Men in Black
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This imaginative summer comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty) is a lot of fun, largely on the strength of Will Smith's engaging performance as the rookie partner of a secret agent (Tommy Lee Jones) assigned to keep tabs on Earth-dwelling extraterrestrials. There's lots of comedy to spare in this bright film, some of the funniest stuff found in the margins of the major action. (A scene with Smith's character being trounced in the distance by a huge alien while Jones questions a witness is a riot.) The inventiveness never lets up, and the cast--including Vincent D'Onofrio doing frighteningly convincing work as an alien occupying a decaying human--hold up their end splendidly. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • A rare blockbuster: it holds up
    I remember I must've watched Men in Black at least 4 times during its theatrical run. I just really really liked it, then of course there's the VHS release now the DVD release. I don't know what it was that drew me in so quickly. I think it's a rare movie that manages to be on both spectrums, that of being silly and outrageous while being serious and straight-faced. And unlike Independence Day, this one's actually funny, better paced and just all around better.

    Aliens exist in the world with most of them looking very much like regular people. However, like people, some of them stray and try to stir some stuff up so in come the Men in Black, a secret organization that keeps aliens secret from everyone else. When one alien decides to cause some stuff that could spell doom for everyone on Earth(of course), it's up to Kay and new partner Jay to save the world.

    When the disappointing sequel came out a couple of years ago, Sony decided to re-release the film in a "Deluxe Edition". The extras are pretty much the same except for some previews for MiB II. So it's pretty much just buy this if you haven't got the old one but if you haven't, might as well get this one. The featurettes are ok but the commentary was slightly annoying. Presented in a quasi-MST3000/football match style, on occasion the director and Tommy Lee Jones almost act like guys who haven't seen movies ever with stuff like "and there's you saying that line" and whatnot.

    What ultimately makes the film succeed is a couple character moments throughout. Kay's backstory is explained involving a woman that helps the film become more than just a simple flashy blockbuster. Not to mention the film can still entertain with funny lines or just physical comedy. There's no weak link in the cast and the effects still hold up after all these years.

    Should you buy it? Definately. It's funny, exciting and it's perfectly paced. Just don't watch the sequel...eek.
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  • MIB Blu ray
    Excellent by, quick shipping. Both Sound and Picture quality on the blu ray are 4 out of 5...more info
  • It's a great movie, and it's barely more than the cost of a rental...
    Just buy it, add it to your collection, and enjoy the extra content on your own schedule....more info
  • I think you have wrongly...
    I've got this limited edition.I Totally enjoyed the movie and the special features but I think you have wrongly advertised this edition because this edition comes in 2 discs. It is also comes with the limited edition signed poster and the letter from the producer. You guys should be more alert and careful in giving the right information to customer next time. ...more info
  • watch it over and over...
    I love this movie... Greta action, special effects are pretty good... and a great "corniness" to the movie. I love to watch it over and over... now I can!!!

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  • A movie worth watching!
    A very good comedy, Men in Black sheds light on a secret government agency that monitors alien activity.
    Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino (who is HOT!), and the rest of the cast carry out their performances very well.
    The setting, the plot, the music, the humor, and the dialogues are all wonderful!
    Overall, it is a movie worth watching, and even though quite silly at times, it will surely put you in a good mood!
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    Men in Black is fanastic film because sci fi, comedy, aliens, action, thriller.

    Men in Black story and script are excellent. It will make parent and kids will really really enjoy, very laugh and excite watch Men in Black.

    Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are brilliant actor skills in Men in Black.

    My advice to you and everyone about big worth buy or rent Men in Black DVD because Men in Black is excellent film.

    Certain Men in Black are superhit and biggest blockbuster smash!!!...more info
  • Fun summer flick, excellent transfer
    It's a fun movie, even if it isn't a cinematic masterpiece. Just a joy to watch, it's well paced, funny and slick. It has undercover agencies, aliens, and Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones,a nd lots (I mean lots) of jokes and a touch of action and mayhem. Gotta love this classic summer fun flick!

