Gabriel Byrne ; Kevin
Spacey ; Stephen Baldwin ; Kevin Pollak ; Benicio Del Toro ; Chazz
Palminteri ; Suzy Amis ; Giancarlo Esposito ; Pete Postlethwaite
The Usual Suspects - SE DVD
God, I love my DVD player. How did we ever manage with ‘Good Old VHS’? No Directors Commentaries, No Trailers or Featurettes, No Hidden Easter Eggs…..
But first, the movie itself – The plot is famously labyrinthine, this isn’t a movie to nip to nip out for a cuppa in the middle of! A boat explodes off the San Pedro coast. The only survivors are a severely burnt terrorist and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey), a crippled two-bit con-artist. In return for police immunity, Kint is coerced into explaining events leading up to the explosion. His story begins weeks earlier with five criminals of varying levels of notoriety, who are arrested and questioned by police about a truck hijacking. Apart from giving the film it’s classic ‘line up’ poster, this also allows the group to cook up a job to exact a little revenge on the police. However, it soon becomes clear that maybe these people weren’t thrown together by coincidence and that forces a being controlled by a very dangerous and very powerful criminal force.
Where to start? Now this is how you put together a truly 'Special Edition' DVD:
The special features demand an evening's viewing purely to themselves. The featurettes are nicely linked together in such a way that they can be viewed as a single thirty-or-so minute documentary or a separate vignettes. And they contain some absolutely cracking information - from pre-production we learn that Gabriel Byrne was initially very reluctant to have anything at all to do with the movie. Through production and we learn that on at least one occasion, Byrne left the movie for one reason or another (Bryan Singer himself admits that the movie was made 'by the seat if his pants'). Post production and we find Byrne gladly lapping up the praise as the movie becomes the toast of Cannes.
Whilst the deleted scenes don't add an awful lot to the movie, the commentaries provided are first class, particularly Singer's and McQuarrie's. In one particularly illuminating moment, we are told that all the actors, at some point during the shooting of the movie, believed they were playing the mysterious Keyser Soze!
All in all, an almost perfect package. A film that definitely withstands (and even demands) multiple viewings and a set of extras that enhance the viewing experience.
Movie - 9/10