THE USUAL SUSPECTS (SPECIAL EDITION)
MGM Home Ent., $24.98
QUENTIN Tarantino influenced the vocabulary of countless '90s crime films, especially 1995's The Usual Suspects (released on disc April 2). Of course, Suspects set its own "beat that" benchmark in reviving the surprise-ending convention for a new generation. In this single disc's myriad relaxed, profane featurettes, star Gabriel Byrne opines, "I feel like I was in one of those a cappella groups that had a hit in 1959. Now we're all 60 and people say, 'Wow, I danced to your song in 1959.'"
The entire principal cast sits down to unfurl all sorts of gems about the shoot, from the initial apprehension toward Benicio Del Toro's indecipherable delivery—his decision, to enhance an otherwise static role—to fond reminiscences of the classic police lineup scene. Kevin Pollak elaborates: "The now Academy Award-winning Benicio Del Toro farted, like, 12 straight takes, and we couldn't stop laughing." We also learn that Stephen Baldwin pulled a Brando, butting heads early with rookie director Bryan Singer to test his disciplinary prowess. (Wonder how that approach flew during Bio-Dome.)
Obligatory deleted scenes—mostly brief character-coloring snippets with Byrne and Kevin Spacey—would be worthless without preliminary self- effacing narration by editor/composer John Ottman. One of Suspects' Easter eggs is an extra featurette detailing Ottman's struggle to match the rapid-fire dialogue cuts and montages to his own dark strings; to access it, you must place details from the film's infamous bulletin board in a specific order. Like the film, the game thoroughly tests your patience . . . then thoroughly rewards it.
REWARDED with good reason at the Oscars, the Bosnian No Man's Land arrives on disc April 9 (no extras). It's leagues better than other recent war movies like Black Hawk Down, Hart's War, We Were Soldiers, and Behind Enemy Lines (the latter is also debuting on DVD). The same date greets Mulholland Drive, which screams out for bonus material but maddeningly lacks it. Also out: dreck like Serendipity and High Heels and Low Lifes; the exciting Korean spy thriller Shiri; plus a bells-and-whistles, Web-site-integrated "collector's edition" of Spy Game—but, sorry, we're guessing there are no naked photos of Brad.