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Some time ago, the unique action in a film by John Woo was something to look forward to. With Paycheck, the action is still there, but the originality has clearly dissipated. This film is certainly not a wasted effort, but it's also not the highlight of his career. That said, Paramount recognizes they still have a big title and bestow it a fitting DVD release. This disc has just about everything in the right place, starting with exceptional picture and sound. The image, framed at the aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and ...
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Some time ago, the unique action in a film by John Woo was something to look forward to. With Paycheck, the action is still there, but the originality has clearly dissipated. This film is certainly not a wasted effort, but it's also not the highlight of his career. That said, Paramount recognizes they still have a big title and bestow it a fitting DVD release. This disc has just about everything in the right place, starting with exceptional picture and sound. The image, framed at the aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and enhanced for widescreen televisions, is excellent. Of course, a pan-and-scan version is available separately. Outstanding use of color is made all the more evident with the contrast of darker scenes, which are perfectly captured on this disc. The transfer is pristine, showing no signs of scratches, grain, or deterioration, as would be expected from a new film. The sound, while maybe a small step lower than the picture, is also top-notch. The 5.1 Dolby Digital track kicks in appropriately, though the surround speakers aren't used as often as would be expected. That's not to say that the sound field isn't active. It certainly is, with some very creative and, at times, aggressive effects, but it falls short of ranking among the best. Paramount, the studio that rarely offered supplements on early releases, has warmed up to extra content. Two commentaries are on hand, one from director Woo and the other with screenwriter Dean Georgaris, and while each has enough to say, there may have been more benefit from a single track with both men. Two decent featurettes are also available: "Paycheck: Designing the Future," which is a good press-kit-style look behind the scenes and "Tempting Fate," which goes into some fairly nice detail about the stunts. Very interesting is a handful of deleted and extended scenes, most of which really would have worked in the film (something that most discs can't claim). Not quite as appealing is an alternate ending, which is high on sentimentality. Wrapping things up are other Paramount trailers, including the thrilling Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and the less exciting Timeline. Generic in many ways, this film still has enough action to keep anyone involved. For those that really enjoy it, this DVD is an first-rate companion.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director John Woo; Commentary by screenwriter Dean Georgaris; "Paycheck: Designing the Future" featurette; "Tempting Fate: The Stunts of Paycheck" featurette; Seven extended/deleted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • UPC: 097363380344
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Michael Jennings
Aaron Eckhart Rethrick
Uma Thurman Rachel Porter
Paul Giamatti Shorty
Colm Feore Wolf
Joe Morton Agent Dodge
Michael C. Hall Agent Klein
Kathryn Morris Rita Dunne
Ivana Milicevic Maya-Rachel
Fulvio Cecere Agent Fuman
Michelle Harrison Jane Anderson
Emily Holmes Betsy
Technical Credits
John Woo Director, Producer
Arthur Anderson Art Director, Co-producer
Eric Batut Sound/Sound Designer
Terence Chang Producer
Sandy Cochrane Art Director
John Davis Producer
Dean Georgaris Screenwriter
Michael Hackett Producer
Norma Hill-Patton Makeup
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Stratton Leopold Executive Producer
Caroline Macaulay Co-producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
John Powell Score Composer
Christopher Rouse Editor
William Sandell Production Designer
David Solomon Executive Producer
Kevin Stitt Editor
Elizabeth Wilcox Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Get "A Life" [4:18]
2. October 19th [2:14]
3. Highlights [2:54]
4. Rachel [2:35]
5. The Pitch [3:04]
6. The Next Three Years [3:07]
7. Some Knickknacks [1:18]
8. I Don't Remember [5:39]
9. 3:03 PM [4:18]
10. 20 Items [2:34]
11. Let's Work Backwards [:17]
12. Change of Plans [:02]
13. Looking at the Future [:21]
14. Going Somewhere? [1:27]
15. We End Up Together [3:18]
16. It Isn't a Car [2:27]
17. Proof of the Past [3:19]
18. Headlines [:11]
19. Point of No Return [4:18]
20. Escape Artists [2:05]
21. The Fate of One Bullet [7:13]
22. A Gilded Cage [3:15]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
      Audio Options: Fran├žais
      Audio Options: Commentary By Director John Woo
      Audio Options: Commentary By Screenwriter Dean Georgaris
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Commentary By Director John Woo
      Commentary By Screenwriter Dean Georgaris
      Paycheck: Designing the Future
      Tempting Fate: The Stunts of Paycheck
      Deleted/Extended Scenes
         Rachel Talks to Sarah Rethrick
         Leaving in a Limousine
         Jennings Meets Stevens
         Extracting Rachel's Memories
         Rethrick Confronts Jennings
         FBI Team Monitors Jennings & Rachel
         Play All
      Alternate Ending
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Paycheck- Great Flick!

    This will go on my shelf of other great movies that were box office snoozers like Enemy Mine. Drama, Science, Adventure & Intrigue all rolled together with nearly non-stop action. The viewer will barely get a chance to catch their breath before the action takes off to another higher plateau. The final action scene ends in a crescendo of explosions which fades into an "They all lived happily ever after" ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy it!

    It was such a good movie. It makes you want to figure out what is going on. Usually I just like to sit and watch movies but for this one I wanted to figure everything out and feel apart of it. You have to see this!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth seeing if you're a sci-fi fan!

    I saw this in the theater and hardly anyone else was there. Once again, adapting a story by one of the great sci-fi writers is a success, if not necessarily a financial success. Until Ben Affleck's character figures out the premise of what's happening, everything seems contrived. In fact, it is contrived, but that's the beauty of this movie! For the viewer, try figuring out the use of each item in the envelope before Affleck's character does. And Uma Thurman looks real good in this one, too.

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    Posted December 22, 2009

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