Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

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Director: William Friedkin, Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce

Cast: William Friedkin, Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce

     
 

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The military thriller Rules of Engagement comes to DVD with a sharp 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. There is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, as well as English and French soundtracks in Dolby Digital Surround. There are English subtitles available on the disc. In addition to an audio commentary

Overview

The military thriller Rules of Engagement comes to DVD with a sharp 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. There is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, as well as English and French soundtracks in Dolby Digital Surround. There are English subtitles available on the disc. In addition to an audio commentary by Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin, this disc includes a behind-the-scenes featurette containing interviews with the cast and crew.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Current events in the Middle East lend credibility to this tense melodrama directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist), but it's the dynamic acting of Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson that makes Rules of Engagement irresistibly entertaining. Jackson is eminently believable as the ramrod-straight Marine officer who presides over the massacre of supposedly unarmed Arab civilians during the forced evacuation from a besieged American embassy in Yemen. (Ben Kingsley plays a diplomat; Anne Archer is his wife.) About to be court-martialed, he asks former colleague and retired Marine lawyer Jones to represent him. Friedkin stages the embassy massacre ambiguously enough to create doubt as to Jackson's innocence, setting up a violent confrontation between the old friends when Jones's initial investigation yields nothing by way of exculpatory evidence. The acting is first-rate all around, and Friedkin presents climactic courtroom scenes in a crisply efficient manner, leading to an immensely satisfying conclusion.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
UPC:
0097363321743
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

"A Look Inside" exclusive cast and crew interviews; Exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette; Commentary by director William Friedkin; Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive motion menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones Col. Hayes Hodges
Samuel L. Jackson Col. Terry L. Childers
Guy Pearce Maj. Mark Biggs
Bruce Greenwood William Sokal
Blair Underwood Capt. Lee
Philip Baker Hall Gen. H. Lawrence Hodges
Anne Archer Mrs. Mourain
Ben Kingsley Ambassador Mourain
Mark Feuerstein Capt. Tom Chandler
Dale Dye Gen. Perry
Kim Delaney Actor
Ryan Hurst Corporal Hustings

Technical Credits
William Friedkin Director
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
William Cruse Art Director
Digital Domain Special Effects
Dale Dye Consultant/advisor
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Stephen Gaghan Screenwriter
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Michael Haynie Asst. Director
Augie Hess Editor
Mark Isham Score Composer
Russell James Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Laing Production Designer
Nicola Pecorini Cinematographer
Scott Rudin Producer
Arne Schmidt Co-producer
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
James Webb Executive Producer,Original Story
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Battle of Ca Lu [9:19]
2. Distinguished Service [5:05]
3. Embassy Siege [16:34]
4. International Crisis [3:32]
5. General Court-Martial [2:30]
6. Weak Lawyer [7:49]
7. Making a Case [9:47]
8. Yemen Investigation [17:08]
9. Career at Risk [3:13]
10. Opening Arguments [12:25]
11. Doctor Ahmar [3:16]
12. Withholding Evidence [6:56]
13. Childers' Testimony [11:00]
14. Summation [7:39]
15. Verdict [10:55]

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Rules of Engagement 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of the movie you think that's it's just going to be another war movie. That's what I thought at first. But the plot thickens and the movie really draws you in. Then the courtroom action is really intense. Great performences by Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. There is a certain part in the movie where everything finally becomes clear and it makes you want to watch it from the beginning again. But I'm not going to be the one to spoil it. So I highly reccomend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by Jim Webb, the Senate Candidate for Virginia and a Vietnam vet, Webb made this to be a morally confused state to show what real war is like for the common grunt in the field. Samuel L. Jackson swerves from his usual "angry black male role" which has been stereotyped on him by Hollywood into a recognizgenable soldier of Vietnam and a career Marine man. The Yemen situation is just like Iraq:no way in and no way out, and Tommy Lee Jones would be the perfect Democrat articulating that point. Go Webb for Virginia!
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