Ethan Coen + Joel Coen
No Country for Old Men
premiered at Cannes in May and was widely heralded as the festival’s most
sensational entry. When I saw it for the first time at the Toronto film festival
in September, the only movie that gave it any competition in the popularity
contest was Lars and the Real Girl. Adapted from what is generally considered a
minor Cormac McCarthy novel, No Country for Old Men is a very well-made
genre exercise, but I can’t understand why it’s been accorded so much
importance, unless it’s because it strokes some ideological impulse.
Theatrical Release: May 19th, 2007 - Cannes Film Festival
DVD Review: Miramax - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 5.46 mb/s
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles||English (CC), French, Spanish, None|
• The Making of No Country for Old Men (4:3 - 24:27)
The DVD from Miramax is progressive anamorphic and dual-layered and looks as good as one would expect from a modern film onto Standard DVD. Detail and colors are strong enough. I actually choose some captures that Leonard used in the Blu-ray - which now looks to have quite a bit of gold-yellow in it. I can't really speak to it though as I don't own it. This SD is coded for region 1 in the NTSC standard.
The 5.1 track (with no DUBs offered) is crisp and supports the film which has many sequences of silence of softly spoken dialogue. Accents can be quite thick at times and if you are having trouble deciphering what is spoken there are optional subtitles in a yellow font.
The supplements are exactly as appear on the Blu-ray edition (reviewed HERE). So I quote from Leonard: "There are three Bonus Features of about 24, 8 and 7 minutes, respectively. The Making of No Country for Old Men looks at the process of translating the book into a Coen Brothers movie, including comments from cast and crew about casting, locations and art direction. Working with the Coens is essential viewing for those of us who have wondered about how a movie can have two directors. Tommy Lee Jones reflects on his character in Diary of a Country Sheriff." This Standard DVD also includes some sneak peaks and a Blu-ray promo.
The film? - entertaining but essentially quite hollow in my opinion. Saying that I suppose it is convenient that I am not a member of the Academy. I, personally, would say that Into the Wild or Atonement were vastly superior films from 2007. As far as surface appeal, with excessive violence, greed, amoral characters and all the trappings that sell from Hollywood, Yes - No Country For Old Men achieves its goals. But only time will truly judge this work and I don't expect it will hold up in that area.