"Director: Ethan Coen"

  • Fargo Special Edition [1996]Fargo Special Edition | DVD | (21/04/2003) from £5.19   |  Saving you £14.80 (285.16%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Leave it to the wildly inventive Coen brothers to concoct a fiendishly clever kidnap caper with Fargo that's simultaneously a comedy of errors, a Midwestern satire, a taut suspense thriller and a violent tale of criminal misfortune. It all begins when a hapless car salesman (played to perfection by William H. Macy) ineptly orchestrates the kidnapping of his own wife. The plan goes horribly awry in the hands of bumbling bad guys Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare (one of them being described by a local girl as "kinda funny lookin'" and "not circumcised"), and the pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota, (played exquisitely by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role) is suddenly faced with a case of multiple murders. Her investigation is laced with offbeat observations about life in the rural hinterland of Minnesota and North Dakota, and Fargo embraces its local yokels with affectionate humour. At times shocking and hilarious, this is utterly unique and distinctly American, bearing the unmistakable stamp of its inspired creators. --Jeff ShannonOn the DVD:Fargo, Special Edition presents the movie in anamorphic widescreen (16:9) with Dolby 5.1 available in a choice of English, French or Spanish. Extras include a rare 20-minute interview with the Coens and Frances McDormand, dating from the time of the movie's release, and the 27-minute retrospective documentary, "Minnesota Nice", which has more interviews with the principal cast and crew. There's a "Coen Brothers' Family Tree" listing actors who have collaborated with the duo, and an on-screen trivia track which, among other nuggets, provides a history of pancakes after Peter Stormare's character famously demands "Where is pancakes house?". Cinematographer Roger Deakins provides an intermittent commentary mostly concerned with technical issues. The text of an American Cinematographer article about Deakins and the Coens, trailers and a behind-the-scenes photo gallery complete the package. --Mark Walker

  • The Big Lebowski [1998]The Big Lebowski | DVD | (09/04/1999) from £6.73   |  Saving you £9.26 (137.59%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The Big Lebowski, a casually amusing follow-up from the prolifically inventive Coen brothers (Ethan and Joel), seems like a bit of a lark and the result was a box-office disappointment. It's lazy plot is part of its laidback charm. After all, how many movies can claim as their hero a pot-bellied, pot-smoking loser named Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) who spends most of his time bowling and getting stoned? And where else could you find a hair-netted Latino bowler named Jesus (John Turturro) who sports dazzling purple footgear, or an erotic artist (Julianne Moore) whose creativity consists of covering her naked body in paint, flying through the air in a leather harness, and splatting herself against a giant canvas? Who else but the Coens would think of showing you a camera view from inside the holes of a bowling ball, or an elaborate Busby Berkely-styled musical dream sequence involving a Viking goddess and giant bowling pins? The plot--which finds Lebowski involved in a kidnapping scheme after he's mistaken for a rich guy with the same name--is almost beside the point. What counts here is a steady cascade of hilarious dialogue, great work from Coen regulars John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, and the kind of cinematic ingenuity that puts the Coens in a class all their own. --Jeff Shannon

  • True Grit [DVD]True Grit | DVD | (13/06/2011) from £3.99   |  Saving you £16.00 (401.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross's father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney, and she is determined to bring him to justice...even if it means siding with the dangerous Rooster Cogburn.

  • No Country For Old Men [2007]No Country For Old Men | DVD | (02/06/2008) from £4.99   |  Saving you £15.00 (300.60%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash.

  • Raising Arizona [1987]Raising Arizona | DVD | (13/10/2003) from £4.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (334.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Blood Simple made it clear that the cinematically precocious Coen brothers (writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan) were gifted filmmakers to watch out for. But it was the outrageously farcical Raising Arizona that announced the Coens' darkly comedic audacity to the world. It wasn't widely seen when released in 1987, but its modest audience was vocally supportive, and this hyperactive comedy has since developed a large and loyal following. It's the story of "Ed" (for Edwina, played by Holly Hunter), a policewoman who falls in love with "Hi" (for H.I. McDonnough, played by Nicolas Cage) while she's taking his mug shots. She's infertile and he's a habitual robber of convenience stores, and their folksy marital bliss depends on settling down with a rug rat. Unable to conceive, they kidnap one of the newsworthy quintuplets born to an unpainted-furniture huckster named Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), who quickly hires a Harley-riding mercenary (Randall "Tex" Cobb) to track the baby's whereabouts. What follows is a full-throttle comedy that defies description, fuelled by the Coens' lyrical, redneck dialogue, the manic camerawork of future director Barry Sonnenfeld and some of the most inventively comedic chase scenes ever filmed. Some will dismiss the comedy for being recklessly over-the-top; others will love it for its clever mix of slapstick action, surreal fantasy and homespun family values. One thing's for sure--this is a Coen movie from start to finish, and that makes it undeniably unique. --Jeff Shannon

