Special features include commentary by Writer/Director Brian Helgeland, the two-part (On Location In Chicago and On Set In Los Angeles) 50-minute Paybacks Are A Bitch featurette, the 29-minute Same Story-Different Movie, Creating Payback: The Director
Based on the novel The Hunter by Richard Stark, Payback stars Mel Gibson as Porter, a hard-boiled career criminal who is out to settle a score. Left for dead by his partners after they double-cross him and rob him of his cut of $70,000, Porter wants revenge. Our tough but lovable antihero will stop at nothing to get his money back
Compared to the previously reviewed DVD, the anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD does not seem to have changed much, in respect to picture quality. The images are intentionally hard edged, and colors are desaturated for a very stylized appearance, but fine details are not delivered as well as the best releases can be. Only minor compression pixelization is apparent, with images occasionally appearing digital, but otherwise the transfer is pleasing. The imagery is very artistic and intriguing. (Gary Reber/Danny Richelieu)
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