Glengarry Glen Ross 1992
In today's marketplace of cutthroat competition, the bottom line is all that matters. If you don't perform, you're out on the street. In order to survive in this dog-eat-dog environment, many individuals have to give in to their worst instincts. Those are the assumptions hammered home in the riveting screen adaptation of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Glengarry Glen Ross". This is one of the most powerful and convincing films ever made about the manifold ways the human spirit is violated in the workplace.

"Glengarry Glen Ross" has achieved cult status since its release in 1992. It’s certainly one of the most quotable films of the 90’s – coincidentally released in the same year as the highly-quotable "Reservoir Dogs".

The action centers on the four salesmen of Premiere Properties, purveyors of dubious Arizona real estate developments with high-flown names (such as the title). One rainy night, the quartet is called into the office from their evening haunt, a red-vinyl Chinese restaurant and lounge, to hear a spokesman from “downtown” tell them in obscene terms that the bottom two salesmen in monthly sales will be fired...

Director: James Foley
Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey
Country: USA
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Blu-Ray ITV
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BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:40:23 | 42.6 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Commentary - this is the same audio commentary with director James Foley that appears on the R2 2DVD set which Grenada Ventures produced years ago.

ABC: Always Be Closing - a wonderful documentary focusing on the unique skills a good salesman should have as well as some of most common stereotypes about the profession. Information about Glengarry Glen Ross and the pre-production process is also included. In English, not subtitled. (30 min, 1080/50i).

Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon - in this documentary, various actors and directors discuss the legendary Jack Lemmon and his legacy. Amongst the interviewees are Chris Lemmon, actor Peter Gallagher, director John Alvidsen, Jack Lemmon's manager David Seltzer, and writer and actor James Lipton, among others. In English, not subtitled. (30 min, 1080/50i).

Charlie Rose Show - an episode of the Charlie Rose Show with Jack Lemmon in which the actor discusses the character he plays in Glengarry Glen Ross and the key themes in the film. The episode first aired on October 1, 1993. In English, not subtitled. (11 min, 1080/50i).

Kevin Spacey: Inside Actors Studio - a student invites Kevin Spacey to do a small improvisation. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080/50i).

J Roy: New and Used Furniture (1974) - a short film about legendary salesman Jimmy Roy directed by Tony Buba. In English, not subtitled. (10 min, 1080/50i).

Trailer - original theatrical trailer for Glengarry Glen Ross. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080/50i).

Juan Ruiz Anchia - cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchia discusses the pre-production of Glengarry Glen Ross as well as the specific framing and lighting during select sequences from the film. Audio only with footage from the film. In English, not subtitled. (21 min, 1080/50i).

Alec Baldwin - in this selected-scene commentary, the actor recalls how he became involved with Glengarry Glen Ross and discusses the character he plays. In English, not subtitled. (19 min, 1080/50i).

Alan Arkin - in this selected-scene commentary, Alan Arkin, who was one the founding members of Second City, discusses Glengarry Glen Ross, its unique qualities, James Foley's vision of the film, etc. In English, not subtitled. (15 min, 1080/50i).

Jane Musky - in this selected-scene commentary, production designer Jane Musky discusses the sets and locations seen in Glengarry Glen Ross, as well as the film's unique look. In English, not subtitled. (12 min, 1080/50i).

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Blu-Ray Shout Factory
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BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:40:26 | 44.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Commentary #1 features director James Foley.

Commentary #2 features actor Jack Lemmon.

Interview (37:23, HD) with director James Foley recounts his early introduction to the screenplay, with Al Pacino interested in working with the young moviemaker after the release of "At Close Range." With David Mamet taking care of screenwriting duties, Foley didn't order changes, finding the material perfect as it was. Casting brought in "gritty" talents, with Pacino heavily involved in putting the ensemble together.

"God Bless Ricky Roma" (24:31, HD) sits down with Joe Mantegna, who details his initial interest in acting, working extensively in the theater, meeting David Mamet in the early 1970s while performing for the Organic Theater. Years later, after making a move to Los Angeles, Mantegna was contacted by Mamet, presenting him with "Glengarry Glen Ross," which was filled with real estate business the actor had no clue how to process, requiring research for the part of Ricky Roma.

"Magic Time" (30:06, SD) is a 2002 remembrance piece about the life and times of Jack Lemmon, featuring interviews with son Chris Lemmon, "Save the Tiger" director John Avildsen, "Long Day's Journey into Night" co-star Peter Gallagher, manager David Seltzer, friend James Lipton, and "Glengarry Glen Ross" director James Foley.

"Always Be Closing" (29:29, SD) is another 2002 featurette, this time looking at the history of the American salesman, with a number of real estate professionals sharing the ins and out of their work, including the minutiae of the gig, which sometimes requires pressure tactics a few here admit are distasteful.

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