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Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes

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Director: Roger Michell

Cast: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette


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Roger Michell directs Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck in the drama Changing Lanes, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French and a second English soundtrack have been recorded in Dolby Digital


Roger Michell directs Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck in the drama Changing Lanes, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French and a second English soundtrack have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, a making-of featurette, a featurette on the screenwriter, deleted scenes, and the theatrical trailer. This is a strong disc from Paramount.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Ingenious scripting, earnest performances, and fastidious direction make the patently preposterous premise of Changing Lanes not only believable but genuinely compelling. Ben Affleck is perfectly cast as a callow yuppie lawyer who, late for an important court proceeding, leaves the scene of a car accident that strands Samuel L. Jackson. A recovering alcoholic due in court himself, Jackson fails to show up on time and, as a result, forfeits his rights to partial custody of his son. What really distinguishes the Chap Taylor-Michael Tolkin screenplay is its portrayal of the ensuing battle of wits: Jackson inadvertently acquired a file vital to Affleck’s case, but he refuses to surrender it until the lawyer makes compensation. Affleck has never been better; he is superb as the increasingly desperate attorney who first uses his connections to ruin Jackson’s life and then remorsefully tries to undo the damage. He and Jackson get strong support from Sydney Pollack (Affleck’s charming but ruthless boss), Toni Collette (his admiring co-worker), and Amanda Peet (his blithely amoral sweetheart). Director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) skillfully stages the frenzied chess game between equally determined opponents who both yield to the dark side of their nature. Changing Lanes might initially seem to be little more than a contemporary urban nightmare, but it’s actually a film about vulnerability, compassion, ethics, and redemption --important values portrayed in the guise of fast-paced, hard-edged melodrama. Director Michell provides a commentary track for the DVD, which also includes a featurette exploring the writers’ perspectives, two deleted scenes, and one extended sequence.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A pleasingly taut, surprisingly trenchant morality play disguised as an urban thriller, this sleeper hit stays smartly focused on the emotional reality of its premise without devolving into the violent, chaotic genre clichés typically found in lesser films dealing with themes of rage and revenge. Rather than delighting in the mechanics of one-upmanship, screenwriters Chap Taylor and Michael Tolkin head for different, more disturbing intellectual territory, punctuating their script with arch, cynical monologues that lay bare commonly accepted justifications for inexcusably heinous behavior and exploring in painful detail the high cost of vengeance, depicting it as an inherently selfish fire that must blowback to immolate he who strikes the match. Both Ben Affleck, in what is easily the best performance in a career of spotty quality, and Samuel L. Jackson, typically simmering with fierce intelligence and coiled menace, zealously dig into their respective roles, each becoming a mirror held up to the other and reflecting back an ugly image neither wants to see. These are tough, complex, and very real humans with feet of clay and lacking utterly in glamour or heroism. As in many great works of drama, the characters here are ultimately not confronted with each other but with themselves, and the actors rise gloriously to the occasion. One of the year's boldest, timeliest films, Changing Lanes aspires to encourage introspection, and there aren't many loftier goals for mass entertainment than that.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

This is one of the best movies of the year.
New York Post

Finally, a thinking person's thriller. Lou Lumenick
New York Observer
In addition to gluing you to the edge of your seat, Changing Lanes is also a film of freshness, imagination and insight. Rex Reed