    The Blu Ray edition is stunning; while some of the special effects didn't age as well as I'd have liked, picture quality and sound quality were both phenomenal, noticeably better than DVD. Colors were crisp, there was minimal grain and noise. Watching this on my 50" plasma was a total blast. This was hi def done right and a great showcase for the capability of blu ray. I haven't really explored the extras much, but they seem pretty normal--commentaries and the like. Fox should take lessons from this and fix some of their abysmal transfers (Predator, I'm looking at you!). ...more info
  • Light Fun
    Get out the popcorn and use real butter. Forget your problems and enjoy the possibility that earth is about to be destroyed by weird aliens. A fun movie all the way!

    Frank Scoblete: author of Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution!...more info
  • MiB: A Love Story!
    Say What? Hey, I'm serious here! Kay has a love interest from the very beginning of this bug fest. The pretty lady in the garden whom Kay sneaks periodic views of on his computer; the one who never got his bouquet of flowers.

    But what happens at the end of this film? "Junior" zaps him and he is now with her. The love of his life! And that folks, will be the only thing he will ever remember after his awakening from a so-called "coma."

    So what does all this bug chasing, inter-galactic "keggers", assassinated Arkelian princes and other worries ultimately amount to? Nothing! 'Cause no one involved ever remembers! "The only reason no one is afraid is because they don't know about it!" Kay exclaims to Will Smith (aka Junior). Us, nor anyone else for that matter.

    Nevertheless this is an extremely entertaining and fast paced film that belies its maybe unintentional love interest. The action and comedy is non stop and both Smith and D'Onofrio (The Bug) are outstanding in their rolls. You won't want to stop to get some popcorn.

    Don't miss this one. But just remember, it's only a love story....more info
  • Men in Black is the best of all Worlds
    It is not very often that a movie will come along that can be categorized as one of the best movies in so many different movie genres, but this one can.

    Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones act off of each other so well, and have such great comedic timing together I wish they would make more movies together. While the comedy in this movie is not blatant and slapstick, it is good where it is in the story, and just the right amount to be considered a comedy.

    The action in this movie is great. Mixed with the special effects it creates a movie that from beginning to end is nonstop action and adventure.

    Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones both have made great movies, and this one deserves to be in the list among their best.

    If you don't already have this one you should definitly pick it up....more info
  • A good movie
    If you enjoy watch Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, then this movie is for you....more info
  • See people dont see the whole show!!
    I didnt buy here,but same BD disc!If you have never watched the original on DVD and not BD then you missed alot of the picture that was on the DVD not the BD!After watching the BD version I noticed cuts in alot of the show and no 1 here has seen the cuts,like the at the end where he "flashes" the whole city after the fight with the "alien bug" and Will was on top of the building fighting the bug.Get your old DVD out and watch to see what was chopped out of the bluray version that makes it still #1 on DVD to watch!...more info
  • Good memory
    I had heard this film but I had no chance to watch this film entirly. This BD brought me the exciting experience of Audio and Video. Especially, the scenario of this film is funny and relaxed. ...more info
  • Great Movie
    Tommie Lee Jones and Will Smith in the same movie, what more needs to be said!...more info
  • Great movie made even better by Superbit
    Mr. Jones' and Mr. Smith's chemistry in this movie is remarkable (and Rip Torn and Tony Shalhoub are great, too). I normally avoid buying DVDs of comedies because for me even the best don't always hold up well after repeated viewings (they get stale). This one definitely maintains its freshness.

