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    Unique ID Code: 0000009828
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 30/10/2000 16:12
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    Rules Of Engagement (US)

    8 / 10
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    A hero should never have to stand alone
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 127 mins
    Retail Price: $29.99
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    Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson deliver electrifying performances in this "tense, superbly-directed and top-drawer drama" (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV) about what happens when the rules that command a soldier become the rules that condemn him.

    Colonel Terry Childers (Jackson) is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers` only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a military lawyer of questionable abilities. Together they face the battle of their lives.

    Directed by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist) and co-starring Guy Pearce, Bruce Greenwood, Anne Archer and Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley, Rules Of Engagement is "a magnificent movie you must see" (Larry King, USA Today).

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    "A Look Inside" Exclusive Cast & Crew Interviews
    Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
    Commentary by Director William Friedkin

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    William Friedkin

    Written By:

    Mark Feuerstein
    Guy Pearce
    Anne Archer
    Blair Underwood
    Ben Kingsley
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Tommy Lee Jones

    Casting By:
    Denise Chamian

    Soundtrack By:
    Mark Isham

    Director of Photography:
    Dariusz Wolski
    Nicola Pecorini
    William A. Fraker

    Augie Hess

    Costume Designer:
    Gloria Gresham

    Production Designer:
    Robert W. Laing

    Richard D. Zanuck
    Arne Schmidt
    Scott Rudin

    Executive Producer:
    James Webb
    Adam Schroeder

    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    9 / 10
    A really good movie.
    I really like court dramas, but this one has that special edge that other court dramas don`t. It`s both realistic and totally convincing.
    Both Jones and Jackson are brilliant in their roles.
    The video transfer is very good. There are no compression signs at all and the different scenes are rendered in great colors.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is overwhelming. It is one of the best soundtracks I`ve heard in a long time. The scenes in Vietnam and Yemen utilize the surrounds amazingly.
    The menus are very nice and simple.
    The extras include a very enlightening (and humble, I must add) commentary track by the director, some behind the scenes and interviews with the crew. All the extras are good.
    Bottom line - a great drama with awesome action scenes and a superb soundtrack.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 30/10/2000 23:21
    7 / 10
    Rules of Engagement is a great movie. It begins in the Veitnam War when Colonel Terry Childers (Samuel L Jackson) saves the life of his best friend Colonel Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) . 28 years later Childers is still a commander of US marines and Hodges is a lawyer about to retire. Terry Childers is sent to Yemen to save an American ambassador (Ben Kingsley) and his family from a US embassy which is under fire by snipers and then it turns into a riot. Terry notices that the crowd of demonstrators in front of the building is firing at the marines and knows the only way to save the lives of his men is to open fire on everyone who was out there. His men are all under cover on the roof and he is the only marine that could see the crowd firing. After the marines fire on the crowd, the Yemini government cleared up the area of all evidence such as weapons and when the marines get back to America, the media and everyone thinks that Childers just opened fire on a crowd of unarmed people and because of that he has to go to court and is facing charge of murder and he then asks his best friend Hodges to defend him in court. There was evidence but it was destroyed by the US National security advisor. The court scenes are very good in this movie. At the end, the court finds out that the crowd was armed and that Childers had a right to respond with deadly force and they release him. The DVD is very good. There is a director`s commentary and a couple of featurettes. This disc deserves a 10/10
    posted by LFC_Lad on 4/4/2003 02:21