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No Country for Old Men [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region A] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Cormac McCarthy
  • Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Diliberto
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, Norwegian, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2011
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SIP90G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,312 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Coen brothers make their finest thriller since Fargo with a restrained adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel. Not that there aren't moments of intense violence, but No Country for Old Men is their quietest, most existential film yet. In this modern-day Western, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is a Vietnam veteran who needs a break. One morning while hunting antelope, he spies several trucks surrounded by dead bodies (both human and canine). In examining the site, he finds a case filled with $2 million. Moss takes it with him, tells his wife (Kelly Macdonald) he's going away for awhile, and hits the road until he can determine his next move. On the way from El Paso to Mexico, he discovers he's being followed by ex-special ops agent Chigurh (an eerily calm Javier Bardem). Chigurh's weapon of choice is a cattle gun, and he uses it on everyone who gets in his way--or loses a coin toss (as far as he's concerned, bad luck is grounds for death). Just as Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), a World War II veteran, is on Moss's trail, Chigurh's former colleague, Wells (Woody Harrelson), is on his. For most of the movie, Moss remains one step ahead of his nemesis. Both men are clever and resourceful--except Moss has a conscious, Chigurh does not (he is, as McCarthy puts it, "a prophet of destruction"). At times, the film plays like an old horror movie, with Chigurh as its lumbering Frankenstein monster. Like the taciturn terminator, No Country for Old Men doesn't move quickly, but the tension never dissipates. This minimalist masterwork represents Joel and Ethan Coen and their entire cast, particularly Brolin and Jones, at the peak of their powers. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Synopsis

With No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers have found a perfect match in Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy. Their adaptation of McCarthy's praised novel is a staggering masterpiece. In this almost impossibly faithful adaptation, the film takes place in a small Texas border town in 1980. Sheriff Bell (a never-been-better Tommy Lee Jones) has ruled the land for years without the use of a gun, but a new brand of reckless lawlessness has taken over his town. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is an innocent Everyman with a devoted wife, Carla Jean (Kelly Macdonald), but when he stumbles across a drug deal gone deadly and finds two million dollars, he's determined to keep it for himself. There's only one problem. He's being pursued by one of the most amoral, evil psychopaths that the big screen has ever seen. Wearing an absurd haircut and brandishing a pressurized weapon that's used to murder cattle, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) creeps forward on his mission to track Moss down and return the money to its rightful owners to save his own skin. As the tension mounts, the body count begins to rise, confirming Sheriff Bell's inability to battle this new wave of modern brutality.


The most striking thing about the Coen Brothers' thriller is their masterly use of silence to create an almost unbearable level of tension. Cinematographer Roger Deakins is once again at the top of his game, beautifully capturing this stark and lonely world. The well-rounded cast is clearly excited to be a part of such a stellar production--particularly Bardem, whose Chigurh is a freakishly mysterious monster, and is certain to haunt viewers long after the final credit has rolled. In a career filled with striking achievements, this might very well be the Coen Brothers' finest. It is film-making at its best.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
With over 100 reviews already posted it's unlikely that another will make a useful difference, but this is a film worthy of all of the great accolades it has received, not the least being its winning Best Film at the Academy Awards (Oscars). It's a pooling together of several genres or labels: horror, drama, character-driven, violent thriller, black comedy, period piece, Western and probably a few more. But the finished product isn't really any of those things; it's a Coen Brothers film, and that's its most reliable identity.

