Saturday, January 21, 2012

No Country for Old Men

I've made two mistakes when it comes to the 2007 Academy Awards winner film, No Country for Old Men. The first was reading the book shortly after falling in love with the film. The novel, written by Cormac McCarthy, is just as great as the movie. The only probably is, the film is a true adaptation so while reading the novel, scenes from the film kept playing in my head. Let's face it, even though both were equally great, it pulled me out of the story of the later. I also can't imagine watching the film shortly after reading McCarthy's work. 

The second mistake was watching the film in DVD format. I'm not much of a movie goer, despite my love for films. Theaters only call to me when it involves Batman or something that must be watched. At the time, I didn't think that No Country for Old Men was worth my time.

After twenty - yes, twenty! - long wonderful years with my television set, I departed with the old clunker when it died. And by died, I mean the channel kept playing even after I shut it off. Makes no sense, right? Anyway, I received a more modern TV for X-mas. Of course, with a modern TV comes HDMI connections with makes a great excuse to purchase a Blu Ray player. Thanks to the glorious sale at Best Buy, I purchased a Blu Ray copy of No Country for Old Men. And I must say, I was missing a whole lot. 

The crisp picture adds to the aesthetic quality of film. It really does bring out the psychotic qualities of Javier Bardem's performance, the age of Tommy Lee Jones's character, and the nature of each setting.

The film was well received by Jyg, I may add. When I first rented the film a few years back, she turned it down. I'm not going to give all the credit to the Blu Ray format, but, hey, I think it helped.

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