David Mamet's writing style, a sort of vulgar poetry, will not appeal to everyone, and that has never been more evident than in Glengarry Glen Ross, now released as a two-disc special edition for its tenth anniversary from Artisan. If you can handle Mamet's abrasive (though riveting) dialogue, which can be very challenging, then this movie -- and DVD -- is for you. Though labeled a special edition, there are some immediate problems. The main issue is that the supplements from the original laserdisc release are not included, those being commentary tracks from director James Foley and actor Jack Lemmon. On this disc there is a track from Foley, but it amounts to only specific scenes (around 25 minutes' worth), and is far from complete. What this disc does offer, though, is nice, including a half-hour "talking heads" documentary on real and reel salesmen, with an in-depth discussion of what it takes to work this daunting trade. The video is rather harsh though, making it difficult to watch at times. Also at 30 minutes is a nice featurette called "Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon," in which associates of this legend reminisce about their time with him. In addition are some scene-specific commentaries from cinematographer Juan Ruiz-Anchia, actors Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin, and production designer Jane Musky. Each runs around 20 minutes, and some are far more interesting than others. These extras are rounded off with cast and crew biographies and filmographies, production notes, and a very odd, but interesting vintage black-and-white documentary called J. Roy: New and Used Furniture. If that weren't enough there are also brief clips of Lemmon from the The Charlie Rose Show and Kevin Spacey from Inside the Actors Studio. As for the image, this is where Artisan really went out of their way. On the first disc is an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer and the second disc contains a cropped pan-and-scan version. Both are stunning to look at. The transfers are impeccable with strong blacks, and a reproduction of the specific color scheme that is so memorable for this film. There are no significant signs of grain, scratches or other distracting elements. The sound is quite good too. The widescreen disc contains both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks (the pan-and-scan version only has the Dolby Digital track), and while they are basically centered up front, they still come across with excellent clarity. While not a perfect disc, this is one that could have easily slipped through the cracks. Fortunately, that was not the case.
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Closed Caption; Newly remastered widescreen and full-screen versions; DTS English Digital Surround Sound; 5.1 English Dolby Digital audio; 2.0 English Dolby Digital audio; 2.0 French Dolby Digital audio; Digitally remastered; Interactive menus; English and Spanish subtitles; "A.B.C. (Always Be Closing)": An original documentary tracing the psychological intersection of fictional and real-life salesmen; Tribute to Jack Lemmon; New interviews; New audio commentary by director James Foley; Production notes; Cast and crew biographies
Side #1 -- Widescreen 1. Main Title 2. Bad Leads, Bad Strategy 3. "Third Prize Is, You're Fired" 4. No One Can Close These 5. "Something's Wrong With Me" 6. Shelley Needs Help 7. How Much for the Glengarry Leads? 8. "Doctors, Lawyers, Indians" 9. "You're Here to Sell Me Some Land" 10. Someone Should Do Something 11. That Middle-Class Morality 12. Speaking Without Talking 13. Accessory Before the Fact 14. Florida for a New Friend 15. After the Robbery 16. An $82,000 Triumph 17. Nothing but a Secretary 18. "I Have to Cancel the Deal" 19. Whose Life Is It? 20. A Promise of Future Unemployment 21. Who Knew What and Where? 22. "Because I Don't Like You" 23. Machine in a World of Men 24. End Credits Side #2 -- Full Screen 1. Main Title 2. Bad Leads, Bad Strategy 3. "Third Prize Is, You're Fired" 4. No One Can Close These 5. "Something's Wrong With Me" 6. Shelley Needs Help 7. How Much for the Glengarry Leads? 8. "Doctors, Lawyers, Indians" 9. "You're Here to Sell Me Some Land" 10. Someone Should Do Something 11. That Middle-Class Morality 12. Speaking Without Talking 13. Accessory Before the Fact 14. Florida for a New Friend 15. After the Robbery 16. An $82,000 Triumph 17. Nothing but a Secretary 18. "I Have to Cancel the Deal" 19. Whose Life Is It? 20. A Promise of Future Unemployment 21. Who Knew What and Where? 22. "Because I Don't Like You" 23. Machine in a World of Men 24. End Credits
