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Abandon, the 2002 psychological thriller from writer/director Stephen Gaghan, comes to DVD with this release. Featuring a full-screen 1.33:1 transfer that is formatted to fit a standard television screen, the disc does not preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. Along with a Dolby 5.1 English soundtrack, there are English and French Dolby Surround audio tracks and English subtitles. Bonus features include audio commentary by Gaghan and director of photography Matthew Libatique, a making-of featurette, ...
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Overview

Abandon, the 2002 psychological thriller from writer/director Stephen Gaghan, comes to DVD with this release. Featuring a full-screen 1.33:1 transfer that is formatted to fit a standard television screen, the disc does not preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. Along with a Dolby 5.1 English soundtrack, there are English and French Dolby Surround audio tracks and English subtitles. Bonus features include audio commentary by Gaghan and director of photography Matthew Libatique, a making-of featurette, deleted and extended scenes with director commentary, and the original theatrical trailer. A widescreen version of Abandon is also available with the same features.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director/writer Stephen Gaghan and cinematographer Matthew Libatique; "A Look at the Dark Side" - the making of Abandon; Deleted and extended scenes with director commentary; Theatrical trailer; Full-screen version; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; English subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A surprisingly intelligent, effective thriller scripted and directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Traffic, Abandon provides erstwhile teen idol Katie Holmes with her most challenging role to date. The Dawson’s Creek star portrays Catherine Burke, a brilliant college student who’s on the fast track to corporate success. Having just aced a crucial interview with a prospective employer, she hunkers down to do some serious studying but is distracted by sudden, fleeting appearances of her ex-boyfriend, Embry Langan Charlie Hunnam, who has been missing for over two years. Catherine, afraid that she is being stalked, seeks assistance from police detective Wade Mandler Benjamin Bratt, who becomes infatuated with the overachieving campus beauty. Holmes invests her character with grace and charm, making the ambitious, intellectually gifted, emotionally distant young woman a more sympathetic figure. She, and such other cast members as Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, and Melanie Lynskey, benefit from Gaghan’s sure-footed direction and incisive scripting; his college students look, speak, and act in a manner more consistent with reality, and this attention to verisimilitude allows him to pull off an outlandish feat of narrative legerdemain without losing the audience. Abandon doesn’t rely on genre clichés, and for that reason it’s one of the most successful pictures of its kind that we’ve seen in many months -- as well as an impressive directorial debut for Gaghan. He supplies a commentary for the DVD, which also includes a "making of" documentary as well as numerous deleted and extended scenes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • UPC: 097360566543
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katie Holmes Katie Burke
Benjamin Bratt Detective Wade Handler
Charlie Hunnam Embry Langan
Zooey Deschanel Samantha Harper
Gabriel Mann Harrison Hobart
Gabrielle Union Amanda Luttrell
Mark Feuerstein Robert Hanson
Melanie Lynskey Mousy Julie
Will McCormack August
Philip Bosco Professor Jergensen
Tony Goldwyn Dr. David Schaffer
Fred Ward Lt. Bill Stayton
Jack Warden
Technical Credits
Stephen Gaghan Director, Screenwriter
Gary Barber Producer
Juel Bestrop Casting
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Pierre Blain Sound/Sound Designer
Shannon Burke Co-producer
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Claude Hazanavicius Sound/Sound Designer
Elizabeth Joan Hooper Co-producer
Tony Lamberti Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Clint Mansell Score Composer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Lynda Obst Producer
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Guy Pigeon Set Decoration/Design
Gideon Ponte Production Designer
Geoffrey G. Rubay Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Mark Warner Editor
Michael Williams Asst. Director
Edward Zwick Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos
2. The Recruiters Come to College
3. Handler Gets a New Case
4. How Do I Look?
5. The Interview
6. Around the World Party
7. Strobing
8. Pursued by Men
9. Nontraditional Space
10. Maybe It Was a Cat?
11. Snow Dreams
12. Handler Asks More Questions
13. Haunted Katie
14. Unquiet Americans
15. "The Value of What's Here"
16. Bugs to a Bug Lamp
17. The Country House
18. "Are You Happy? You Seem Happy"
19. Handler Takes Her Hand
20. A Clue!
21. Katie Gets the Prize
22. Thrill-Free Thriller
23. "I'm This Close to Making Partner"
24. Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
      Audio Options: French
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director/Writer Stephen Gaghan and Cinematographer Matthew Libatique
      A Look at the Darkside - The Making of Abandon
      Deleted & Extended Scenes
         Deleted & Extended Scenes
            Pre-Interview Jitters
            Everybody Loves Sam
            Sunset Kisses
            "If She's Not in the Book, She's Not in the Library"
            ."..Find Any Clues?"
            Alternative Theatre
         Director Commentary: On
         Director Commentary: Off
         Play All
      Trailers
         Abandon
         The Four Feathers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE KATIE HOLMES!!!!

    I love this movie SO much! I saw it 5 times in theater. One of the reasons that I liked it is because I'm Katie Holmes' BIGGEST FAN EVER!!! But it was really good.... just because it didn't do very well ''money-wise'' I think it is a completely awesome movie.

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