Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Inception on DVD

"All that we see or seem,
Is but a dream within a dream."
--Edgar Allen Poe

I thoroughly enjoyed Christopher Nolan's Inception in theaters earlier this year (read the review). His exploration of dreams within dreams and a journey of one tortured soul (Leonardo DiCaprio) to make his way home by implanting a single idea into the dream of a stranger (Cillian Murphy) resonates as well on DVD as it did on the big screen. Out today on DVD and Blu-ray it's a great addition to your library.

The one-disc DVD is a little scant on extras (to put it midly). It does contain four short featurettes (averaging three minutes a piece) which include snippets from Nolan, DiCaprio, production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, editor Lee Smith, cinamatopraher Wally Pfister, and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers, examining the aspect of dreams and the possibilities of the human mind, the japanese castle sequence, the paradoxical pemrose stairs, and the freight train barreling down the the middle of a busy street. Each of these is quite good but not quite enough to satisfy.

The three-disc Blu-ray includes a digital copy along with the film on both DVD and Blu-ray. This version also includes an "Extraction Mode" allowing you to go behind the scenes of several of the film's signature moments, a featurette on the subject of dreams, and a full animation comic.

If you're getting the DVD it's the movie you're paying for and you'll get your money's worth. I can't speak to the Blu-ray features, but unless you need a digital copy and DVD as well you're probably going to overspend for the package. Either way you go, however, Inception is one of the year's best and worth adding to your collection.

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