    I was skeptical about the "Superbit" version, given the over-hype of most video and sound technologies, but, since I was able to get it "pre-owned" at a good price, I figured "Why not?". Visually, it's stunning, and the audio is awesome. In the future, if there's a Superbit version of a movie I want to buy, that's the one I'll get....more info
  • Classic
    Ten years later, and this movie is still as funny as the first day it premiered in theaters. This movie has everything that makes a sci-fi fan drool; a great story mixed with funny characters, cool sets and fantastic looking aliens. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith definitely make the movie work as they argue between each other. Watching the movie, you can tell that this was either going to be a major blockbuster or a major disaster. I have seen this movie at least ten times and it still hasn't lost its charm. If you have never seen this movie, then this is definitely a must see. It is a really fun movie with everything that you would want out of a movie, including a great soundtrack....more info
  • Good memory
    I had heard this film but I had no chance to watch this film entirly. This BD brought me the exciting experience of Audio and Video. Especially, the scenario of this film is funny and relaxed. ...more info
  • "The difference between you & me is I make this look good"
    I originally saw this movie at the cinema, but it doesn't have the same impact on DVD. Most films don't, I know, but the impact is severely lessened in my opinion. The film is still great, and Will Smith does look loads better in the last suit he'll ever wear than Tommy Lee Jones.

    One of my favourite scenes in the whole movie is where Jay gets left in charge of delivering what can only be described as a baby squid. It's an absolutely hilarious scene, even though you're supposed to be concentrating on Kay in the foreground of the scene, you can't help but watch Jay get thrown about!

    One of the other brilliant scenes is the scene where Kay shows Jay some of the aliens on earth at the moment being watched, and Jay points out his old school teacher. Some of the more known celebrities on screen are: Danny DeVito, director Barry Sonnenfeld, Chloe Sonnenfeld (Barry's daughter), Sylvester Stallone (he's the one everyone spots), Dionne Warwick, George Lucas, and executive producer Steven Spielberg. I love all the jokes regarding the aliens on the planet, saying they're all cab drivers, and the very last scene is absolutely fantastic, and really effective.

    Tommy Lee Jones is also funny, particularly when the car is driving upside down, and he's singing along to Elvis (Jay: "You do know Elvis is dead, right?" Kay: "No, Elvis is not dead. He just went home.") The other shots you have to look for, but it's when Will Smith says something funny, and Tommy is trying to cover the fact he's trying desperately not to laugh.

    There's plenty extras on the 2-disc special edition (which means I'm probably not reviewing the correct one, as there's so many 'editions' of this movie out there), but my favourite is the "Men In Black" music video. I love the way Mickey dances. There's your usual, bog standard commentaries by Barry Sonnenfeld & Tommy Lee Jones; character animation studies; tunnel scene deconstruction; extended & alternate scenes; storyboard comparisons (I HATE these!); metamorphis of Men In Black documentary; theatrical trailers; art gallery; scene editing workshops; Edgar bug fight sceen deconstruction and creatures: concept to completion. So basically, you're getting more than your money's worth if you're interested in this sorta thing.

    This is a terrific movie, and well worth getting. I probably shouldn't say you should get the sequel as well!...more info
  • Great Movie
    Men in Black - one of our favorite all-time Will Smith movies along with the sequel. I sent a few movies to a disabled child and this was one of them. Laughter makes the heart glad - this is a movie that makes you laugh and makes you glad.
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  • Pure entertainment
    I watch movies simply to be entertained. I don't want to bite my nails and I don't want to be taught a lesson. I just want to escape for a couple of hours. This movie gives me what I want....more info
  • It's a bug-a-boo
    People go through life oblivious to the reality around them. As pointed out in this movie, at one time everyone knew the world was flat; and now everyone knows we are alone in the universe. But what if we are wrong? Who will protect us? "Men in black used to be the term for the bad guys. This movie shows they are our last line of defense. This is a fun movie and there are many great actors to add to the fun.

    Every one is so busy watching Tommy Lee Jones make his stoic looks and Will making one-liners that they miss the person that hold it all together. In addition, that person has to do act throughout the movie in an Edgar suit. Have you ever tried one on? Vincent D'Onofrio has to look unnatural and act natural. This was one movie where I felt sorry for the bug. He even drops his snack (Linda Fiorentino) near the end. It just shows that bugs lead a hard life.

