The Thomas Crown Affair (a J!-ENT DVD Review)
September 27, 2003 by Dennis Amith
MOVIE COMPANY: Metro Goldwyn Mayer / United Artists
CAST: United Artists Pictures presents Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Rene Russo and Denis Leary.
Produced by Brosnan and Beau St. Clair, John McTiernan directs from a script by Leslie Dixon & Kurt Wimmer based on the story by Alan R. Trustman.
Also featured are Esther Cañadas, Frankie Faison, Ben Gazzara and Faye Dunaway, who starred with Steve McQueen in the original film.
The Thomas Crown Affair is an Irish DreamTime, Inc. production.
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE URL: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0155267
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action
Thomas Crown is a self-made billionaire who can buy anything he wants and is irresistible to women. But there are some things that money can’t buy. Thomas Crown has run out of challenges.
When an alarm sounds at a world class museum and someone walks out with a priceless Monet, Crown is the last person the New York police suspect. But one person suspects him: Catherine Banning, the brilliant female investigator hired to retrieve the painting no matter what it takes. Catherine loves the chase as much as he does and she’s on to his game. Crown has found his challenge.
Two can play, but only one can win.
- 1999 / 113 Minutes / Color / Rated: R
- Stars Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, and Denis Leary. Written by Leslie Dixon and Kurt Whimmer. – Produced by Pierce Brosnan and Beau St. Clair. Directed by John McTiernan.
- Single Layer Double-Sided Disc: 2.35:1 Widescreen Presentation (Enhanced For 16×9 TV’s) and 1.33:1 Full Screen Version
- English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround / French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- English and French Subtitles
- Supplements: Interactive Motion Menus / Scene Selection / Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Director John McTiernan / Collectible Booklet / Theatrical Trailers From 1968 and 1999 Films
- 36 Chapters
- Keep case
- List Price: $24.98
KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None at this time
I never watched the original movie from 1968 but after watching the 1999 version of “The Thomas Crown Affair”, I wanted to see more. I must admit that the main motivator from watching this movie was an interview in Los Angeles Magazine with Rene Russo. The article was quite interesting and shedding more on the life of the beautiful Rene Russo of Lethal Weapon fame. In this movie, she was absolutely…delicious. Brosnan as Thomas Crown does a pretty good job. The hot love scenes in this movie is very hot! Denis Leary’s presence in this movie is actually not that bad in this movie.
After reading the special booklet that accompanied the DVD (Btw, I urge companies that include the books to please add them to the actual DVD), you do read about the differences between the two movies. One marked by betrayal and one marked by romance. Which do you prefer depends on the viewer. The cat and mouse storyline was very interesting but I felt the cat gave up to easily. It is a very good movie nevertheless and the movie is worth purchasing on DVD. It was nice to see the two trailers for both movies and although it doesn’t carry the many extras that other DVD’s may have these days, the DVD gets a B- in the extras department..
The DVD gives you a choice of widescreen or standard. The video is very good with some noticeable artifacts during the airplane scene during the middle of the film. But that wasn’t so distracting to me at all. The audio is very well done and I liked the musical score for the film.
This is a more of a dialogue movie but if you are looking for some deep audio using your equipment capability, you will find a few moments. As for the characters, sometimes watching Pierce Brosnan and Thomas Crown feels like your watching James Bond. Rene Russo, again I must say…delicious. I’m not sure how this movie did in the box office, but if this is one of the movies that bombed in the box office, as a movie aficionado, this movie is pretty good (not great) and worth viewing.
Anyway, it’s a beautiful DVD and I think fans of the celebrities or the movie will enjoy this movie. Just bare in mind that the two movies are different and it was meant to be that way. Second, don’t read the book first, read it after the movie. Third, the movie can be found at Blockbuster for $14.99. It’s a steal!
THE MOVIE: B
THE DVD EXTRAS: B-
THE DVD OVERALL: B
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