Ronin

Ronin

Director: John Frankenheimer Cast: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone

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Overview

Those who found this film mildly entertaining and are looking for a reason to check out the DVD are in for a big treat. The DVD features one of the best director commentary tracks ever. John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) is a man who understands his craft and isn't afraid to share his knowledge. He details everything about this movie and himself, from pet peeves to happy accidents that happened during production. Also included is the film's alternate ending. Though it's only two minutes long, it offers a terribly different fate for one of the lead characters. Transferred from the work print with timecode numbers still on it, it's brave of the filmmakers to show alternate options considered in making the film. The film is available in two formats, a brilliant anamorphic widescreen transfer and standard full screen. The English and French languages are both 5:1 Dolby Digital Surround. There's an eight-page booklet featuring insights on the making of the film, but is not nearly as informative as the commentary. DVD-ROMs can access more info on the web with PC-friendly software.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/1999
UPC: 0027616743923
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 6,841

Special Features

Never-before-seen alternate ending; Feature-length audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer; 8-page booklet featuring the making of the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Sam
Jean Reno Vincent
Natascha McElhone Deirdre
Stellan Skarsgård Gregor
Sean Bean Spence
Skipp Sudduth Larry
Michel Lonsdale Jean-Pierre
Jan Triska Dapper Gent
Jonathan Pryce Seamus
Féodor Atkine Mikhi
Katarina Witt Natacha Kirilova
Bernard Bloch Sergi

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
Bernard Bats Sound/Sound Designer
Margot Capelier Casting
Michel Cheyko Asst. Director
Elia Cmiral Score Composer
Robert Le Corre Set Decoration/Design
Robert Fraisse Cinematographer
Antony Gibbs Editor
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Paul Kelmenson Executive Producer
Mike LeMare Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Mancuso Producer
May Routh Costumes/Costume Designer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Gerard Viard Art Director
Richard Weisz Screenwriter
Ethel Winant Associate Producer
J.D. Zeik Original Story,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title/Paris Bar [:51]
2. Hungry Hired Guns [:02]
3. "What's In The Case?" [:31]
4. Tough Grasshopper [1:47]
5. The Waiting Game [1:08]
6. "Fish In A Barrel" [2:32]
7. "Is Anybody Hurt?" [:33]
8. Underground Exchange [:35]
9. Coffee Cup Ambush [:09]
10. Mapping Out Nice [2:09]
11. A Tourist's Photos [4:54]
12. Copping A Kiss [1:58]
13. Bull's Eye Bombing [1:32]
14. Chasing The Target [3:32]
15. Crashing The Case [:43]
16. Spiritual Doctor [1:02]
17. "Life Is Uncertain" [:25]
18. Gregor's Icy Ring [:25]
19. "I Need Your Help!" [1:17]
20. The Arena Massacre [:21]
21. Directing Surgery [:38]
22. Seamus' Hostility [4:01]
23. Masterless Samurai [2:32]
24. Fragile Hesitation [3:58]
25. Chases to Die for [1:26]
26. A Questionable Case [1:59]
27. Scary Ice Skating [3:12]
28. Gregor's Gunned Down [:50]
29. A Frenzy Of Fleeing [:38]
30. Showdown With Seamus [:22]
31. "Peaceful" Closure [1:38]
32. Lesson #3/Credits [1:38]
Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title/Paris Bar [:51]
2. Hungry Hired Guns [:02]
3. "What's In The Case?" [:31]
4. Tough Grasshopper [1:47]
5. The Waiting Game [1:08]
6. "Fish In A Barrel" [2:32]
7. "Is Anybody Hurt?" [:33]
8. Underground Exchange [:35]
9. Coffee Cup Ambush [:09]
10. Mapping Out Nice [2:09]
11. A Tourist's Photos [4:54]
12. Copping A Kiss [1:58]
13. Bull's Eye Bombing [1:32]
14. Chasing The Target [3:32]
15. Crashing The Case [:43]
16. Spiritual Doctor [1:02]
17. "Life Is Uncertain" [:25]
18. Gregor's Icy Ring [:25]
19. "I Need Your Help!" [1:17]
20. The Arena Massacre [:21]
21. Directing Surgery [:38]
22. Seamus' Hostility [4:01]
23. Masterless Samurai [2:32]
24. Fragile Hesitation [3:58]
25. Chases to Die for [1:26]
26. A Questionable Case [1:59]
27. Scary Ice Skating [3:12]
28. Gregor's Gunned Down [:50]
29. A Frenzy Of Fleeing [:38]
30. Showdown With Seamus [:22]
31. "Peaceful" Closure [1:38]
32. Lesson #3/Credits [1:38]

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