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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 92 (Jan 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg & Bruce McGill

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes commentary by director Michael Mann. Disc Two provides many extras, including City Of Night: The Making Of Collateral, which is a 41-minute behind-the-scenes look into the making-of the film; the one-minute Special Delivery, where a hidden camera follows Tom Cruise around while he is dressed as a Fed Ex man; a two-minute deleted scene with director commentary; Shooting On Location: Annie's Office, a two-minute explanation on the shooting of the scene with Michael Mann commentary; Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx Rehearse, four-minutes of the actors' rehearsals in comparison with the real scene in the film; Visual FX: MTA Train the director's two-minute explanation of what he wanted visually for the train scene; trailers; cast and filmmaker biographies and filmographies; and production notes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 91734
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence And Language.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/14/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Mann
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When taxi driver Max Durocher (Foxx) gives attractive attorney Annie Farrell (Pinkett Smith) a ride, the two strike up a friendly conversation along the way. Soon after, he picks up Vincent (Cruise, who surprisingly plays the part of a bad guy!), a well-dressed business-type man, who offers Max $600 to take him to five different stops while he closes on a real estate deal. Convinced that it's surely his lucky night, Max accepts the offer and waits for Vincent at his first stop. He discovers right away, however, that Vincent is not a realtor but a killer, and Max is given no choice but to drive him from one stop to the next. But when Max learns that Annie is on the hit list, he knows that he has to do something to stop Vincent's madness and save the woman that he met earlier in the night. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD delivers slick and stylized HD-originated images. Colors are nicely balanced, often with vibrant and true saturation, though blacks can appear somewhat milky. Overall, the picture has a smooth appearance, though some noise is occasionally noticed in the source element. While the picture can appear