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Forgotten, The
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 93 (Feb 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard, Linus Roache, Robert Wisdom, Jessica Hecht & Anthony Edwards

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WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
This DVD includes the 91-minute Theatrical Version (with optional commentary by director Joseph Ruben and writer gerald Di Pego) and the 94-minute Extended Version with alternate ending. In addition, there is a 20-minute Remembering The Forgotten featurette, a 14-minute making-of featurette, and three deleted scenes. There are also up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10078
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Intense Thematic Material, Some Violence And Brief Language.
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(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): 1/18/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joseph Ruben
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Telly Paretta (Moore) is a woman struggling with the past. She seems to forget the little things in her life, like where she parked the car or where she placed her cup of coffee, but she cannot forget the loss of her young son, Sam. But the more she grieves, the more she is presumed to be insane...especially when her therapist (Sinise) tells her that her son never existed. She meets a man (West) with a strangely similar story, then she sets out to protect her sanity and prevent her son from becoming The Forgotten. The secrets she uncovers are out of this world. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD picture certainly has a stylized appearance, with cold bluish overtones that heighten the grief and tension depicted in the story. Still, fleshtones are nicely rendered within these scenes. The picture can be extremely dark, quite possibly with some of the darkest scenes ever seen on DVD, and viewing in a completely blackened room is highly recommended. Shadow delineation is generally adequate, and can look quite natural like in Chapter 4 or can exhibit detail dropoff to complete blackness. Other scenes are extremely dark with little visual information in the darkness. Minor edge enhancement is noticed, but pixelization is minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)

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