Like most of Michael Mann's films, The Insider is an extremely stylish character study, and the excellent 2.35:1 widescreen presentation of the movie on this DVD allows it to make maximum emotional impact. It's hard to say which is better: the excellent, moody Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio or the colorful, beautiful way the visuals have translated to DVD. The music of Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke is quite magical up against the pretty visuals, whether the score is indulging in evocative, bombastic form or simply flowing in ambient layers. Supplemental features include a short, glossy production featurette, the widescreen theatrical trailer, and a feature called "Inside a Scene," which dissects one scene from the movie, allowing a viewer to look at pre-production, shooting, and finished material. A director's commentary with Mann would have been fascinating but is nowhere to be found. Still, the movie stands on its own merits. The Insider is full of subtle power in this DVD edition.
Production featurette - audio commentary with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe
Inside a scene
Widescreen [2.35:1] aspect ratio - enhanced for 16x9 televisions
This film was one of the first on DVD I ever bought.
GREAT film. Should have won the Oscar for Best Picture instead of nudie American Beauty.
And, FOR SURE Russell should have won the Best Actor Oscar.
Film is over long. How many scenes did we need to see Al's character yelling at people? TOO much of that.
Bruce McGill (D Day from Animal House) is in it shortly. Of course he worked with Russell again in a bigger part in Cinderella Man. He has turned into a good character actor.
A notable for TV fans. Gary Sandy (Andy in WKRP) is in 2 scenes & has a couple of lines. ONLY thing I remember seeing him do after the show ended.
Do need an update DVD release for the film with some extras
And, an R rating? Should have been PG13.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
You'll want this one for your DVD collection.
A very realistic portrayal of the clash between corporate America and journalism as they are pulled together by lone holdouts of journalistic principal and corporate professionalism, with a healthy does of conscience.
GET THIS ONE FOR YOUR COLLECTION!