In The Company Men, Bobby Walker (Affleck) is living the American Dream, until he is stunned to find himself the latest casualty of corporate downsizing. Suddenly, Bobby—along with his co-workers Phil Woodward (Cooper) and Gene McClary (Lee Jones)—is forced to re-evaluate his self-worth as a husband, as a father, and as a man. For as long as he can remember, he's given his life to his job. Now, with only the love of his wife and family, it's time to take his life back. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Writer/Director John Wells, a making-of featurette (SD 14:23), an alternate ending (SD 12:52), and six deleted scenes (SD 07:16).
The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a stark realism that perfectly communicates the painful experience of the storytelling. There is no distinguishing attributes, just a rock-solid natural visual presentation. The color palette is naturally hued with no exaggeration. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Overall, this is a pleasing picture that supports an honest story of the perils of capitalism—revealed here as hoggism. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is entirely frontal focused and undistinguished. The music score provides subtle surround envelopment, with an occasional energy boost. Dialogue is production sound and ADR, with acceptable spatial integration. Sound effects, Foley, and atmospheric effects are frontal focused. Overall, the soundtrack provides the necessary support to the storytelling, but nothing is distinguished. (Gary Reber)