Men in Black

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good movie/good comedy

on 5/3/2012

Men in Black is a very good action movie with a nice comedy. It is a really good movie to watch. I loved the cast and great acting by Jones and Will Smith. The Jones-Smith combo really clicked in this movie. The DVD version is good too. I definitely recommened this DVD to all. Read More

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Product Overview

Men in Black follows the exploits of agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith), members of a top secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth. The two Men in Black find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio), who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MIB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth. It's just another typical day for the Men in Black.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 207909127
UPC 043396263857
UPC 14 00043396263857
Format DVD
Release Date 2/17/2015
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Alien Life Forms
Aliens
Blockbuster
Buddies
Heroes
Recommended
Science-Fiction
Secret Agents
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In the 1950s a super-secret government agency was formed to monitor and police the activities of extraterrestrial aliens on the planet Earth. Some 40 years later a founding father of the agency, Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), finds himself with a new smart-mouthed partner fresh from the NYPD who is soon dubbed Agent Jay (Will Smith). Their first mission is to save the Earth from destruction by a giant insectlike alien (Vincent D'Onfrio) that, incidentally, drives an exterminator's truck. Armed with their matching Ray-Bans, skinny ties, and space-age weapons that Jay barely understands--he calls the Neuralyzer the "flashy thing"--the new duo begin another average day of fighting intergalactic terrorists. An amazingly hip and terribly clever movie that riffs on everything from E.T.--THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL to CASABLANCA, this Barry Sonnenfeld film is based on the equally savvy comic book by Lowell Cunningham.
Plot Summary
Summary A hilariously stoic top-secret federal agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and his wisecracking partner (Will Smith) don their matching Ray-Bans and skinny black ties and proceed to use all their considerable weaponry and wit to save the world from an undocumented and extremely unfriendly mantislike alien. MEN IN BLACK is a successful, tongue-in-cheek spoof of summer blockbuster alien invasion flicks, based on the comic book by Lowell Cunningham.
Reviews
USA Today "...The out-there premise is irresistible.... Effects master Rick Baker whips up a swell array of oddball creatures great, small and just plain strange..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 07/01/1997 p.1D
New York Times "...Dryly clever....Extraordinarily ambitious, with all-star design and special-effects talent and a genuinely artful visual style..." 07/01/1997 p.C9
Los Angeles Times "...Wised-up and offhandedly funny....Barry Sonnenfeld is an excellent director for this point of view, and MEN IN BLACK is a blend of the strengths of his previous films..." 07/01/1997 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...The movie makes good use of a lot of New York landmarks....[The film] deflates one sci-fi pomposity after another..." 07/01/1997 p.25
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he leads' buddy-buddy act works a charm, Smith's mock-macho maximalism and Jones' dour minimalism deliciously contrasted." 06/01/2012
Directors
Barry Sonnenfeld
Actors
Will Smith
Tommy Lee Jones
Cast & Crew
Barry Sonnenfeld - Director
Bo Welch - Production Designer
Danny Elfman - Original Music By
David Cross - Actor
Donald Peterman - Cinematographer
Ed Solomon - Screenplay
Jim Miller - Editor
Laurie MacDonald - Producer
Linda Fiorentino - Actor
Lowell Cunningham - Based On Comic Books By
Rip Torn - Actor
Steven Spielberg - Executive Producer
Tom Duffield - Art Director
Tommy Lee Jones - Actor
Tony Shalhoub - Actor
Verne Troyer - Actor
Vincent D'Onofrio - Actor
Will Smith - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 26385
UPC 00043396263857
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Nominee (1998) British Academy Awards, Eric Brevig, et. al., Best Special Effects,Golden Globe, Men in Black, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Grammy, Danny Elfman, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television,MTV Award, Will Smith, Best Comedic Performance,MTV Award, Men in Black, Best Movie,MTV Award, Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Best On-Screen Duo,Oscar, Bo Welch, Cheryl Carasik, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Danny Elfman, Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score
Winner (1998) MTV Award, Will Smith, Best Fight,MTV Award, Will Smith ("Men In Black"), Best Movie Song,Oscar, Rick Baker, et. al., Best Makeup
Oscar (1998) Bo Welch, Cheryl Carasik, Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Danny Elfman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score,Rick Baker, et. al., Winner, Best Makeup
Grammy (1998) Danny Elfman, Nominee, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
British Academy Awards (1998) Eric Brevig, et. al., Nominee, Best Special Effects
Golden Globe (1998) Men in Black, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
MTV Award (1998) Men in Black, Nominee, Best Movie,Will Smith, Winner, Best Fight,Will Smith, Nominee, Best Comedic Performance,Will Smith ("Men In Black"), Winner, Best Movie Song,Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Nominee, Best On-Screen Duo
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Have you ever seen a tabloid headline like this: "Woman gives birth to son of six-headed alien"? Men in Black, the new science fiction comedy from cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty), postulates that such stories are not the result of fertile imaginations, but accurate representations of the truth. You see, ever since the 1960s, Earth has become an intergalactic hideout for aliens in need of a place to lie low for a while. Currently, there are over 1500 visitors, most in New York City (based on personal experience, that number may be low), and their ranks include such high-profile names as Sylvester Stallone...In many ways, Men in Black is the movie that Mars Attacks! wanted to be, but wasn't. This is a snappy, clever, often-funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction-style action with comic dialogue...The chief pleasure of Men in Black isn't being dazzled by the special effects, but enjoying the deadpan performances of Tommy Lee Jones (whose offhand attitude towards the most bizarre events would make Jack Webb proud) and Will Smith. This is a rare case when the multi-million dollar, computer-generated creatures don't upstage their real-life co-stars. Smith and Jones are a fine pair, and the film's focus on them never wavers.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Following on the heels of the 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster Independence Day, Men in Black cemented Will Smith's hold on Fourth of July weekend -- until Wild Wild West tossed that holiday up for grabs. Like the previous year's money-mill, MiB pairs Smith with misbehaving extraterrestrials -- this time in a more overtly comedic format, opposite straight-man Tommy Lee Jones, as the mysterious "Agent K"...Based on the comic book by Lowell Cunningham, MiB retains the hip, irreverent tone of the original while clearly serving as a showcase for Smith and Jones (as generically named as their on-screen counterparts), both of whom rewrote scenes and sections of dialogue during production. Jones is perfect as the old-school-but-cool instructor to Smith's can't-teach-me-nuthin' novice...Matching the snappy humor in entertainment impact are the special effects, which are a combination of Oscar-winning makeup, helmed by Rick Baker, imaginative puppetry, and stunning computer graphics from the team at Industrial Light and Magic. Most of this edition's extra features illuminate the astonishing amount of work and creativity behind the array of creatures on display throughout the film.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Mary Kalin-Casey
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Will
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Christine James, Box Office Magazine The special effects are amazing...[and] there are endless unexpected and clever moments throughout...
David Edelstein, Slate The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune A smart, funny and hip adventure...
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader ...a bountiful supply of both fanciful beasties and ingenious visuals.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...playfully hip and hilarious...
Susan Wloszczynal, USA Today The snappy sci-fi hoot "Men in Black"...is a kind of "Independence Day" for smart people.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Charm, wit and some outrageous insect-type aliens make a winning cosmic combination.

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