Insider

Insider

4.7 11
Director: Michael Mann

Cast: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer

     
 

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Like most of Michael Mann's films, The Insider is an extremely stylish character study, and the excellent 2.35:1 widescreen presentation of the movie on this DVD allows it to make maximum emotional impact. It's hard to say which is better: the excellent, moody Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio or the colorful, beautiful way the visuals have translated to DVD. The music of Lisa… See more details below

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Like most of Michael Mann's films, The Insider is an extremely stylish character study, and the excellent 2.35:1 widescreen presentation of the movie on this DVD allows it to make maximum emotional impact. It's hard to say which is better: the excellent, moody Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio or the colorful, beautiful way the visuals have translated to DVD. The music of Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke is quite magical up against the pretty visuals, whether the score is indulging in evocative, bombastic form or simply flowing in ambient layers. Supplemental features include a short, glossy production featurette, the widescreen theatrical trailer, and a feature called "Inside a Scene," which dissects one scene from the movie, allowing a viewer to look at pre-production, shooting, and finished material. A director's commentary with Mann would have been fascinating but is nowhere to be found. Still, the movie stands on its own merits. The Insider is full of subtle power in this DVD edition.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A riveting, controversial true story handled with tangible class and a documentary feel by director Michael Mann, this real-life drama was nominated for seven Academy awards. Juggling such monolithic issues as corporate responsibility, journalistic ethics, one's moral duty to the truth, and the politics of class, the film is a stew of sober intelligence and one of the best whistleblower dramas ever made. Al Pacino certainly calls upon some of his acting standards as the crusading news producer Lowell Bergman. But he also displays a new prickliness, a smug self-righteousness that balances out his heroism. Most astonishingly, in a time when stars want to portray characters of unmitigated courage, he doesn't back down from the narrative's assertion that he is crassly manipulative. That's a thoroughly unlikable quality flowing from the character's growing cynicism and self-interest, and while it may not be unrealistic, it is extraordinary to find that kind of veracity in a major, mainstream motion picture. Balancing him is Russell Crowe as the titular hero, pulling off a seemingly Robert De Niro-inspired physical, vocal, and behavioral transformation that fans of Crowe's award-winning turn in Gladiator (2000) will have to see to believe. Christopher Plummer earns high marks as Mike Wallace, but the film's greatest asset isn't its fine, notable performances. The Insider (1999), despite press reports attacking the film for its factual lapses, is actually about something important, providing a four-course meal of cinematic food for thought. Arguably Mann's best film to date, The Insider is worth its weight in gold, especially in an era of visceral moviemaking that encourages an audience to check its collective brain at the ticket counter.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2000
UPC:
0717951007391
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:38:00
Sales rank:
23,666

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Production featurette - audio commentary with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe; Inside a scene; 5.1 Surround; Widescreen [2.35:1] aspect ratio - enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Lowell Bergman
Russell Crowe Jeffrey Wigand
Christopher Plummer Mike Wallace
Diane Venora Liane Wigand
Philip Baker Hall Don Hewitt
Lindsay Crouse Sharon Tiller
Debi Mazar Debbie De Luca
Stephen Tobolowsky Eric Kluster
Colm Feore Richard Scruggs
Bruce McGill Ron Motley
Gina Gershon Helen Caperelli
Michael Gambon Thomas Sandefur
Rip Torn John Scanlon
Lynne Thigpen Mrs. Williams
Hallie Kate Eisenberg Barbara Wigand
Michael Paul Chan Norman the Cameraman
Linda Hart Mrs. Wigand
Robert Harper Mark Stern
Nestor Serrano FBI Agent Robertson
Pete Hamill N.Y. Times Reporter
Wings Hauser Tobacco Lawyer
Cliff Curtis Sheikh Fadlallah
Renee Olstead Deborah Wigand
Michael Moore Michael Moore

Technical Credits
Michael Mann Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Avi Avivi Art Director
Gregg Baxter Sound Editor
Pieter Bourke Score Composer
Pieter Jan Brugge Producer
Gusmano Cesaretti Associate Producer
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Lisa Gerrard Score Composer
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Kelly Hannafin Set Decoration/Design
Doug Hemphill Sound/Sound Designer
John Kasarda Art Director
Gregory King Sound Editor
Beth Kushnick Set Decoration/Design
Brian Morris Production Designer
Andy Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
David Rosenbloom Editor
Eric Roth Screenwriter
Paul Rubell Editor
Kathleen M. Shea Associate Producer
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Spellman Set Decoration/Design
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Bonnie Timmerman Casting
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
James Tocci Art Director
Michael Waxman Asst. Director,Co-producer
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/Lebanon [:04]
2. Bad News [:10]
3. Interview In South Beirut [3:00]
4. The Anonymous Package Arrives [3:00]
5. Search For A Consultant [2:58]
6. Meeting At The Seelbach [1:32]
7. Don't Talk [4:46]
8. Lowell Confronts Jeff [:07]
9. Looking For An Angle [2:31]
10. Starting A New Life [2:10]
11. Who's Outside? [1:00]
12. Moment Of Decision [4:06]
13. Cards On The Table [1:12]
14. A Legal Loophole [3:56]
15. Terror At Home [1:19]
16. The First Taped Interview [:20]
17. Heightened Security [4:44]
18. A New Gag Order [3:36]
19. Deposition In Mississippi [3:28]
20. Tortious Interference [2:43]
21. An Abridged Version Of The Show [4:06]
22. Skeletons In The Closet [:45]
23. Damage Control [2:30]
24. Paying The Highest Price [3:11]
25. All The News That's Fit To Print [:04]
26. Other Considerations [2:46]
27. A Legacy Betrayed [3:50]
28. Victory, At What Cost? [:07]
29. Calling It Quits [2:31]
30. End Credits [5:02]

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