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DVD Reviews : Matchstick Men DVD

By Julian Roman

DVD Reviews: Matchstick Men

Matchstick Men DVD

DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Roger Friedman, Frazer Pennebaker
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, & Bruce McGill.
Format: Widescreen
Studio: Warner Home Video

Summary: Phobia-addled con artist Roy (Nicholas Cage) and his protégé Frank (Sam Rockwell) are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the unexpected arrival of Roy's teenage daughter Angela (Alison Lohman) disrupts his carefully-ordered life and jeopardizes his high-risk scam.


· DVD Features:

  • Commentary by director/producer Ridley Scott, writer Nicolas Griffin and writer/producer Ted Griffin
  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • "Tricks of the Trade" a three-part, intimate day-to-day account of the filmmaking process with director Ridley Scott
  • Widescreen anamorphic format
DVD’s are the bread and butter of the film industry. It’s almost like printing money, a piece of plastic that costs $20. The top gimmick is releasing multiple DVDs of the same film. They hold back a lot of material for the “special edition”, so you have to cough up an extra $20 for the goodies you don’t get on the first disc. The Matchstick Men DVD is such a no frills release, it reeks of a special edition. If you just want to see the movie, then it’s fine. The film is quite predictable, but entertaining nonetheless. If you’re looking for a bunch of special features, then you won’t find it here. It’s sadly lacking in that department, about as basic as it gets. 


  • Commentary from Ridley Scott (Director), Nicholas Griffin (Writer), and Ted Griffin (Writer/Producer)
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette.


  • No commentaries from the principal actors. That’s a big negative because Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, and Sam Rockwell are great in this film.
  • The featurette is nothing special. Don’t expect any great insights in the film.
  • One aspect ratio, I saw the widescreen version. There’s probably a fullscreen release also.
  • No insights on the soundtrack. That bothered me because the music plays a big part in setting the mood for the film.


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