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The Ladykillers [WS] [DVD] [2004]

  • SKU: 6710044
  • Release Date: 09/07/2004
  • Rating: R
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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    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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    Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A really fun dark comedy


      This is the story of a gang of robbers led by Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr Ph. D (Tom Hanks, in what may be his only villain role, who really has fun with it), a silver-tongued, calculating, and ruthless man who dresses like an anachronistic Southern plantaion owner and is unafraid to do (or at least order his minions to do) anything it takes to get away with his plot to heist a casino in a small town in the South. Dorr takes up residence in the home of the elderly Ms. Marva Munson, who is fooled by Dorr's claims that he and his friends are an orchestra band who frequently need to practice their craft in the basement. In fact, they are tunneling their way to the casino they are robbing. Their crew comprises Gawain MacSam (Marlon Wayans), a foul-mouthed young man whose ill manners are frequently corrected by Ms. Munson, Garth Pancake (J.K. Simmons, who along with Hanks steals the show), an explosives "expert" with an unfortunate case of irritated bowel syndrome, The General (Tzi Ma), a quiet but lethal man, and Lump Hudson (Ryan Hurst), the token mentally challenged youth. These are Coen Brothers characters at their most ridiculous, and their antics and eventual (unsuccessful) attempts to eliminate Ms. Munson after she becomes aware of their schemes are a source of great amusement. This isn't the Coens at their strongest, but there's really no such thing as a bad Coen Brothers film, so I really recommend that you see it if you're looking for a bit of fun dark comedy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Worth a Viewing


      While I wouldn't necessarily recommend that everyone go straight out and buy this dvd, it is definitely worth a viewing. I found the movie to be quite funny and entertaining, especially Tom Hanks. Not much in terms of bonus features, but the anamorphic widescreen transfer is great.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Picture Format is Not Theatrically Accurate


      This is a good comedy film. Unfortunately, this full-screen dvd version alters the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 to 1.33:1, giving a different picture than what was originally seen in the theater. Buy the widescreen version instead!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      very funny

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      I don't understand why all the filthy language. Everybody doesn't talk that way. Why don't they make a clean version of these movies. They would have two audiences to sell to.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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