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I'm a big fan of all Coen brothers films except the rather pointless and ineffective 'The Ladykillers'. This collection is a little odd as it does not cover a specific sequence of their films nor genre (some are drama, some are farce, some a mixture !), but if pushed I suppose you could say it does collate 5 of their 'strange' films - albeit it is incomplete in that sense as others such as 'O Brother Where Art Thou ?' are absent. Having said that, it is a worthwhile acquisition for the films it contains - especially as it is currently the only way to get hold of 'Barton Fink' on Blu-ray.....

I was only able to compare 4 of the discs to DVD as I already have 'A Serious Man' on Blu-ray. My review of it is on Amazon - here's the link (or get to it easier by going via my Amazon profile); it is dated 23 Nov 11 :

A Serious Man [Blu-ray][Region Free]

As to the others, not all really 'justify' an upgrade to HD picture/sound but nonetheless are (as expected) an improvement. 'Barton Fink' gains significantly, being much sharper/brighter (probably because it is the oldest film) but it shares a similarity to 'Intolerable Cruelty' in that there are no extras whatsoever, not even the short featurette/trailer or deleted scenes that are present on the DVDs...

I've added a photo of the back of the box, which details the specification of each disc, to the main Amazon page for this Blu-ray boxset.

Happily, the standard Blu-rays of the remaining 3 movies ('The Big Lebowski', 'Burn After Reading' and ''A Serious Man') do contain extras; to avoid any confusion, they are the standard retail discs devoid of their respective Blu-ray boxes. This means you get a massive improvement in all respects for 'The Big Lebowski' (and deservedly so as this is the star of this compilation), the HD extras improvement for 'Burn After Reading' and the same glorious transfer for 'A Serious Man'.

Nothing else is in the box, so no booklet or collectibles - just 5 discs in an unusual packaging which does tend to mean the box 'jams' shut or open since the inner disc-holding 'leaves' can flop about and tangle up; plus the box outer is non-standard and requires a bit of effort to achieve closure 'success'.

I've added 3 x photos of the packaging to the main Amazon page for this Blu-ray boxset.

So, a good way to delve into the world of the Coen brothers and the only way to see 'Barton Fink' on Blu-ray (at the time of writing my tip is to shop around, the price for this collection varies wildly...). What we need now is a supplemental collection including other gems such as ''Miller's Crossing', 'The Hudsucker Proxy' (not yet available on Blu-ray), 'Fargo' and 'The Man Who Wasn't There', with the latter being a film that should really benefit from an HD transfer.....
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on 5 March 2012
I live in the UK, which is categorised as 'Region B' if Blu Ray encoding is applied to a disc.
I thought that it might be useful to advise other potential purchasers of this Blu Ray collection that (despite what the packaging might tell you, or indeed any other advice that you might receive),
I can reliably inform you that all of the discs are 'Region-free' EXCEPT FOR Blood Simple which uniquely has 'Region A' encoding.
The other Blu Ray titles are of course excellent and quirky and probably familiar to Coen fans.
Unfortunately, I cannot comment on Blood Simple, as I must either purchase a hardware mod for my Sony BDP-S780 to make it 'Region-free' for Blu Ray, or (for much the same price), purchase a USA Blu Ray player...
So please bear this in mind if considering purchasing this item.
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on 17 December 2014
A very good affordable addition to my Coen Brothers other collection. For those wondering why Fargo is not included the other collection, including Raising Arizona and Miller's Crossing, is by 20th. Century Fox whilst thuis collection is from the Universal studio.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 September 2011
The Coen brothers have a distinctive style: petty schemes and evil motives, leavened with humor and then sudden violence, about characters that you would never want to know. Yet at their best, they are utterly riveting as stories, to the point that you cannot quite stop watching them. The acting is also consistently excellent, often by stellar if less known talents.

The individual films is this package divide themselves into excellent and good, though I admit that I didn't really get Raising Arizona, though many people do. Blood Simple is a fun neo-Noire, with a caper, a bad guy, and a pretty heroine. It is good, but not particularly memorable.

Fargo, on the other hand, is an absolutely first-rate film, one of my all-time favorites in fact. You have Macy, who is a hapless guy locked into an extended family that assigns him an awful role, that of the bumbler who must be tolerated. His father-in-law is a perfectly awful man, with his condescension and the over-reaching arrogance that comes from success in business. He uses people, is blatantly insensitive to anyone else's feelings, and thinks he is the center of the universe. Macy's wife is as ineffectual as her husband, feeding into his rage with her soulless cheeriness and outwardly good intentions. So Macy hatches what can only be called a harebrained scheme, which brings a pair of stupid and funny criminals into the mix and then McDormand, an extremely competent and very pregnant sheriff. The mix is as calamitous as it is hilarious.

Miller's Crossing is a gangster flick, but of a superior quality and humor, with first rate acting in comparison with similar films. Byrne, an advisor to a capo, has a serious gambling problem and is being chased by enforcers at the same time that he is involved in a violent intrigue. While the gangsters are a bit stereotypical, the peripheral characters are original and full of surprises, many of them unpleasant. It is a great viewing experience and like Fargo, can be viewed many times for subtlety and humor.

I can't say that I think the blu-ray adds much more than good dvd quality would be, but the films are fairly old and so there is not as much detail as films shot with HD in mind. THus, I would not recommend replacing dvd's with these.
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on 4 October 2015
Please note - blue ray version of this compilation does not include the Hudsucker Proxy. I looked at the DVD first, which does include it, and thought I was getting a bargain by upgrading to blue ray. My fault for not noticing the title list had changed. Doh!
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on 13 July 2015
Purchased this mainly to get top quality versions of The Big Lebowski and Burn After Reading. The rest were bonus's.
All great movies but the 2 mentioned are my favourites. Quality top notch and so is the audio. A great collection.
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on 5 May 2014
One for adding to your Bluray collection for perusing again and again.
I've loved the Coen Brothers for over 20 years- and the opportunity to buy a collection like this, at this price, cannot be missed.
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on 22 August 2014
Great collection at a top price, will keep for ever,
Not sure as to why Fargo wasn't included,so it cost me more to pay for the two sets,one has 3 and then this has 6
Great all very violent,and very clever thought out films
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on 30 July 2013
A must have for cinemaniacs and "dudes" who have never seen the Big Lebowski.
Great collection for a bargain.

"This is not Nam Walter..."
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Different cover or no - if you're living in the UK don't be tempted by the 'US' version of "Coen Brothers Collection". The American issue on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Stick with the UK variant instead. Besides in 2014 it's come down in price a lot - to a level that makes it stonking great bargain...
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