Blu-ray, DVD Release: Inside Llewyn Davis

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 19, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Written and directed by Joel & Ethan Coen (A Serious Man), the 2013 music-filled drama Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates New York City’s Greenwich Village folk scene in the pre-Dylan year of 1961.

Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac, Drive) 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 and strangers, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the basket-houses of Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.

Oscar Isaac is a cool folk cat in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Oscar Isaac is a cool folk cat in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Along side Oscar Isaac, the ensemble cast of the Coen Brothers’ latest film includes Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits) , Carey Mulligan (An Education), F. Murray Abraham (TV’s Homeland), John Goodman (Argo) and Adam Driver (TV’s Girls). The executive music producer of the film’s soundtrack is the great T-Bone Burnett, who last collaborated with the Coen Brothers on their 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

A critics’ darling that won the Grand Prize of the Jury at last year’s Cannes Film Festival,  (it garnered an 8.5/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 229 reviews), Llewyn Davis was seriously snubbed by “The Academy” in terms of any substantial Oscar nominations. Nonetheless, it grossed a solid $12 million at the domestic box office in its limited theatrical release in December, 2013.

The Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film–the first-ever Coen Brothers title to ever receive the Criterion treatment–contain the following:

• New 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New audio commentary featuring writers Robert Christgau, David Hajdu, and Sean Wilentz
• The First Hundred Feet, the Last Hundred Feet, a new conversation between filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directors Joel and Ethan Coen about the evolution of their approach, from Blood Simple to Inside Llewyn Davis
• Inside “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a forty-five-minute 2013 documentary
• Another Place, Another Time (2014), a 101-minute film documenting an Inside Llewyn Davis tribute concert, featuring Joan Baez, Mumford & Sons, Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Jack White, and others
• New piece on the history of “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song),” featuring music producer T Bone Burnett and the Coens
• New piece about Dave Van Ronk and the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties, featuring music writer and historian Elijah Wald
Sunday, a short 1961 documentary by Dan Drasin about the riots that took place in Washington Square Park after folk musicians were prevented from gathering and playing there
• Trailers
• An essay by film critic Kent Jones
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.