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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs- Netflix

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen...each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West...starring Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tyne Daly, Tom Wait and more...The Coen Brothers are amazing filmmakers and I can't wait to see their latest creation...The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, True Grit are just some of their amazing films...

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Correctamondo...I try to never miss a Coen Bros. movie, now add TV serial to that. I thought the droll performance of the actor they cast again to play the title character was a hoot in O Brother, Where Art Thou? Hope this is as much fun as it looks.
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Correctamondo...I try to never miss a Coen Bros. movie, now add TV serial to that. I thought the droll performance of the actor they cast again to play the title character was a hoot in O Brother, Where Art Thou? Hope this is as much fun as it looks.
conflicting information out there as far as this series...it was previously announced as a Netflix 6-part exclusive but then the Coen's apparently thought so highly of it that they decided to re-work it and release it in theaters...so I'm not sure whether this will be the theatrical cut or the longer original extended 6-part series...either way I agree that Coen Bros. movies are not to be missed...always excellent and quirky
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs- Trailer 2

The latest film by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen...Exclusive limited theatrical engagements begin November 8th and on Netflix November 16th...that compressed YouTube video looks stunning in terms of picture quality so I can only imagine how jaw dropping the 4K Dolby Vision will look on my OLED...

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Wow, is all I can say. People looking for a full dose of Coen Bros brilliance here will not be disappointed. Everyone will have a favorite story, but mine is the Tom Waits story.

I really hope they release this on disc at some point, the cinematography is just beautiful. (Bruno Delbonnel).

Be interested to hear what folks think was really going on in the final story.
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Also loved the wagon train one.
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Joel and Ethan Coen...that's all you need to know to watch this...everyone who's a fan of intelligent movies should watch anything with the Coen Bros. name attached to it
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I looks to me that this is the only Netflix title as far as I know that is in 1K (HD) Dolby Vision, not 4K. The Netflix app on my Sony A8F shows DV and 1080 when I do info. For Sabrina on the other hand it shows DV and 2160. Is it really just HD resolution? If so very odd. Also appears to be 1K HDR on a Roku box.

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I looks to me that this is the only Netflix title as far as I know that is in 1K (HD) Dolby Vision, not 4K. The Netflix app on my Sony A8F shows DV and 1080 when I do info. For Sabrina on the other hand it shows DV and 2160. Is it really just HD resolution? If so very odd. Also appears to be 1K HDR on a Roku box.
I posted the below in the ATV4K thread when the PQ of this show came up.

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I looks to me that this is the only Netflix title as far as I know that is in 1K (HD) Dolby Vision, not 4K. The Netflix app on my Sony A8F shows DV and 1080 when I do info. For Sabrina on the other hand it shows DV and 2160. Is it really just HD resolution? If so very odd. Also appears to be 1K HDR on a Roku box.
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I posted the below in the ATV4K thread when the PQ of this show came up.
the Arri Alexa does shoot in 4K...would be highly unusual for it to air in Dolby Vision but no 4K...any confirmation from any other sources that it's not in 4K?
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Yes, it is only 1080p for me as well. Another show on Netflix that is in Dolby Vision but only 1080p is Insatiable.
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From the Netflix app on my Vizio I see 1080p and DV. From my AppleTV I see 2160 with DV. I think the ATV is upscaling because of the DV. My ATV is set for matching and I think it believes that DV has to be UHD.

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From the Netflix app on my Vizio I see 1080p and DV. From my AppleTV I see 2160 with DV. I think the ATV is upscaling because of the DV. My ATV is set for matching and I think it believes that DV has to be UHD.
On the ATV, if you have the video output format set to one of the 4K settings, all output, without exception, is upscaled to 4K and output. Only the DV/HDR and frame rate can be matched or not depending on the settings of the Match Dynamic Range and Match Frame Rate controls.

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Watched on an AppleTV. I'll have to take your word for it that its really just 1080p because yes, it outputs everything at 4k. It must have a good upscaler, because I never would've guessed this wasn't in actual 4k. And honestly, the stunning vistas are probably the best part of this movie.
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Excellent. The first two stories had touches of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns in them and they were hilarious, especially the opening with Tim Blake Nelson.

Stephen Root always plays the odd-ball character to perfection.

