Men With Guns

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John Sayles' political drama Men With Guns comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Spanish soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary recorded by Sayles. He is a very smart man with a great talent for storytelling, and is able to explain in revealing and humorous detail the various problems that occurred as they filmed in ...
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John Sayles' political drama Men With Guns comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Spanish soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary recorded by Sayles. He is a very smart man with a great talent for storytelling, and is able to explain in revealing and humorous detail the various problems that occurred as they filmed in countries that were less than hospitable. Sayles also explains throughout how the film is modeled on classic storytelling structure. Trailers round out this strong release from Columbia/TriStar.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; Bonus trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

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Men With Guns fell victim to a surprisingly cool reception upon its release, one that suggested John Sayles' long winning streak had finally been broken. This powerful and uncompromising film simply doesn't bear that notion out. Maybe the muted response had more to do with the general unwillingness to acknowledge the reality of Third World violence, a topic Sayles confronts head-on here. That he chose to set the film in an unnamed Spanish-speaking country allows him to deal with generalities rather than specifics and frees Men With Guns from the overt didacticism from which it might otherwise have suffered. In a performance of tremendous gravity, Frederic Luppi conveys the confusion of a man whose long-accepted notions of good and evil fall victim to the grim scenes he encounters, recognizing that whatever ideology they profess, it is a far more simplistic approach to politics that drives the competing bands of armed men. Ever humane, Sayles offers glimmers of hope, but overall the film remains as grim as its subject matter. This grimness may have been the source of some viewers' complaints, but it would have done a disservice to the subject to portray it otherwise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • UPC: 043396094482
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Federico Luppi Dr. Fuentes
Damian Delgado Domingo, the soldier
Dan Rivera Gonzalez Conejo, the boy
Tania Cruz Graciela, the mute girl
Damián Alcázar Padre Portillo, the priest
Mandy Patinkin Andrew
Kathryn Grody Harriet
Iguandili Lopez Mother
Danny Rivera
Nandi Luna Ramirez Daughter
Rafael De Quevedo General
Roverto Sosa Bravo
Technical Credits
John Sayles Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Miguel A. Alvarez Set Decoration/Design
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Jim De Nardo Associate Producer
Peter Gilbert Associate Producer
Lou Gonda Executive Producer
Manuel Hinojosa Asst. Director
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer
Judy Karp Sound/Sound Designer
Lizzie Curry Martinez Casting
R. Paul Miller Producer
Bertha Navarro Co-producer
Salvador Parra Art Director
Felipe Fernandez del Paso Production Designer
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Maggie Renzi Producer
Eric Robison Associate Producer
Mayes C. Rubeco Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Sayles Associate Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Dr. Humberto Fuentes
3. Vacation Plans
4. Los Perdidos
5. That's Not Bravo
6. Andrew & Harriet
7. Rio Seco
8. The Fate of Dr. Cienfuegos
9. Police Report
10. Tierra Quemada
11. Dr. Arenas' Fate
12. The School
13. Caras Suscias
14. The Deserter
15. Domingo Returns
16. Dr. De Soto's Office
17. Padre Portillo
18. Two Failers
19. Ghost Story
20. Domingo's Confession
21. Encounter With the Army
22. Community of Hope
23. Graciela
24. "You'll Wake Up The Others"
25. The Ruins
26. Guerrillas in Their Midst
27. Cerca del Cielo
28. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      Men With Guns
      Limbo
      Passion Fish
      Sunshine State
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French/Français
      Subtitles: Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles: Off
   Director's Commentary: On
   Director's Commentary: Off
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