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    DVD Video - Reviews [Way of the Gun]

    ORIGINAL FULL DVD REVIEW



    Way Of The Gun (Special Edition)

    Release Date:
    1/2/01

    Studio: Artisan
    Year: 2000
    Run Time: 119 minutes
    Rating: R
    Starring: Ryan Phillippe, James Caan, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs, Nicky Katt
    Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
    Produced by: Kenneth Kokin
    Written by: Christopher McQuarrie
      Movie Summary: [Action/Adventure]

        "The Way of the Gun" is a wickedly off-beat mix of crime, comedy and gun play. Convinced they'll score big money fast by kidnapping a young surrogate mother (Juliette Lewis) carrying the child of a wealthy Southwestern couple, two small-caliber crooks soon run into major problems. Realizing too late that they're in over their heads, the kidnappers fight to keep their plan from unraveling amid a rising tide of bloodshed, mind games and greed.

    DVD Details
          
    • Widescreen, Enhanced for 16X9 TVs, Color, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Closed Captioned
          
    • Behind the Scenes, Production Info, Audio Commentary, Cast/Crew Biographies, Trailer & TV SpotIsolated Music Track with Commentary; Cast & Crew Interviews; Storyboards and Script of a Deleted Scene; Commentary by the "Fat Pack" (Director's Friends)
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    Reviewer: Marc Flemming [Staff]

     Review:                         

            I like the way guns go boom on my big stereo. Now donít misconstrue this to indicate my advocating the use of weaponry under any circumstances (a sensitive issue lately), though I must remind you of our right to bear arms (Texans gotta love it), but I do so happen to enjoy the action of seeing lots of guns go blam-blam sending the reverberation of tight explosions throughout my household. Note: The enjoyment of this pleasure relies strictly upon the source of the sound originating from ďspeakersĒ. Any other source immediately delivers a very opposite reaction. With a title like Way of the Gun, for the sake of blast-worthy entertainment, youíve got to just cross your fingers and hope that with a couple clicks of the remote, your habitation will sound like itís accommodating two very unfriendly rival gangs armed to the hilt. Of course, I donít recommend that one turns their systems up to the point where neighbors exercise their fingers on the phone thinking local NRA members had one too many beers at your barbecue. Of course, itís likely many of us do anyway. And since crossing my fingers paid off, I recommend that you push the limits with this one.

    The film follows two young guys that arenít quite what they seem at the surface level. Immediate impressions indicate typical punk attitude-infested individuals with no care ... nor clue. But just under the skin we find that while they still have no care - they certainly have a clue. Methodically working through their carefully planned scenarios like seasoned ex-marines-turned-criminals, we gauge that their actions greatly speak louder than their words (and appearance). At times, Way of the Gun mixes in quick firing Pulp Fiction-style dialogue saturated exchanges enveloped in mostly mildly paced segments riddled with a few explosive scenes, including a climatic gun battle in the fashion of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, westerns of yore, and early Hong Kong action achievements from John Woo. Iím convinced that Ryan Phillippe [Cruel Intentions] is the young Seattle garage-band version of our favorite James Bond - Sean Connery. Listening to him throughout this film will only prove this or that he at least cherishes the man enough to model his own speech patterns after him. Benicio Del Toro is making waves in his recent film, Traffic. Del Toro works across from Phillippe as the calmer, straight-faced partner with nothing but time on his side. Throw in a couple bodyguards that take their jobs more seriously than a fire jumper and a couple veteran bagmen - and youíve got a recipe for trouble.

    The video transfer, consisting largely of shades of brown and tan, is stellar in its clarity and overall presentation. There are no signs of image degradation by way of compression artifacting. Flesh tones are warm and the blood is stark red and constant. In terms of sound, what can I say but - turn it up. Turn it way up. There are a few scenes in this movie that take full advantage of a surround systemís recreation of firearm reverberation in its many forms. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track may lend more to the fronts throughout, but it still offers a lot of fun on the ears.

    Peering through the special features, I made my way through the storyboard/script section for a deleted scene that would have appeared at the beginning of the movie. The director briefly touches upon this scene more at the beginning of the Director/Composer commentary. This particular commentary encompasses a series of good exchanges between the two participants. The isolated score is accompanied by the commentary of the composer between pieces. The production notes touch upon the directorís personal history, his philosophy of what kind of movie the film is in his mind, and where he got his influence for his style and ideas from. The Cast and Crew section is detailed covering a number of the actors in the film, some of which open with video interview snippets. The most entertaining special feature would go to the audio commentary with the director and composer. Their chemistry does well to keep the attention of the viewer and listener.

    This movie was killer. A sleeper that entertained myself and my friends alike. Way of the Gun was one of the better films Iíve seen in the past year and a film Iíd make part of my collection for the movie alone. Iíve watched it three times over now, each time picking up new details I missed the time before. Way of the Gun is the way to go.


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