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Go: Special Edition

Pulp Fiction's post-modern cynicism and disregard for traditional narrative spawned a legion of imitators. Director Doug Liman's Go is both the most faithful and the most independently successful of the lot. John August's screenplay takes four concurrent, interweaving stories of drugs, sex, violence and other misrecreations and tells each on its own time. There's Ronna (Sarah Polley), the novice dealer. There's Simon (Desmond Askew) on a hedonistic tear through Las Vegas. There's Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr), gay soap actors. And Claire (Katie Holmes), offered as collateral for 20 hits of ecstasy. Right from the beginning, as Liman transmogrifies the Columbia Pictures logo into a rave trip, the sophomore director shows an assured style lacking from his otherwise endearing debut Swingers. The recurring theme of Go's different tales is escape — chemical, spiritual, and always physical. Each of the movie's anti-heroes is on the run, and Liman keeps the pace pumping, the humor fresh, and everyone, despite their amoral antics, oddly likable. But, keeping true to Quentin Tarantino's genre-defining epic, it doesn't leave much to chew on when the fun's over and the credits roll. Also with Taye Diggs and William Fichtner. Available in both 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 pan-and-scan and 5.1 Dolby Digital. Features audio commentary by Liman and editor Stephen Mirrione, a "making-of" featurette, 14 deleted scenes and outtakes, and three music videos.
—Gregory P. Dorr

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