  • Miller's Crossing [1990]Miller's Crossing | DVD | (13/10/2003) from £4.39   |  Saving you £15.60 (78.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Arguably the best film by Joel and Ethan Coen, the 1990 Miller's Crossing stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom, a loyal lieutenant of a crime boss named Leo (Albert Finney) who is in a Prohibition-era turf war with his major rival, Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito). A man of principle, Tom nevertheless is romantically involved with Leo's lover (Marcia Gay Harden), whose screwy brother (John Turturro) escapes a hit ordered by Caspar only to become Tom's problem. Making matters worse, Tom has outstanding gambling debts he can't pay, which keeps him in regular touch with a punishing enforcer. With all the energy the Coens put into their films, and all their focused appreciation of genre conventions and rules, and all their efforts to turn their movies into ironic appreciations of archetypes in American fiction, they never got their formula so right as with Miller's Crossing. With its Hammett-like dialogue and Byzantine plot and moral chaos mitigated by one hero's personal code, the film so transcends its self-scrutiny as a retro-crime thriller that it is a deserved classic in its own right. --Tom Keogh

  • Inside Llewyn Davis [DVD] [2014]Inside Llewyn Davis | DVD | (26/05/2014) from £4.99   |  Saving you £15.00 (300.60%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates New York City's folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac Drive) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends (Justin Timberlake The Social Network; Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby) and strangers Llewyn scares up what work he can find. His misadventures take him from the basket houses of the Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club - on an odyssey to audition for music mogul Bud Grossman - and back again. Written and Directed by Academy Award -winners Joel and Ethan Coen (O Brother Where Art Thou? No Country for Old Men) and brimming with music performed by Oscar Isaac Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place.

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2 Disc Set) [2000]O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2 Disc Set) | DVD | (05/11/2001) from £8.73   |  Saving you £14.25 (248.26%)   |  RRP £19.99

    George Clooney stars in the latest film from the Coen brothers, a musical about a con on the run in the Deep South of the 1930s.

  • The Coen Brothers Collection [DVD]The Coen Brothers Collection | DVD | (29/08/2011) from £12.99   |  Saving you £-2.06 (N/A%)   |  RRP £10.93

    Academy Award Winners Joel and Ethan Coen have been writing directing editing and producing some of the most original films to come out of Hollywood. This box set contains six of their most unique and imaginative classics including their most recent hit A Serious Man. Titles Comprise: A Serious Man: Larry Nidus is a good man. He is a loving husband a committed father and a dedicated professor who always does the fair and just thing in the face of daily temptations. But one day everything starts to go wrong. His wife leaves him for reasons she can't explain and her smug new lover manages to convince Larry that he should be the one to move out of the house and into a cheap motel - all for the children's benefit of course. Burn After Reading: An outrageous spy comedy about murder blackmail sex addiction and physical fitness! When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined but dim-witted gym employees the duo are intent on exploiting their find. But since blackmail is a trade better left for the experts events soon spiral out of everyone's and anyone's control resulting in a non-stop series of hilarious encounters! The Big Lebowski: It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated... and they'd really rather be bowling. 'The Dude' Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is unemployed and laid-back. That is until he becomes a victim of mistaken identity two thugs breaking into his apartment in the errant belief that they are accosting Jeff Lebowski the Pasadena millionaire. In hope of getting a replacement for his soiled carpet 'the Dude' visits his wealthy namesake and with buddy ex `Nam' vet. Walter Sobchak he is swept into a labyrinthine comedy/thriller of extortion embezzlement sex dope German Nihilists White Russians mysterious cowboys Shomer Shabbos bowling and sever The Hudsucker Proxy: Hudsucker Industries is flourishing. Profits are stupendous and stock is at an all-time high. So when their founder Waring Hudsucker leaps to his death from the 44th floor his board of directors is thrown into panic. Hudsucker has not left a will and his majority shareholding in the company must therefore soon be offered for sale to the public. But scheming Vice President Sidney J. Mussburger has a plan. He'll install a complete imbecile as Chairman and devalue the stock to a level where the rest of the board can acquire controlling interests for themselves. Barton Fink: Between Heaven and Hell There's Always Hollywood! John Turturro shines in the lead role in Barton Fink the Coen Brothers' hilarious satire set in the 1940s Hollywood. Fink is a New York playwright who reluctantly relocates to Hollywood to write screenplays. Ordered to write a low budget screenplay about wrestling Fink manages to type one sentence and then...nothing! Although his chatty insurance salesman neighbour Charlie helps out by teaching Fink about wrestling the clock ticks the temperature rises and Fink's life spins more and more out of control. Intolerable Cruelty: From the Coen brothers comes this witty sharp comedy about a man who wins in court and courts to win! Divorce attorney Miles Massey has got it all. Serial gold-digger Marilyn Rexroth wants it all. A hilarious battle of deceit and cunning ensues when Miles falls for Marilyn with each one trying to outsmart the other. Underhand tactics deceptions and an undeniable attraction escalate as Marilyn and Miles square off in this classic battle of the sexes...

