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Enemy of the State [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 3651159
  • Release Date: 06/15/1999
  • Rating: R
Tony Scott's cyber-conspiracy thriller Enemy of the State comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, and a few bonus features, including a "making of" featurette, a featurette on Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and the theatrical trailer. Though full-length commentaries from Scott, Gene Hackman, or Will Smith would have added to the disc's merits, Enemy of the State's nonstop action and humor still make the DVD worthwhile.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (59 out of 59)

    Special Features


    • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
    • French-language track
    • Production featurette
    • Filmmakers' featurette
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Chapter search

    Synopsis


    Enemy of the State
    The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high-tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith, is a devoted father, husband, and attorney shopping for a sexy gift for his wife. What he doesn't know is that he was given a videotape from a friend (Jason Lee) regarding the recent murder of a U.S. senator led by corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight). Now Reynolds is after Dean to cover his tracks or, as the audience soon finds out, frame Dean for Rachel's murder. Since Dean isn't up on his high-tech gadgetry, he needs the aid of ex-intelligence operative Brill (Gene Hackman). Between the explosions and chases is the subtext of George Orwell's 1984 mantra "beware of big brother," as Dean realizes that in the modern world, there is no such thing as total privacy. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Will Smith
      Will Smith - Robert Clayton Dean
    • Gene Hackman
      Gene Hackman - Brill
    • Jon Voight
      Jon Voight - Reynolds
    • Lisa Bonet
      Lisa Bonet - Rachel Banks
    • Regina King
      Regina King - Carla Dean



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 59 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A genuinely thought-provoking techno-thriller

      Posted
      CrimsonKing42

      Enemy of the State was made in the late 90's. Nonetheless, ten years later it hasn't lost any of its significance. It's the story of Robert Dean (Will Smith), a big-shot lawyer who finds himself in the midst of a government manhunt when a former friend runs into him at a store while running from NSA agents and places a tape in Dean's bag, unbeknownst to Dean. As it turns out, the tape contains evidence that Reynolds, a top member of the NSA, killed a congressman who stood in the way of a bill that would allow the government greater power to track civilian communications. Dean is forced to go one the run, but the enemy is behind his every step, because of how overwhelming the governement's ability to track Dean's every communications is. Dean is eventually helped by the mysterious Brill (Gene Hackman, terrific as always), a former government communications expert who now lives as a sort of techno hermit and is none too happy to get dragged into Dean's mess. This can easily be viewed simply as a fun bit of entertainment. Director Tony Scott keeps the pace of the film more-or-less breakneck without losing control of it at any point, and the result is edge-of-your-seat entertainment (a severely overused phrase that actually fits in this case). Also, the film is a surprisingly interesting critique on the extent to which communications technology has overtaken our lives and how in some ways, it has made us slave to our own advances. Luckily, the film doesn't drown itself in an attempt to become a message film, and as entertainment, this remains top-notch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Will Smith should be a postman... he delivers 24/7

      Posted
      jaaden

      Enemy of the State is a great thriller w lots of action and intriguing sub-plots... Will Smith is terrific at portraying a man put into a situation that is beyond his control without reason...the movie is realistic in giving a "what would you do" feeling if u were in Smith's position... The movie also incorporates Smith humor and adds a lighter touch to avoid too dark a theme... Gene Hackman is outstanding as playing the 'ace in the deck of cards" and is fun to watch with Smith... Regina King is great at playing the worried and at times less than understanding and suspicious wife and the kid that plays Smith's son is a cute kid and delivers a nice performance... this is one of my favorite movies!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This movie never gets old.

      Posted
      sharkfanatic
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      This is one of those movies you can never get tired of watching. Great action with some good humor mixed in. Story is excellent and who would have known that the movie basically foreshadowed what basically happens in modern society. It's one of those movies where there are hardly any boring scenes. With that said, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Definitely recommend this to anyone who likes action dramas.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Post 9/11 or did they know

      Posted
      Layz

      If you ever seen this movie, watch it again. At the beginning while Regina King's character is looking at the news about a report on an agency to watch other people and what they are doing, the new anchor makes stardling reference to planes flying into buildings. Post 9/11 attacks, did Hollywood know about terrorist plans? Back to the review...this is a very intense movie that not like your usually Will Smith movie, not that much CGI.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      They're watching you!

      Posted
      elfuego
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      Easily one of the most suspenseful movies of it's day! This is one of those films that really you stop and think about the technology the government possesses. I heard they actually consulted with some government agencies to make this movie and the tech was already a couple of decades old then. Makes you wonder what they have today.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great action flick

      Posted
      Leftoverchinese

      While this Blu-ray is missing the extended cut of the film that can be found on the Special Edition DVD, I still think that this is a great purchase for anyone that was a fan of the film. The picture quality is nothing short of stunning and the 5.1 PCM audio track is superb. You will not be disappointed with this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      They Don't make em like this anymore

      Posted
      JOHN
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      Really solid thriller movie. Impressed that I was not bored even though the action is pretty restricted. It's a constant chase movie, always keeps you on the edge of your seat.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Ahead of Its Time

      Posted
      Nutshell
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      This movie is one of the best of the era. Stands up today. Very pertinent with what’s happening in Washington today. Current. Well acted. Hackman is awesome as always.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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