Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5  
Boys Don't Cry DVD (1999)

The true story of Teena Brandon is explored in an Oscar-winning performance by Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry", now released on a DVD that sheds further light on the work that first time writer and director Kimberley Peirce put into this movie.


Picture For such a new film, the picture quality is acceptable, but perhaps not quite as sharp as you might expect.

Sound The 5.1 mix doesn't have any major effects work to deal with, bar a little thunder, but does add atmosphere to the movie in building the tough environment that Brandon lived in.


Audio Commentary

Kimberly Peirce worked on bringing this story to the screen for five years, after reading about Brandon in 'The Village Voice'. As she explains on the commentary, she was struck by the sensationalistic nature of the coverage of the story in most media, and set out to try and find and explore what kind of life Brandon really had. She mixes in what is really known about the character, and how through this movie, she was trying to enter her mind, and bring us a truer interpretation of the tragic life of this young woman.


At just over three minutes long, there's not much to be learnt from this short look at the making of this film.

Additional Extra Features

You'll also find on this disc, the theatrical teaser and trailer, plus three TV spots.

Region: 2 and 4
Chapters: 15
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Technical Features: Scene selection, multiple language subtitles, and English captions for the hearing impaired.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Writer: Kimberly Peirce, Andy Bienen

Stars: Hilary Swank, Chlöe Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton, Alicia Goranson

Genre: Drama

Length: 118 minutes

Cinema: 1999

DVD: 04 March 2002

Country: USA