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Memento (Widescreen Two-Disc Limited Edition)
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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
- 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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--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.)
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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Original storyline, but a little bizarre. The intrigue is more like confusion as you watch the movie open up step by step. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Glenn Cahill
Dum basses sent me foreign DVD....playable only if you reset your computer which depletes this option every time you execute the maneuver. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Bruce J. Morrison
The genuis that is Christopher Nolan. A unique move production.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
WACKED OUT CONFUSING MOVIE. If you are looking for a relaxing weekend movie, don't do it. You will be searching GOOGLE the rest of the weekend to find out what everyone else... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
The movie was interesting but I got very confused when it will show repetition of eventsPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I thought it was very suspenseful and definitely kept your attention.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the worst movies I've ever watched. I would give it zero stars, but Amazon requires you to give a star rating.Published 19 days ago by misch839
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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
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
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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 | See all 5 posts
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