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The Guys [DVD] [2002]

Though its heart is in the right place, based on this DVD, it's questionable that the little seen drama The Guys will gain a larger audience. There isn't too much going for this disc, which is unfortunate. On the plus side, both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers are available. The picture is good enough, without serious distractions, but not exceptional. Colors and flesh tones are reproduced nicely. The detail isn't it's strong point, though, as lines tend to blend together. Equally, the English 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, while presenting the dialogue clearly, offers nothing else. Surrounds are non-existent, but taking into account the film's low budget, and that fact that is it so dialogue driven, it's difficult to expect anything else. This mediocre package winds up with two supplements, a generic promotional spot for the soundtrack and a remarkably effective theatrical trailer. With the subject of 9/11 still so timely, it's a shame that more couldn't be offered, whether a commentary track or a documentary on the fast translation from the stage to the screen.

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    Special Features

    • Closed Captioned


    The Guys
    In the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., of September 11, 2001, Jim Simpson, the creative director of New York City's Flea Theater Company, wanted to stage a theater piece which would deal with the human impact of this tragedy. When Simpson met journalist Anne Nelson, he discovered a true life story which dealt with the September 11 incidents in an intimate but affecting manner, and he encouraged her to adapt her story into a play; the drama quickly became a major critical success, and Simpson made his screen directorial debut with this film adaptation. Joan (Sigourney Weaver) is a veteran journalist who through a friend finds herself taking on an unusual assignment: Nick is a captain in the New York Fire Department who lost eight of the 12 men in his company while attempting to evacuate the World Trade Center towers following the terrorist attacks. Nick has been given the responsibility of delivering their eulogies at a series of memorial services, but Nick has no experience with such things and isn't sure of what to say. Joan volunteers to help, and over the course of several days she interviews Nick, finding out how much (or how little) he knew about the men under his command, and together they try to find the words to honor each man's memory, and pay tribute to their sacrifices in the larger picture of a national tragedy. Sigourney Weaver, who appeared in the initial Flea Theater Company production of The Guys, is also the wife of director Jim Simpson; Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and Amy Irving are among the actors who have also lent their talents to the show. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sigourney Weaver
      Sigourney Weaver - Joan
    • Anthony LaPaglia
      Anthony LaPaglia - Nick

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