Usual Suspects

Usual Suspects

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Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Bryan Singer, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri


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The special edition of The Usual Suspects has much going for it, on both sides of the disc. Naturally there is a commentary track with director Bryan Singer and Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie. Naturally, it is very interesting and detail heavy. There is also another commentary track featuring composer John Ottman, who offers insights the other twoSee more details below

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The special edition of The Usual Suspects has much going for it, on both sides of the disc. Naturally there is a commentary track with director Bryan Singer and Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie. Naturally, it is very interesting and detail heavy. There is also another commentary track featuring composer John Ottman, who offers insights the other two do not. With such a dialogue-intensive script as this, the soundtrack has to be up to snuff, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround here has been designed to highlight the words without muting the ambient noise. This DVD makes the best case yet in the argument for widescreen vs. pan-and-scan because it gives you the option. Choose the 2.35:1 anamorphic letterboxed version and you'll see a digitized movie the way it was supposed to be seen, in sharp colors and remarkable clarity; choose the TV-style full-frame version and you'll see scenes where the person talking isn't on the screen, and the visual image is slightly dreary. New supplements include "Pursuing the Suspects," a documentary about the casting choices, and "Doin' Time With The Usual Suspects, which collects interviews with the cast members as they talk about the movie and their lives after. "Heisting Cannes with The Usual Suspects" goes to France with the cast and feels like an elaborate home movie. "Keyser Soze: Lie or Legend" continues the parlor game of Who Was Soze? that fans of the movie love to play. Speaking of games, an easter egg is solved if you can piece together the order the clues to Soze's identity appear in the film, with your reward being even more documentary material, one having to do with the film's composer. Less interesting is an elaborate, indulgent gag reel of outtakes introduced by Singer that is nearly a short movie in itself. It's not very interesting, but the rest of the disc is fascinating.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Few movie thrillers grip their audiences in the way this gritty but seductive caper flick does. Christopher McQuarrie's brilliantly structured, Academy Award-winning screenplay opens with a mysterious dock fire, the unexpected result of a botched hijacking that leaves the crime scene littered with corpses. Flashbacks reveal the participants as career criminals Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Benicio Del Toro, and the conflagration's sole survivor, Kevin Spacey. Interrogated by police officer Chazz Palminteri, Spacey spins a bizarre tale of treachery and murder, over which hovers the specter of a mysterious master criminal named Keyser Soze. Bryan Singer's direction consists mainly of misdirection: Like a magician, he diverts attention from clues that might enable viewers to peer through veils of deception shrouding the truth. He's ably assisted by the powerhouse cast, the standout of which is clearly Spacey. His Oscar-winning portrayal of crippled stoolie, Roger "Verbal" Kint, catapulted the character actor to stardom. Distinguished by its deliciously clever script, razor-sharp direction, and superb, nuanced performances, The Usual Suspects is a modern classic.
All Movie Guide
A slick triumph of casting and wordplay, The Usual Suspects was one of the most fiendishly intricate American films of the 1990s. Relentlessly stylish and growing more convoluted by the frame, the film invited its audience to take part in the confusion, to attempt to discern illusion from reality as if watching a magician's act. What makes The Usual Suspects remarkable is that fact and fiction never evolve into distinct entities, entwining in an almost indiscernible jumble to baffle the viewer. Like the all-important but (largely) unseen Keyser Soze, Suspects' genius rested in holding its audience hostage to the intangible, making it equally impossible to believe what you've seen or dismiss what you haven't. In turn, the film is shamelessly manipulative, demanding the audience's complete involvement and undivided attention; a bathroom break carries the risk of losing the plot entirely. As the men caught up in the film's labyrinthine intrigue, Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, and Stephen Baldwin fit their roles perfectly, demonstrating an ensemble casting coup. Spacey, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Verbal Kint, is particularly impressive, managing to be pathetic, off-handedly irreverent, and cunning all at once. The qualities on display in his performance make him the poster child for the film's overall tone: shifty, garrulous, and altogether not to be trusted, Spacey's Kint embodies the film's compulsive, charming will to deception. Director Bryan Singer handles his characters and the film's many twists with the ease of a devious master puppeteer, mixing liberal doses of film noir, humor, and intrigue with refreshing audacity. The result was one of the most accomplished thrillers of the decade, a mystery whose wild manipulations came courtesy of a director whose hands were very tightly gripped around the controls.
Rolling Stone