    If you are into recent bug movies, look for "Out There" where they mention bugs in a rug

    Men in Black II (Widescreen Special Edition)...more info
  • MIB Blu ray
    Excellent by, quick shipping. Both Sound and Picture quality on the blu ray are 4 out of 5...more info
  • So funny, So cool, Love BD-Live
    I had forgotten this movie was so funny and good. Well executed. Good SFX. My boys loved it too.
    And BD-Live. Yes, admittedly a little slow to load but fun. A lot of potential there. How about downloading official subtitles that are not on the blu-ray? This is the future!...more info
  • Very Funny, Original Movie
    This movie is reminiscent of Ghostbusters as it is a mix of sci-fi, comedy, and horror. The deluxe edition DVD is definately better than the other versions....more info
  • Men In Black - Blu Ray
    Men In Black is one of my favorite movies. I have both the Blu Ray and regular DVD versions. I use an LG Blu Ray player that "up converts" regular DVD's and frankly speaking, there is not that much of a difference in video (Samsung HDTV)and sound (Bose 321). The Blu Ray version has a slight "edge". ...more info
  • Well-crafted, silly good time at the old cinemaplex...
    The actors are great, the concept is clever, the script is sharp, and the direction is fast-paced. You won't give it a serious thought once you finish the viewing, except for the fact that you realize you won't mind seeing it again someday, because it gave you quite a nice time. ...more info
  • Could be Smith's best movie
    Aww Will Smith at his best. That's what he is in Men in Black with his character J. This movie was a huge bright spot in the summer of 97 and is one of the best sci fi comedies ever made.

    James Edwards(Smith) works for the NYPD. He's a good cop despite what his peers say. After a chase with a criminal he meets a stranger Kay(Jones) who tells him to meet him. Edwards goes to the meeting at the strange building to find that it is a recruitment meeting.

    Kay gives James a proposition. Join the Men in Black and help them control the aliens on earth. James is skeptical about it, but in the end he joins. In the meantime an illegal alien has come to America. It's an oversized coachroach who is killing some princes looking for the galaxy. Now it's up to the Men in Black to kill the roach before the Princes family destroys planet earth.

    You have to love the two stars in this movie. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are amazing. The two are a great duo on screen. Their timing with each other is awesome and you can tell the two enjoyed working with each other. Smith plays the normal character we've come to see him play, but he plays that role so well and we love it. Jones is great as well and he plays Kay like only he could.

    The special effects are great in this movie. The team at ILM did a great job with all the space and bug stuff. Lots of credit has to go to Barry Sonnefeld for doing a great job.

    There isn't anything to not like about this movie. It's funny and the action is good. If you like Will Smith then you have to see this. If you want a good sci-fi comedy then strap in. Here come the Men in Black....more info
  • Men In Black
    Great movie for the whole family. If you haven't already seem this one then you might want to get it.
    There is also Men in Black II that will keep the fun going. I hear that they are in the planning to do a third movie. I'll be there for this one too, only hope that it is as good as the first two....more info
  • Hilarious
    This movie is just hilarious from start to finish and it has great replayablity so it is definitely worth the purchase. Also, if you are a fan of the movie, the deluxe version is worth the buy because there is a great amount of extras that are fun to watch....more info
  • Different type of illegal aliens in New York
    So much has been written about the brilliance of this gooey sci/fi comedy, that it would be redundant for me to tell you how great it is. But what I enjoyed most about "Men In Black" is that it is such a New York film.

    When Will Smith is being oriented to his new job by Tommy Lee Jones, he's informed that many New Yorkers are disguised space aliens. "Like cab drivers?" Smith asks. "Not as many as you think," Jones responds.

    The fact that the MIB have a car that can defy gravity is funny enough, but the fact that it needs such a vehicle to fight the perpetual traffic in the Midtown Tunnel is even funnier.

    An alien disguised as a dog in an I LOVE NEW YORK tee-shirt is fairly funny. But when it speaks with a New Yawk accent as thick as Bugs Bunny's it makes it funnier.