The cinematography depicting a hot, barren western Texas in 1980 is artfully done, such that the landscape and region become another key character in the screenplay. The casting is just perfect, with the Canary-Islands born Javier Bardem (only seen before as nightclub owner/Cruise's paymaster 'Felix' in the movie COLLATERAL) the most enigmatic of all as the memorably sinister pathological assassin Anton Chigurh. Josh Brolin was also exactly the right man for the role as Llewellyn Moss, the down-on-his-luck welder who chances upon $2 million cash in the desert amid the two-day-old corpses of a drug deal gone bad and who then goes on the run while he tries to plan his next moves. And who could be better for the role of a West Texan Sheriff than Tommy Lee Jones, who was born in the area himself. Not so local is the actress who plays Moss' wife - Kelly Macdonald - who despite her very convincing Texas drawl is of course Scottish, and it's amusing to hear her talk in her 'normal' accent during the DVD extras. The set directors do a fantastic job at creating the backdrop, mood and style of the period - 1980 - and I cannot remember a false scene that gave anything away.
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113 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Damon K. J. Mitchell on 31 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
I think (though I don't want to speak for anybody else) that the main reason some people don't like this movie is because it defies traditional moral and movie logic - there really is no moral compass here. What happens to every character is almost totally random, good deeds often results in terrible consequences and and bad deeds can go ahead unhindered - in this sense it is much truer to life, but it makes disturbing cinema where we are so conditioned to see heroes be pushed to their limits but ultimately triumph and evil doers be punished by those who suffered most at their hands. Themes of chance and determination/fate and the crossing over of unavoidable lines of force or action are the themes of this film it seems - made most vivid in the coin toss scene with the shop assistant.

The abrupt ending threw me for a loop the first time as well - annoyed me and frustrated me.... but hell it also made me think about what I'd seen and that's something not many movies do - sending you off with a friendly cinematic, cathartic pat on the back. And the more I thought about it the more it seemed right, to tie everything up neatly at the end would undermine the very idea of movie itself.

Be prepared to think about it a bit.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By genejoke on 1 Nov 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The film is two thirds a great movie, sadly the last act is nonsense. I appreciate what the Coens were going for but I think the last act lets it down. Basically it all spins out of a drug deal gone south, Josh Brolins characters stumbles across the carnage while out hunting and takes the cash. That is what appears to be the main plot and is what the film seems to centre on, well that and the mob hitman tracking down Josh brolin. It sounds like a fairly straight forward action movie, and I almost think it would have worked better if they had kept it like that. But I suppose related to the title we see a fair amount of Tommy Lee Jones' sheriff trying to figure out what has gone on, and trying to help it all get resolved without too much bloodshed. Javier Bardem is very imposing as the hitman, in fact all the performances are very good. Sadly by not showing the climax to the story and then spending the last act dragging out the last little bit of plot and showing Tommy Lee jones moping about the senselessness of it all leaves the veiwer feeling cheated. A shame that and a few other minor niggles lessen what could have been a masterpeice.
The film looks good anyway and on blu ray even more so but i wouldn't say it is an essential blu ray purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jakeisthecoolest TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Aug 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This modern classic is a particularly dark Cohn brothers film and equally brutal. However, it is immensely mesmerising to watch. If you are looking for Raisin Arizona laughs, walk on by, if you're ready for something darker, more Fargo-esque, then knock your socks off.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
I want to start by saying `No Country For Old Men' has one of the most menacing bad guys of the many films that I have seen. He is mostly eerily silent and when he does talk it is quietly and controlled, he is ruthless, unrelenting and with an almost psychopathic element to his nature. This alone would make for compelling viewing before you add in the storyline of the film. From the word go this film has a dark and brooding atmosphere to it and the tension is palpable and only builds as it progresses. Following one man who stumbles across a case full of money, another trying to track him down and the sheriff who is trying to protect and serve, provides the hunter and hunted plot that keeps you fully engrossed. This has amazing performances from all involved, Brolin, Lee-Jones and Bardem are all riveting to watch and this is probably Tommy Lee-Jones' best performance to date. You get the added bonus of Woody Harrelson in a minor role and yet he still manages to deliver another top job as he always does. At just under two hours this film isn't excessively long and I found myself intrigued and on edge the whole time. The ending kind of fizzled out after ratcheting up the tension (hence the four stars) but overall this makes for satisfying viewing. This is one of those films on Amazon that seems to be either loved or hated and it has to be said that it's not your Hollywood, all action blockbuster, but it's all the better for that. If you like well acted, slow burning, beautifully directed and tension filled films, then this is the place to go. Well worth a viewing.

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