An Examination Of The Machinations Behind The Scenes At A Realestate Office.
Befitting the film's subject matter, the bonus features on the 10th-anniversary special-edition DVD of Glengarry Glen Ross
provide an even balance of topical and behind-the-scenes exploration. James Foley's commentary, like his acclaimed adaptation of David Mamet's play, is concise, articulate, and richly observant on the topics of theme, direction, and rehearsal. The same is true of shorter commentaries by Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchia, and production designer Jane Musky--all are intelligent and generous in sharing their artistic approach to Mamet's rich material. The interview documentary "Always Be Closing" attempts, with adequate success, to draw parallels between the revealing anecdotes of real-life salesmen and a survey of salesmen in drama, from Death of a Salesman
to Tin Men
and beyond. Pennsylvania filmmaker Tony Buba's short documentary "J. Roy: New and Used Furniture" is a quirky but welcomed inclusion, with its vintage portrait of a small-time entrepreneur. The "Tribute to Jack Lemmon" is touching, funny, and deeply affectionate (Peter Gallagher's anecdotes are particularly amusing; Chris Lemmon's are appropriately moving). Lemmon himself is included in a 1998 excerpt from Inside the Actor's Studio
and a Charlie Rose
interview. All of these features are well conceived and sharply organized; David Mamet's predictable absence is this DVD's only minor drawback. --Jeff Shannon