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Memento: Limited Edition

Columbia TriStar's second release of Memento as a limited edition two-disc set will either enchant the consumer who wants to spend hours trying to glean where the features have been hidden, or will drive crazy the impatient, busy viewer who just wants to relax with a good movie. The menus for Memento: Limited Edition are a nightmare. Complicated, time-consuming, irritating, they are presumably designed to put the consumer "in the mood" for the movie by recreating a little bit of main character Leonard Shelby's life, as presented in the short story and on the Web site, and alluded to in the movie. It's a bizarre form of advertising for a object that has already been purchased. Hey, let the movie do this, not the support apparatus. Memento: Limited Edition is a watershed in DVD distribution: It's all Easter eggs. And given how complicated the menus happen to be, it feels really not worth it when you finally get to the second disc's menu, and all there is are a bunch of photos and a couple of documentaries and other documents. Changes from the previous disc to the new one include: dropping a 30-minute interview with Christopher Nolan from the IFC Channel conducted by New York Times movie reviewer Elvis Mitchell, the complete contents of the official website, the TV spots, a trailer for Christopher Nolan's Following, a brief "tattoo gallery," and brief director and cast biographies. Memento: Limited Edition adds DTS 5.1, a commentary track from Nolan, a "The Making of a Scene" episode from the Sundance Channel, production stills, two trailers, script-to-screen multi-angle, Leonard Shelby's hospital diary, the movie in chronological order, production stills, and sketches. The animated musical menu offers 16-chapter scene-selection, there's a four-sheet insert with paper clip, and it all comes in a dual-DVD digipak in a folding cardboard and plastic case. Memento the movie remains a four-star event, but this confusing, frustrating disc's menu, plus the fact that it doesn't share all the extras from its predecessor, dictates that consumers hold on to their previous Memento purchase and/or skip this one altogether.
—D.K. Holm

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