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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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  • Actors: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
  • Directors: Joel Coen, Roger Deakins
  • Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 2 2003
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 537 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00003CXRM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,865 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Disenchanted with the daily drudge of crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney, THE PERFECT STORM) busts loose. Except he's still shackled to his own chain-mates from the chain gang -- bad-tempered Pete (John Turturro, SUMMER OF SAM), and sweet, dimwitted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson, HAMLET). With nothing to lose and buried loot to regain -- before it's lost forever in a flood -- the three embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this hilarious offbeat road picture. Populated with strange characters, including a blind prophet, sexy sirens, and a one-eyed Bible salesman (John Goodman, COYOTE UGLY), it's an odyssey filled with chases, close calls, near misses, and betrayal that will leave you laughing at every outrageous and surprising twist and turn.

Special Features

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

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I purchased this on DVD, but had previously owned it on VHS. I saw this movie for the first time on TV. At first I thought it was a serious movie, but realized as I continued to watch it that it was a comedy. The movie is about 3 prison inmates in the South who break out and go in search of a treasure, which turns out to be something totally different than 2 of them thought. George Clooney plays one of the main characters and does an awesome job. The music in this movie is one of the attractions for many people who have seen it, and there is lots of it. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a good comedy, packed with action and lots of good ole southern gospel music. There is a fair amount of cursing in this movie, so if you don't like movies with bad language, you may not prefer this one, but if it doesn't bother you I can guarantee you will LOVE this movie.
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We really enjoyed this movie from the beginning, the era was portrayed so authentically, and nothing but stellar performances from all the stars. The music was our favorite with catchy tunes especially I'm a man, just wanna sing along.
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While my favorite Coen brothers' film is "Miller's Crossing," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is my favorite comedy by these two mavericks.
Loosely based on Homer's "The Odyssey," earning an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay even though the Coens' admitted to reading only the Cliff Notes, "O Brother" is the Coens' tribute to American bluegrass music. For some reason, this movie was shamefully snubbed at the Oscars, but George Clooney earned his Golden Globe award for best actor.
Clooney plays the fast-talking Clark Gable wannabe, Ulysses Everett MacGill. Unfortunately for Ulysses, his mouth runs about five steps ahead of his brain, and his delight in the clever, hyper-articulate use of the English language cannot mask his delightful naivete. In a performance of sly self-mockery (can you think of another major film star who would so earnestly ask for a hair net to sleep in or speak movingly about being a "Dapper Dan Man"?), Clooney steals one heck of a show.
Ulysses escapes from a chain gang in Depression-era Mississippi with his sidekicks, the hot-blooded Pete (John Turturro) and easy-going Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson). Allegedly going to find some treasure before a river gets dammed, sinking the treasure beneath a deep lake, this trio begins a bizarre journey across the Deep South.
Along the way they meet guitarist Tommy Johnson, who followed an American musical legend by selling his soul to the devil at a crossroads in exchange for the ability to play the guitar, Big Jim Teague (the Cyclops), three Sirens, a blind seer, Baby Face Nelson, a spelling-challenged rifle-toting youngster, and Governor Pappy O'Daniel (conveniently relocated from Texas to Mississippi).
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After The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers refined their approach to movie-making. They stuck with the idea of including any idea that was funny and slightly strange, but this time they imposed a plot that made sense. Like Fargo --- which was supposed to be based on a true story but really wasn't --- Oh Brother Where Art Thou is based on the Odyssey (a seemingly true story that they could use when it served them, or dump when it didn't). Then they added the Depression, southern politics, and lots of music.
If this had been written and directed by anyone else, it would have been a mess. But with the Coen brothers, it's a musical comedy disguised as a screwball period piece. It helps that the casting is perfect. From the three principal actors to the major secondary characters (like John Goodman's Big Dan Teague/Cyclops) to the smaller parts (like the governor's two dim-bulb campaign managers and the radio station owner) every actor is funny and perfectly in sync with the tone of the film.
The Coens added quite a bit of computer effects and all of it works. The obvious example is the color-grading. The short documentary on the DVD shows how computers were used to wash out colors and tint different scenes. Then there are small parts, such as the underwater shot of Dapper Dan cans and a dog floating by. Those cans are computer-generated, and the dog was composited into the shot. You don't notice this stuff until the third or fourth time you see it. Once you notice, it makes the movie even better.
This is one of the best Coen brothers movies, and one of the best movies of the last 10 years. The music is so good, you'll be humming every tune the day after you see it. It's very funny and beautifully designed, as well.
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I find myself humming this music at some point everyday, and everytime I watch the movie, I see another aspect of it, another gesture, or remark by any one of the actors that I had not paid attention to before, and I am over come with laughter again!
I ordered the soundtrack of "Down From The Mountain" so that I could listen to some of the same music in the car, etc.I also got the sountrack of the movie.
I`m seriously enthralled with this movie!
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