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The Company Men DVD Review

The fantastic cast makes “The Company Men” worth watching.

In this timely ensemble film, the story revolves around dowsizing taking place at the GTX Corporation and how it affects three now unemployed white-collar workers (Bobby, Phil, and Gene). The film takes viewers into the lives of these three people (and their families) and the adjustments they have to make in order to move on with their lives.  

“The Company Men” is arguably the first film of this era about economic collapse that actually works. Unlike the painfully bloated “Wall Street II: Money Never Sleeps,” the bulk of the film is about characters and how the downsizing has effected their lives and their family’s lives. Yes, it may be a tad bit melodramatic and there seems to be something missing from the overall narrative, but there’s no denying the powerful impact that the story has. It should be noted, however, that the film works primarily because of the fantastic ensemble cast. Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper all shine in their respective roles and, more importantly, make their characters believable. Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson, and yes, even Kevin Costner also give stand-out supporting performances as well.

Summary: While sometimes tough to sit through, “The Company Men” is still worth watching thanks to a great cast and an important and moving story.  

Video/Audio:

Both the 1.78:1 widescreen picture quality and the Dolby Digital 5.1 are as good as it gets for DVD. It should be noted that the film is also available on Blu-ray.

Extras:
* Trailers for The Weinstein Company films.
* 6 deleted scenes.
* A 13 minute alternate ending in which Affleck’s character takes a different path.
* Commentary by writer/director John Wells. He talks about everything from the opening sequence and Roger Deakins to location shooting and the characters. Worth a listen if you like the film.
* “Making The Company Men”- A typical 14 minute making of containing interviews with the cast and crew, discussions about the story/themes, etc.

June 5, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , ,

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