Men in Black

Men in Black

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Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

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

     
 

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Barry Sonnenfeld's science fiction-comedy Men in Black comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a

Overview

Barry Sonnenfeld's science fiction-comedy Men in Black comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include commentary tracks recorded by Sonnenfeld and the actors and filmmakers, a music video from Will Smith, trailers, a preview for Men in Black 2, production notes, and a making-of documentary. This is a superb disc from Columbia TriStar.

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:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0043396087712
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Disc One: Widescreen and Full screen presentations with visual and audio commentaries; Dolby Digital 5.1 English language track; Dolby Surround 2.0 French language track; English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin subtitles.
Disc Two: "Men in Black" documentary; Extended and alternate scenes; Sneak peek at "Men in Black II"; "Men in Black II" teaser trailer; Scene editing workshop; Storyboard comparisons; Conceptual art gallery; Music video by Will Smith and Mikey; Theatrical trailers; Production notes.

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Men in Black
1. Start Illegal Aliens [:02]
2. James Edwards [1:04]
3. Edgar [1:57]
4. Kay Takes Over [1:02]
5. Jeebs [:11]
6. Simple Tests [5:18]
7. Casablanca & Coffee [:10]
8. Customs & Gadgets [2:59]
9. Agent Jay [:09]
10. In Grave Danger [:36]
11. Mr. & Mrs. Redgick [2:39]
12. Interviewing Beatrice [1:59]
13. At the Morgue [:08]
14. Little Dude & Big Dude [:12]
15. Girl He Left Behind [4:56]
16. Exodus [2:06]
17. A Weapon for Jay [3:38]
18. Jewelry Store [4:18]
19. Discharging His Weapon [:39]
20. Politics Specialist [3:05]
21. Orion's Belt [3:56]
22. Edgar At the Morgue [2:02]
23. Deliver the Galaxy [:05]
24. The Little Red Button [2:36]
25. Edgar Sheds His Skin [2:50]
26. Woman In Black [:16]

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Men in Black 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good movie love it
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Purple-Wolf More than 1 year ago
I love how this movie is funny, but scary as in a Oh-My-God-That-Dude-Just-Shot-Another-Guy's-Head-Off way. I love movies like this one. I totally recommend MIIB (Men In Black Two) after you've seen this one! Even though it's rated PG-13, all ages (except for the youngsters) will love this epic movie!
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This has got to be one of my favorite Sci-Fi/comedy movies. The Blue-ray version has a lot of extra features worth watching
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