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In the Company of Men
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In the Company of Men

Director: Neil LaBute

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy, Stacy Edwards

 

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A twisted tale of two bitter businessmen who focus their rage for all things female on a naïve secretary, director Neil LaBute's controversial black comedy debut dealing with the dark side of relationships receives its DVD debut courtesy of Columbia TriStar Home Video. Viewable in either the original anamorphic widescreen theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1 or standard

Overview

A twisted tale of two bitter businessmen who focus their rage for all things female on a naïve secretary, director Neil LaBute's controversial black comedy debut dealing with the dark side of relationships receives its DVD debut courtesy of Columbia TriStar Home Video. Viewable in either the original anamorphic widescreen theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1 or standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, the image is accompanied by a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, as well as an alternate English Dolby Digital Mono track and optional English, Spanish, or French subtitles. Extra features offer insight into this biting and disturbing film, with director and cast commentaries and a theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Neil LaBute's disturbing and corrosively funny debut feature is pure dynamite as a character study and investigation of the mindset of the corporate male (or perhaps the male in general). As both writer and director, LaBute gives his leading characters enough detail to emerge as flesh-and-blood people rather than caricatures of Bad Men, and Aaron Eckhart and Matt Malloy make the most of their material as Chad and Howard, the yuppies who seek to win and then crush the affections of a hearing impaired co-worker. In this story, Chad and Howard's humanity doesn't redeem them; in fact, they seem all the more repulsive for it, especially Howard, initially the more benign member of the pair, whose fear and distrust of women becomes as ugly as Chad's more obvious misogyny. While Stacy Edwards isn't given as much to do, she makes Christine well-rounded enough to have her own complement of virtues and flaws. The starkly beautiful images evoke Edward Hopper's paintings of urban isolation, as they enhance the film's tone of clinical and sterile detachment. In the company of men of course carries a double meaning, as the movie indicts American corporate culture as much as (or more than) men as a gender. If you wanted to kick start a heated debate about gender issues at the end of the 20th century, one viewing of this movie gave you all the encouragement you needed.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
UPC:
0043396260191
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Theatrical trailer; Director and cast commentaries; Scene selections; Widescreen and full screen formats

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaron Eckhart Chad
Matt Malloy Howard
Stacy Edwards Christine
Mark Rector John
Emily Cline Suzanne
Jason Dixie Intern

Technical Credits
Neil LaBute Director,Screenwriter
Mark Archer Producer
Toby Gaff Executive Producer
Mark Hart Executive Producer
Julia Henkel Production Designer
Tony Hettinger Cinematographer
Matt Malloy Executive Producer
George Moskal Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Moskal Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Pevner Producer
Joyce Pierpoline Associate Producer
Joel Plotch Editor
Karel Roessingen Songwriter
Denise Snider Asst. Director
Ken Williams Songwriter
Ken Williams Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. scene selections
1. start [1:28]
2. chad & howard [7:00]
3. the game [4:05]
4. week one [2:49]
5. john [2:50]
6. perfect candidate [3:32]
7. calling christine [2:18]
8. week two [1:37]
9. howard & christine [2:33]
10. conference room [2:10]
11. meeting starts [:53]
12. copy line [1:11]
13. week three [2:23]
14. making his move [1:46]
15. comparing notes [4:32]
16. lies & truth [2:56]
17. week four [2:54]
18. lunch with chad [5:21]
19. up on the roof [4:40]
20. week five [2:22]
21. jewelry store [1:00]
22. the intern [4:16]
23. hurting howard [5:18]
24. hurting christine [3:43]
25. week six [3:34]
26. game over [5:45]
27. weeks later [9:10]
28. "listen!" [4:30]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. scene selections
1. start [1:28]
2. chad & howard [7:00]
3. the game [4:05]
4. week one [2:49]
5. john [2:50]
6. perfect candidate [3:32]
7. calling christine [2:18]
8. week two [1:37]
9. howard & christine [2:33]
10. conference room [2:10]
11. meeting starts [:53]
12. copy line [1:11]
13. week three [2:23]
14. making his move [1:46]
15. coparing notes [4:32]
16. lies & truth [2:56]
17. week four [2:54]
18. lunch with chad [5:21]
19. up on the roof [4:40]
20. week five [2:22]
21. jewelry store [1:00]
22. the intern [4:16]
23. hurting howard [5:18]
24. hurting christine [3:43]
25. week six [3:34]
26. game over [5:45]
27. weeks later [9:10]
28. "listen!" [4:30]

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