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The Yards (SE)
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01.17.2006 By: Sturdy
The Yards (SE) order
Director:
James Gray

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg
Joaquin Phoenix
Charlize Theron

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A recently released convict gets tangled up in a world of crime thanks to his best friend.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE YARDS is the ultimate looked over movie. Itís one you see in the video store, or you read about from critics, but because it didnít get much attention at the box office, people tend to forget about it. Itís a shame too, because this is a nice little flick that features some power performances from some of todayís stars. And maybe thatís the problem. The top three stars in the film were on their way up when this movie came out. Since then, Mark has some blockbusters under his belt, Joaquin has played Johnny Cash and Charlize has an Oscar. If this had been released today, I think it would have done much better financially.

As good as the movie was, it did have some problems. I found it to drag on at times and there were a lot of shots that just lasted too long. The performances were great, but at times I felt the camera kept rolling after they were done acting.

Overall though, the movie works. With all the talent involved, how couldnít it? Itís a very interesting story with good visuals and good direction. Itís also a movie that many of us can relate to. The characters are real and that really comes through on film.
THE EXTRAS
This is yet another double-dip, but at least this time theyíve managed to make it worthy. This is technically the directorís cut, but I have to admit, without the commentary telling me, I wouldnít have been able to tell you what was new.

Commentary with James Gray and Steven Soderbergh: This commentary wasnít featured on the original release. Steven acts almost as an interviewer here and keeps the track rolling. He doesnít really serve any other purpose because he doesnít really have much to do with the film.

Commentary with James Gray: This track is more detailed and film-specific than the previous one. I enjoyed it and James Gray does a really good job on his own.

Deleted Scenes (6:28): I felt the movie had many slow parts as is and these deleted scenes were worthy of being left out. However, they were pretty good by themselves.

Roundtable discussion with Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, James Caan and James Gray: (30:49): The gang gets together and talks about the movie. Itís been about five or six years since the movie came out, but itís nice to hear them reminisce about the movie. I also enjoyed James Caan talking smack on everyone.

Visualizing The Yards (12:03): James Gray and others talk about the movie and various pieces of concept art that inspired them.

Behind the Scenes Featurette (12:04): This is a fluff piece about the film. It features interviews with various cast members. Not a whole lot of behind the scenes stuff, but itís decent.

There is also Original Concept Art and Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I enjoyed the movie and somehow I feel like Iím in on a secret that not too many people know about. If you dig the actors involved and like well-done dramas, then go ahead and pick this one up.
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