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The Ladykillers [WS] [DVD] [2004]

Release Date:09/07/2004
The first film to be officially co-credited to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen as directors, The Ladykillers debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. 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 modest box-office hit has been given a modest, effective DVD release by Disney.

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    50% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • "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
    • Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions
    • French language track
    • French and Spanish subtitles
    • Closed Captioned


    The Ladykillers
    One of the best-loved films from the idiosyncratic British film studio Ealing Pictures gets an update from the equally idiosyncratic filmmaking team of Joel and Ethan Coen in this offbeat comedy. Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall) is a spry, elderly woman who attends church regularly, doesn't care for loud noises or harsh language, and is looking for a tenant for the spare room in her house. Enter Goldthwait Higginson Dorr (Tom Hanks), a silver-tongued college professor who moves in and gains Munson's permission to use the basement for rehearsals with his "medieval music ensemble." What Munson doesn't know is that Dorr's latest project is not academic, but criminal. Dorr is masterminding the robbery of a riverboat casino, and the fellow musicians in his ensemble are actually the crew he's assembled to pull off the job: foul-mouthed "inside man" Gawain (Marlon Wayans), clumsy demolitions expert Pancake (J.K. Simmons), quiet strong-arm man Lump (Ryan Hurst), and logistical expert The General (Tzi Ma). Despite the best efforts of Dorr and his cohorts (which aren't very impressive), Munson finds out about their scheme, and when she refuses to accept a share of the take in exchange for her silence, Dorr decides the best solution is to silence her permanently. The gospel tunes which grace the soundtrack to The Ladykillers were coordinated by T-Bone Burnett, who also helped assemble the acclaimed song score for the Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou?. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Tom Hanks
      Tom Hanks - Goldthwait Higginson Dorr
    • Marlon Wayans
      Marlon Wayans - Gawain MacSam
    • J.K. Simmons
      J.K. Simmons - Garth Pancake
    • Irma P. Hall
      Irma P. Hall - Marva Munson
    • Tzi Ma
      Tzi Ma - The General

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