    When the edgar bug alien hauls a mideastern cab driver out of his cab, not funny. When he tosses his wooden-bead back massager at him, funny. But on top of that, when he throws the ubiquitous air freshner out, then its hysterical (without being racist).

    The whole concept that the World's Fairgrounds in Queens is a hangar for spaceships is just brilliant. And I've always wondered what that structure at the head of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel was!

    Glimpses of the World Trade Center are a little bitter to take, even now. And there is that sense that this film is from an innocent pre 9/11 time but, really, the rest of the movie still rings true of the New York of today....more info

  • A little disappointing.
    This was to replace our DVD, so I already knew it was a great movie! However, the difference between our DVD, and the Blu-ray was not as amazing as I was hoping....more info
  • What if those tabloid space alien stories were true? Blu-ray due out June 17th--Update on image/sound
    Men In Black is a spoof/sci-fi/action flick about a super-secret cross between the Immigration and Naturalization Service, FBI X-Files division, and a disinformation office. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are, respectively, a seasoned agent and a new recruit who work to find, legalize, track and police aliens from other worlds, and to hide the fact that such aliens exist. Aliens are given disguises and allowed to live among us as long as they don't cause too much trouble. There is apparently a lot of latitude in enforcing that requirement, since it turns out that Newt Gingrich, Sylvester Stallone and Dennis Rodman are actually aliens.

    Beyond that set-up, the plot exists mainly as a vehicle on which to hang a bunch of gags, some very odd characters, and action sequences. And that's enough. The heroes fight aggressor aliens and save the Earth and a very small galaxy while remaining (mostly) cool and making wisecracks. What more could you ask for?

    This is a fun movie with lots of elaborate special effects and sets that ought to really benefit from the hi-def treatment. The new Blu-ray release will have a bunch of special features, but only a few not taken from previous releases. Here are the new features:

    -- Intergalactic Pursuit: Men in Black multi-player trivia game
    -- Ask Frank the Pug interactive game
    -- Alien subtitle track

    Probably not much there, for most of us, but the old features are still plenty:

    -- telestrator commentary with director Barry Sonnefeld and star Tommy Lee Jones (the telestrator lets them draw on the screen, as it were, like John Madden, but don't expect much extra excitement)
    -- technical commentary with Barry Sonnenfeld, alien make-up effects guru Rick Baker, and three folks from Industrial Light & Magic
    -- extended and alternate scenes (five scenes)
    -- "Metamorphosis of Men In Black" (on how the project developed, 23 minutes)
    -- Visual Effects Scene Deconstructions, with optional technical commentary (two scenes analyzed)
    -- Character Animation Studies (animation of three characters analyzed)
    -- Scene Editing Workshop (you get to edit some scenes)
    -- Storyboard Comparisons
    -- Conceptual Art Gallery
    -- Production Photo Gallery
    -- Men in Black music video with Will Smith and Mikey
    -- 2 trailers

    Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen Transfer (1080p), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai Dolby Digital 5.1, subtitles in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin Simplified), Chinese (Mandarin Traditional), Dutch, English (UK), English (US), French (Parisian), Indonesian / Bahasa, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Latin Am), Thai.

    Update (11 June): in a comment to this review (number 19), Kerry says he (or she?) has seen this Blu-ray DVD already and that it wasn't so much better than a regular DVD. This moved me to check several professional reviews to see what others who have already seen it thought. They all said that the Blu-ray is significantly better than even the older Superbit edition, with better detail and depth of color, and also really great true high-def sound. None of the reviews I saw had any significant complaints about the video or audio; all were very positive about it being worth it to upgrade....more info
  • A little disappointing.
    This was to replace our DVD, so I already knew it was a great movie! However, the difference between our DVD, and the Blu-ray was not as amazing as I was hoping....more info
  • Men In Black
    Are you kidding?! MIB is the best fantasy/sci fi/action/comedy movie to come along in a very long time. If you must know, this is my SECOND purchase of the VHS copy of this movie -- I wore the other one out (Yes, it is that good)....more info
  • Ruthlessly Original
    I love this film.

