Glengarry Glen Ross [10 Year Anniversary Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1992]

  • SKU: 4878813
  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • Rating: R
David Mamet's writing style, a sort of vulgar poetry, will not appeal to everyone, and that has never been more evident than in Glengarry Glen Ross, now released as a two-disc special edition for its tenth anniversary from Artisan. If you can handle Mamet's abrasive (though riveting) dialogue, which can be very challenging, then this movie -- and DVD -- is for you. Though labeled a special edition, there are some immediate problems. The main issue is that the supplements from the original laserdisc release are not included, those being commentary tracks from director James Foley and actor Jack Lemmon. On this disc there is a track from Foley, but it amounts to only specific scenes (around 25 minutes' worth), and is far from complete. What this disc does offer, though, is nice, including a half-hour "talking heads" documentary on real and reel salesmen, with an in-depth discussion of what it takes to work this daunting trade. The video is rather harsh though, making it difficult to watch at times. Also at 30 minutes is a nice featurette called "Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon," in which associates of this legend reminisce about their time with him. In addition are some scene-specific commentaries from cinematographer Juan Ruiz-Anchia, actors Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin, and production designer Jane Musky. Each runs around 20 minutes, and some are far more interesting than others. These extras are rounded off with cast and crew biographies and filmographies, production notes, and a very odd, but interesting vintage black-and-white documentary called J. Roy: New and Used Furniture. If that weren't enough there are also brief clips of Lemmon from the The Charlie Rose Show and Kevin Spacey from Inside the Actors Studio. As for the image, this is where Artisan really went out of their way. On the first disc is an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer and the second disc contains a cropped pan-and-scan version. Both are stunning to look at. The transfers are impeccable with strong blacks, and a reproduction of the specific color scheme that is so memorable for this film. There are no significant signs of grain, scratches or other distracting elements. The sound is quite good too. The widescreen disc contains both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks (the pan-and-scan version only has the Dolby Digital track), and while they are basically centered up front, they still come across with excellent clarity. While not a perfect disc, this is one that could have easily slipped through the cracks. Fortunately, that was not the case.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 12)

Special Features


  • Newly remastered widescreen and full-screen versions
  • DTS English Digital Surround Sound
  • 5.1 English Dolby Digital audio
  • 2.0 English Dolby Digital audio
  • 2.0 French Dolby Digital audio
  • Digitally remastered
  • Interactive menus
  • English and Spanish subtitles
  • "A.B.C. (Always Be Closing)": An original documentary tracing the psychological intersection of fictional and real-life salesmen
  • Tribute to Jack Lemmon
  • New interviews
  • New audio commentary by director James Foley
  • Production notes
  • Cast and crew biographies
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Glengarry Glen Ross
David Mamet's award-winning play about a group of desperate real estate agents comes to the big screen from director James Foley. In a role created specifically for the movie, Alec Baldwin appears as a sales motivator, informing the group of hard-luck salesmen that they must compete in a sales contest where the losers will be fired. The agents work their same tired leads, until one hatches a scheme to burglarize the office, steal the leads, and sell them to a rival. Featuring a cast that includes Al Pacino as the office's sales leader, Jack Lemmon as an elderly loser, Alan Arkin and Ed Harris as frustrated salesmen, Kevin Spacey as the harassed office manager, and Jonathan Pryce as a client, Glengarry Glen Ross is, at its core, a character study about a group of men whose time has passed. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Al Pacino
    Al Pacino - Ricky Roma
  • Jack Lemmon
    Jack Lemmon - Shelley Levene
  • Ed Harris
    Ed Harris - Dave Moss
  • Alan Arkin
    Alan Arkin - George Aaronow
  • Kevin Spacey
    Kevin Spacey - John Williamson



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Adverse Career Tests Call For Extreme Measures?

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    wisdomseeker
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    I admit that I found out about the Glengary Glen Ross movie from an e-mail newsletter affiliated with Jordan Belfort. The Glengary GlenRoss movie caught my attention due to the message on how the film relates to the area of selling (which is common knowledge that it directly affects a person whether they are looking for a job and/or working to keep their job). Anyhow, this movie deals with the extreme measures that people sometimes take in order to provide for themselves and/or their families. It was also good insight seeing the perspective of some areas that a person is faced with when trying to persuade others to buy real estate. The movie also dealt with a touchy subject of whether any employee is to be completely loyal to their fellow higher ranking coworker at the expense of a customer even when treading illegal territory or tell the truth of a situation as it is. Reluctantly, I’ll admit that seeing some of the scenes elicited some uncomfortable memories for me of when my husband and I were both persuaded to purchase a Westgates timeshare during a 2007 Walt Disney World trip (which, I would gently advise against obtaining a timeshare unless you don’t mind the possibility of not being able to sell back a depreciating timeshare like you could a car). Anyhow, what adds strength to this movie are the key teamplayers of the film; The front of the dvd features the names of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Larkin, and Kevin Spacey (with pictures of Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Jack Lemmon featured on the front dvd cover). This two disc set has extra bonuses on each dvd. For instance, disc one is a widescreen edition and has the features of Magic Time; A Tribute To Jack Lemmon. Disc Two is a Full Screen format and has the following special features; ABC-Always Be Closing, J. Roy New and Used Furniture, Bonus Audio Commentary, Clip Archive-The Charlie Rose Show, Clip Archive-Inside The Actors Studio, Cast Biographies, Crew Biographies, and Production Notes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must see

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    BatmanMK
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    You either love this movie or just don't get it. The dialogue is fantastic and the performances are all top notch. No huge action explosions or sets. A conversation movie, and one of my favorites of all time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome movie.

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    Joe92
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    This film adaptation of the play is amazing. Great cast and atmosphere. You really get pulled into this story of capitalism at it's worst.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Always Be Closing

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    LVDon
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    This movie is a classic and, as someone who works in sales, I watch this movie every few months when I need to be re-motivated to do my job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ABC - words to live by

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    JVC920
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    Amazing cast in a great movie. Story from play but works just as well for a movie. Having an amazing cast just makes it even better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome film!

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    ratman
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    loved it, great flick especaillay for any one that has been in sales, we actuall yused this in one of our sales meetings! ABC :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "Excellent......................................."

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    lovemovies
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    This film is perfect. I give out 10s about as often as Stanley Kubrick made films, and Glengarry Glen Ross is one of them

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love this movie

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    skyroodv
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    I've always loved this movie. My coworker was talking about it and about how he lost his copy. So I bought this one to give to him.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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