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Memento (Widescreen Two-Disc Limited Edition) (2001)

Guy Pearce , Carrie-Anne Moss , Christopher Nolan  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,109 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Russ Fega
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
  • Producers: Aaron Ryder, Christopher Ball, Elaine Dysinger, Emma Thomas, Jennifer Todd
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640SA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Memento (Widescreen Two-Disc Limited Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Feature Film Remastered in High Definition
  • Disc 2:
  • Mindbenders and Challenges Designed by Nolan to Unlock Disc Features
  • "Anatomy of a Scene" Sundance Channel Documentary
  • Director's Shooting Script with annotations to switch between script and scenes in the movie
  • Original Short Story By Jonathan Nolan
  • Production Stills and Sketches
  • Hidden Features and much more
  • Sundance Film Festival, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, 2001

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Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's past unfolds. Leonard, as a result of a blow to the head during an assault on his wife, has no short-term memory. He's looking for his wife's killer, compensating for his disability by taking Polaroids, annotating them, and tattooing important facts on his body. We meet the loquacious Teddy and the seductive Natalie (a barmaid who promises to help), and we glimpse Leonard's wife through memories from before the assault. Leonard also talks about Sammy Jankis, a man he knew with a similar condition. Has Leonard found the killer? What's going on?

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Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix) shine in this absolute stunner of a movie. Memento combines a bold, mind-bending script with compelling action and virtuoso performances. Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, hunting down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The problem is that "the incident" that robbed Leonard of his wife also stole his ability to make new memories. Unable to retain a location, a face, or a new clue on his own, Leonard continues his search with the help of notes, Polaroids, and even homemade tattoos for vital information.

Because of his condition, Leonard essentially lives his life in short, present-tense segments, with no clear idea of what's just happened to him. That's where Memento gets really interesting; the story begins at the end, and the movie jumps backward in 10-minute segments. The suspense of the movie lies not in discovering what happens, but in finding out why it happened. Amazingly, the movie achieves edge-of-your-seat excitement even as it moves backward in time, and it keeps the mind hopping as cause and effect are pieced together.

Pearce captures Leonard perfectly, conveying both the tragic romance of his quest and his wry humor in dealing with his condition. He is bolstered by several excellent supporting players, and the movie is all but stolen from him by Pantoliano, who delivers an amazing performance as Teddy, the guy who may or may not be on his side. Memento has an intriguing structure and even meditations on the nature of perception and meaning of life if you go looking for them, but it also functions just as well as a completely absorbing thriller. It's rare to find a movie this exciting with so much intelligence behind it. --Ali Davis


