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From the pen of playwright David Mamet comes GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS ($27), a highly potent drama about the cutthroat world of real estate sales. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS is a gem of a movie that features an amazing ensemble cast of screen actors, who bring their largely unlikable characters to vivid life. Additionally, director James Foley maintains the power and intimacy of Mamet's play, while opening up the action ever so slightly for the necessities of the film medium. The plot of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS revolves around a group of real estate salesmen, who are pushed to make a sale at any cost, when "a suit" from the main office informs them that anyone not making their sales quota for the month will be terminated. Unfortunately, desperation brings out the worst in these people; seriously clouding the judgment of the most desperate members of this group. The first rate cast of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS features Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin and Jonathan Pryce.

Artisan Home Entertainment has made GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS available on DVD in a 2.35:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. The second disc of this two-disc set offers a full screen version for those who care (I certainly didn't). On disc one, one will find an absolutely gorgeous wide screen transfer that is clean, crisp and beautifully defined. Colors are meticulously rendered, with the level of saturation remaining quite natural, except for moments that utilize a more theatrical lighting scheme, which is rather intense looking. All of the hues appear flawless, without a trace of chroma noise or smearing. Blacks are completely velvety, whites are crisp and contrast is very smooth. There are no signs of digital compression artifacts on this cleanly authored dual layer disc.

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS comes with 5.1 channel soundtracks in the varieties of Dolby Digital and DTS. Since this movie is very much dialogue driven, I don't think either soundtrack will knock listener's socks off. Still, both 5.1 channel mixes are clean and natural sounding, with an excellent sense of space. James Newton Howard's excellent score is probably the one sound element that benefits the most from these digital soundtrack formats; especially in DTS, the score sounds vibrant and wonderful. Dialogue is crisp and precise, with the actors' voices be reproduced a very natural timbre. English and French Dolby Surround soundtracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVDís interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements, which have been divided between the two discs. Director James Foley is on hand for an audio commentary that doesn't run the length of the film, but instead focuses on key aspects of shorter passages. Also included on disc one is the thirty minute documentary Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon. The program offers remembrances of the great actor by Chris Lemmon, John Avildsen, James Foley, David Seltzer and Peter Gallagher, as well as rather moving interview footage of Lemmon himself.

Disc two offers brief commentaries by actors Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, as well as cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchi and production designer Jane Mursky, which unfortunately accompanies the full screen version of the film. ABC: Always Be Closing is a thirty-minute program intended to teach salesmen the ins and outs of closing a deal. J. Roy: New and Used Furniture is ten-minute program that looks at the salesmanship of its subject. A ten-minute Jack Lemmon interview from The Charlie Rose Show is also provided on disc two. Cast & crew biographies and production notes close out the supplements.

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS is a potent drama that showcases the talents of some of the finest screen actors of any generation. Artisan's DVD looks and sounds terrific and offers a great supplemental section. If you are a fan of this modern classic, then you'll want to pick up a copy of the GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS DVD.



Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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