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No Country For Old Men [On DVD 03/11/08]

 

The Diva's review of
No Country For Old Men DVD(2007)

 

I am Legend
Rated Genre: Thriller
Written by : Joel & Ethan Coen
Directed by: Joel & Ethan Coen
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper
Theatrical release Date: 11/09/07
DVD release Date: 03/11/08
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94% - Fresh
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $74,273,505
International Gross $81,821,362
Worldwide Gross $156,094,867


WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is a man on a mission. He has been hired to recover his employer’s stolen property. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? EXCEPT, the property is drug money and his means of recovery consist of killing any and everybody who get in his way. Quick, efficient and without remorse, he makes his way through 1980s rural Texas.

Moss (Josh Brolin) is a Vietnam vet is the primary target. While on a hunting trip, stumbles across a massacre. Death and drugs abound – bodies strewn across the landscape and truck load of narcotics. While trying to help who he thinks maybe a survivor, he spies a suitcase full of money. Down on his luck and seeing a way out for he and his wife, he takes the money and runs.

Meanwhile, sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is having to deal with this mess. The blood bath occurred in his territory and Anton brutally escaped the custody of one of his deputies. Bell finds himself quickly realizing that he is trying to stop a monster and further realizes that Moss is not going to give up. He knows he’s no match for either man, but he can at least save Moss and himself?

The Dish

Wow. I had no idea what I was in for. First of I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Coen brothers. They are amazing story tellers. “Fargo” and “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” are in my all time top 10. Even being a HUGE fan of their work, I was not prepared. It’s hard to explain it without sounding weird BUT, this is a quiet movie and this is what makes it the masterpiece that it is. It is in the Texas Plains. People live simply. There are vast amounts of empty land and desert. Then Anton comes and shatters this quiet, but even he does that quietly. His weapon of choice is an Air Gun. We have this quiet that is disturbed by the fall out of Anton’s mission. In fact even the characters are quiet. All of them are contemplative and speak only when they have something to say. We, the audience, are drawn in and allowed to relax a bit only to periodically have the peace and calm shattered by the brutality of Anton. This catches you off guard each time.

The DVD

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
• The Making of No Country for Old Men
• Working with the Coens
• Diary of a Country Sheriff

DVD SPECS Video Formats:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English) Subtitles:
• English (For the Hearing Impaired)
• French
• Spanish

The Directive
The extras are just okay, but I don’t think you’ll really care. In fact you can probably just watch the movie and completely forget about the extras. Its’ really that well crafted.

3BC Ratings

green

 

You may scratch your head at the title, but when the credit roll, you’ll know exactly what that means.


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2008
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