Memento? Which version to buy?

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  1. Chris PC

    Chris PC Producer

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    I know the original Memento DVD, as I've rented that long ago. I also see that there appear to be TWO other 2-disc versions? Is this correct? Whats the deal? I saw this on Amazon. Which version is the most desirable and which version has the option to play the movie in chronological order rather than normal, all without programming it yourself.

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  2. DannyS

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    get both if your a fan. like me. :) BUT if you must have one, go for the limited edition "folder" set. The menus' alone are worth the purchase. This one has the play backward option. Which I would strongl advise against watching
     
  3. Christ Reynolds

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  4. Matt Czyz

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    Definetely go for the two-disc. The picture (from what I've read online) is better than the single disc, and there's a lot of cool extra content.
     
  5. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    No one is answering the real question:

     
  6. Randall Dorr

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    Amazon.ca has two versions of the LE, one from Columbia and one from Alliance. I imagine the content is identical.

    Here are the instructions for accessing the chronological version on disc two.

    The LE has rather unusual packaging that I feel is actually a clue to Leonard's past: He probably was in a mental institution at some point, but he escaped, or was released, possibly with help from Teddy. And Teddy, despite taking advantage of Leonard's condition to have Jimmy Grantz killed, is the one person Leonard can really trust.

    The chronological version (which you should certainly watch) works quite well as a dramatic narrative. But it's very different. We look at certain characters at certain points in very different lights.

    Like in the scene where Leonard kills Teddy: In the regular version of the film, there is a sense of dread as Teddy approaches Leonard from behind. The audience is looking at Teddy as the man who killed Leonard's wife and we're a bit afraid of him because of that. But in the chronological version, the exact same scene gives us a sense of dread from the fact that Leonard is going to kill his only friend because of a few incorrect notes.
     
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  8. MatS

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    let us know what color p a p e r c l i p you get [​IMG]
     
  9. Sean Moon

    Sean Moon Cinematographer

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    The picture quality on the two disc set is simply stunning to say the least. Reference quality all the way. And the DTS sound is great too, but the pic is in the top DVDs ever for me.
     
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    Chris, your local Wal-Mart (and the one in Pickering) has the Alliance version of the 2-disc for in the $25 range. Contrary to what is shown on amazon.ca, the cover has the black spine, like the U.S. version. And so does the Alliance version I have...maybe there's a new packaging (it sure is expensive).

    Great movie, great packaging. No cheat-sheet really needed...pay attention to the menus as they cycle...the choices become "obvious".
     
  11. Chris PC

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    Hey Craig, nice to hear from another local durham home theatre dvd enthusiast.

    Ok, so the two disc versions are identical eh? Darn....I have been thinking of boycotting Walmart the world gobbler, but I'll consider this an exception. [​IMG]

    I don't think I can explain in words why I like this movie so much...except that the sets, the clothing and so much of the story gives me such a strong feeling of place that I identify with, and yet, I've never been there...a place in California I imagine. The scene where he burns the photo just gives me the weirdest feeling. When I feel weird that way when I view scenes, its not completely unlike deja-vu. Of course its not "my" deja-vu, but rather, I like to call it, "my hijacked nostalgia"...It makes me feel nostalgic about something in my memory, but I just take those images and sounds and use them as my own. Like when he returns to the car, the sound of the ambience and the car alarm at night, or is it morning? Its been a long time since I last saw it. Anyways...sorry for the weird tangent, but this movie has an effect on me beyond the story and the characters, its the overall feeling...I like it.
     
  12. Chris PC

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    I noticed Indigo.ca has some wacked prices for some DVD's but Memento SE and Pulp Fiction SE are at least a few bucks less than Future Shop...but thats Indigo's sale.. [​IMG]
     
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    I got the limited edition and I hate the menu system, it's such a chore to get through all the crap to get where you want, the only redeeming quality to the 2 disc set is the ability to play the movie chronologically, which imo is a gimmick, the movie was not meant to be watched that way, it just doesn't seem to flow well, it does however clear up the timeline a little bit

    so if you're anything like me I would suggest buying the original release, and if you are a huge fan of the movie maybe get the LE, or possibly both
     
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    Get the limited edition. I don't really find the menus that annoying, i get a laugh out of them everytime. Plus the picture and sound is excellent.


    Oh, my paperclip color is White.[​IMG]
     
  17. Chris PC

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    Yeah the LE is probably interesting enough... [​IMG]
     
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    Gordy

    It is a re release of Following and I am looking forward to see it at last.

    Lat year at the EFF, I attended the masterclass with regards to Insomnia

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