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133 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a DVD should be July 20, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
--Quick plot synopsis: A psychological thriller about a man with short-term memory loss trying to track down his wife's killer. It does an excellent view of putting the viewer on the same level as the main character by showing the movie in reverse. ie. The first scene you see is the last one in the story.
--The folks at Columbia/Tristar really went all-out to bring the viewer into this movie. The menus alone give you a perspective on the story and main character not possible in the theater. This two-disc set gives you everything you'd expect from a special edition: director's commentary; trailers; production photos; mini documentary; 5.1 surround sound, etc. But wait, there's more... It's just hidden within the maze of questions in the psychological exam that makes up the menus on both discs. If you keep searching on disc two, you'll be able to watch the movie in chronological order, which is my reason for buying this special edition. (If they don't edit this out as a spoiler, just select the Clock form the main menu, choose answer "c" five times on the questions, then put the pictures of the woman fixing the flat tire in the order of 3,4,1,2.)
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124 of 138 people found the following review helpful
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Brilliantly directed by Christopher Nolan, who also wrote the screenplay based on a short story by his brother, Jonathan Nolan, this film had to be a huge challenge for all. The word "memento" means "remember" in Latin, and the story is about Leonard, so traumatized by a blow to the head after his wife's rape and murder, that he has lost his short-term memory. He's out for revenge and is looking for the killer, but, although he remembers his life with his wife and who he is, he cannot remember anything that has happened since. He therefore takes Polaroid shots of everyone he meets and writes notes on them. And he also tattoos things he wants to remember all over his body. The role calls out for an exceptional actor and Guy Pearce certainly does rise to the occasion. I found myself drawn to him, identifying with his condition, and joining him in his struggle to relate to the world.
The story unfolds backwards, an unusual narrative technique that is tricky to use. We see a scene and think we understand. And then there is another scene that has happened prior to it, and it totally changes our perception of what is going on. Purposely, it is confusing. And purposely, there are moments of clarity where it all fits together only to become even more confusing in the next scene. Carrie Ann Moss plays a femme fatal and, as we get to know her, we are not quite sure what her motives are. Joe Pantolino is cast as in the role of Leonard's buddy, and we are constantly confused as to whether he is friend or foe.
I sat there fascinated as this complicated plot unfolded, enjoying the mastery in which the director led me down different avenues of thought and also introduced questions about the moral issues involved.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, intelligent, and often hilarious! September 10, 2001
Format:DVD
The only film that I can think of that comes even close to the ingenuity of Memento is The Usual Suspects. Like that way underappreciated classic, Memento gives you the ending immediately, and then spends the rest of its time showing you how it got there. Each scene offers clues and various revelations--Leonard's tattoos, why he writes what he does on Natalie's and Teddy's pictures, what happened to his wife, Leonard's job before "the incident"--each of which are thrilling mini-narratives in themselves.
The acting is first rate. Guy Pearce, best known as "the one who wasn't Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential", is Leonard, a character who will intrigue you, engage your sympathy, and might even scare you by the end. Joe Pantoliano's Teddy will have you debating his intentions towards Leonard for days afterwards. The real acting coup, however, is fellow Matrix alum Carrie Anne Moss--her performace as Natalie will make you love her, hate her, and make you fiercely protective of her.
The movie can only be watched on DVD. Keep the remote handy as you'll want to pause every now and then, if only to read Leonard's tattoos for various clues. After watching the movie, be sure to check out Otnemem in the Special Features section for newspaper articles, pictures, journal entries, and psychiatric reports on Mementos intriguing characters. They will help confirm what you think happened in the movie. DVD also offers the playful option of choosing to watch the movie backwards (or would it be watching the movie forward?). You will definitely consider the option after watching the movie. I haven't done it yet, but I can't wait to see the effect that it has on the movie.
This movie is worth the critical hype. If you enjoyed movies like The Sixth Sense, The Matrix, The Usual Suspects, Seven, Fight Club, and Dark City (some of my personal faves), then Memento will be the crown of your DVD collection!
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memento Limited Edition DVDisturbs Again August 12, 2002
Format:DVD
This review will only deal with the features found on the "Memento Limited Edition 2 Disc Set", and not the merits of the movie proper.
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My only qualm with this DVD edition is the packaging. Wrapped in a tight-fitting but flimsy cardboard box, designed to look like Leonard Shelby's case file, it's almost impossible to get the discs out on first try. I find that I have to open the back to push out the innards, which tends to warp the shape of the box. Found inside are several loose sheets of paper, which look like psychological tests, notes from the case history, and, as you will soon see, the DVD's on-screen menus. The whole thing is ostensibly held together by a little plastic paper clip, whose only real purpose, I've deduced, is to get lost behind my TV set.
The first thing one notices once Disc 1 of the DVD loads is a psychological test, asking the viewer to commit to memory a list of words that will go flashing by on the screen. Don't be alarmed. Although Chris Nolan and Co. have set up the DVD to look like a series of tests, you really don't have to read through or pay much attention to everything on the screen. However, because sometimes they can be quite entertaining, I suggest you do. "Why are these people laughing at you?" asks one question. "We know you did it," ominously states another. This edition can get trippy if you let it.
After the memory flash, you are then asked to select from a list of words the ones you didn't see. Like I said, this isn't really a test, but an ingenious way to present the disc's main menu.
Selecting WATCH plays the movie. Selecting READ allows you to choose between English or Spanish subtitles, while LISTEN allows you to hear the movie in either English or French, 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Christopher Nolan. Popping out confusing classics consistently.
Published 7 days ago by B. Carrasquillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this movie. It's twist and turns, you must keep up or you will fall behind.
Published 11 days ago by lawanda31
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for people who concentrate on the details
Be ready to pay attention to details if you want to fully enjoy this film.
Lots of twists and turns and an ending that you don't see coming at all.
Published 12 days ago by GRS 916
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Christopher Nolan era begins here.
Published 1 month ago by Ronald T. Prewoznik
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! If you haven't seen it
Excellent! If you haven't seen it, you'll have missed out on perhaps one of the best movies you've seen.
Published 1 month ago by Richard N. Fortin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A truly amazing movie that makes you think the first time you watch it!
Published 1 month ago by Leighanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal on great product
Great deal on great product
Published 2 months ago by SWard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
definitely the first movie i saw with the concept of a guy with amnesia and trying to go back in time through these events.......a classic well written and great cast
Published 2 months ago by doug fresh
2.0 out of 5 stars It is not my kind of film. Yet, ...
It is not my kind of film. Yet, it was well done. I was not entertained by it. Yet, all the parts were well acted.
Published 2 months ago by ejd48
1.0 out of 5 stars SORRY I PURCHASED THIS MOVIE! TOO CONFUSING FOR ME ...
SORRY I PURCHASED THIS MOVIE! TOO CONFUSING FOR ME TO WATCH A MOVIE "BACKWARDS" WITH FLASHBACKS GOING (BACKWARD OR FORWARD). NOT MY STYLE OF ENTERTAINMENT!!I
Published 2 months ago by Joyce Cerami
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hidden features
Disc 2 main menu displays 24 graphic icons. Select THE CLOCK and choose C on the following five pages. You'll see a quiz that shows four illustrated panels of a woman changing a flat tire on her car. The quiz asks you to place the panels in chronological order. The trick, of course, is to place... Read More
Apr 29, 2006 by Gorky |  See all 5 posts
Rerelease imminent?
I've been wondering the same thing. It deserves a re-release since the current one is using the old DVD codec (MPEG-2) instead of the better HD codecs (AVC and VC-1) and it's on a 25GB disc instead of a 50GB disc. Bring on the re-release. I will definitely purchase it.
Aug 30, 2010 by DeAd MiKe |  See all 5 posts
Blu-ray better than the dvd?
I want to know that too. I don't own the DVD version but I read a lot of bad stuff about the limited version. I'd like to know if the BD has that too.
Aug 18, 2010 by Otto Teixeira |  See all 5 posts
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