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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 86 (Jul 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman. Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Joe Morton, Michael C. Hall & Peter Friedman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Speical features include audio commentary by director John Woo, an additional commentary track by screenwriter Dean Georgaris, an 18-minute Paycheck: Designing The Future featurette, a 17-minute stunt highlight, six deleted scenes, and an alternate ending.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 33803
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Some intense action violence and brief language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/18/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Woo
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
John Woo ("Bullet In The Head," "Face/Off") directs this sci-fi action thriller based on a story written by Philip K. Dick ("Blade Runner"). No sooner does engineer Michael Jennings (Affleck) invent high-tech and top-secret projects does his company, Nexim, have his short-term memory erased. But when he tries to collect his Paycheck at the end of a three-year contract, he is ultimtely betrayed for the billions of dollars he is owed by a long-time friend. With nowhere else to turn, he receives a mysterious envelope with clues to his forgotten past, which seems to be his only hope in putting together the pieces of his life. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture has a slick appearance, with clean, nicely saturated colors, well-balanced fleshtones, and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, with very well-defined textures, and excellent contrast and shadow delineation. The source element is clean, though a few flecks of dirt are noticed. The only complaint is in regard to the appearance of edge enhancement, though the distraction is not always present. The picture is smooth, with very little pixel breakup noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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