Home video: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' keeps it real with folk music

  • Updated: March 8, 2014 - 2:00 PM
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Oscar Isaac stars in “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

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Keeping it real on folk-music scene

As “Inside Llewyn Davis” opens, the year is 1961, when the Greenwich Village folk scene was on the verge of transforming into a tourist destination. The adamantly uncommercial folk singer Llewyn Davis is having none of it. As embodied by the gifted actor and singer Oscar Isaac in a poignant, mesmerizing breakout performance, Llewyn emerges as an improbably sympathetic anti-hero. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the film is a tender, startlingly straight-faced departure from their established house style of cool, ironic distance. The DVD and Blu-ray (Sony, $31-$36) include a documentary that features the Coens, Isaac and co-stars Carey Mulligan and Justin ­Timberlake.

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