up with Baby Face Nelson (Michael Badalucco) as he robs a bank; encounter three Sirens doing their washing; run into Everett's estranged wife Penny (Holly Hunter), who has told everyone her husband was killed in a train wreck; find themselves in the middle of a heated campaign between political boss Pappy O'Daniel (Charles Durning), and reformist candidate Homer Stokes (Wayne Duvall); and even find time to make a hit record as The Soggy Bottom Boys. Noted songwriter T-Bone Burnett helped compile the songs (combining vintage country blues tunes with originals in the same style), while Carter Burwell composed the background score. Incidentally, the title O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a reference to the classic Preston Sturges comedy Sullivan's Travels, in which a director plans to make a serious "message picture" with that name. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • George Clooney
    George Clooney - Ulysses Everett McGill
  • John Turturro
    John Turturro - Pete
  • Tim Blake Nelson
    Tim Blake Nelson - Delmar
  • Charles Durning
    Charles Durning - Pappy O'Daniel
  • John Goodman
    John Goodman - Big Dan Teague



Customer rating

4.8
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorits..

    Posted
    Atlantic

    This is one of my favorite movies. The description provides a good over view and should confirm it's got a great cast who all do a wonderful job. Clooney is fantastic as a sometime ne'er do-well in this loose interpretation of Homer's Odyssey. I have more respect for him in every movie he makes. He has truly turned out to be a fine actor. On another note, John Goodman does a great job as a rather loathsome character - Big Dan Teague. This, again very loosely, fulfills the role of Polyphemus, the Odyssey's cyclops. all the characters are here, you just have to put them together. Don't forget the Soggy Bottom Boys too! A musical treat! Highly recommended! Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining & Fun

    Posted
    AGHBLU
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    If you enjoy dry humor and other Coen efforts, you should invest in O Brother, Where Art Thou? The PQ is fantastic with brightened details and beautiful cinematography. I was also pleased with the AQ because of how important the music was to the film. It features a DTS Lossless 5.1 track that won't disappoint. Everyone generally mentions Fargo, Raising Arizona or Burn After Reading when referencing a Coen film. Unfortunately, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was and is a forgotten gem. From Pete the Toad to a bizarre obsession with hair, this Coen picture is a fun watch and one that should definitely be remembered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    We...thought...you...was...a...toad!

    Posted
    Kail

    This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, period...not only because it's from the Coen brothers! Inspired by Homer's Odyssey and set in Depression-era Mississippi, with a dash of Three Stooges, it's a work of genius! Hilarious, and filled with a rich subtext, great performances, and one of the greatest soundtracks I have ever heard, this one is a timeless classic!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Coen Brothers' best

    Posted
    Thornless

    This is my favorite Coen Brothers movie, it all comes together: music, acting, a fun story. This is also the movie that made me finally grudgingly respect George Clooney as an actor. He really threw himself into the role, he wasn't just gliding through it trying to look handsome. Great ensemble work with Tim Blake Nelson being the standout among hte supporting cast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding film from the great Coen brothers.

    Posted
    Hagy48
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    This is one of absolute favorite films and the transition to blu-ray holds well. One criticism is a slight lack of special features, for those who are interested. Also, the packaging/disc case was slightly damaged prior to the delivery of the item. It appears as though the back was sliced with the box cutter at one point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie Surprise

    Posted
    Grintsum
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    I have recently watched this movie for the first time even though it has been available on DVD for many years. The overall plot was very funny with great music, and all of it set during the Depression Era. It also touchingly showed how people persevered through those troubled times to maintain their dignity and honor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic

    Posted
    jh4rk
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    It's silly to think this is practically a classic but it is a excellent movie bought this for my dad for Christmas he had it on VHS but his player quit working so I had to track the DVD down for him. Best Buy makes purchasing items very easy online.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    btnksn324
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    The first time you watch this, it's okay. Then when you watch it for the second, third or tenth time, it becomes one of the funnest movies of all time. Easily within the Top 30 of all time.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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