No Country For Old Men (2-Disc CE) Blu-ray Review
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Run time: 122 minutes
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 DL/ 1 DVD
You either like or dislike the work of the ‘Coen Brothers’ and I have never met or spoken with anyone that has felt in-between. That is how their work over their careers have been and it is something that’s not for the masses. The reasoning behind this is that all of their films make you really think throughout and they just don’t give you all the answers right at your fingertips. This is one of the reasons why ‘No Country for Old Men’ won the 2007 Best Picture of the Year Academy Award. The story is so unbelievably excellent that it had me at the edge of my seat the entire time and not too many movies are able to do that anymore.
Enter Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) and Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) as our two main characters that ‘No Country’ revolves around, but I won’t say much more on that, not too give much away. While one is still working to provide for his family, the other is on the brink of retirement. It all goes awry when Moss finds money that doesn’t belong to him, this is when our third main character Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) whom is an assassin looking for the money. All hell breaks loose throughout this incredible film as Chigurh is a killing machine that can be prolonged for a few minutes, but can’t be stopped. There were times throughout the film that freaked my wife out because of the danger Chigurh was in and he just did what he had to do for the money. If anyone were to rob me, hiring a man the caliber of Chigurh would be the top of my list.
‘No Country’ has a 1980’s backdrop and does a job well done to bring all the pieces together from the cinematography to the dialogue to make it feel like the 80’s. This is a very dialogue heavy movie and the action or kills are so sporadic throughout that to some it might be boring. That is fine since not all movies are for everyone, but this is one joyful experience from start to finish.
Movie Content: 10/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The print appears to be untouched from the initial Blu-ray release back in March 2008. Colors are vivid in some scenes while carrying a muted look in others. Fleshtones are natural and realistic making the film appear more lifelike. The print is very spot on and detailed, with tiny hints of grain in a few scenes where it is appropriate. The image is pristine with no artifacts or damage. A year later I am not in awe with this print as I was upon initial viewing, but I think it still holds up rather well.
Print Quality: 8/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The previous release sported a Uncompressed PCM 5.1 mix as opposed to this new version in DTS-HD. I did not notice much of a difference between both mixes. This is a dialog heavy movie, I wasn’t expecting too much from audio to be anything out of this world. My expectations were exceeded from the dialog being so clear that I thought the actors were right in my living room conversing. Once I heard the first set of gunshots, I was surprised to hear panning and directional effects from the rears in the soundfield. Then add a bombastic bass for gunshots or squealing of tires in the rears with panning effects, this is a dynamic audio mix.
Audio Quality: 8.5/10
- “The Making Of No Country For Old Men – Take a journey through the Coen Brothers process as storytellers.
- “Working With The Coens” – Learn more about Joel and Ethan Coen from their cast and film crew.
- “The Diary Of A Country Sherriff“ – Explore the relationship between Sheriff Bell and Anton.
- “Josh Brolin’s Unathorized Behind-The-Scenes” – Behind-the-Scenes Making of from Josh Brolin.
- “Q&A With Joel and Ethan Coen, Roger Deakins, and The Sound and Production Crews”
- “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”
- “WNBC Reel Talk”
- “LA WGAW Q&A Panel”
- “Six Additional Audio Interviews”
- “Digital Copy”
Special Features: 9/10
The Final Word
If you are still reading this, don’t walk as slow as Chigurh did in ‘No Country’, but run like ‘Moss’ to get yourself a copy of this excellent film. I would recommend this as a masterpiece, which is a film worth owning in your collection that will get multiple viewings. If you already own the previous Blu-ray release, this might be hard buying once again for the extras and digital copy unless you are a huge fan.
Overall Rating: 8/10
Review by: George Theofanopoulos