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BLU-RAY REVIEW

Memento

Featured In Issue 113, October 2006

Picture3.5
SoundNR
WSR Score5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
15416
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Violence, language, and some drug content.
(Retail Price):
$28.95
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
113
(Color Type):
Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
1
(Theatrical Year):
2000
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
08/15/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Christopher Nolan
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1
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Due to head trauma he sustained during a confrontation with an intruder who raped and murdered his wife, Leonard Shelby (Pearce) suffers from a rare brain disorder that prevents him from converting new experiences into long-term memory. His only way of moving forward in his life is to keep daily notes, label Polaroid photographs, and tattoo himelf with crucial reminders. Once he is able to absorb the terrible incident that ruined his life, Shelby sets out to piece together enough information for vengeance...despite a multi-layered abyss of uncertainty. (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features include commentary with Director Christopher Nolan, a 25-minute Anatomy Of A Scene featurette, and previews.

While the 2.35:1 MPEG-2-encoded Blu-ray Disc picture can have well-rendered colors and black levels, impressive contrast, and good shadow delineation, the consistency of the picture's detail is close, but not quite perfect. The entire image is rather flat looking, without much apparent dimensionality. The black-and-white scenes show good gray scales and pretty good detail. Source element artifacts, such as dirt and speckles, show up throughout the presentation. (Danny Richelieu)

The 5.1-channel linear PCM soundtrack exhibits good fidelity, with natural-sounding dialogue, albeit slightly forward. The mix is rather basic, however, with little in the way of surround envelopment or phantom imaging anywhere in the soundstage. The majority of the presentation only uses the center channel, but it does sound good. (Danny Richelieu)