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Inside Man [Blu-ray] (2006)

Denzel Washington , Jodie Foster , Spike Lee  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Writers: Russell Gewirtz
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Italian (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Japanese (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001YV5068
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inside Man [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Spike Lee
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Inside Man
  • Number 4
  • BD-Live

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Academy Award® winner† Denzel Washington, Academy Award® nominee†† Clive Owen and Academy Award® winnerº Jodie Foster star in this intense and explosive crime thriller. The perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a criminal mastermind (Owen), a determined detective (Washington), and a power broker with a hidden agenda (Foster). As the minutes tick by and the situation becomes increasingly tense, one wrong move could mean disaster for any one of them. From acclaimed director Spike Lee comes the edge-of-your-seat, action-packed thriller The Wall Street Journal calls “a heist film that’s right on the money.”

    Spike Lee scored his biggest hit to date with Inside Man, an unconventional thriller with fascinating details in the margins of its convoluted plot. The screenplay (by first-timer Russell Gerwitz) could've used a few more rewrites; it moves at a brisk pace but in hindsight a lot of it doesn't make sense. That makes Inside Man more fun to watch than to think about afterwards (when you discover plot holes big enough to drive a truck through), but it's curiously involving, especially as NYPD Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) struggles to outsmart a high-stakes bank robber (Clive Owen) who, along with a well-trained crew of accomplices, has seized control of a Wall Street bank, turning what initially looks like a hostage crisis into a personal crusade to expose some mysterious evil secrets. As you might expect from the director of Do the Right Thing, Lee seizes several satisfying opportunities to examine post-9/11 issues of racial prejudice and domestic terrorism, and the mysterious "problem solver" Madeline White (Jodie Foster), as eerily sinister as she is vaguely defined, is worthy of her own movie. With the benefit of his most stellar cast to date (including Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor), Lee seems more interested in character details than well-crafted suspense, but that doesn't stop Inside Man from being engrossing, subtly amusing, and quirky enough to qualify as a welcomed break from the formulaic thrillers that are Hollywood's bread and butter.--Jeff Shannon

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    36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly flawless caper film! June 1, 2006
    By DML
    The first thing that attracted me to this film was the cast. Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer, Jodie Foster, heck Willem Dafoe is really a bit player in this one. Not to mention that Spike Lee, not one of my favorite directors, but certainly capable of telling a good story, and the potential was there for brilliance. By now, you know surely that the film deals with a heist of a bank, that the thieves are not after the normal booty that bank robbers go after, and that someone high up in the bank brass stands to lose very personally based on the actions of the thieves. What you may not know is why the movie is so much fun and so great to see.

    Clive Owen owns this film. Yes, Denzel is great and carries his scenes well, but Owen has the task of not only convincingly playing a thief who is totally in control of the situation, he has to play the role in a way to illicit sympathy from the audience. He does both things masterfully. No doubt you will be in agreement that his performance is the landmark achievement of the movie and the reason it ultimately works. Washington is a good two dimensional character, blending his desire to take advantage of this one great chance he has at landing a plum role within the police department and the fact that he is personally struggling with the pressure of his girlfriend who wants to discuss "the M word" and wear something on a certain finger. In fact, this becomes a large part of the film, right up to the very end.

