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Men in black
Jones, Tommy Lee, 1946-
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1997]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
New York City is being threatened by a villainous bug who has inhabited the body of a farmer. The mission is to locate and exterminate the bug before it destroys the planet.
General Note:
Widescreen version.

Title from disc surface.

Originally released as a motion picture.

Special features: Visual commentary featuring Barry Sonnenfeld & Tommy Lee Jones with on-screen diagrams, character animation studies using angles, tunnel scene deconstruction using angles, extended and alternate scenes, conceptual art, storyboard and production photo galleries, storyboard comparisons, original featurette, all-new documentary: Metamprophosis of Men in black, DVD-ROM & web links, music video starring Will Smith & Mikey, letter from Barry Sonnenfeld, production notes, theatrical trailers, talent files, interactive and animated menus, scene selections with motion images.


For specific features see interactive menu.
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DVD 670 Adult DVD Open Shelf
DVD 670 Adult DVD Open Shelf

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For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous sensibilities to this adaptation of, appropriately enough, a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi comic book. Will Smith stars as James Darrel Edwards, a New York City cop with an athletic physique and a flippant, anti-authoritarian attitude toward law enforcement. After chasing down a mysterious perpetrator one night who turns out to be an alien, James is recruited by "K" (Tommy Lee Jones), a veteran of a clandestine government agency secretly policing the comings and goings of aliens on planet Earth. Nicknamed the "men in black" for their nondescript uniform of black suit, shoes, tie, and sunglasses, the agents are assigned to recover a bauble that's been stolen by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio). It seems the item is none other than the galaxy itself, and its theft has plunged humanity into the center of what's shaping up to become an interstellar war, unless K and his new wisecracking partner, now renamed "J," can stop the bad guy. On their side but somewhat in the dark is a pretty, unflappable city medical examiner (Linda Fiorentino) who has been zapped one too many times by K's ingenious memory-sapping device. Men in Black was a box office smash, inspiring an animated children's television series and a hit soundtrack album that featured a performance by star (and rapper) Smith. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi