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F. Gary Gray's hostage drama The Negotiator comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. They did a solid job considering how dark the actual film is much of the time. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are available in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include a short documentary about real-life hostage negotiators, a "making of" featurette, production notes, and a handful of ...
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F. Gary Gray's hostage drama The Negotiator comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. They did a solid job considering how dark the actual film is much of the time. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are available in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include a short documentary about real-life hostage negotiators, a "making of" featurette, production notes, and a handful of theatrical trailers. Fans of the film will be pleased with the great sound and quality picture, but a commentary track by the actors would have made this a must-see.
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Special Features

Documentary: "The 11th Hour: Stories From Real Negotiators"; On-location behind-the-scenes documentary; Interactive menus; Production notes; 5 theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English, Français
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This gripping police corruption thriller manages to acquit itself fairly well despite showing some very conspicuous seams. As usual, Samuel L. Jackson plays the slick "bad m.f." character to near-perfection and Kevin Spacey, trying his hand at action, hammers down his fairly straight role. All the vital elements of suspense drama are present; unfortunately, a few sleight-of-hand script shortcuts give the movie an amateurish feel. F. Gary Gray's bang-up direction should please the genre's fans, most of whom flocked to his previous action endeavor, Set It Off. Gray, who started his career making music videos, tends toward the spectacular, giving the film a grandiose, MTV-ish feel. In the end, the all-star appearances of Spacey and Jackson give the film its identity: the two Hollywood powerhouses make more out of the typically flat action storyline.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/1998
  • UPC: 085391675020
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Danny Roman
Kevin Spacey Chris Sabian
David Morse Commander Adam Beck
Ron Rifkin Commander Frost
John Spencer Chief Al Travis
J.T. Walsh Terence Niebaum
Regina Taylor Karen Roman
Siobhan Fallon Maggie
Paul Giamatti Rudy
Kelsey Mulrooney Stacy Sabian
Technical Credits
F. Gary Gray Director
Albert Beveridge Co-producer
Russell Carpenter Cinematographer
James DeMonaco Screenwriter
Kevin Fox Screenwriter
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Holger Gross Production Designer
David Hoberman Producer
A. Todd Holland Set Decoration/Design
Lois G. Hoyos Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Ishioka Art Director
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Arnon Milchan Producer
David Nicksay Executive Producer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Richard Reynolds Set Decoration/Design
David Rubin Casting
Barbara Ann Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Robert Stone Executive Producer
Webster Stone Executive Producer
Daniel Sudick Special Effects Supervisor
Barry Thomas Asst. Director
Christian Wagner Editor
Russell Williams II Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Credits [2:32]
2. Negotiating With Omar [4:09]
3. Countdown [3:13]
4. On the News...Again [2:14]
5. Missing Money [2:53]
6. Rendezvous With Nate [3:29]
7. Surprise Discovery [5:18]
8. Lost Star [2:34]
9. Facing His Accusers [4:26]
10. Not Going to Jail Today [3:34]
11. Forces in Place [3:44]
12. No Eyes, No Ears [4:19]
13. The Man Danny Wants [3:31]
14. Never Say No [3:57]
15. Not Helping [3:27]
16. Rules of Engagement [3:09]
17. How Do You Know? [3:15]
18. Courting Period [2:37]
19. Chris in the Game [2:46]
20. Trustworthy Stranger [3:01]
21. On the Trigger [2:24]
22. Full Command [2:51]
23. Want My Blood?!? [3:46]
24. Phone Tag [4:03]
25. Not What They Seem [3:09]
26. Niebaum's Files [5:14]
27. Getting Inside [4:28]
28. Someone With Access [1:24]
29. Calling His Bluff [5:59]
30. Under Fire [4:22]
31. I Wonder Why [4:04]
32. A Way Out? [3:37]
33. To Their Rescue [4:23]
34. Off-Site [4:00]
35. Standoff at Niebaum's [3:25]
36. Negotiating a Deal [3:28]
37. Right to Remain Silent [1:47]
38. Nice Talking to You [3:05]
39. Found Star; End Credits [5:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Samuel L. Jackson - Danny Roman
         Kevin Spacey - Chris Sabian
         David Morse - Commander Adam Beck
         Ron Rifkin - Commander Frost
         John Spencer - Chief Al Travis
         J. T. Walsh - Inspector Niebaum
         Written by James Demonaco
         Written by Kevin Fox
         Produced by David Hoberman
         Produced by Arnon Milchan
         Directed by F. Gary Gray
      Final Negotiations
         The Eleventh Hour: Stories From Real-Life Negotiators
            The Eleventh Hour: Stories From Real-Life Negotiators
            On Location...
         Theatrical Trailer
      About the Story
      Chicago Shooting
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks: English
      Soundtracks: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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      Actor
         Sphere
         A Time to Kill
         L.A. Confidential
         Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil
      Genre
   Play Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Figure this out!

    I liked the Samuel L Jackson and Kevins Spacey tandem! The story was a bit dragging at first but it was well worth the wait. It'll keep you guessing till the end! Good acting, well cooked up plot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Intense

    Samuel L. Jackson is at his best in his role (in all of things)) as a cop. I love it that he cracks the evil cops and fights for what's right! I also liked the extra video of real negotiators and the tribute to J.T. Walsh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Acting

    Samuel L. Jackson at his absolute best! Kevin Spacey does a great job in a supporting role as well - thrilling action, great plot twists, a must for any Sam Jackson fan!

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