Matchstick Men (2003) Blu-ray Review – Import

For those of you that have been following my look at Nicolas Cage movies available on Bluray in UK you may have noticed that it has not been strictly in chronological order, fear not I will return to those earlier missed titles in due course. There are a few titles that have been released in other countries but work on region B (UK players) and can be obtained via places such as the Amazon Marketplace.

So back to the film I’m reviewing today, Matchstick Men (2003) this is a film that simply passed me by upon its cinema release, it’s a kind of crime black comedy but it’s yet to received a UK Bluray release. Thankfully you can import it as its region free, the question that needs answering is the film worth that effort? I think it’s about time I answer that question, so without further ado here’s my Matchstick Men Blu-ray Review.

  • Matchstick Men (2003)
  • Genre: Crime / Black Comedy
  • Directed by Ridley Scott
  • Running Time: 116 Mins
  • Blu-ray Import (Warner Bros)
Plot

Con artist Roy Waller (Nicolas Cage) has a few issues that are holding him back. He requires medication for his OCD and agoraphobia. He and his partner Frank work cons based on selling overpriced water filtration systems at the expense of their unsuspecting customers.

When Roy has to find a new psychiatrist his partner Frank recommends one. Roy mentions to Dr. Harris Klein about the possibility that he may have a son or daughter but he hasn’t been in contact with his ex wife since they split. He asks Dr Klein to find out if he is indeed a parent and he agrees to do so. The outcome of all of this results in Roy being told he has a 14 year old daughter Angela and she is anxious to meet him.

Is Roy ready to cope with meeting his daughter whilst at the same time he and Frank are about to pull off a really big con job?

Style / DirectionMatchstick Men Blu-ray Review (2003)

The film is directed by Ridley Scott with the cinematography side of things that’s taken care of by John Mathieson. The film uses some clever camera effects to convey Roy’s mental condition that works very well. The overall look and feel of the film is very slick and stylish.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is by Hans Zimmer and provides an excellent and satisfying score that keeps the film more on the humorous side. Add to that the excellent choice of songs and music such as the ones listed below and you really do have a fabulous soundtrack.

Songs:
  • “The Good Life” (performed by Bobby Darin) – 2:39
  • “The Lonely Bull” (performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass) – 2:15
  • “Swedish Rhapsody” (performed by Mantovani & His Orchestra) – 2:37
  • “Leaning on a Lamp Post” (performed by George Formby) – 3:00
  • “Matchstick Men” – 2:09
Acting / Characters

Nicolas Cage produces a remarkable performance as con artist Roy Waller a man that suffers from various conditions including OCD and agoraphobia. These factors played a huge impact on his relationships ultimately resulting in him splitting from his wife. Cage and Alison Lohman whom plays his 14 year old daughter really work well together, their chemistry really makes the film come alive.

Alison Lohman plays Angela and she really is exceptional, it’s a really natural and in no way forced performance. Meanwhile Sam Rockwell is Roy’s partner in crime Frank Mercer, he also delivers another standout performance more notably for being the chilled out half of the partnership.

The other main character is that of Roy’s doctor played by Bruce Altman as Dr. Harris Klein, this is where the film has a touch of the Tony Sopranos about it.

All of the actors are on top form making Matchstick Men a joy to watch.

Cast
  • Nicolas Cage as Roy Waller
  • Sam Rockwell as Frank Mercer
  • Alison Lohman as Angela
  • Bruce Altman as Dr. Harris Klein
Conclusion – Matchstick Men Film Review

There is no doubt in my mind that Matchstick Men is an underrated and forgotten gem that really needs to be added to everyone’s must see list. Nicholas Cage is excellent as is Alison Lohman and the two actors work extremely well together.

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Matchstick Men Blu-ray Review

The film released in 2003 so there are no issues with picture quality. My only real issue is that Warner Bros have so far not released this film on Bluray in the UK. Whilst its region free and will play fine on UK Blu-ray players you will have to import it or find a third party seller that has already done that in order to obtain a copy.

Moving on to the extras front reveals a fairly extensive look into the making of the film with a behind the scenes look showing all of the decisions needed to bring the story to the big screen. This is essentially footage of Ridley Scott along with cast and crew discussing how certain aspects of the film should be. If you are planning on becoming a filmmaker you will find this of particular interest whilst it’s still worth a look for all of us film fans.

An underrated and forgotten gem that really needs to be added to everyone’s must see list.

Extras
  • Tricks of the Trade: Making Matchstick Men (72 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer

On to my movie rating for Matchstick Men (2003)Recommended Films

  • Movie Rating: MUST SEE
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: EXCELLENT

 

 


Matchstick Men (2003) is available now on Blu-ray in the US and providing you are willing to import it will work on UK Blu-ray players.

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version

So that’s Matchstick Men Blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:

 

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Matchstick Men (2003) Blu-ray Review (Import)

Director(s): Ridley Scott

Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce McGill

Genre: Crime, Black Comedy

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
5

Summary

An underrated and forgotten gem that really needs to be added to everyone’s must see list.

Pros

  • Great Story
  • Great Acting

 

Cons

  • Not Available On Blu-ray In UK

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