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The Usual Suspects [20th Anniversary] [Blu-ray] [1995]

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  • Release Date: 01/27/2015
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (169 out of 175)


    The Usual Suspects
    Near the end of The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey, in his Oscar-winning performance as crippled con man Roger "Verbal" Kint, says, "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." This may be the key line in this story; the farther along the movie goes, the more one realizes that not everything is quite what it seems, and what began as a conventional whodunit turns into something quite different. A massive explosion rips through a ship in a San Pedro, CA, harbor, leaving 27 men dead, the lone survivor horribly burned, and 91 million dollars' worth of cocaine, believed to be on board, mysteriously missing. Police detective Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) soon brings in the only witness and key suspect, "Verbal" Kint. Kint's nickname stems from his inability to keep his mouth shut, and he recounts the events that led to the disaster. Five days earlier, a truckload of gun parts was hijacked in Queens, NY, and five men were brought in as suspects: Kint, hot-headed hipster thief McManus (Stephen Baldwin), ill-tempered thug Hockney (Kevin Pollak), flashy wise guy Fenster (Benicio del Toro), and Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), a cop gone bad now trying to go straight in the restaurant business. While in stir, someone suggests that they should pull a job together, and Kint hatches a plan for a simple and lucrative jewel heist. Despite Keaton's misgivings, the five men pull off the robbery without a hitch and fly to Los Angeles to fence the loot. Their customer asks if they'd be interested in pulling a quick job while out West; the men agree, but the robbery goes horribly wrong and they soon find themselves visited by Kobayashi (Pete Postlethwaite), who represents a criminal mastermind named Keyser Soze. Soze's violent reputation is so infamous that he's said to have responded to a threat to murder his family by killing them himself, just to prove that he feared no one. When Kobayashi passes along a heist proposed by Soze that sounds like suicide, the men feel that they have little choice but to agree. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Gabriel Byrne
      Gabriel Byrne - Dean Keaton
    • Stephen Baldwin
      Stephen Baldwin - McManus
    • Chazz Palminteri
      Chazz Palminteri - Dave Kujan
    • Kevin Pollak
      Kevin Pollak - Todd Hockney
    • Pete Postlethwaite
      Pete Postlethwaite - Kobayashi

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 175 reviews

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

      fantastic film


      Yes, this film is a classic. I had to write a review after seeing another reviewer claim that there is no reason to watch this film again. This cast is just amazing - Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollack and Chazz Palminteri all give outstanding performances individually, and collectively they are mesmerizing. I have watched this film many times just for this aspect. Another exceptional component of this work is its dialog: hysterical at times, ominous at others, suspenseful always. You will replay lines in your mind long after seeing the film. "Sure you brought enough guys?" "I live in Queens" "Flip you for real" "Give me the keys" The soundtrack is sneaky. You don't realize it's there most times, but it does a superb job of building tension. It's hard to tell what's best about this film: the performances, the dialog, or the basic storyline. This is a storyline that you might or might not get the first time around, but additional nuances will likely be revealed after repeated viewing. And since it's such a pleasure to watch, what's the harm? If you've already got the DVD, I'd wonder whether getting the Blu-ray version was worth it, mainly because it lacks the bonus material I have on my CD. I've even listened to the commentary more than once, but if you're a videophile, be sure to get both: DVD and Blu-ray. Enjoy viewing!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      20th Anniversary edition is not "special" at all

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The movie: Fantastic. One of those movies that you can't watch only once. Great script, amazing cast, well directed, just an all around incredible movie. Kevin Spacey is perfect, especially taking into account that this was in the mid 90's, before he was the famous actor he is today. The 20th Anniversary edition: Incredibly disappointing. You'd think that the 20th anniversary would have more special features, more interviews, more behind the scenes, something. What we have is the complete opposite. Not only are there no more special features than any other release, this one has been stripped down of any special features at all. This is especially disappointing because with this film, I was really interested in the director's commentary, but not even that is on here. You pretty much have just the movie. So to recap, there are more special features available on the DVD than this one.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mindboggling ! !


