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Boiler Room

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Overview

New Line produces some of the best discs available. The picture quality, for starters, is outstanding. It is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is anamorphic. There are a few moments of aliasing, but they are kept to a minimum. The sound, while not nearly as impressive, is still quite good. This disc has both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and 4.0 surround track. The soundtrack is basically dialogue-driven, so one would not expect to see a wide use of the surrounds. What does come into effect is the ...
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Overview

New Line produces some of the best discs available. The picture quality, for starters, is outstanding. It is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is anamorphic. There are a few moments of aliasing, but they are kept to a minimum. The sound, while not nearly as impressive, is still quite good. This disc has both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and 4.0 surround track. The soundtrack is basically dialogue-driven, so one would not expect to see a wide use of the surrounds. What does come into effect is the subwoofer, due to all the bass from the hip-hop soundtrack. The disc has the usual trailer and filmographies of the cast and crew. It also has two audio commentary tracks, one from the director, producer, composer, and star Giovanni Ribisi, and the other, in the way of an isolated music track, from the composer, a woman named the Angel. Both tracks have some great information about making this film and how the elements came together. The track with the Angel is unconventional; it is presented with her words layered at times on top of other sentences. Next there are four deleted scenes and an alternate ending. In addition, this disc has a few DVD-ROM features. The disc is rounded off by additional trailers that are hidden in the filmography section. These are for two other New Line films, Friday and Love Jones.
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Special Features

Widescreen version; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Deleted scenes/alternate ending; Commentary by director Ben Younger, producer Jennifer Todd, and actor Giovanni Ribisi; 5.1 Isolated score with composer commentary by the Angel; Original theatrical trailer; Cast and crew filmographies; Interactive menus; DVD-ROM features:; "Script-to-Screen"; Quiz: "Are You Boiler Room Material?"; Original theatrical website
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Ben Younger's Boiler Room is a morality tale about sleazy stockbrokers that freely acknowledges its antecedents: The film's young, would-be millionaires spend their evenings in unfurnished mansions watching Wall Street on a big-screen TV and recite lines from Glengarry Glen Ross by heart. The mesmerizing Giovanni Ribisi stars as a college dropout with get-rich-quick dreams who joins a low-end brokerage house only to discover he's being taught to bilk families out of their life savings. The fun of Boiler Room is in the vibrant portrait it paints of a particularly high-pressure brand of salesmanship, with characters mouthing such memorable catch phrases as "don't pitch the bitch" i.e., don't sell to women. Vin Diesel and Nicky Katt are vivid as Ribisi's fellow brokers, and Ben Affleck gets to deliver some zingy, testosterone-laced monologues urging new recruits to stop at nothing in their quest for the all-important "close." Ribisi's relationship with his disapproving father and his affair with the firm's secretary add some emotional dimension, but Boiler Room is really a boys' flick -- it's at its energetic best when exploring the rituals of an all-male universe where misogyny and bad manners rule.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The directorial debut of filmmaker Ben Younger, Boiler Room (2000) is a stylishly rendered drama that is perhaps overly indebted to several previous films, most notably the "greed is good" philosophy of Wall Street (1987). Although Younger acknowledges his inspiration with a scene paying homage to Oliver Stone's anti-corporate treatise, Boiler Room is more of a Generation-X imitation than a serious reconsideration of the same subject matter. Nevertheless, Younger creates some memorable visuals, and extracts excellent performances from a talented cast, notably character actor Giovanni Ribisi, who successfully carries a film as a leading man for the first time. Unfolding like an anti-Horatio Alger tale, or the sobering flip side of '80s-era "boy makes rich" films like The Secret of My Success (1987) and Cocktail (1988), Boiler Room ends up a well-crafted but overly familiar tale of youthful exuberance and ambition corrupted by big business.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • UPC: 794043505522
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,232

