Men in Black
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Men in Black

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Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Cast: Barry Sonnenfeld, Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino

     
 

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The limited edition of Men in Black is packaged in a hinged cardboard box that has room enough for two discs, a booklet, a folded mini-poster, and a foam insert. The expanded package includes additional bonus features, an additional commentary track, and of all things, a pan-and-scan version of the film that is not otherwise available (though why this decisionSee more details below

Overview

The limited edition of Men in Black is packaged in a hinged cardboard box that has room enough for two discs, a booklet, a folded mini-poster, and a foam insert. The expanded package includes additional bonus features, an additional commentary track, and of all things, a pan-and-scan version of the film that is not otherwise available (though why this decision was made remains a mystery). The first disc contains the movie itself, presented here in a nice, sharp, anamorphic transfer with solid blacks, excellent color balance, and little in the way of artifacts. The data transfer rate is kept consistently high throughout. The audio is very good, with a standout Dolby 5.1 track, as well as Dolby Surround tracks in English and French. The main commentary, by director Barry Sonnenfeld and actor Tommy Lee Jones, uses an overlay technique that has the pair silhouetted in front of the picture pointing things out (often via onscreen visual aids.) The track is somewhat informative -- mainly as to the convoluted development of the script -- but too often strains for humor, only to fall flat. The "Technical Commentary," meanwhile, is more a collection of comments from a variety of sources, assembled to be somewhat scene-specific; though informative, it is sometimes on the dull side. The second disc contains the extras, which range from visual-effects sequence "deconstructions" of the tunnel sequence and part of the end battle with the Edgar Bug, to a scene-editing workshop that gives viewers three scenes, with three shot choices each, and allows them to experiment with cutting the scenes together. This feature is fun to play with, and seems to work well. There are conceptual art and production photo galleries (expanded in this edition), a feature on the creatures from concept to execution, extended and alternate scenes (none of which seem to fit well with the movie as it is), trailers, a featurette, a documentary on the development and making of the film, the music video for "Men in Black," talent files, and DVD-ROM material with World Wide Web links. About all that's missing is the script and digitized versions of the original comics. All together an entertaining and informative package that does a good job of trying to push the limits of the DVD format, though there is certainly room for quite a bit more even here.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Paranoia was never this much fun. Everyone from weathermen to unwashed dirt farmers is a potentially murderous space alien in this science-fiction comedy that mixes laughs with fast-paced action and spectacular special effects. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith shine as a straight-as-an-arrow special agent and a fast-talking NYPD cop who form an unlikely partnership to rid the earth of extraterrestrial intruders. As imaginative and absurd as the comic-book series that inspired it, Men in Black is an entertaining send-up of self-important sci-fi flicks -- a blockbuster action film that delivers all the expected thrills while managing to revel in its own silliness. The limited-edition two-DVD set is a stellar package with "visual commentaries" from the director and stars, the Men in Black music video, storyboard and photo galleries, and several scenes with multiple angles.
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Because of its extensive ad campaign and huge box-office grosses, some viewers may be surprised at the comparatively small scale of this fun little science-fiction comedy. In fact, most of the reason the film works as well as it does is not the special-effects aspect, which is relatively modest, but the chemistry between its two leads. Tommy Lee Jones' wonderful deadpan delivery works as a perfect counterpoint to Will Smith's often frantic energy, and both actors are a joy to watch. The alien monsters are mostly of the cute and cuddly variety, making it more suitable for children than most violent alien epics of recent years, and it's so much fun that it's one of the rare films which actually raises hopes for a sequel.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2000
UPC:
0043396052918
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Disc One:; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video supervised by director Barry Sonnenfeld; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Visual commentary [starring director Barry Sonnenfeld and Tommy Lee Jones]; Limited edition exclusive, technical audio commentary with Barry Sonnenfeld, Rick Baker, and Industrial Light & Magic team; English 5.1 [Dolby Digital], English 2-channel [Dolby Surround], and French [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin; Disc Two:; Limited edition exclusive, three-scene editing workshops -- become the filmmaker; Limited edition exclusive, Edgar Bug fight scene deconstruction using angles; Limited edition exclusive, Creatures: Concept to Completion; Limited edition exclusive, extended conceptual art and production photo galleries; Character animation studies using angles; Tunnel scene deconstruction using angles; Extended and alternate scenes; Storyboard comparisons; Original featurette; All-new documentary: "Metamorphosis of Men in Black"; Music video starring Will Smith and Mikey; DVD-ROM and web links; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Collectible inserts:; Limited edition exclusives: ; Letter from Barry Sonnenfeld and 12-page booklet including production notes and conceptual character drawings; Reproduction of conceptual drawings signed by Barry Sonnenfeld and Rick Baker

