"2-disc DVD box set"
"Region 2 encoding (Europe, Middle East & Japan only)"
And just to prove that the brothers haven't lost
their knack for bad-taste humour, we get a Ku Klux Klan rally
choreographed like something between a Nuremberg rally and a Busby
O Brother, Where Art Thou? with George
Clooney, and John Goodman, and directed by Joel Coen
Set in the Deep South during the Depression of the
1920's, this story is loosely based on Homer's The Odyssey. Whilst working
on a chain gang, three convicts escape in order to recover the loot from a
recent bank robbery, buried at the home of one of the gang. Along the way
they have many adventures and strange characters to deal with...
Only Joel and Ethan Coen, masters of quirky and
ultra-stylish genre subversion, would dare nick the plotline of Homer's Odyssey for
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, their comic
picaresque saga about three cons on the run in 1930s Mississippi. Our
wandering hero in this case is one Ulysses Everett McGill, a slick-tongued
wise guy with a thing for hair pomade (George Clooney, blithely sending up
his own dapper image) who talks his chain-gang buddies (Coen-movie regular
John Turturro and newcomer Tim Blake Nelson) to light out after some
buried loot he claims to know of. En route they come up against a
prophetic blind man on a railroad truck, a burly one-eyed baddie (the
ever-magnificent John Goodman), a trio of sexy singing ladies, a blues
guitarist who's sold his soul to the devil, a brace of crooked politicos
on the stump, a manic-depressive bank robber, and--well, you get the idea.
Into this, their most relaxed film yet, the Coens have tossed a beguiling
ragbag of inconsequential situations, a wealth of looping, left-field
dialogue and a whole stash of gags both verbal and visual. O
Brother (the title's lifted from Preston Sturges' classic 1941 comedy Sullivan's Travels) is furthermore graced with glowing, burnished
photography from Roger Deakins and a masterly soundtrack from T-Bone
Burnett that pays loving homage to American 30s folk-styles: blues,
gospel, bluegrass, jazz and more.
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