  • No Country for Old Men/a Beautiful Mind/American Beauty [DVD]No Country for Old Men/a Beautiful Mind/American Beauty | DVD | (07/01/2013) from £4.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)   |  RRP £15.99

    No Country For Old Men: Winner Of 4 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. Acclaimed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen deliver this sizzling and supercharged action-thriller. When a man stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash, his decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. Not even West Texas law can contain it. Based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Corma...

  • True Grit [Blu-ray]True Grit | Blu Ray | (12/09/2011) from £7.99   |  Saving you £19.00 (237.80%)   |  RRP £26.99

    True Grit is a powerful story of vengeance and valour set in an unforgiving and unpredictable frontier where justice is simple and mercy is rare. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), is determined to avenge her father’s blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn (Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges), a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Academy Award Winner Matt Damon) to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences, their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution.

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? [2000]O Brother, Where Art Thou? | DVD | (09/04/2001) from £5.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (166.94%)   |  RRP £15.99

    George Clooney stars in the latest film from the Coen brothers, a musical about a con on the run in the Deep South of the 1930s.

  • Burn After Reading [2008]Burn After Reading | DVD | (09/02/2009) from £3.79   |  Saving you £16.20 (427.44%)   |  RRP £19.99

    An all-star cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich, come together in this outrageous spy comedy about murder, blackmail, sex addiction and physical fitness!

  • The Ladykillers [2004]The Ladykillers | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £5.38   |  Saving you £12.61 (234.39%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Tom Hanks teams up with the Coen brothers for a remake of the classic 1955 Ealing comedy about a group of thieves trying to bump off their landlady.

  • No Country For Old Men [Blu-ray] [2007]No Country For Old Men | Blu Ray | (08/09/2008) from £7.99   |  Saving you £17.00 (212.77%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash.

  • Hail, Caesar! [Blu-ray] [2016]Hail, Caesar! | Blu Ray | (11/07/2016) from £8.99   |  Saving you £18.00 (257.51%)   |  RRP £24.99

    In 1951 Hollywood, a studio executive acts as fixer, shielding his company's stars from controversy, including the kidnapping of a male movie star by a group of disenchanted Communist writers. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Hail, Caesar! [DVD]Hail, Caesar! | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £15.00 (300.60%)   |  RRP £19.99

    In 1951 Hollywood, a studio executive acts as fixer, shielding his company's stars from controversy, including the kidnapping of a male movie star by a group of disenchanted Communist writers. Click Images to Enlarge

  • A Serious Man [DVD] [2009]A Serious Man | DVD | (29/03/2010) from £4.49   |  Saving you £11.50 (256.12%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Academy Award winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen bring their famously wicked sense of humour to this every day tale about a moral man who sees the world inexplicably turn against him in this darkest of comedies.

  • True Grit - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)[Region Free]True Grit - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy | Blu Ray | (13/06/2011) from £12.93   |  Saving you £17.05 (171.53%)   |  RRP £26.99

    True Grit is a powerful story of vengeance and valour set in an unforgiving and unpredictable frontier where justice is simple and mercy is rare. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges) a one-eyed trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Academy Award Winner Matt Damon) to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis [Blu-ray] [2014]Inside Llewyn Davis | Blu Ray | (26/05/2014) from £7.59   |  Saving you £17.40 (229.25%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates New York City's folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac Drive) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends (Justin Timberlake The Social Network; Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby) and strangers Llewyn scares up what work he can find. His misadventures take him from the basket houses of the Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club - on an odyssey to audition for music mogul Bud Grossman - and back again. Written and Directed by Academy Award -winners Joel and Ethan Coen (O Brother Where Art Thou? No Country for Old Men) and brimming with music performed by Oscar Isaac Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place.

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