O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Blu-ray) PG-13

They have a plan... but not a clue.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Blu-ray)
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 13, 2011
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Touchstone / Disney
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Note: The Making of O Brother, Where Art Thou'
    • Two Storyboard-To-Scene Comparisons
    • "I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow" Music Video
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh77%

Total Count: 150


User Ratings: 256,495
Rating: 3/4 -- Even with its mock-pretentious parallelism to The Odyssey...O Brother, Where Art Thou? refuses to take itself seriously, which is both its principal failing and its charm. [Blu-ray] Full Review
Groucho Reviews
Sep 26, 2011
After making what are still probably their two best features, the Coen brothers came up with their worst, a piece of pop nihilism. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Nov 7, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- Teens might enjoy this offbeat Odyssey adaptation. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 26, 2010
It has a remarkable (if playfully skewed) fidelity to the epic poem of mythical struggle, even if the filmmaking brother act never actually read Homer's work... Full Review
Turner Classic Movies Online
Dec 6, 2009
Rating: 9/10 -- Everyone who has the capacity for abstract thought, raise your hands . . . and take this Coen brothers' journey. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Dec 29, 2011
Rating: 5/5 -- Well up to the brothers' usual high standards. Full Review
May 9, 2012
The Coen's O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a Coen odyssey reworked as a tall tale in the folk song idiom of superstition, magic realism and religious mysticism and delivered with a mix of screwball goofiness and intellectual whimsy. Full Review
Nov 18, 2016

Product Description:

Joel and Ethan Coen transport Homer's ODYSSEY to the depression-era South in the silly, fun comedy O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU' George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson star as three escaped fugitives on the run in Mississippi. Their adventures through the barren landscape includes run-ins with a soothsayer, a trio of Sirens, a Bible-salesman Cyclops, as well as other archetypes from Southern folklore and pop-culture including a young blues musician, the Klan, and bank robber Baby Face Nelson. Soon they are caught up in a vicious gubernatorial campaign that would make Huey Long proud.

The Coen brothers mix in a host of cinematic references in O BROTHER, including SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, COOL HAND LUKE, I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG, and even dashes of the Three Stooges. The soundtrack of folk ballads, yodeling traditionals, Delta blues, and prison work songs is outstanding, playing in the background (or foreground) of nearly every scene. Clooney, as the ringleader, displays an effervescent smile that is as intoxicating as the Coens' script is outrageous. The cast, including Holly Hunter, Charles Durning, John Goodman, Chris Thomas King, and Michael Badalucco, is charmingly bewildering in a way that only a Coen brothers' cast can be. Joel and Ethan have done it again, crafting this time a unique film steeped in the traditions of the South--and of Hollywood itself.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: December 22, 2000 (limited); January 12, 2001 (nationwide).
  • Filmed on location in Mississippi.
  • Estimated budget: more than $30 million.
  • George Clooney was going to sing two songs for the film, "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby," but it turned out that he was rather awful, so he ended up lip-synching the songs instead. He said, "I'm not my aunt [Rosemary Clooney]. I decided it would be easier to just do a passionate lip-sync." He was so nervous that the tapes of his singing would get out that he returned to the studio to make sure all the evidence had been erased. Music supervisor T Bone Burnett was more generous in saying, "First of all, he is a very good singer. What happened with George is that style of music is very difficult and one almost has to grow up singing it in order to sing it convincingly. George did a really good version of the tune but it wasn't as good as he wanted."
  • Although the film is loosely drawn from Homer's ODYSSEY, neither of the Coen brothers have read the book, nor has George Clooney. "We got the Classics Comics version," Ethan said. Actor Chris Thomas King, who plays Tommy Johnson, said, "I hate to admit it, but I did read it. And I read all of it--I had to see how it ends up."
  • The title of the film comes from the name of the movie that comedy director Joel McCrea wants to make in Preston Sturges's wonderful SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS.
  • The premiere party included performances by Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss, and the Soggy Bottom Boys.
  • T Bone Burnett was a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and has put out some critically successful albums of his own, including PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT.
  • John Goodman has also appeared in the Coen brothers' RAISING ARIZONA, BARTON FINK, and THE BIG LEBOWSKI; he provided a voice for THE HUDSUCKER PROXY.
  • John Turturro has also appeared in the Coen brothers' BARTON FINK, MILLER'S CROSSING, and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.
  • Charles Durning appeared as Waring Hudsucker in THE HUDSUCKER PROXY.
    Holly Hunter also starred in the Coen brothers' RAISING ARIZONA and contributed her voice to BLOOD SIMPLE.
  • Music has a strong presence in the film. "Music became a very prominent feature very early on in the writing, and it just became more so as we went along. There are very few scenes in the movie that don't have an onscreen musical element to them," Joel Coen said.
  • Tim Blake Nelson (Delmar) said, "One of the most enjoyable parts of this role has been that I got to sing. I just begged Joel and Ethan to give me the chance to do my own singing. They eventually became convinced and I ended up doing it in the movie."
  • The soundtrack (a compelling melange of southern, country, bluegrass, roots, and folk music) includes performances by Norman Blake, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Sam Phillips, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, the Fairfield Four, and the Soggy Bottom Boys, among others. The majority of the songs are traditional; one song was written (by T Bone Burnett) specifically for the film.
  • Editor Roderick Jaynes is a pseudonym for Joel and Ethan Coen.
  • Stephen Root, who plays the radio station manager at WEZY, played the radio station manager on the TV show NEWSRADIO.
  • The Tommy Johnson character is based on the legend of guitar man Robert Johnson, who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in return for being able to play the blues like no one ever had before.
  • Michael Badalucco (George "Babyface" Nelson") plays a notorious killer for a second time, having already played David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz in Spike Lee's SUMMER OF SAM.
  • Daniel Von Bargen (Cooley) plays the commandant on MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE.

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  • UPC: 786936761146
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