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No Country For Old Men
Collector's Edition
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (For Strong Graphic Violence and Some Language)

Running Time: 122 minutes

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin

Based on the novel by: Cormac McCarthy

Written for the Screen and Directed by: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: The Making Of No Country For Old Men, Working With The Coens, The Diary Of A Country Sheriff, Josh Brolin's Unauthorized Behind-The-Scenes, Q&A with Joel and Ethan Coen, Roger Deakins and the Sound and Production Design Crews, The Charlie Rose Show Interviews, EW.com "Just A Minute... With Javier Bardem", Variety Screening Series Q&A, Instore Appearance with Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin, ABC "Popcorn" Video, Channel 4 News - Joel and Ethan Coen Appearance, Lunch with David Poland - IKLIPZ - Javier and Josh Brolin Interview, WNBC Reel Talk with Lyons & Bailes - Josh Brolin, LA WGAW Q&A Panel, Six Audio Interviews, Digital Copy

Specs: 2.35:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles, Scene Selection (16 Scenes), 2-Disc Set

Released: April 7th, 2009

 

 

"No Country For Old Men" is presented in 1080p high definition, with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. This is a fantastic, near-flawless transfer that is most definitely worthy to show off a home theater. Roger Deakin's astounding cinematography is brought to full life here, especially the exterior shots that show off the dirt-and-dust filled Texan landscape. Detail is fantastic, black levels are very solid and fleshtones hit their mark. Color saturation is excellent too, as the colors are rich and filling, but don't bleed or look too overdone. The transfer is also very film-like, creating an excellent image with depth that at times feels almost transparent. This is a phenomenal transfer.

"No Country For Old Men" gets an upgrade in the sound department with this release, featuring a DTS-HD Master Audio track in 5.1. For a large part, this track thrives on subtle surrounds that builds upon the tension and violence the features. Gunshots that ring and Chigurh's air gun really pop and feel remarkably discrete, and stand out just as much as footsteps and other background noises that bring ambience to the scenes. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, while subwoofer use is great strong. Carter Burwell's score - while sparse - is well-integrated in the speaks, and is never overpowering. This mix really captures the moods of the movie, and has plenty to "zing" the viewer with and make them feel like they are right there witnessing this game of cat and mose. This mix captures and enraptures, but doesn't overdo it. Well-balanced and riveting. 

Also included is a standard 5.1 Dolby Digital track in Spanish, plus subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

 

Whew! The first release of "No Country For Old Men" didn't have much in way of supplements, but this "Collector's Edition" corrects that. While The Coens don't seem to be active contributors to supplements when it comes to their movies, this release collects a bunch of promotional appearances featuring them and the actors. With that, their presence is certainly felt. 

The Making Of No Country For Old Men lasts about 25 minutes, and has interviews the Coens, key actors and crew. The production is discussed, as what's the movie is about, plus how the Coens adapted the book for the big screen. Working With The Coens offers about 9 more minutes of praise from the production crew about the brothers. The Diary Of A Country Sherrif provides focus on Tommy Lee Jones's character, and his role in the movie. There's also Josh Brolin's Unauthorized Behind-The-Scenes, which features on-the-set interviews with crew members but also has bits that feel like they are a mockumentary.

And then there's the bulk of the new material: Q&A with Joel and Ethan Coen, Roger Deakins and the Sound and Production Design Crews (featuring Spike Jonze), The Charlie Rose Show Interviews, EW.com "Just A Minute... With Javier Bardem", Variety Screening Series Q&A, Instore Appearance with Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin, ABC "Popcorn" Video, Channel 4 News - Joel and Ethan Coen Appearance, Lunch with David Poland - IKLIPZ - Javier and Josh Brolin Interview, WNBC Reel Talk with Lyons & Bailes - Josh Brolin, and the LA WGAW Q&A Panel. There are also Six Audio Interviews, many from NPR. Plus, the second disc features a Digital Copy.

While some of these extras are a bit fluffy in nature - since a lot of these interviews come from the actors and filmmakers promoting the movie's release - there is definitely a lot of good material here that should give those who explore the material a lot of insight onto the film and its production. What's culled and included here was pretty clever on Disney's part, since I have a feeling the Coens didn't choose to actively participate in this release. You really get plenty to comb through, and this is definitely a film that warrants all what's here.

 

"No Country For Old Men" is one of the best entries in the Coen Brothers' canon, once again showcasing their talent for bringing diverse material to life. This new Blu-ray release not only features a sparkling high definition transfer, but a great new DTS-HD mix. Most appealing though is the trove of collected supplements, plus a digital copy of the film. Easily a a must buy - even if you bought the previous version.