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Layer Cake
Special Edition
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 101 (Oct 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Marcel Iures & Michael Gambon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5+
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with director Matthew Vaughn and writer J.J. Connolly, 14 deleted scenes and two alternate endings with optional director's commentary, two storyboard comparisons, a 29-minute Q&A session from a London screening with Vaughn and actor Daniel Craig, a six-minute making-of featurette, a poster gallery, and bonus trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10889
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong brutal violence, sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and drug use.
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(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): 08/23/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Matthew Vaughn
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Nameless and looking to get out of the drug trade, XXXX (Craig) has two last jobs to complete: locate the junkie daughter of a chum of his volatile gangster boss (Cranham), and broker the sale of an enormous load of ecstasy.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD picture exhibits imagery that has a cool appearance aided by a color palette filled with blue overtones. Blacks are often bluish and milky, and the same goes for the opposite extreme regarding whites. Stylizations add an an edgy appearance that is complementary to the storytelling. Images are satsifyingly sharp, but finer details often suffer from slight smearing. Pixelization and occasional edge halos are also noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

With well recorded dialogue and narration, and a good mix for music, the Dolby