Written by: Christopher McQuarrie
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey
- Deleted scenes with John Ottman introduction
- “Pursuing the Suspects” Featurette
- “Keyser Soze – Lie or Legend” Featurette
- Original “Heisting Cannes with The Usual Suspects” Featurette
- Gag reel with an introduction by Singer
- Running audio commentary with Singer & McQuarrie
- Running audio commentary with composer John Ottman
- TV spots
- Theatrical trailers
Released by: MGM
My Advice: Own it.
Beginning with the viewing of the film itself, there’s a noticeable improvement. As I recall, the transfer on the first DVD was pure crap. With this upgraded DVD, the video is as crisp and clear as you can expect a film like this to be. The 5.1 audio track isn’t stellar, but it’s still an improvement and kept me happy and the neighbors awake. Fortunately, this isn’t a mega-budget action movie by any means, and doesn’t really warrant an overwhelming sensory experience, but rather a clean one, that doesn’t intrude upon the film itself.
The special features are where this disc really builds its value, and where it becomes clear that Bryan Singer and company have actually put in some extra work to make this DVD worth the price. In addition to the original Featurette, and the usual trailers and artwork, the disc features four all new featurettes: “Pursuing the Suspects” Parts 1 & 2, “Keyser Soze – Lie or Legend,” and “Doing Time With the Suspects.” For these new additions, which will take you from the casting process, through the film’s production, to its successful release, Singer, McQuarrie, and much of cast (Including Oscar winners Kevin Spacey and Benicio Del Toro) provided all new interviews.
The tag-team commentary with Singer and McQuarrie is excellent–not too technical, certainly not too serious, and just fun to hear. Editor/Composer John Ottman’s commentary, however, just about put me to sleep. Probably the worst part of the disc’s features is the gag-reel and deleted scenes section of the disc. Firstly, the gag reel is just plain strange and not really funny. Singer himself even admits that it was just a random addition that he didn’t want to put on the disc, but it was added anyway to pump up the disc’s value. And the deleted scenes, introduced by Ottman, were just boring. None of the deleted or extended scenes really added to the film’s experience as I expect such supplements should, nor were Ottman’s introductions particularly informative. Still, despite all this, what you’re left with is a solid disc, an excellent movie, and some new featurettes which easily make the disc a great buy.