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Buy box sets from directors you like, Coens. Sometimes cheaper than buying them separate and you get the box for display purposes.
So basically this but a Criterion version? I know you didn't mention Fargo but I love that movie and I would never say no to that.
I also feel like No Country would be a good fit for the collection. Although it might not pair that well with their earlier works
I don't have it yet but I think Miller's crossing is in the coen box set. It's on sale very often at Best Buy.
$21 on Amazon
I would tread carefully reading Amazon reviews. For one, they combine DVD/streaming/Blu-ray reviews all together, so it's not always obvious which release you are reading about. Even more confusing when titles get a 2nd Blu-ray release.
Plus most Amazon reviewers don't know what they are talking about when it comes to this sort of thing.
It's been quite awhile since I've watched my Blu-ray copy, but I guarantee you it looks better than the DVD. I sold my DVD copy years ago, so I won't be able to give you a comparison. Here's a caps-a-holic comparison between German Blu-ray and US DVD. I don't know how the German Blu-ray compares to the US Blu-ray, but there are some color differences between the German Blu-ray and the US DVD. You can see the US DVD is acceptable, not great, even for a DVD. Not to say I'm blown away by the Blu-ray screenshots either.
Have you considered this set for $20? Each movie comes in it's own case. Not a bad deal for $5 a movie. I bought it years ago, and threw out the box/sleeve because I thought the brain/head thing was ugly. Worth mentioning the Fargo release is the older (non-remastered), first Blu-ray release and Blood Simple has a new Criterion release. That may influence your decision.