It is never a good idea to watch a movie with expectations through the roof. But with Michael Mann behind the camera and Foxx and Farrell in front, one does expect great things. Miami Vice scrapes by, but it almost requires audiences to really like Foxx and Farrell rather than the substance.
DVD Review: Miami Vice
In celebration of the release of Miami Vice to DVD this December 5th, we have been given a few copies to include in our Holiday Gift Guide. I wouldn't call Miami Vice a great purchase, but this film should definitely find itself an audience among those who still feel a bit of euphoria after Mann's collaboration on Collateral. Besides, why not win yourself a copy?
Miami Vice on DVD
Miami Vice, writer-director-producer Michael Mann's (Collateral, Heat) intense examination of the allure of globalized crime, blasts its way onto DVD in both R-rated and Unrated Director's Editions on December 5, 2006 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The Unrated Director's Edition amps the intensity with a never-before-seen version of the film that features footage not shown in theaters, creating an exclusive motion-picture experience audiences won't want to miss.
We got our hands on the Unrated Director's Edition and the film, with the never-before-seen footage, does play across as an intense thriller bogged down by the somber truth of what it takes to get inside the drug culture. If there is one thing to be said, I have to hand it to Foxx and Farrell for playing characters that don't fit either of their usual profiles.
What is strong, however, is the Unrated DVD's extra features:
- Miami Vice Undercover - Learn how actors Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell prepared for this adrenaline spiked experience and perfected their roles with authentic, real-life details from actual undercover agents.
- Miami and Beyond - Shooting on Location - Follow the cast and crew to the real-life locations used to create the film's exotic vibe, including mysterious Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and the gritty back streets of the Dominican Republic, which doubles for Castro's forbidden Cuba.
- Visualizing Miami Vice - From production design to cinematography, discover how top technical experts captured the distinctive, instantly recognizable look and feel of twenty-first century Miami.
- Feature Commentary with director, writer and producer Michael Mann.
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes - This bonus feature provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including an exciting look at the actors' fire arms training, the film's locations, and the filming of one of the film's most exciting sequences - the boat race.
Michael Mann seems to think that the Unrated Director's Edition of Miami Vice isn't necessarily a new cut, but an entirely new revision of the film. I couldn't really say that it felt that different, but always prefer the version with more, uh, 'intensity'.
Find out for yourself by purchasing Miami Vice on DVD now.
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