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The Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray

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Blood Simple / Miller's Crossing / Raising Arizona / Fargo 20th Century Fox | 1985-1996 | 4 Movies | 403 min | Rated R | Aug 30, 2011

The Coen Brothers Collection (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
Blood Simple
English SDH, Spanish
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Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Four-disc set (4 BDs)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 1.8 of 51.8
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Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Crime56%
Film-Noir24%
Dark humor24%
Psychological thriller9%
Period8%
Mystery5%
Comedy1%
Thriller1%
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The Coen Brothers Collection

 (1985-1996)

The Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Four films by the Coen Brothers are included in this boxed set. See individual titles for complete synopses.

For more about The Coen Brothers Collection and the The Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray release, see the The Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, M. Emmet Walsh, Holly Hunter, Dan Hedaya, Gabriel Byrne
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen


This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:

Blood Simple (Blu-ray)

Blood Simple Blu-ray

  Overall: 2.8 of 5
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1985 | 96 min | Rated R | Region A (locked) | Aug 30, 2011

When Marty, the owner of a backwoods bar, hires a man to kill his cheating wife and her boyfriend, he opens a door into the criminal world that he'll never be able to shut. The sleazy hit man decides instead to shoot Marty,...

Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Psychological thriller / Thriller


Miller's Crossing (Blu-ray)

Miller's Crossing Blu-ray

  Overall: 3.8 of 5
20th Century Fox | 1990 | 115 min | Rated R | Region free | Aug 30, 2011

Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman, which eventually leads to citywide gang war.

Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Period / Thriller


Raising Arizona (Blu-ray)

Raising Arizona Blu-ray

  Overall: 3.3 of 5
20th Century Fox | 1987 | 94 min | Rated PG-13 | Region free | Aug 30, 2011

A petty crook falls in love with the woman cop who always arrests him, but when they find out she can't bear children, they steal one, hit the road, and lots of mayhem ensues.

Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Dark humor / Mystery


Fargo (Blu-ray)

Fargo Blu-ray

  Overall: 4.5 of 5
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1996 | 98 min | Rated R | Region free | May 12, 2009

Jerry Lundegaard, a car salesman in Minneapolis, is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father, paying half to the thugs and keeping the rest...

Crime / Dark humor / Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller

The Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

All of these films are presented on Blu-ray with AVC encodes, in 1080p and 1.85:1. The relative merits of each high definition presentation outweigh any negatives, and the films more or less fall into a hierarchy based on their vintage, with Blood Simple being by far the softest, followed by Raising Arizona which is a bit sharper, and then Miller's Crossing and Fargo at the top of the scale. Blood Simple has never really looked great, either in its theatrical exhibition or on its many home video releases, but the Blu-ray ups the color saturation significantly, and though the transfer still is hobbled by some very apparent crush, there is quite an increase in shadow detail, especially in many of the dimly lit bar scenes. Raising Arizona also benefits from some excellently robust colors which only make its cartoonish aspect all the more apparent, though occasionally reds bloom, if ever so slightly. Fine detail is very good to excellent throughout the presentation. Both Miller's Crossing and Fargo look very good indeed, though both suffer from occasional aliasing in scenes with trees, unfortunately regularly recurring motifs in both of these films. Miller's Crossing's darker ambience makes for a surprisingly effective display of solid black levels and excellent shadow detail, and fine detail is also excellent. Fargo still has its ultra-grainy look in several of the snowbound scenes, and there is some noticeable haloing and edge enhancement in several sequences, but the film overall looks incredibly sharp and well detailed, especially in the brighter lit outdoor moments. Whites never bloom and snow never devolves to digital noise levels.


The Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is a rather large disparity in audio specs among these four films. Before speaking to the films' audio mixes, let's do a cursory list of what each film offers:

Blood Simple
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Raising Arizona
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; French DTS 5.1; Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1; German DTS 5.1; Italian DTS 5.1; Russian DTS 5.1; Castellano DTS 5.1; Magyar Dolby Digital 2.0; Polish Dolby Digital 5.1; Thai Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH; Spanish; French; Portuguese; Danish; Finnish; German; Italian; Dutch; Norwegian; Russian; Castilian; Korean; Swedish; Croatian; Greek; Cantonese; Mandarin; Hungarian; Hebrew; Polish; Slovenian; Thai

Miller's Crossing
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English Dolby Digital 5.1; French DTS 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1; German DTS 5.1; Italian DTS 5.1; Castellano DTS 5.1; Thai Dolby Digital 2.0; Turkish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH; Spanish; French; Portuguese; Danish; Finnish; German; Italian; Dutch; Norwegian; Russian; Castilian; Korean; Swedish; Greek; Cantonese; Mandarin; Hungarian; Hebrew; Thai; Polish; Turkish

Fargo
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English Dolby Digital 5.1; Castilian DTS 5.1; Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1; French DTS 5.1; French (Quebec) Dolby Digital 5.1; German DTS 5.1; Italian DTS 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH; Commentary; Castilian; Castilian Commentary; Portuguese; Cantonese; Croatian; Czech; Dutch; Dutch Commentary; French; French Commentary; German; German Commentary; Greek; Hebrew; Hungarian; Italian; Italian Commentary; Korean; Spanish; Mandarin; Polish; Thai; Turkish

Taken as a whole, all of these films sound fantastic on Blu-ray, though audiophiles probably will be jonesin' for a lossless surround mix for Blood Simple. While that film "only" has a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix, it's incredibly full and packs a potent wallop in the low end. The other three films have really beautifully immersive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes, all with abundant LFE (with Miller's Crossing indubitably winning the "rattle the floorboards" contest due to its omnipresent gunfire). The films also benefit from Carter Burwell's often incredibly idiosyncratic underscores, which feature everything from yodeling to deep mournful orchestral effects. Dialogue in all of these films is well positioned and very clear, and balance between dialogue, score and effects is also very well handled. Miller's Crossing and Fargo offer an abundance of excellent ambient environmental noise, and Miller's Crossing especially delights in some great panning effects (listen closely in the forest glade scenes in particular).



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