Paycheck: Special Collector's Edition DVD Review

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by Phil Hinton May 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Paycheck: Special Collector's Edition DVD Review
    SRP: £29.98


    Paycheck is presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen. Detail is strong with excellent sharpness and vivid colour reproduction. The print does however have problems with dirt and grain, some of which can be distracting and certainly should not be present on such a new release. Skin tones are natural with lines and pores visible, blacks are solid and shadow detail is present. Edge enhancement can be seen in certain areas of the image as well as minor digital compression artefacts, but overall the transfer looks good.
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    As with most John Woo action movies the sound mix is dynamic and enveloping with excellent use of the soundfield to create the futuristic settings and technology. Dialogue is rich and detailed with the score also using all five speakers to good effect. LFE is strong and helps to underpin the action on screen with split surrounds using intelligent panning effects.
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    Presented here are two commentary tracks, one with director Woo and the other with screenwriter Dean Gregoraris, both are interesting with comments on the production and behind the scenes details. The two featurettes on the disc, Designing the Future and Tempting fate offer good behind the scenes footage but ultimately are promotional films on the making of the movie with interviews regarding how wonderful everyone is. Rounding of the extras are deleted scenes including an alternate ending and previews for other Paramount releases.
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    A by the numbers action thriller which brushes over the finer details yet will entertain for its running time, disc presentation is good with adequate extras
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £29.98

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