Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Rounding out the June trifecta is 2002's Minority Report, the adaptation of science fiction visionary Phillip K Dick (see also Why Do Androids Dream of Electric Dreams? filmed as the more commercial Blade Runner).
Minority Report is a highly intelligent science fiction thriller with a bleak, but technologically advanced vision of the future. Undoubtedly the highlight for many was the gesture controlled computer interface, which thanks to the film, will probably make its way to the market way before the timeline suggested in the film.
Much ado has been made of the newly struck transfer, supervised by Spielberg himself. The original transfer, made at the height of bleach bypass processing and heavy duty film grading, fares far better with a high definition transfer. The DVD transfer, by comparison is a mess. Fox have produced some excellent new supplements in addition to including an archive of the original DVD extras. Fans should not hesitate.
Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Country of Origin: United States
Region: A, B, C
Director Brian De Palmas 1993 re-teaming with Al Pacino (the classic Scarface was the result of their last endeavour), produced Carlito's Way, a dark crime thriller which took a lens to the difficulty of re-habilitating an ex-con after being released from prison. Whilst it was shunned on initial release, Carlito's Way, like Scarface before it, found an eager cult following. The same will never be true of De Palma's ridiculous Mission to Mars.
Utilising the same assets as the previous HD-DVD release, Carlito's Way has had a bit of work done in the remastering department, but fails to really wow. Despite this, it's the best we are likely to see the film pretty much ever, so fans of the film should probably jump in now.
That's it for now, folks. We'll endeavor to be back in the third quarter with the latest in import goodies. Hopefully the dollar stays firm and has no further falls. Damn Greece!
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