DVD Inside Llewyn Davis : Are life’s indignities worth art’s privileges? Llewyn Davis thinks so, grinding out the life of a folk singer in the early ’60s, just before Bob Dylan blossoms and Greenwich Village becomes the nerve center for a generation. As played by Oscar Isaac, in a starmaking turn, Davis comes alive onstage, gifted with a gently frayed voice and a knack for making the old feel new. Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest character study from the Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan), tracks a fictional troubadour over the course of one eventful week, as he fights to make himself heard, musically and otherwise. Time and again, Inside Llewyn Davis heaps humiliations like homelessness upon its protagonist, and in that regard, it’s strongly reminiscent of the Coens’ A Serious Man, which was likewise elliptical and slightly opaque. Here, however, the music is the saving grace, in almost every sense of the phrase. On DVD.
Also new: The Book Thief; Out of the Furnace; Homefront; Mademoiselle C; The Broken Circle Breakdown; The Patience Stone; Commitment; Barbie: The Pearl Princess; In Fear; The Outsider.
— Preston Jones