    This movie has more satirical content than any other sci-fi parody I'd ever seen before.

    It's great to see the interplay between Wil Smith and Tommy Lee Jones here. What a great pairing - such mutual respect and high regard.

    Make sure to look out for the "near cameo" appearance of Tony Shaloub near the beginning of the film. Was growing a new head the reason for Monk's OCD?

    The sequel was nowhere near this original. Enjoy it, even if you're not a big sci-fi fan!...more info
  • Protecting the Earth From the Worst Scum of the Universe...
    After gaining box office and critical praise for his work in the smash hit "Independence Day", actor Will Smith was riding high as one of Hollywood's newest box office sensations. So, what does someone in that position do for a follow-up performance, perhaps something small, maybe an independent feature or something of the sort...on second thought, that wouldn't be Will Smith's style, so what did he do to follow-up his big screen success? Well, he went on to co-star alongside Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive") in director Barry Sonenfeld's surprising sci-fi comedy hit "Men in Black".

    "Men in Black" is the story of a secret government organization whose job is to monitor and police extraterrestrial activity on Earth. Their agents are chosen from the best that government training has to offer, they work in secret, and most likely you'll never even know they existed. But when an NYPD detective (Will Smith) encounters an alien, he finds himself cast into the middle of an alien war that the 'MIB' are trying to prevent from spilling over onto Earth. With the help and training of Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), this former cop is about to get a crash course in what it means to be the last line of defense against the worst scum of the universe.

    Now, here is a case where a movie gets released and catches everyone off guard. Upon its release there were not too many people that knew much about "Men in Black", there were some that were aware of the little-known comic book, but most just thought it looked like a funny movie with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith against a bunch of aliens. More than likely the film would prove to be entertaining and possibly worthy of owning later on, but nothing all that original. Boy, were we wrong or what? "Men in Black" was incredibly entertaining, from the action to the sci-fi to the hilarious comedy spread throughout, there was never a dull moment in this movie, and the box office returns and praise from both audiences and critics were proof of just how good this movie truly was.

    The performances by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were enjoyable, their banter/bickering was always fun to listen to, and still is even after multiple viewings. Linda Fiorentino ("The Last Seduction") and Vincent D'Onofrio ("Law and Order: Criminal Intent") were excellent in their supporting roles, especially Vincent who was spectacular, and even creepy as an alien hiding out in a decaying human body. A few brief appearances by Rip Torn as the head of 'MIB', Zed, provided some humorous moments, especially in the scenes with the aliens known as the 'worm guys'.

    The story for "Men in Black" was probably the most surprising aspect of the movie, it was a rather basic plot wrapped in a very original package of a government organization tracking aliens hiding among us here on Earth. It's refreshing to see a movie where the writers were able to take a plotline that has been used many times over, the aging veteran must train a new partner who in turn becomes his replacement, and place it into a story that is full of energy, action, humor, and originality making for an incredibly enjoyable movie experience that audiences will want to go through again and again.

    If you enjoy action comedies or science fiction films then here is a movie that should entertain you from start to finish. Aside from a little bit of language and a few gross scenes that may scare younger viewers, this is a movie that for the most part the entire family can sit down and enjoy, if nothing else it seems to be aired regularly on TV so you can always see the slightly edited version without the grossness and language.

    "Men in Black" is rated PG-13 for violence and language....more info
  • MIB
    I love will smith he is a great actor he can do serious rolls as well as comedies. Tommy Lee Jones does a perfect agent always in control I also own MIB 2....more info
  • Men in Black in Blu Ray DVD
    I ordered this dvd as a Christmas present and haven't actually watched it yet. But the package arrived surprisingly quickly even though I did not pay extra for over night delivery. The packaging was very protective and I can find no fault in the the packaging or delivery of this Blu Ray DVD...more info
  • Overdone!
    Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are great actors, but not in this film. "Men in Black" is about as realistic as winning the lottery every day for a week. On the good side, its violence is not to be taken seriously, and it probably is a great family show for those with 6-10 year-old children....more info