Boiler Room [DVD] [2000]

New Line produces some of the best discs available. The picture quality, for starters, is outstanding. It is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is anamorphic. There are a few moments of aliasing, but they are kept to a minimum. The sound, while not nearly as impressive, is still quite good. This disc has both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and 4.0 surround track. The soundtrack is basically dialogue-driven, so one would not expect to see a wide use of the surrounds. What does come into effect is the subwoofer, due to all the bass from the hip-hop soundtrack. The disc has the usual trailer and filmographies of the cast and crew. It also has two audio commentary tracks, one from the director, producer, composer, and star Giovanni Ribisi, and the other, in the way of an isolated music track, from the composer, a woman named the Angel. Both tracks have some great information about making this film and how the elements came together. The track with the Angel is unconventional; it is presented with her words layered at times on top of other sentences. Next there are four deleted scenes and an alternate ending. In addition, this disc has a few DVD-ROM features. The disc is rounded off by additional trailers that are hidden in the filmography section. These are for two other New Line films, Friday and Love Jones.
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Rating 4.55 out of 5 stars.
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (30 out of 32)

Special Features

  • Widescreen version
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
  • Deleted scenes/alternate ending
  • Commentary by director Ben Younger, producer Jennifer Todd, and actor Giovanni Ribisi
  • 5.1 Isolated score with composer commentary by the Angel
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Cast and crew filmographies
  • Interactive menus
  • DVD-ROM features:
  • "Script-to-Screen"
  • Quiz: "Are You Boiler Room Material?"
  • Original theatrical website


Boiler Room
In this drama that explores greed and corruption in American business, Giovanni Ribisi plays Seth Davis, an intelligent and ambitious college dropout who runs a casino in his apartment. Eager to show his father that he can succeed, Seth lands a job with a small stock brokerage firm. He is given a space in the company's "boiler room," where he makes cold calls to prospective clients. As it turns out, Seth has a genuine talent for cold calling, which gains him the approval of his superiors, the admiration of his father, and the attentions of one of his co-workers, Abby Hilliard (Nia Long). However, the higher up the ladder Seth rises, the deeper he sinks into a quagmire of dirty dealings, until he's breaking the law in order to keep his bosses happy and his paychecks coming. The Boiler Room also features Tom Everett Scott, Scott Caan, Jamie Kennedy, Nicky Katt, and Ben Affleck in a cameo as the headhunter who brings Seth into the firm. Ribisi and Scott also appeared together in That Thing You Do; Ribisi was the drummer replaced by Scott, who then led The One-Ders to fictional pop stardom. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Giovanni Ribisi
    Giovanni Ribisi - Seth Davis
  • Vin Diesel
    Vin Diesel - Chris Varick
  • Nia Long
    Nia Long - Abby Halperin
  • Nicky Katt
    Nicky Katt - Greg Feinstein
  • Scott Caan
    Scott Caan - Richie

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