Side #1 -- Widescreen Play Movie Scene Index Setup Audio: English DTS Digital Surround Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio: French 2.0 Dolby Surround Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: None Special Features Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon Audio Commentary by Director James Foley Play All Selections On Directing About the Screenplay Rehearsal Side #2 -- Full Screen Play Movie Scene Index Setup Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio: French 2.0 Dolby Surround Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: None Special Features ABC "Always Be Closing" J. Roy: New and Used Furniture Bonus Audio Commentary Juan Ruiz Anchía - Cinematographer Alec Baldwin - "Blake" Alan Arkin - "George Aaronow" Jane Musky - Production Designer Play Them All Credits Clip Archive - The Charlie Rose Show Clip Archive - Inside the Actors Studio Cast Biographies Al Pacino - Ricky Roma Jack Lemmon - Shelley Levene Alec Baldwin - Blake Ed Harris - Dave Moss Alan Arkin - George Aaronow Kevin Spacey - John Williamson Jonathan Pryce - James Lingk Crew Biographies James Foley - Director David Mamet - Screenwriter Jerry Tokofsky - Producer Stanley R. Zupnik - Producer Joseph Caracciolo, Jr. - Executive Producer Morris Ruskin - Co-Producer Nava Levin - Co-Producer Juan Ruiz Anchía - Cinematographer Jane Musky - Production Designer Howard Smith - Editor James Newton Howard - Composer Production Notes
Glengarry Glen Ross 4.8 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
What a classic. You can't beat this movie. If you are in the Sales Business, this movie is definitly for you.
More than 1 year ago
When this movie originally , was released theatrically , I stayed away from it. The title didn't strike me. But , once I saw it through it's entirety...it blew me away. Ironically , as I get older , I enjoy it more. The actors are phenominal, the screenplay outstanding, and dialog so enthralling that it's literally embedded in your memory that you'll find yourself repeating them either when you watch it over and over , hanging out with a fellow GGGR fan , or just plain out need something witty to say in your own workplace to a fellow smartass.
More than 1 year ago
I admit that I found out about the Glengary Glen Ross movie from an e-mail newsletter affiliated with Jordan Belfort. The Glengary GlenRoss movie caught my attention due to the message on how the film relates to the area of selling (which is common knowledge that it directly affects a person whether they are looking for a job and/or working to keep their job). Anyhow, this movie deals with the extreme measures that people sometimes take in order to provide for themselves and/or their families. It was also good insight seeing the perspective of some areas that a person is faced with when trying to persuade others to buy real estate. The movie also dealt with a touchy subject of whether any employee is to be completely loyal to their fellow higher ranking coworker at the expense of a customer even when treading illegal territory or tell the truth of a situation as it is. Reluctantly, I’ll admit that seeing some of the scenes elicited some uncomfortable memories for me of when my husband and I were both persuaded to purchase a Westgates timeshare during a 2007 Walt Disney World trip (which, I would gently advise against obtaining a timeshare unless you don’t mind the possibility of not being able to sell back a depreciating timeshare like you could a car). Anyhow, what adds strength to this movie are the key teamplayers of the film; The front of the dvd features the names of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Larkin, and Kevin Spacey (with pictures of Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Jack Lemmon featured on the front dvd cover). This two disc set has extra bonuses on each dvd. For instance, disc one is a widescreen edition and has the features of Magic Time; A Tribute To Jack Lemmon. Disc Two is a Full Screen format and has the following special features; ABC-Always Be Closing, J. Roy New and Used Furniture, Bonus Audio Commentary, Clip Archive-The Charlie Rose Show, Clip Archive-Inside The Actors Studio, Cast Biographies, Crew Biographies, and Production Notes.
More than 1 year ago
A great film about the REALITY of a career in sales. An outstanding cast of actors. Alec Baldwin is mind-blowing in his 60 seconds in this film and Al Pacino is amazing.
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