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The Usual Suspects (Special Edition) (1995)

Kevin Spacey , Gabriel Byrne , Bryan Singer  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (979 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro
  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Writers: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Producers: Bryan Singer, Art Horan, François Duplat, Hans Brockmann, Kenneth Kokin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (979 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Usual Suspects (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Never before seen deleted scenes
  • New high-definition transfer
  • Audio commentaries by director Bryan Singer & writer Christopher McQuarrie
  • Interview with composer/film editor John Ottman
  • Featurettes: Pursuing the Suspects & Keyser Soze, Lie or Legend
  • Original Featurette: Heisting Cannes
  • Gag reel with introduction
  • Trailers, TV spots

Editorial Reviews

Winner of two 1995 Academy AwardsÂ(r), including Best Original Screenplay, this masterful, atmospheric film noir enraptured audiences with its complex and riveting storyline, gritty, tour-de-force performances (including an OscarÂ(r)-winning* turn by Kevin Spacey) and a climax that is truly deserving of the word stunning. Also starring Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak and Pete Postlethwaite, this 'thoroughly engrossing film (HBO) is so gripping and diabolically clever (The Wall Street Journal) that it becomes a maze you'll be happy to get lost in (Los Angeles Times)! Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that the mythic crime lord not only exists, but was also responsible for drawinghim and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro Harborleaving few survivors. But as Kint lures his interrogators into the incredible story of this crime lord's almost supernatural prowess, so too will you be mesmerized by a lore that is completely captivating from beginning to end!

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183 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see. August 6, 2001
Format:DVD
"Round up the usual suspects." And so they do - and ending up in the lineup are career criminals Michael McManus, Fred Fenster and Todd Hockney (Stephen Baldwin, Benicio del Toro and Kevin Pollack), ex-cop gone bad gone good again Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) and small-time con man Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey).

Wait a minute ... five criminals in one lineup? There's something wrong here, right? Right ...

In "The Usual Suspects," not only every line but every gesture, every facial expression and every camera cut counts. Even if you distrust the story being told, you can't exactly pin down everything that's wrong with it. The plot unfolds through the tale extracted from Kint, one of two survivors of a massacre and subsequent explosion on a boat docked in San Pedro Harbor, by U.S. Customs agent David Kujan (Chazz Palminteri). And at the same time as Kint is spinning his yarn, in a nearby hospital the other survivor (badly injured and fresh out of a coma) helps a police sketch artist draw a picture of the mastermind behind the scheme - "the devil," Keyser Söze.

You can watch this movie countless times, and you will still discover new subtleties every single time. Not only will you find that it still makes sense after the story line has been unraveled at the end (which therefore is a plot twist, not a non-sequitur). You'll also discover nuance upon nuance in Kevin Spacey's incredible performance.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
The Usual Suspects is one of the finest films I've ever seen. It is peppered with magnificent performances, excellent direction, and a brilliant script(Which incidentally won the Oscar for Best Screenplay). Director Bryan Singer molds a tight and entertaining tale of five men, falsely brought in on charges of a stolen vehicle, then deciding to join forces and commit more crimes. What transgresses is a story of deceit, corruption and murder. Not only is the tale incredibly gripping, it is also downright hilarious at some points, making it such an enjoyable film. Kevin Spacey delivers an amazing performance as Verbal Kint, a scam artist cripple. Gabriel Byrne is great as the tough but compassionate Dean Keaton. Kevin Pollack delivers a strong and razor sharp comic relief role as Todd Hockney. One of the most surprisingly fantastic performances comes from Stephen Baldwin, who really packs a punch in this one. Benicio Del Toro gained rave reviews for his role as Fenster in this film , with due cause. Chazz Palminteri is also very intimidating as the cop trying to bring them down. This film won two Oscars, for original screenplay(Christopher McQuarrie, can you believe this was an original?!) and very deservedly for Kevin Spacey and his awesome performance. There is a surprise ending that will knock you off your seat. Sorry, can't give it away. Go out and see it.
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130 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect film? February 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Sometimes a movie really surprises you, really blows you away for some reason. I saw "The Usual Suspects" not really expecting anything interesting. Well, I was wrong. Instead I got to see a terrifically exciting movie featuring outstanding acting and a plot twist that actually caught me by surprise.
The plot? Following a bloody shoot-out aboard a ship moored at a Santa Monica pier, the police question a hood by the name of Verbal Kint in an attempt to learn about what happened. We see several different possibilities and the final answer we get is a real surprise.
Typically movies rely upon special effects, left-field plot twists, and brand-name casting to get the job done. "The Usual Suspects" relies on an excellent script, good direction and wonderful acting from people who might not necessarily be household names. Look at this cast- Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollack, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Dan Hedaya, and Pete Postlethwaite. This is some serious acting talent to behold. They all are great, but in particular Gabriel Byrne (Dean Keaton) and Kevin Spacey (Verbal Kint) deliver exceptional performances. Neither man is quite who they seem to be. Spacey won a well-deserved Oscar for his performance in this film.
Director Brian Singer does a brilliant job coaxing terrific acting performances from his cast. This was a tought movie to make and he pulled it off in spades.
Go see "The Usual Suspects" and find out why it is one of my favorite films.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but disappointing August 26, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The film itself is worthy of a very strong five-star rating, but since this Blu-Ray offers nothing beyond the film itself, my rating reflects my disappointment.

While it's fantastic to have one of my favorite films of all time in high definition at last, the extras here are non-existent. Not only did they not do anything special for the Blu-Ray, they didn't even port over the extras from the MGM Special Edition DVD that came out a few years ago, and there's some excellent stuff on that DVD.

Shame on Fox/MGM for this inexcusably-lacking release.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic, on how to direct great acting talents.
A classic.
Brilliant direction,
Brilliant performance,
Brilliant script,
Brilliant shooting composition.
Published 13 hours ago by Noam K
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie.
Published 1 day ago by Kloh
4.0 out of 5 stars but the acting was GREAT and it was interesting
left me with to many questions, but the acting was GREAT and it was interesting.
Published 1 day ago by BEATRIZ LEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was happy to see this movie was available. It is so good.
Published 2 days ago by Hristina Zapryanova
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie that keeps the intrigue and suspense high, and keeps you guessing the whole way through. A classic.
Published 4 days ago by E. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie was really good.
Published 4 days ago by Dustin
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Grammar in Amazon's Description, GREAT Movie Nonetheless
Fix your grammar in the description, dammit! It's drawing HIM, not drawing he.

Other than that, what a great movie!
Published 7 days ago by Charles Coverly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
FANTASTIC CRIME DRAMA!!!
Published 8 days ago by De Aloma L Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Film
One of my faves! I never tire of watching this movie over and over. Bencio Del Toro still steals the show.
Published 12 days ago by Vicki Matsumonji
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps You Guessing
As clever as they come. Even today, 2 decades later, no one can say for sure who Keyser Soze was.
Published 18 days ago by firstjohn520
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Is this worth upgrading to?
One of the featurettes is also expanded and I believe the transfer is upgraded -- either way, it doesn't share space with a fullscreen version, so it will look better.
Feb 1, 2007 by Tyler Foster |  See all 3 posts
What Happened To This DVD?
I find it slightly Suspect (pun intended) that the regular dvd version vanishes while the Blu Ray is completely available.
Do the Blu-ray people have so much power that they could make this happen? Just kidding. Well, maybe. Hmmmm.

Guess I'll rent the dvd from Netflix. But I refuse to start... Read More
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