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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 (1,085 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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  • 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 (1,085 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640SA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,858 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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

Leonard Shelby, an insurance investigator has developed short-term memory loss after attempting to intervene in his wife's murder, and uses notes and tattoos in an attempt to hunt down her killer.
Genre: Mystery
Rating: R
Release Date: 5-JUN-2007
Media Type: DVD

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121 of 130 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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116 of 130 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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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, intelligent, and often hilarious! September 10, 2001
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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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memento Limited Edition DVDisturbs Again August 12, 2002
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.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Such a strange movie
Honestly, I had to watch this for my Critical Thinking English class. I had a hard time following it the first time I watched it, and still had a bit of difficulty wrapping my head... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by A. Whitford
5.0 out of 5 stars intense and intriguing from end to start or from start to end
this movie is a master piece this movie is a master piece from the end at the beginning to the beginning at the end you will be wrapping your memory around what is really going on... Read more
Published 7 days ago by jaypee
4.0 out of 5 stars Derrida is here, but is the Patriarchy?
Memento's a heavy-handed theory movie that's not nearly as pretentious as 'The Matrix'. The theory? Derrida. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Goosta
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of Film!
Such an amazing piece of film. This movie will have you so engrossed you won't want to get off the couch. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Happy Happy Joy Joy...although.. I don't ...feel drunk?
This is a must see! Watch this movie with no distractions. Follow it closely and you will be amazed. I had to watch it a few times to truly appreciate it… You won’t regret it.
Published 21 days ago by John D Lambright
5.0 out of 5 stars best movie I saw in a long time
Wow this was a really cool movie, very unique. It is one of those movies that has you thinking the whole time you are watching it and then continually thinking about it after the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by M. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This movie came out before Christopher Nolan was a household name. It was a relatively low budget film that is part revenge story, part drama, part dark comedy and part love... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mike S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nolan's best.
Memento is the film that started the career of one of our most gifted and successful directors, Christopher Nolan, and it remains his finest work.
Published 29 days ago by Jamey Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film
This is one of those films that keeps you going by making you want to figure out what's really happening. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Troy Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Bought this movie for my son who LOVES Christopher Nolan movies. He really enjoyed it and said it really made him think the whole movie.
Published 2 months ago by Hayley Kulstad
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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.
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