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Special Edition
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 62 (July 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano & Mark Boone Junior

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 07646
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for violence, language and some drug content
(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Two-disc set
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/21/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Christopher Nolan
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Story Synopsis:
Based on the short story by Jonathan Nolan. Once he is able to absorb the terrible incident that ruined his life, Shelby sets out to piece together enough information for vengeance...despite a multi-layered abyss of uncertainty. His only way of moving forward in his life is to keep Mementos of daily notes, Polaroid photographs, and tattoos with crucial reminders. Due to head trauma he sustained during a confrontation with an intruder who raped and murdered his wife, Leonard Shelby (Pearce) suffers from a rare brain disorder that prevents him from converting new experiences into long-term memory. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
Overall, the picture is quite satisfying, especially when compared to the previous DVD, and, if you have the patience (or sense of humor) to endure the menus, this is the better DVD version to own. The black-and-white scenes have an intentionally gritty, grainy texture. Colors are more refined, with more accurate hues and balanced fleshtones, compared to the reddish fleshtones and smeared hues on the previous version. Images are also slightly sharper with better definition by comparison. The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD offers improved image quality over the previously released DVD (Issue 54). (Suzanne Hodges)

This is a soundtrack of a relatively quiescent nature, yet the subtle sense of expansion from atmospheric effects and the nicely recorded music is tasteful and welcome. The low-end is also fairly modest throughout, but there is some noticeable sub-25 Hz activity along with some .1 LFE activity. The dialogue has a somewhat