Chelcie Ross as the trapper in the final story cracked me up with his rambling dialogue.

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the Arri Alexa does shoot in 4K...would be highly unusual for it to air in Dolby Vision but no 4K...any confirmation from any other sources that it's not in 4K?
Not it 4K since I have that subscription. Perhaps they didn't have the budget (or time) to do 4K CG which there is a bit of in the movie. From what I've read acquisition is done beyond 4K these days often 5 and 6K for some "wiggle room". Also Dolby Vision and HDR require additional color grading.
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Disappointed. Poorest Coen Bros. movie I can remember. Good production values and well acted but no there there in the end.
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Disappointed. Poorest Coen Bros. movie I can remember. Good production values and well acted but no there there in the end.
Yeah, huge Coen Bros fan but was left underwhelmed.
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Yeah, huge Coen Bros fan but was left underwhelmed.
Can't agree. We enjoyed it immensely. I would love to see more anthology shows like this one from the Coens. Maybe short stories aren't your thing?
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Enjoyed the first story. Was surprised though when it switched over to the next one fairly quick. I could see a whole movie from that one character. lol

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Enjoyed the first story. Was surprised though when it switched over to the next one fairly quick. I could see a whole movie from that one character. lol
Me as well. I knew it was in 6-parts but I thought it meant 6 episodes. The following rather short segments cleared things up.
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I enjoyed this one as well. But those with more conventional tastes might not appreciate a Coen Bros movie.

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I finally finished this and I enjoyed it as well, Coen fans will enjoy the darkness amidst the humor but Coen films aren’t for everyone. I love them all even the ones people rag on plus the filmography is fantastic, hopefully there’s a blu upcoming.

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Was wishy washy on this after seeing the mixed reviews, but I'm a big Coen Bros fan so I finally clicked play over the weekend on this. No regrets at all. The first short (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) is wickedly hilarious and wonderfully written. When he takes out the menacing card player with the board of the table, though gruesome, I laughed quite hard at that. The dichotomy of the situation breaks your brain a little bit. Also, the mystique of the quick draw gunslinger is still just so captivating for me when done effectively. I am thinking of things like The Quick and the Dead, Tombstone, and 3:10 to Yuma, etc. When done well, it is such a great device to drive action and intrigue. Of the six stories, I think this one was my favorite.

Of the remaining stories, All Gold Canyon with Tom Waits playing an old prospector is probably my second fave. Obviously minimalist from a script and cast POV, but the story is quite engaging. The cinematography on this one stands out as well with the beauty of the valley captured so well.

Overall, amongst all the stories, they are gorgeous, especially if you can take advantage of Dolby Vision. The writing definitely grabbed me immediately as well. In all honesty, the writing is probably the single thing that draws me to the Coens above all else. I highly recommend watching with subtitles to make sure you don't miss anything. It is incredibly nuanced, and you can tell each word is chosen with care, which is a must when needing to wrap up and entire story in such a short time.

If you've traditionally been a fan of the Coen Bros, it definitely deserves a chance.

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Overall, amongst all the stories, they are gorgeous, especially if you can take advantage of Dolby Vision.
Just watched it this weekend as well. And though my wife (who is a huge fan of the Coen Brothers) bailed after the first chapter ("I just can't stand Westerns"), I've been enjoying all of the short stories. And 100% agree on the stunning cinematography in Dolby Vision -- even though it's just 1080p (with DV), it looks spectacular in DV!!!
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I finally watched it with my wife. We both enjoyed it.

Loved the language and the singing built into the stories. I think the last story was the most entertaining. Best line though: Your first time?
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Nice video on the show. Don't watch it if you haven't seen the movie (Spoilers)


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I finally watched this last night...it's not in the top tier of Coen Bros. movies but it's still very good...well made with excellent cinematography and well written characters...I have a feeling that I'll like it better on repeat viewings...my favorite of the 6 stories was 'The Gal Who Got Rattled' but I enjoyed all of them to varying degrees...I didn't even realize until I looked it up later that the actor who played Harry's cousin Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter movies was in the 'Meal Ticket' story alongside Liam Neeson
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The first segment was quite intriguing, but all else that followed fell flat with me. Good thematic undertones, but ultimately a bit of a bore.
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