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DVD Review: “Michael Clayton”

George Clooney stars as Michael Clayton, a “fixer,” the go-to guy when his powerful New York law firm wants a mess swept under the rug. But now he’s handed a crisis even he may not be able to fix. The firm’s top litigator in a $3-billion case has gone from advocate to whistleblower. And the more Michael tries to undo the damage, the more he’s up against forces that put corporate survival over human life – including Michael’s.

Michael Clayton

Available To Own On (click to purchase): DVD, Blu-ray Hi-Def, HD DVD and On Demand.

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Release Date: February 19, 2008 (DVD/Blu-ray Hi-Def/On Demand), March 11, 2008 (HD DVD)

Michael Clayton is an absolutely terrific film, buoyed by fine performances from lead actor George Clooney and the strong supporting cast which includes Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. Both supporting actors provide incredibly powerful performances that lift the film above others. Wilkinson brings an amazing amount of clarity to a character who has emotionally lost his way, and Swinton a realistic portrayal of someone struggling with the unjust decisions she feels obligated to make for the betterment of the company she represents.

Via the character of Clayton, Clooney takes the audience through an intelligent, but clear, plot that concludes with a thrilling and throughly satisfying conclusion that is so cleverly executed and constructed that you can’t help but be amazed by it.

About the only criticism I can level at this DVD doesn’t relate to the movie, but instead the supplemental package which is on light side. All we get are a few deleted scenes and a commentary track. I’m a big fan of commentary tracks so I’m very thankful for one being included on this set (and it’s a good one with Writer/Director Tony Gillroy and Editor John Gilroy), but a few more extras would have been nice.

But despite those supplemental shortcomings the most important part is always the main feature and on that front Michael Clayton comes highly recommended.

Grade: 5/5