    If I noted a couple of weaknesses in the film they would be these. Jodie Foster's character, while necessary, seems to distract from the action. Her role is somewhat important, but I wished she had not been there.
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    63 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    MOVIE: Spike Lee has never been on my top list of directors. His movies usually have very strong social commentaries, and nothing more than that. Those social commentaries though are usually the same thing, and it always has to deal with race. Hell, he calls every one of his films "A Spike Lee Joint". I'm not against it, but it usually detracts from the story. Inside Man is really his first movie that really focuses on the narrative and is intent on telling an entertaining story. The film is his most mainstream film to date, and in my opinion is his best. Clive Owen plays a bank robber who decides to go Dog Day Afternoon style and perform an elaborate bank heist, but this theif has everything planned to perfection. The film opens right into the action and wastes no time. Denzel Washington plays the "average joe" hostage negotiator who is assigned to the case, and Chiwetel Ejiofor plays his partner. As the story progresses we learn more of what the true purpose of this bank heist is. The owner of the bank, played by Christopher Plummer, has a secret about his past that could destroy his repuation if released to the public and it happens to be located in an unlisted safety deposit box in that bank. He hires Jodie Foster to help him try and reason with Clive Owen's character, while all Denzel Washington is concerned about is serving justice. The film is quick, superbly edited, and extremely entertaining. Spike Lee doesn't compromise his techniques and the film still retains all of the familiar Lee social commentaries. Race and politics become the underlaying theme for the film and it moves it in the right direction. All the reviews and ads talk about the twist ending and a plot full of surprises. Read more ›
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    54 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars "I promise you I'll walk out the front door!" August 9, 2006
    By A Customer
    The one note about Spike Lee films is that you're never sure what you're going to get. I'm not really a fan, I find that his films are too convoluted with extraneous detail and somewhat over produced. Inside Man retains all the elements of a solid bank robbery/caper film, whilst also giving us Spike Lee's trademark of gritty, street-wise irreverence.

    The problem with Inside Man is that it's impossibly unbelievable with a plot that strains the realms of credibility; combine this with it's over-long running time and you have a film that features some great performances by it's cast - Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer and Jodie Foster - but ultimately sags a bit in the middle and ends up becoming rather ponderous.

    Lee manages to pull off a handful of effective scenes, but he doesn't have the flair to bring the whole movie off with real conviction. An enigmatic master criminal (Owen) - who spends most of the movie wearing a mask - plans and executes a "genius plan" in which he and several masked companions take over a Lower Manhattan bank and brutally seize several dozen of its customers as hostages.

    The NYPD negotiator given the task of dealing with these crooks is an affable junior detective, Detective Keith Frazier (Washington) - under a cloud of suspicion from a previous case - he soon surmises that the perpetrators don't actually want the bank's money. Enter smarmy and elegant New York political insider Madeline White (Foster) who knows everybody and even has the ear of the Mayor.

    Madeline is hired by the chairman of the bank's board of directors (Plummer) to oversee the crisis and make sure that certain secrets he has in his safe-deposit box stay secret.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    Fantastic movie. And cheaper on Amazon
    Published 3 days ago by Karen V.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Heist Movie with a Nice Twist at the End
    Excellent story, acting and directing and at an amazing price!
    Published 15 days ago by Andrea K. Rogers
    1.0 out of 5 stars Storyline is empty and has no root in anything. ...
    Storyline is empty and has no root in anything. Sporadic characters move back and forth with no real reason. Storylines begin and end for no reason or no affect on the plot.
    Published 19 days ago by Brendan Rush
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great watch
    Love this Spike Lee/Denzel Washington feature. Watch it with Spike Lees comments and you'll learn lots about his talent as a director and the fine art of creating a great movie.
    Published 19 days ago by P. Thomson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great actors but the ending was a little vague .
    Published 1 month ago by DebbieTTennis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good had a surprise ending
    Published 1 month ago by ED
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Amazing movie, Denzel at his best!!!
    Published 1 month ago by Jill Magri
    3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, slow!
    Good performance by Denzel Washington but pace of movie is very very slow. Script not very believable either. Disapointment.
    Published 1 month ago by Nathalie Loubert
    5.0 out of 5 stars You THOUGHT it was going to be predictable.
    The character development in this movie was AWESOME ! Easily a runaway for Clive Owen, and definitely Jodie Foster's shining moment, although Denzel was almost forgettable. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Julie Ann
    5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was sold to me as a great movie so I watched it expecting...
    This movie was sold to me as a great movie so I watched it expecting to be disappointed. I was not, this is a smart, exciting heist movie. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Mike P Reams
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