The Insider (Blu-ray) R

Two men driven to tell the truth … whatever the cost.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: February 19, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Touchstone / Disney
  • Note: Production Featurette Audio Commentary with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe
    • Inside a Scene
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh96%

Total Count: 136


User Ratings: 59,131
...Hard-hitting grown-up cinema....With Pacino, we get the best of both worlds: a mostly restrained performance that still offers opportunities for the actor's reliable stack-blowing...
USA Today
Nov 5, 1999
The movie reveals Michael Mann's unparalleled ability to fashion taut suspense from unpromising material. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- A supremely suspenseful and riveting dramatic tour-de-force. Full Review
Nov 29, 2009
What I didn't expect was an intelligently absorbing entertainment that ran for two hours and 40 minutes, during which I didn't once look at my watch -- just about the highest praise I can bestow upon a film these days. Full Review
Apr 27, 2007
Rating: 10/10 -- Not a single shot could be improved in either lighting or framing; nor is there even a single cut that could be moved by so much as a frame without damaging the exactitude of its placement. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Jun 24, 2009
Rating: 5/5 -- Michael Mann's least physically violent film feels no less ferocious -especially given the appetites with which corporations gobble up media today. Holding off barbarians at the gate is only noble until you must sell them the gate to fund the fight. Full Review
Midwest Film Journal
Jun 24, 2019
Powerfully and elegantly, The Insider reveals a chilling reality: how hard it is to tell a simple truth when big business doesn't want it told. Full Review
Mar 5, 2018

Product Description:

Based on the article "The Man Who Knew Too Much," THE INSIDER depicts the true story of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a successful scientist who is fired from the Brown & Williamson tobacco company for objecting to certain lab tests. He signs a confidentiality agreement to ease the company's nervousness, but when hotshot 60 MINUTES producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) recruits Wigand to help him decipher some technical documents, he realizes that there's a bigger story hiding inside Wigand. Eventually Bergman convinces him to break the agreement and sit for an interview with Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). The resulting media frenzy causes Wigand to lose the support of his family and forces Bergman to confront the harsh reality of his business. Additionally, Wigand is recruited by the state of Mississippi to testify on its behalf that cigarettes are, in fact, addictive. To pay the rent, he begins teaching high school chemistry, waiting for Bergman to convince the network to air the piece. Buckling under corporate pressure, CBS pulls the plug, which sparks Bergman to leak information to the press. As Wigand deals with his personal dilemma, Bergman battles the corporation that begins to show its true colors. Both men must decide for themselves if they've made the right choices.

Like his other films THIEF, MANHUNTER, and HEAT, director Michael Mann takes on the theme of a man trying to do the right thing while trapped by circumstances that could destroy him. Once again Mann pulls terrific performances from his entire cast. Crowe is outstanding as Jeff Wigand, the beleaguered insider who risks everything for the truth. Pacino is suitably tenacious as the once-radical producer Bergman, and Christopher Plummer is excellent as news anchor Mike Wallace. With its brilliant performances and stunning cinematography, THE INSIDER is an emotionally intense film that reveals the consequences of standing up for the truth.

Plot Synopsis:

THE INSIDER is a gripping motion picture about big-business corruption, featuring a stunning lead performance by Russell Crowe. Scientist Jeffrey Wigand takes on the tobacco industry by breaking his confidentiality agreement with his employer, Brown & Williamson. By granting 60 MINUTES a revealing interview, Wigand's life spirals out of control. He seeks help in Lowell Bergman, the producer who has given his word that he will air the interview in its entirety. Big Tobacco, however, does everything in its power to shut Wigand up, including persuading CBS to shelve the interview he has sacrificed everything to give. As per director Michael Mann's request, this movie is available only in letterboxed format in both VHS and DVD.


Production Notes:

  • Russell Crowe put on around 40 pounds to portray Jeffrey Wigand. Once shooting for THE INSIDER wrapped, he then had to lose the weight for his role in GLADIATOR.
  • Director Michael Mann operated the camera on more than half the shots in THE INSIDER.
  • Mike Wallace filed a lawsuit against the filmmakers, claiming the film was slanderous.
  • The high school where the real Jeff Wigand taught is used as a location in the film.
  • The soundtrack to THE INSIDER by Lisa Gerrard (formerly of Dead Can Dance) and Pieter Bourke is available on Sony/Columbia Records. Lisa Gerrard also contributes music to GLADIATOR, as well as Michael Mann's HEAT.
  • Super 35 Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.40:1

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  • UPC: 786936827224
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