Since the film, written by David Mamet, was based off a successful Broadway play, there isn't a whole lot of "action." It takes place primarily in just a few locations so the actors and the script are really on display here. I remember being shocked that Pacino, while notable as Ricky Roma, was nominated for an Academy Award and not Jack Lemmon. His performance as Shelly Levine is something every actor should take note of. Really all the acting here is a dream from Kevin Spacey to Ed Harris to Alan Arkin who sometimes gets overlooked.
My wife finds the film boring and gets annoyed at how I stop and watch it every time that it's on. She says the movie makes her so depressed and she feels so BAD for some of the characters in the film, she can barely sit through it. I can see that also, but I look past that and see the craft by the actors and Mamet in creating characters that were so pathetic that you couldn't help but feel embarrassed for them at times. Truly a great movie.
The first featurette on this DVD is A.B.C. (Always Be Closing) which is "an original documentary tracing the psychological intersection of fictional and real-life salesmen." It features interviews the the actors as well as real salesmen as they talk about the discrepancies between the film and how life as a salesman actually is. An interesting look at the lives of the men who do this for a living and thank God it's not as bad as it's sometimes portrayed in the film.
Another featurette on the disc is the bizarre little J. Roy: New and Unused Furniture. It only lasts about 10 minutes and features a furniture salesman discussing his techniques. Odd yet strangely appealing...
The Tribute to Jack Lemmon was a nice enough retrospective on Lemmon and his career. Jack's son Chris (who's also an actor you might recognize) makes a notable appearance and has many touching stories to tell about his father. Makes you really wish you had guys like this back for just a few more movies (although hopefully not a GRUMPY OLD MEN 3).
Some other miscellaneous features include an excerpt from Jack Lemmon on "The Charlie Rose Show" (clips of which have become a mainstay on special edition DVDs), another excerpt from Kevin Spacey on "Inside the Actor's Studio", cast and crew bios and production notes.