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version; Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround (Eng/Fre); English subtitles; Director commentary by Roger Michell; The making of Changing Lanes; A writer's perspective featurette; 2 deleted scenes; 1 extended scene; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Gavin Banek
Samuel L. Jackson Doyle Gipson
Toni Collette Michelle
Sydney Pollack Andrew Delano
William Hurt Doyle's sponsor
Amanda Peet Cynthia Banek
Kim Staunton Valerie Gipson
Richard Jenkins Walter Arnell
John Benjamin Hickey Carlyle
Jennifer Dundas Lowe Mina Dunne
Dylan Baker Finch
Matt Malloy Ron Cabot
Bradley Cooper Gordon Pinella
Tina Sloan Mrs Delano
Akil Walker Stephen Gipson
Cole Hwakins Danny Gipson
Ileen Getz Ellen
Myra Lucretia-Taylor Judge Abarbanel
Bruce Altman Joe Kaufman
Joe Grifasi Judge Cosell
Lisa Leguillou Gina Gugliotta
Angela Goethals Sarah Windsor
Tyler Sussman Tyler Cohen
Susan Varon Buckburg, Sheryl
Noel Wilson bartender at Arlo's
Angel Caban security guard ar school
James Lovelett security guard at school
Julia Gibson receptionist as AD & S
Michael Patrick McGrath Seavers
Ray Boknour Willard
Suzanne Hevner Delanos secretary
Caleb Archer kid on bike
Jordan Gelber priest
Olga Merediz Mrs Miller
Jayne Houdyshell Miss Tetley
Shabazz Richardson cops at precinct
Raymond Anthony Thomas cop at precint
Michael Pitt music teacher/conductor
Genevieve Elam waitress
Juanma Lara orchestra children
Anastasia Rojas orchestra children
Nicole Wright orchestra children
Clive Oliver Greenberg orchestra children
Gilbert Williams Mike
Sophia Guaspari orchestra member
Ruben J. Seraballs orchestra member
Father Bonneau himslef
Jewel Brimage teacher
Katariina Kiamma teacher
Vanessa Quel Kate
Howard I. Laniado Barry
Tony Machine office worker
Carolyn Feldschuh office worker
Maria Alaina Mason office worker
Harvey Waldman author in newsroom
Pamela Hart newscaster
Neal Jones newsroom writer
Susan Blackwell newsroom producer
Alyson Renaldo newsroom executive producer
James Soviero newsrom associate producer
Mary Kelly newsroom script supervisor
Anthony DiGiacomo newsroom associate director
Richard Velasco newsroom director
Leonard Thomas newsroom reporter
Richard Kelly AA group leader
Selena Blake insurance broker
Harriet Rosenthal family court
John Kohl family court
Lisa Vogel family court
Bob Heffernan Simon Dunne
Nicolas Dodd Conductor
Sonny Kompanek Conductor

Technical Credits
Roger Michell Director
David Arnold Score Composer
Scott Aversano Co-producer
Harry Peck Bolles Editor
Ron Bozman Executive Producer,Production Manager
Ryan Collinson Sound Mixer
Marcia de Bonis Casting
Timothy Donohue Asst. Director
David M. Dunlap Cinematographer
Margie Durand Makeup
James C. Feng Art Director
Sarah Frank Art Director
Steven W. Graham Art Director
Linda Grimes Makeup
Anthony Hemingway Asst. Director
Anthony Kawakami Asst. Director
Peter Kunz Special Effects
Ellen Lewis Casting
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
Jane McCulley Editor
Danny Michael Sound Mixer
Chris Norr Camera Operator
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Debra Schutt Set Decoration/Design
Warren Shaw Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Steel Asst. Director
Chap Taylor Original Story,Screenwriter
Christopher Tellefsen Editor
Michael Tolkin Screenwriter
Salvatore Totino Cinematographer
Harvey Waldman Production Manager
Tara Nicole Weyr Asst. Director
Brune Winant Casting
Kristi Zea Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. That Champagne Feeling
2. The Accident
3. The Missing Document
4. Twenty Minutes
5. Better Luck Next Time
6. Bankrupt
7. A New File
8. Computer Voodoo
9. Partners
10. Back on the FDR
11. Confession
12. The Boys
13. Addicted to Chaos
14. The Memory of Another Life
15. At the End of the Day


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Changing Lanes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is oscar calliber thismovie has action drama edge of your seat stuff
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good movie, but it could definitely have been better. There is a lot of drama, and the acting is great, but I was left feeling unsatisfied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For every choice in life, there is a consequence. This movie, set within a battle of wits between two men whose fortunes have become entwined, shows that there is always a choice and that the best choice is the ethical choice. A good film for teens to watch, with parents or teachers, and then discuss the options we all face every day of our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With meditations from Sydney Pollack and great acting from Ben Affleck, what more can you want in life? A highly thoughtful film that blur the lines of convenient racial, moral, modern, and legalistic definintions, Jackson and Affleck duke it out philosophically and intellectually with both being the loser. I thoroughly recommend this film.