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Giovanni Ribisi Seth Davis
Vin Diesel Chris Varick
Nia Long Abby Halperin
Nicky Katt Greg Feinstein
Scott Caan Richie
Ron Rifkin Judge Davis
Jamie Kennedy Adam
Taylor Nichols Harry Reynard
Bill Nichols Agent Drew
Tom Everett Scott Michael Brantley
Ben Affleck Jim Young
Siobhan Fallon Michelle, Harry's Supervisor
Jon Abrahams Jeff
Mark Moshe Bellows John Fineman
Judy Del Guidice Office Woman
Marsha Dietlein Susan Reynard
Lucinda Faraldo Trendy Hostess
Christopher Fitzgerald Kid
Lisa Gerstein Sheryl
John Griesemer Concierge
Russell Harper Kid
Don J. Hewitt Local
Marjorie Johnson Abby's Mother
Neal Lerner Gay Man
Eddie Malavarca Broker
Peter Maloney Doctor Jacobs
Will McCormack Mike the Casino Patron
Donna Mitchell Seth's Mother
Anson Mount Broker
Taylor Patterson Sara Reynard
Raymond Pirkle JP Broker
Joe Prelow JP Broker
Peter Rini JP Broker
Jared Ryan Casino Steve
Ross Ryman Isaac
Gillian Sacco Waitress at Mickey's
Bill Sage Agent Drew
Matthew Saldivan Series Seven Kid
Daniel Serafini-Sauli Steve/Broker
Serge Skliarenko Croatian Broker
Joseph Tudisco Janitor
Seth Ullian Broker
André Vippolis Neil
Carlo Vogel Rude Kid
Alex Webb FBI Director
Mark Webber Kid
Lori Yoffe Secretary
David Younger Marc
Technical Credits
Ben Younger Director, Screenwriter
Jennifer Alex Set Decoration/Design
The Angel Score Composer
William Shackleton Arnot Camera Operator
Bob Bowen Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Julia Caston Costumes/Costume Designer
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Catherine Gore Screenwriter
Michael Green Camera Operator
Roswell Hamrick Art Director
Wendy O'Brien-Livingstone Casting
John Papsidera Casting
Chris Peppe Editor
Julian Petrillo Asst. Director
Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
Pamela Post Associate Producer
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Schneider Sound Mixer
Anne Stuhler Production Designer
Jennifer Todd Producer
Suzanne Todd Producer
E. Bennett Walsh Co-producer
Mark White Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/ Honor Is In the Door [5:02]
2. Knock of Fate [4:59]
3. "An Honest Living" [1:58]
4. An Offer from Greg [3:57]
5. Group Interview [7:00]
6. First Day [6:18]
7. A Couple of Tips [2:47]
8. "I've Never Heard of This Firm..." [1:50]
9. Wall Street [2:38]
10. "Reco!" [5:49]
11. Drinks for Two/ Drinks for Four [6:20]
12. "Act As If..." [2:07]
13. Seth Gets Pitched [1:37]
14. Boys Will Be Boys [4:27]
15. Casino Problems [2:21]
16. First Close [2:30]
17. Seth and Abbie [2:39]
18. Harry [3:28]
19. Series 7 Celebration [4:58]
20. The Building Next Door [1:26]
21. The Fortieth [1:34]
22. "Congratulations!" [2:15]
23. Seth Finds Nothing [3:49]
24. "Get Off Your Ass!" [2:18]
25. Harry Goes in Heavy [3:43]
26. "It's a Chop Shop..." [4:07]
27. "I Need Your Help!" [6:49]
28. Under Arrest [5:10]
29. Last Day [4:01]
30. "It's Time..." [4:33]
31. What If [1:17]
32. End Credits [5:46]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Audio Options
      5.1 Surround Sound
      2.0 Stereo Surround Sound
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Play Movie With Filmmaker Commentary
      Isolated Score With Composer Commentary
      Deleted Scenes
         Hotel Room Party
         Seth's Employees At School
         Cruising With the Boys
         Dinner Joke
         Original Ending
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast and Crew
         Giovanni Ribisi
         Vin Diesel
         Nia Long
         Nicky Katt
         Scott Caan
         Ron Rifkin
         Jamie Kennedy
         Taylor Nichols
         Tom Everett Scott
         Ben Affleck
         Ben Younger
         Jennifer Todd
         Suzanne Todd
         The Angel
   Scene Selections
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Wall Street all over again....

    This movie gives you the chills, it reminds you of the all-time classic ''Wall-Street'' with Bud Fox & Gordon Gecko. Only this time it is played by Seth Davis as Bud Fox. Boiler Room has an all-star cast with Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, & Ben Affleck... If you haven't seen this film, you are missing out, it is unforgettable and it is one of those keeper DVD's to have in your collection. - Chad Castorina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vivid, passionate, and certainly awe-inspiring!!

    This movie had such an amazing plot that it's unbelievable. It told a great story in terms of Seth Davis trying to win his father's approval after an argument at dinner one night over his casino business. Seth is motivated to get his life in order and jumps at the first chance he gets--becoming a stockbroker at some mediocre firm out on Long Island. At first it all seems too good to be true, and although Seth is excited about this kind of work and the opportunities which he knows will eventually present themselves to him, he is still wary and apt to play devil's advocate here and there. He clings to the support of a senior broker Chris Varick who eventually befriends him and makes it a point to make Seth feel welcome and encourage him. However, Seth also deals with his immediate team leader Greg Weinstein stepping on his toes every chance he gets as well as the romantic pressures of a new admired friend--the firm's secretary Abby. As time goes on, Greg becomes more envious, Chris becomes more and more encouraging of Seth, Seth makes more and more friends and more and more money, and Abby becomes more and more friendly. Let's not leave out the fact that his father is now looking at him in a different light as well. It all seems like the perfect scenario until Seth becomes a little too good at his job--and then the truth behind what makes the business run comes out. It's back to square one for Seth as his father attempts to disown him, Greg is sick and tired of him, and the FBI finally arrests him. Faced with the decision of his life, Seth eventually comes to realize that what he has worked so hard for in this shady firm is nothing compared to the respect and solidarity with which he believes he is to interact with his father and the senseless clients he has taken down and unknowingly cheated.

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