The Usual Suspects is the freshest, funniest and scariest crime thriller to come along since Pulp Fiction. Peter Travers
Los Angeles Times
But like a tale from the Arabian Nights, told for the sheer pleasure of storytelling, this elegant puzzle not only enjoys showing off, it also has something to show. Kenneth Turan

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Product Details

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Mgm (Video & Dvd)
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital]
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Special Features

Audio commentaries by director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie; interview with composer/film editor John Ottman; deleted scenes; original featurette " Heisting Cannes;" featurettes "Pursuing the Suspects" and "Keyser Soze, Lie or Legend;" Gag reel with introduction; trailers; TV spots; high-definition transfer; full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriel Byrne Dean Keaton
Stephen Baldwin McManus
Chazz Palminteri Dave Kujan
Kevin Pollak Todd Hockney
Pete Postlethwaite Kobayashi
Kevin Spacey Roger "Verbal" Kint
Benicio Del Toro Fred Fenster
Dan Hedaya Jeff Rabin
Suzy Amis Edie Finneran
Giancarlo Esposito Jack Baer
Paul Bartel Smuggler
Carl Bressler Saul Berg
Phillip Simon Fortier
Jack Shearer Renault
Christine Estabrook Dr. Plummer
Clark Gregg Dr. Walters
Morgan Hunter Arkosh Kovash
Michelle Clunie Sketch Artist
Vito D'Ambrosio Arresting Officer
Gene Lythgow Cop on Pier
David Powladge Bodyguard
Billy Bates Bodyguard
Castulo Guerra Arturro Marquez
Bert Williams Old Cop
Peter Greene Redfoot (uncredited)
Louis Lombardi Strausz
Frank Medrano Rizzi

Technical Credits
Bryan Singer Director,Producer
Sara Andrews Set Decoration/Design
Hans Brockmann Executive Producer
Howard Cummings Production Designer
James Deck Asst. Director
Roy Downey Special Effects
François Duplat Executive Producer
Eric Golstein Cinematographer
Art Horan Executive Producer
Kenneth Kokin Asst. Director,Co-producer
David S. Lazan Art Director
Francine Maisler Casting
Michael McDonnell Producer
Christopher McQuarrie Screenwriter
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
John Ottman Score Composer,Editor
Geoffrey Patterson Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Scott Sakamoto Cinematographer
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen/Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title [2:15]
2. The Last Smoke [2:54]
3. Rounding Up... [2:50]
4. ...The Usual Suspects [4:03]
5. Five Guys in a Room [4:49]
6. Two Survivors [1:04]
7. Not an Interrogation [2:20]
8. Hungarian Burn Victim [1:35]
9. "I'm Smarter Than You" [4:07]
10. After the Lineup [2:23]
11. Convincing Keaton [2:52]
12. NY's Finest Taxi Service [3:26]
13. The Fence in California [2:41]
14. "Dean Keaton Was Dead" [2:09]
15. He Saw the Devil [1:48]
16. "There Was a Lawyer..." [1:40]
17. Redfoot Makes an Offer [3:08]
18. Bad Day for a Heist [4:24]
19. "Who's Keyser Soze?" [1:16]
20. Kobayashi [5:05]
21. "A Gift From Mr. Soze" [2:11]
22. One Day in Turkey [5:30]
23. Finding Fenster [2:23]
24. No Threat to Kobayashi [6:00]
25. A Logistical Nightmare [1:09]
26. Ready, Set, Shoot [8:13]
27. A Rat Naming Names [1:06]
28. No-Dope Boat [5:02]
29. And Then There Was One [3:57]
30. "He Was My Friend!" [5:16]
31. The Writing on the Wall [4:42]
32. End Credits [3:26]

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