Men In Black 1997

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After chasing a fugitive with an advanced alien weapon, New York cop James Edwards (Will Smith) finds himself recruited to the MiB, a top secret agency in charge of alien immigration on Earth. He is partnered with K (Tommy Lee Jones), and sent to investigate an alien prediction of the end of the world.

Starring:
Vincent D'Onofrio,Tony Shalhoub
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub
Supporting actors John Alexander, Bernard Gil, Sergio Calderon, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Jonathan Gries, Mike Nussbaum, Fredric Lane, Siobhan Fallon, Carel Struycken, Kent Faulcon, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, David Cross
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By metal maestro on 4 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Men in Black is a great movie which I'm sure most film fans will have seen many times, so I won't waste time going into its plot/storyline. This review is for the UK Blu-Ray release. The picture and sound are noticeably better than on the DVD. This disc also boasts an impressive array of extras, including commentaries, extended and deleted scenes, a documentary, a featurette and a trivia game.

Unfortunately, the film itself is still the version slightly altered by the BBFC with two uses of the work "prick" overdubbed, which seems ridiculous in this day and age, especially when you consider that the movie still features stronger swear words and has been show in its original form on TV numerous times. I'm sure a lot of people won't be bothered by this, but I have always been very anti-censorship and feel films should be released in their original form. Don't get me wrong. This release is still worth having, but purists may want to check out the US version which is unaltered and apparently has the same extras.
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Format: Blu-ray
'Men in Black' is a tremendous sci-fi comedy/action film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith; I've put the lead actors in that order as I think Jones steals the show in this movie, acting with a deliciously understated air of sarcasm and whimsy - something which we don't see him do often (or perhaps not at all aside from this film ?) and certainly not in recent times as he tends to now play grizzled county sheriffs and the like !

There is a significant improvement when watching 'Men in Black' on Blu-ray compared to even an up-scaled DVD, with a superbly sharp and vivid picture (what we see is often of an almost cartoon-style presentation, laden with bright colours) to really show off the numerous effective, and often zany, special-effects and characters; I didn't notice too much of a difference in the audio department though, despite it being 'upgraded' to Dolby TrueHD 5.1 from Dolby Digital 5.1. There also seems to be little difference in the 'extras' department (you get the same commentary/featurette collection now boosted with some fairly uninspiring games), but as the significant aspect is the film itself I think the improvements there justify a Blu-ray purchase all the same...

The initial premise of the story, based on a series of comic books from the early '90s, centres on us being introduced to two sharp-suited, but rather crusty-looking, sunglass-wearing men who we almost immediately learn through an amusing 'detective' scene are officially-employed to manage and monitor alien activity on Earth from their New York 'base'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 28 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
following the exploits of agents Kay and Jay, who are members of a top-secret organisation established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth.

The two Men (in Black) find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies.

In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MiB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth.

It's just another typical day.......

Seeing this not long after the latest instalment shows just how little the makers care about the audience or the original movie.

Even though both movies are okay, they are very different when you go through he MIB time line. But thats for another discussion.

What we have here is the Will Smith movie where her had self realisation of being the biggest star on the planet, and boy does it show.

He is just on the wrong side of irritating, and if it wasn't for Jones acting him off the screen, it would have been a problematic move for the studio.

The plot is simple but effective, and the effects are groundbreaking for the time. It's nice to see Hollywood taking a gamble for once on a big film that didn't have anything to do with a sequel and was highly original.

And considering Hollywood released one of the worst sequels ever in 1997, the gamble paid off.

it's a fun movie, made even more watchable by the two leads chemistry, Rip Torn, and the fact that it's only just over 90 minutes long.

A nice movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon when it's raining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 11 Dec. 2010
Format: VHS Tape
"Men in Black", featuring Will Smith both as lead actor and end credit singer, is a classic comedy. When I first watched it years ago, I laughed at almost every situation. My favourite? Smith and the other guy are going to meet an expert on intergalactic diplomacy. Everyone assumes it's the weirdo with the dog. Actually, it's...the dog! Had me fooled, too. Another old favourite is the claim that Sylvester Stallone is an alien. The tall guy from Twin Peaks makes a guest appearence (he's been on Star Trek as well).

Since I was versed in the UFO subculture, "Men in Black" struck me as extra funny, since the secret agents don't exactly behave as MIBs are supposed to. Usually, they behave in the exact opposite way... And yes, they are more cool!

When I watched the movie last night, I was stuck by two things. One, I wasn't laughing so much anymore. Why? No idea. Maybe I'm older, maybe I'm through with the "funny Black sidekick" angle, maybe I remember the only twist element in the plot ("The Galaxy is in Orion's belt"). Instead, I found myself analyzing the meaning of the scene where Will tries to fill in a form at MIB headquarters, together with a bunch of marines. Is there some deeper meaning hidden away in that scene? Or is just me getting Freudian?

Two, despite this, the movie isn't bad, although I might yet draw that conclusion when I'm Tommy Lee Jones' age, waking up from a coma after 35 years. Or perhaps I'm just tired of the UFO subculture?

Although I no longer get laughing tics out of Will's character in sunglasses, I nevertheless give "Men in Black" four stars. If you are 20+, don't miss this classic sci fi comic flic. And remember: the Galaxy is in Orion's belt!
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