The Man Who Wasn't There

The Man Who Wasn't There

DVD (Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / DTS)

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Joel and Ethan Coen's homage to 1940s film noir, The Man Who Wasn't There finds its way to DVD, and the results are quite wonderful. The anamorphic image, framed at 1.85:1, is a real standout. Released in black-and-white (actually, a color negative was transferred to black-and-white), it's visually striking, with outstanding contrast and blacks that are deep and solid. As for sound, even though the English 5.1 surround track is primarily centered upfront, it's still distinct and focused, without any distortion. Extra materials also stand out on this disc. Of great interest to fans of the Coen brothers is their first legitimate commentary track (it's basically thought that the "commentary track" from Kenneth Loring on Blood Simple is one of the brothers, though), along with star Billy Bob Thornton. Granted, it's easy to get lost on who's who, but their enthusiasm for the project is clear. Also this disc includes a "making-of" featurette, consisting of interviews with the cast and crew, plus some behind the scenes shots. In addition, director of photography Roger Deakins gives an insightful, though maybe too long, interview that runs just over 45 minutes. In contrast to these supplements are five deleted scenes that don't amount to anything, and seem completely out of place on this fine disc. Finally, if all that wasn't enough, there is also a decent photo gallery, a theatrical trailer, and two television spots. USA Entertainment, on one of its final discs before being acquired by Universal, has done a marvelous job with a smart and daring title.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2002
UPC: 0696306031925
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Polygram Usa Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:56:00

Special Features

Commentary by Billy Bob Thornton and Joel and Ethan Coen; Making "The Man Who Wasn't There"; Interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins; Deleted material; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; Filmographies; Theatrical trailer; Audio: English 5.1, French; Subtitles: French and Spanish; English closed captions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Bob Thornton Ed Crane
Frances McDormand Doris Crane
Michael Badalucco Frank
James Gandolfini Big Dave
Tony Shalhoub Freddy Riedenschneider
Jon Polito Creighton Tolliver
Scarlett Johansson Birdy Abundas
Richard Jenkins Walter Abundas
Katherine Borowitz Ann Nirdlinger
Adam Alexi-Malle Carcanogues

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
John Cameron Co-producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Ethan Coen Producer,Screenwriter
Tricia Cooke Editor
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Chris Gorak Art Director
Robert Graf Associate Producer
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Chris Spellman Set Decoration/Design
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "I Just Cut the Hair" [8:25]
2. Risk Money [8:12]
3. Blackmail [14:28]
4. All Shot to Hell [11:40]
5. Pinched [6:19]
6. Irregularities [6:19]
7. Knowledge Is a Curse [4:00]
8. The Wheels of Justice [8:11]
9. Uncertainty Principle [6:30]
10. A Way Out [7:41]
11. Powers of Communication [5:09]
12. An Enthusiast [12:39]
13. Modern Man [10:42]
14. End Credits [5:27]

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