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Men in Black follows the exploits of Agents K (Jones) and J (Smith), members of a top secret organization established to monitor alien activity on Earth. The two MIB find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D’Onofrio) who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. K and J face a simple imperative: track down the interloper or the Earth will be destroyed. It’s all in a day’s work for the Men in Black.
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That said, I am quite ticked off because the Ultra-violet code has EXPIRED more than 1 year ago (Dec 31, 2016)! Part of the reason for this purchase was the Digital Copy! It’s pretty misleading to advertise digital copy when you are selling an expired code.
However, Men in Black is an old-time favorite. Always fun to watch. While the 4K is not as impressive, the Blu-ray quality IS far superior to DVD. So if you don’t already own this one, I would recommend.
Rating: Had the U-V copy code been valid, I would have given 4 stars. Minus one star for the comparatively lack-luster 4K considering the hype. Minus one star for the expired code. 3 Stars.
For the quality, the trilogy pack on Blu-ray might be a better investment for about $1-$2 more
It's the movie that not only featured Will Smith in one of his most iconic roles, but also managed to revive his music career through his single contribution to the soundtrack.
The movie itself is a lot of fun. It balances introducing this secret world to the audience, while playing up the almost routine danger they face constantly. Both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones play their roles well, and make for one of the best on-screen duos, at least as far as the 90's go.
Special effects are pretty primitive. The parts with the puppets and anamatronics fare better than the cgi in every case. Even some of the green screen effects aren't that great. But it's also not the worst I've seen either. And generally, the special effects are used sparingly. And when they are, it's used on alien life forms, which with a little bit of disillusion can be explained away as looking weird because they are weird looking.
Actually, the first time I saw this movie, I was lucky enough to get to see a work in progress post prediction version. Which was a neat treat for kid me. It was a bit of a behind the curtain look at how movies, especially with the then emerging cgi push in cinema, are made. Lots of effects were missing, like the big screen inside the headquarters, and the final bug battle at the end, which was filled with placeholder effects.
Overall, Men In Black is a fun movie. It doesn't try to pretend to be anything beyond that. And I think it succeeds very well on that front. While it shows it's age a bit, I wouldn't let that stop you from checking it out.
An enclave was established in New York City. By treaty, the aliens had to blend in and not reveal their unearthly origin. While a few lucky alien species could pass themselves off as human; most had to rely on organic-mechanical contrivances.
Keeping the aliens in line was a tough policing job and keeping their presence on Earth a secret required constant vigilance, and in general, it worked, but unfortunately not all species are covered; one such, is a particularly obnoxious species: the Bugs. . . .
One night, not long ago, an unlicensed, immature Bug crashed his flying saucer into Edgar's pickup truck. Luckily for the Bug, Edgar stormed out of his house to see what had happened. Unfortunately for Edgar, Bugs are indiscriminate eaters and Edgar's skin would suit it well until it could find and snatch the Arquillian's prize possession; foolishly, an Arquillian had brought it to this defenseless planet. . . .
Picture (Blu-ray): 4.5 to 5. Languages and Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai. Additional Subtitles: Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Dutch, Indonesian, and Alien. The "Alien" option is underwhelming.
Special Features: possible additions, beyond those listed in older DVD reviews: a MIB trivia game and "Ask Frank the Pug" ( he is an alien, in a dog suit, who has the inside scoop). He will answer your questions about love, money, and etc. Be sure to talk loud; Frank is a little hard of hearing. . . .
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