O Brother Where Art Thou

Directed by Joel Coen
Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Buena Vista Home Entertainment | September 2, 2003 | DVD

O Brother Where Art Thou is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) escapes the chain gang with two fellow convicts, the simple and somewhat slow Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and ill-tempered Pete (John Turturro), to pursue the promise of hidden loot stashed in his house that is about to be swept away in a flood. On the way, the trio experience a journey filled with hilarious adventure and a cast of strange characters – starting with a blind prophet who warns them that “the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find."

Video Release: September 2, 2003

Theatrical Release: 2000

Runtime: 103

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

UPC: 786936144758

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Comedy For Those With "The Capacity For Abstract Thought" Joel and Ethan Cohen have taken us into the inner depths of Americana. From the Cold recesses in the Midwest in "Fargo," the bland suburbs of LA in "The Big Lebowski" and the solitude of the deserts in "Raising Arizona". Now The Coens have taken us into the heart of the Deep South in the 1930's in an imaginative and surrealistic telling of one of the original novels in the history of writing. Obviously it took the Coens a while to properly concieve Homer's "Odyssey" not only in a different setting but as a comedy which boasts a surprisingly piquant wit. Well they've managed to do it in an almost seamless manner. As you can see the Coens wasted no time in setting the scene. Opening with sweeping crane, and still shots of a chain gang singing their haunting melody. Then soon we jump to a montage of our heroes Ulysses Everett McGill, Pete Hogswallop, and Delmar O'Donnell, making a discreet yet clumsy escape from "The Farm" while incorporated with richly authentic, old-timey music. It shows us that these three men obviously have a long difficult path to follow. Then post-credits we are immediately supplied with a hilarious physical gag right out of the gate. Then soon we finally get the taste of the trio's personalities. spontaneously you see that Everett is a proud man who attempts to be intellectually inclined. Then you have Pete, who's highly rough-around-the-edges. The there's the clueless but good-hearted Delmar. Immediately they set up the characters likeability within the first five minutes with the sparkling dialogue. Which has become a staple in the Coen Brothers' illustrious careers. Aside from the films delightful surprises you get to see some of our favorite actors, new and old, playing charaters that go beyond unique. Probably the one most worth mentioning is George Clooney as Everett. The casting job couldn't have been more perfect(Clooney now has a Golden Globe to prove it). As you watch him boast and brag you see the constant look that states that he's so sure that he is right all the time. When in reality the opposite is the truth. Next there's John Tuturro as Pete. His stance and his gruff tone display his harsh, rough upbrining. Which explains his tendency to lash out. finally there's Tim Blake Nelson (Director of "O") and his performance as Delmar. Nelson's performance is dead-on target. even when he's handing George "babyface" Nelson his Tommy Gun, he still asks what George's profession is after George opens fire on the police giving chase then on helpless livestock. And you can see the childlike innocence on his face when he whimpers "Oh, George, Not the Livestock." And even the otherwordly characters from the basis novel. make unique and symbolic appearances from the blind wandering prophet, the Cyclops (played to perfection by Coens Alumi John Goodman.), plus the standout scene of the three sirens singing seducing and sedating our three heroes. "Those Sirens loved him up and turned him into a... Horny Toad!" You gotta love the utter creativity and originality that was put into this film. I won't go around saying that everyone will enjoy this film because it's a confirmed fact that The Coen Brother's films are an aquired taste. Only the intellectually inclined will find this film to be a hilarious romp. But if you have an open mind, don't hesitate to give it a try.
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The dialogue is fantastic This film has some of the best dialogue and accents I've come across. Each character has his own lingo that defines their character, and the banter is a pleasure to listen to. Plus the music is great. This is one of those films where you can just listen to the soundtrack and have the movie come alive in your mind.
Date published: 2008-01-21

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O Brother Where Art Thou

O Brother Where Art Thou

Directed by Joel Coen
Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Video Release: September 2, 2003

Theatrical Release: 2000

Runtime: 103

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

UPC: 786936144758


Edition Description
  • HiFi Sound, Surround Sound, Digital Sound, Stereo, DTS Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Surround AC-3, Dolby SR
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Digitally Mastered
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Released in English

Description

IN THEATRES: DECEMBER 22, 2000 (NY/LA) O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, a Coen brothers (FARGO, RAISING ARIZONA) film that is loosely based on Homer's epic poem, THE ODYSSEY, is set in Mississippi in the 1930s. In the film, three prisoners (George Clooney, John Turturro, Charles Durning) escape, hoping to return home to their families. While dodging a tracker who is hot on their trail, the three men travel across the South, having wild adventures and meeting a bizarre cast of characters along the way.

Notes

The title of this film, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, comes from the 1942 film SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS. In that movie, which is about a film director, "O Brother, Where Art Thou" is the title of the movie within the movie.