      It's not a family movie, by far, but when this movie comes up in conversation with anybody I meet it's always a favorite. Everyone brings up that they think it's one of the best movies ever made, and I happen to agree. the ending is confusing to many and it may have to be watched twice in order to understand everything, but it's totally worth it. Once everything in the movie is understood, it'll probably be in your top favorite movies. Of course it's not a movie for those who hate violence and crude language. Plus the features this DVD comes with, it's understood even more. The cast explain their views on the movie and it's not only enjoyable to hear the thoughts behind the set, it helps you develop your own views even more. And that's a definite plus to a movie that can be very confusing. Skeptics should watch it anyway and even if you're not convinced, you'll still be captured by the great acting and Amazing music score. Watch and this movie will draw you in.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Greatest Magic Trick Ever Performed!


      I watched this for the first time this summer. It was a good movie, not great up until the last minute. The last minute turned a good movie into one of the greatest movies ever made and the greatest magic trick ever pulled. "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didnt exist. And like that....He's gone."- Verbal Kint. Kevin Spacey's Oscar-Winning performance was breathtaking to watch. Bryne, Del Toro, Pollack, Baldwin, Palminteri, and Possleworth were unbelievable and the on-screen chemistry was brilliant! One of the most well-acted movies you'll ever see. Brian Singer was a very young director when he shot this, and he pulled off a miracle! Mquarrie won an Oscar for the screenplay which was also riveting! Extras will keep you busy and are fun to watch. A must-have for a movie enthusiast and one who likes the classics.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Terrific movie, terribly mediocre Blu-Ray

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is a fantastic film, but regarding the Blu Ray release I was under the impression that (since this is a Anniversary release) this would be a newly remastered disk with new special features. I haven't own this film on Blu Ray before only the special edition DVD so I was expecting at least those features carried over from that release, I was wrong on both accounts. As much as I love this movie, I am very disappointed with this Blu Ray, it has no special features new or old, and the picture is not remastered. I should have not had my hopes so high because of the low price it was advertised, and if you don't care about features and remastered picture and sound and you are just looking to buy this movie because you are a fan or just are curious about the film, then you may want to get this.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Good Movie, Poor Overall Product

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The movie was good. The release I have does not look like pictured; mine is a regular blu ray case with different artwork. But two starts for the overall product because... Now onto the features. There are none. Zero. This particular blu ray release is simply the blu ray movie and not the 20th anniv. ed. (which, from my readings, also has no features; but don't quote me on that). Compared to the 0 bonus features on this blu ray, see my pic for the DVD bonus features. Yes to recommend if you just want a blu ray movie. No to recommend if you already own the DVD release with the bonus and don't care for an upgraded format.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      one of the best movies ever made

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      this movie was made by bryan singer who was involved in the transformers franchise. it is a movie i could watch a hundred times and learn something new each time. kevin spacey ending up as the villain in the end is the nicest twist of the movie. it was originally supposed to be gabriel byrne who was keyser soze but they went with spacey and it works. who would suspect his character verbal who is a stupid cripple as stated by verbal himself. the ending of the movie is a classic how verbal manages to walk off his limp and uses his left hand properly while waiting to be picked up by Kobayashi. the name that was under verbal's coffee cup. one must wonder what was real and what was bogus.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A Confusing, Beautiful, but Flawed Mess


      "The Usual Suspects" is, quite honestly, one of the most overrated movies of all time. While it does have some exceptional acting, a fascinating story line, and one of the best endings ever, it's still a confusing mess. It appears that even director Bryan Singer was confused as he was making it. You'll love Kevin Spacey's performance as Roger "Verbal" Kint, but you'll hate that "The Usual Suspects" is only a poor man's "Pulp Fiction". But I will recommend this movie, if only because it has to be seen twice to fully appreciate the extravagant mess they've created. It's an admirable effort, but it's just not a great movie. Oh, what could have been.......

      I would recommend this to a friend

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