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones K
Will Smith J
Linda Fiorentino Laurel
Vincent D'Onofrio Edgar
Rip Torn Zed
Tony Shalhoub Jeebs
Sean Whalen Passport Officer
Siobhan Fallon Beatrice
Brad Abrell Voice Only
John Alexander Mikey
Richard Arthur 2nd First Contact Alien
Becky Ann Baker Mrs. Redgick
Tim Blaney Voice Only
Patrick Breen Mr. Redgick
Sergio Calderon Jose
Keith Campbell Prep
Willie C. Carpenter Police Inspector
Debbie Lee Carrington Alien Father
David Cross Morgue Attendant
Kent Faulcon 1st Lt. Jake Jensen
Thom Fountain Voice Only
Bernard Gilkey Baseball Player
Michael Goldfinger NYPD Sergeant
Jon Gries Van Driver
Norma Jean Groh Mrs. Edelson
Richard Hamilton D
Carl Johnson Voice Only
Michael Kaliski First Contact Alien
Fredric Lane INS Agent Janus
Boris Leskin Cook
Peter Linari Tow Truck Driver
Drew Massey Voice Only
Alpheus Merchant Security Guard
Harsh Nayyar News Vendor
Mike Nussbaum Gentle Rosenberg
Sean Plummer First Contact Alien
Andy Prosky INS Agent
Steve Rankin INS Agent
Mark Setrakian Voice Only
Charles C. Stevenson MIB Agent Bee
Carel Struycken Arquillian
Ken Thorley Orkin Man
Verne Troyer Alien Son
Mykal Wayne Williams Scared Guy
Michael Willis Cop In Morgue

Technical Credits
Barry Sonnenfeld Director
David Leroy Anderson Makeup
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
John Cameron Asst. Director
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Sean Haworth Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Hubbs Set Decoration/Design
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Jim Miller Editor
Steven R. Molen Associate Producer
Walter Parkes Producer
Don Peterman Cinematographer
Graham Place Co-producer
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
David Rubin Casting
Ed Solomon Original Story,Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Patrick M. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
Bo Welch Production Designer
Debra Zane Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN/FULL SCREEN
1. Start [:02]
2. Illegal aliens [1:04]
3. James Edwards [1:57]
4. Edgar [1:02]
5. Kay takes over [:11]
6. Jeebs [5:18]
7. Simple tests [:10]
8. CASABLANCA & coffee [2:59]
9. Customs & gadgets [:09]
10. Agent Jay [:36]
11. In grave danger [2:39]
12. Mr. & Mrs. Redgick [1:59]
13. Interviewing Beatrice [:08]
14. At the morgue [:12]
15. Little dude & big dude [4:56]
16. Girl he left behind [2:06]
17. Exodus [3:38]
18. A weapon for Jay [4:18]
19. Jewerly store [:39]
20. Discharging his weapon [3:05]
21. Politics specialist [3:56]
22. Orion's belt [2:02]
23. Edgar at the morgue [:05]
24. Deliver The Galaxy [2:36]
25. The little red button [2:50]
26. Edgar sheds his skin [:16]
27. Woman in Black [:49]
Side #2 --
1. Creating Mib [2:29]
2. Meet The Mib [:01]

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