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Men of Honor

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Overview

The story of Navy diver Carl Brashear, the first African-American to achieve the rank of Master Diver, Men of Honor comes to DVD in an excellent Special Edition package. As DVDs pile up on the shelves, that phrase often gets tacked on to even the most sparse discs. Here, however, the title is richly deserved. Boasting a stellar transfer -- a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen picture -- this is another good buy to show off the visual attributes of the medium. Men of Honor isn't the kind of film that absolutely requires...
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Overview

The story of Navy diver Carl Brashear, the first African-American to achieve the rank of Master Diver, Men of Honor comes to DVD in an excellent Special Edition package. As DVDs pile up on the shelves, that phrase often gets tacked on to even the most sparse discs. Here, however, the title is richly deserved. Boasting a stellar transfer -- a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen picture -- this is another good buy to show off the visual attributes of the medium. Men of Honor isn't the kind of film that absolutely requires Dolby Digital Sound, but the 5.1 treatment puts the underwater action center stage. These are fine additions, to be sure, but the special edition moniker usually refers to one thing -- extras. Here, viewers get a great commentary from director George Tillman Jr., star Cuba Gooding Jr., and the producer and writer. There is also a bevy of deleted scenes, including an alternate ending. These are available with or without a commentary track from Tillman. Also included are a pair of featurettes, including a look at the real Carl Brashear's life. In addition, this DVD also offers an animatic storyboard, a music video for the film's theme song, and the usual trailers and TV spots. All in all, Men of Honor is a solid release and the excellent extras make it worth owning.
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Special Features

Alternate ending; Deleted scenes; Animated storyboard; Commentary by director George Tillman Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and producer Robert Teitel; "Making of" featurette; "MasterChief: A Tribute to Carl Brashear" documentary; "Win" music video by Brian McKnight; Theatrical trailer and TV spots; Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 2.35:1]; Audio: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Jerry Maguire portrays real-life African-American hero Carl Brashear in Men of Honor, a rousing biography that celebrates virtue, courage, and integrity. Brashear, the illiterate son of a poor black sharecropper, joined the Navy soon after World War II and overcame systemic racism to become its first black man to serve as a Navy diver. Director George Tillman Jr. Soul Food presents the story as a duel of wits between Carl and his redneck instructor, Master Sergeant Billy Sunday Robert De Niro, a bitter alcoholic who at first hates but eventually comes to respect the tenacious Brashear. Charlize Theron has limited screen time as Sunday's patient young wife, but she makes every second count with a skilled, subtle performance. The same can be said for Aunjanue Ellis, playing the librarian who tutors Carl in reading when he has trouble with written tests. As chronicled by Tillman, Brashear's heroism isn't flamboyant; this movie doesn't rely on action and thrills for its impact. Carl's is the quiet heroism of a man whose indomitable will drives him to surmount seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and his triumph makes Men of Honor a truly memorable and inspiring film. The DVD Special Edition includes commentary by Gooding, Tillman, and producer Robert Teitel, as well as an alternate ending, deleted scenes, documentaries on both the film's production and Brashear's life, and a music video.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • UPC: 024543016663
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,764

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Master Chief Billy Sunday
Cuba Gooding Jr. Carl Brashear
Charlize Theron Gwen
Aunjanue Ellis Jo
Hal Holbrook Mr. Pappy
David Keith Capt. Hartigan
Michael Rapaport Snowhill
Powers Boothe Capt. Pullman
Joshua Leonard Isert
David Conrad Hanks
Glynn Turman Chief Floyd
Holt McCallany Rourke
Lonette McKee Ella, Carl's Mother
Carl Lumbly Mac, Carl's Father
Dulé Hill Red Tail
Alimi Ballard
Technical Credits
George Tillman Jr. Director
Bill Badalato Producer
John Carter Editor
Bill Cosby Executive Producer
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Scott Herbertson Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Hubbs Art Director
Mark Isham Score Composer
Daniel Maltese Set Decoration/Design
David Obermeyer Sound/Sound Designer
Salvador Perez Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Stanley Robertson Executive Producer
Scott Marshall Smith Screenwriter
Robert Teitel Producer
Barry Thomas Asst. Director
Jim Wallis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Credits/"don't End Up Like Me" [:25]
2. Big Future In The U.s. Navy [1:23]
3. Master Chief Sunday [:22]
4. "beware What You Wish For" [2:09]
5. Welcoming Bosun's Mate Brashear [3:10]
6. Passing The Test [7:20]
7. Salvage And Rescue [6:48]
8. Bad News [:25]
9. The Bet [5:03]
10. Be The Best [2:53]
11. Against All Odds [6:00]
12. Happy New Year [2:04]
13. Missle Rescue [4:24]
14. Never Gonna Dive Again [2:45]
15. To Be A Master Diver [3:51]
16. Trial Of Honor [5:06]
17. Twelve Steps [3:45]
18. End Credits [6:22]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages
         English 5.1 Surround
         English Dolby Surround
         French Dolby Surround
         Feature Commentary
      Captions And Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
   Extra Features
      Commentary By Cuba Gooding Jr., George Tillman Jr., Scott Marshall Smith & Rober
      Deleted Scenes
         Beach Scene
         Carl Runs From Teacher
         Suiting Up
         Classroom Books
         Love Scene
         Dog Scene
         Telegram
         Detox Admission
         Harlem Club
         Officers Ball
         Outside Detox
         Alternate Ending
         Play All
         Commentary By George Tillman, Jr.
            Commentary On
            Commentary Off
      The Making Of Men Of Honor
      Masterchief: A Tribute To Carl Brashear
      Music Promo Spot
      Music Video: "win" By Brian Mcknight
      Animatic Commentary
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
      Trailers
         Trailer 1
         Trailer 2
      Tv Spot: Change Their World
      Tv Spot: Defy Their System
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A legend of the Manhood

    Honor, Loyalty and Discipline... the qualities of a man. Never-giving up and never accepting defeat, a spirit of life and strength. A movie that demonstrate "the only tradion I know: Honor".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Encouraging and Heartwarming

    A real life movie that shows the courage and determination of a man who others were intent on stopping and putting down. It teaches us never to give up on something that we truly seek to have. This movie makes one feel strong and able to 'hang in there' when the going gets tough. What a great movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UNBELIEVABLE!!

    THIS MOVIE HAS GOT TO BE BOUGHT AND WATCHED. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE ACTING SKILL. THE ENDING KEPT YOU AT THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT!

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