Blu-ray Review: 'Hail, Ceaser!'

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Ready to re-live the golden era of Hollywood movie making via the Coen Brothers? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray flick “Hail, Ceaser!” out June 7 from Universal Home Entertainment.  Like the earl aquatic flicks, we see if this one sinks or swims below!


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   Title: “Hail, Ceaser!”

   Grade: 2 1/2

   Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton

   Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 106 minutes

   Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment



The Flick: As far as a Coen Bros. movie, “Hail, Ceaser!” is their most inconsistent flick to date.  Meaning there are some notable tasty bits that only come from the Coen cranium – from Tilda Swinton’s no-nonsense gossip sisters to George Clooney’s dim bulb doofus movie star.  But there’s also a ton of down time that halts the flick from being a Coen classic like the Hobie Doyle side plots and weak Channing Tatum bits. (His uninspired dance number is painful to get through!)  Thankfully leading man Josh Brolin (the glue that holds this jumbled mess of ups and downs together!) has never been better and his rough and tumble studio head gives the audience exactly what it needs – a lifeline through movies good and bad.

Best Feature: The four featurettes each deal with everything from casting to visual prowess, but the best of the bunch is ‘Directing Hollywood’ where we get insight into the Coen process.  (In lieu of no commentary, interviews or the like at least we get that!)

Best Hidden Gem: Man, there are so many sweet, tasty quick turns that I wish were longer.  Francis McDormand as a chain-smoking editor is fantastic, but it’s the one-two combo punch of “Highlander” alum Christopher Lambert as an auteur director (good to see you back brother!) and Clancy Brown as Clooney’s acting right-hand man that provides ‘the prize’ here!

Worth the Moola: Some Coen nuggets of gold – but you gotta to be patient.

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