“Ronin” is a film that I watched a ton when I used to work at a theater. It was a September release, so you always had time to check it out. What I dug as man cinema back in the late 1990s became kind meh as I approached multiple viewings of the film. Mickey Spillane could get away with not telling you what was in a suitcase. Tarantino pushed the concept as far as he could in Pulp Fiction. By 1998, the concept was feeling tired.
The reluctance to name the product that everyone wanted was asking a ton of someone that just wanted to see car chases and shootings. This is back when I worshiped every movie that gave Jean Reno a job. Yes, even Godzilla (1998). It’s just that Frankenheimer’s age was showing and so many parts of the film felt like it was jumping over needed plot information. Oh well, I’d still consider picking it up.
- Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
- Brand new video interview with director of photography Robert Fraisse
- Paul Joyce documentary on Robert De Niro
- Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette
- Through the Lens, an archival interview with Robert Fraisse
- The Driving of Ronin, an archival featurette on the film’s legendary car stunts
- Natascha McElhone: An Actor’s Process, an archival interview with the actress
- Composing the Ronin Score, an archival interview with composer Elia Cmiral
- In the Ronin Cutting Room, an archival interview with editor Tony Gibbs
- Venice Film Festival interviews with Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Natascha McElhone
- Alternate ending
- Theatrical trailer
- 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track