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Raising Arizona [DVD] [1987]

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.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (127 out of 130)

    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

    Synopsis


    Raising Arizona
    Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed up the stylish film noir of their debut, Blood Simple (1984), with this frantic screwball comedy. H.I. "Hi" McDonnough (Nicholas Cage) is a philosophical but slightly dim career criminal who has been arrested so often that he gets to know "Ed," short for Edwina (Holly Hunter), the officer who takes his mug shots. Hi takes a shine to Ed and promises to go straight if she marries him. She accepts, and they move to the Arizona desert, where Hi holds down a factory job and blissfully watches the sunsets with Ed. Their serenity is shattered when the couple decides that they want a child and discover that, as Hi puts it, "Ed's womb was a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase." (One of the film's many delights is Hi's unexpectedly flowery dime-novel narration.) Ed goes into a severe depression until she sees an item in the news. Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), owner of a chain of unpainted furniture stores, has become the father of quintuplets, and he and his wife joke that they now have more children than they know what to do with. In what seems like a perfect "helps you, helps me" situation, Hi and Ed kidnap one of the Arizona infants, figuring that they'll have a baby and the Arizonas will have less of a burden. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Nicolas Cage
      Nicolas Cage - H.I. McDonnough
    • Holly Hunter
      Holly Hunter - Ed
    • Trey Wilson
      Trey Wilson - Nathan Arizona, Sr.
    • John Goodman
      John Goodman - Gale
    • William Forsythe
      William Forsythe - Evelle



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 130 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      It's the Coen Bros., and nothing more.

      Posted
      Suzie
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      It's a ridiculous plot, a childless couple kidnap another's 4th child to have a child. Let's share. Well, maybe that's not ridiculous, hmm. It has Nicholas Cage and John Goodman and they are exceedingly good, and funny, and empathetic. But the Coen Brothers want everything to be cutesy-pie, so it turns out OK, which it wouldn't in real life. If you like the Coen Brothers productions, you will like it. We don't, and we didn't like the movie despite Goodman and Cage being funny and interesting at times.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Watched Three Decades Too Late

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      GatorRoeder
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      For decades I have heard mixed reviews about this film. Friends and critics either thought it was hysterical, or it was stupid. I agree with both statements. This movie is hysterical because it is stupid, which is not an accident. Not all stupid movies are funny. The premise, the characters, and the dialogue are all purposely outrageous making this over-the-top melodrama a first rate comedy. Even though I watched it almost three decades too late, it was still one of the funniest comedies I have ever seen.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great dry comedy from the Coen Brothers

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      Moviegoer
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      Raising Arizona is the only movie I ever wanted to see again immediately after I saw it in the theater. Nicolas Cage is a terrific hangdog semi-loser, and he delivers the Coens' sly dialog perfectly. I think Raising Arizona is better than The Big Lebowski and Fargo in its language and visuals.Think of Napoleon Dynamite crossed with Bonnie and Clyde. You will thank me for my recommendation!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Needs more

      Posted
      supahh
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      Good transfer and rich colors for this fantastic comedy! The colors can be admired when Nicholas Cage is in the nursery as the blue carpet hits your eye with such vividness. The inclusion of a 'making of' or a small featurette would made this blu-ray an even better buy. Still a great movie for 8 dollars!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      True love

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      Jackie
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      Money always never matter even though a lot of people is having a hard time to believe it... Just like my husband he doesn’t care about money because he said it’s just a paper and just an accessories of people... highly recommended to all the people who wants to know how love work in its mysterious ways...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      Mathis
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      I’ve loved this movie forever. Nicolaus Cage’s better performances. Holly Hunter making a negative choice despite being one of the good guys was a nice choice. Randall Tex Cobb as a bounty hunter was nuts! Plus John Goodman as a prison escapee-priceless! Excellent popcorn movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Buckle up!

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      CJRIZZOL
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      One of the only Nicholas Cage movies I can stand watching, but my goodness does he deliver. The whole cast is great, it's shot beautifully and I found myself laughing out loud. It's quirky to the max, dark, heartfelt and funny. Belongs in every movie collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Truly Great Misunderstood Movie

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      filmlover87
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      This is one of those movies which you need to be a little older than fully get its message. It i a film about life and how sometimes we want more than we can handle. A lot of people don't like this film, but that's because they don't get it. This is one of the finest movies of the '80s and it is one of the Coen Brothers best pictures.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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