Excerpt: After an explosion on the waterfront docks, eye witness Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) prepares to leave after giving his report, but his exit won’t be that soon. Although Kint has told the police what he knows, an officer named Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) wishes to speak with him and extract additional information. Kujan knows that Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) was involved in the explosion and while Kint claims he was killed, Kujan has his doubts.
Conclusion: I enjoyed The Usual Suspects a lot more the first time I saw it. I’m guessing that is due to the fact that I did not know who Keyser Soze was. When you know that going into the film, it loses a lot. All of the mystery is gone and I was simply a lot less interested. I’m the type to watch movies over and over again and the good ones never get old to me. In this case, I think The Usual Suspects is a good movie with a great cast and a cool premise, but once is enough for me.
Excerpt: Second-time director Bryan Singer showed he had the chops to direct feature films with this classic hit from 1995. The ensemble cast includes Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollack, and Benicio Del Toro, but it's Spacey who steals the show as the con man Verbal Kint.
Summary: Although I was not blown away with the new video transfer on this release, it is still a decent improvement over the DVD version. My only gripe is that I wish it had less film debris as I feel the film grain was intended by the director. The audio quality on the other hand is great; truly a substantial improvement over the DVD release. Now all dialog is completely audible, and we even get good use of LFE and surrounds in some of the action sequences.
Conclusion: 'The Usual Suspects' is a twisty, curvy thriller and the best modern crime noir of our time. Too bad MGM gives this Blu-ray release the shaft in terms of extras. At least the transfer rates highly, but is it enough to justify a $39.95 list price? Not at all. MGM, you need to start doing a lot better in offering real value for money.