Minority Report (2 disc edition) (2002)

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Released 20-Jan-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Featurette-The Story/The Debate
Featurette-The Players
Featurette-The World Of Minority Report (An Introduction)
Featurette-Precrime and Precogs
Featurette-The Spyder Sequence
Featurette-Precog Visions
Featurette-Vehicles Of The Future
Featurette-The Mag-Lev Escape
Featurette-The Hoverpack Chase
Featurette-The Car Factory
Featurette-ILM And Minority Report (6)
Featurette-Final Report: Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise
Gallery-Production Concepts (13)
Storyboards-3
Trailer-3 + Game Trailer
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Production Notes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 139:15 (Case: 141)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (61:18)
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Steven Spielberg
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Tom Cruise
Max Von Sydow
Colin Farrell
Samantha Morton
Case Amaray-Transparent-S/C-Dual
RPI $44.95 Music John Williams


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech
Dutch
Estonian
Hebrew
Hungarian
Latvian
Lithuanian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Turkish
Hungarian Titling
Russian Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, Part of the futuristic design requires this.
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Minority Report is based on a short story by author Phillip K. Dick. A controversial character in his private life, Dick nonetheless produced some of the great science fiction of the 20th century. Several film adaptations of his works have subsequently become science fiction classics, among them Ridley Scott's brilliant and ground-breaking Blade Runner and Paul Verhoeven's visceral extravaganza Total Recall. We can now add Minority Report to that prestigious list.

    Minority Report is the story of John Anderton (Tom Cruise), the chief of Washington DC's Pre-crime Unit. In the year 2054, the Pre-crime unit's mandate is to investigate and apprehend individuals who are destined to commit murder. This is achieved with the use of three psychic innocents, known as Pre-Cogs, who, when linked telepathically, can see murders before they happen. When a murder is predicted, Anderton and his officers hunt down the would-be killer and incarcerate them without trial. The pre-visions are supposed to be absolute, with no doubt or room for error, thus there is no need for the judicial process. When this technique comes into question, Chief Anderton suddenly witnesses himself committing a murder in a pre-vision. The race is on to prove his innocence before the murder is scheduled to take place. What follows is the best action film of the year, and the best science fiction film since The Matrix.

    Steven Spielberg has long expressed an interest in working with Tom Cruise. When Cruise was presented with the screenplay for Minority Report, he immediately gave it to Spielberg, and (at last count) the resultant film has grossed more than 300 million US dollars world-wide at the box office. Not only is this film a financial success, it is more importantly an artistic one. Simply put, this film can comfortably sit alongside other Spielberg escapist greats like Jaws, Close Encounters of The Third Kind and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    Filled to brimming with tension and cliff-hanger moments, Minority Report excels in providing the audience not only with an adrenaline-pumping 139 minutes, but an intelligent, deftly-structured emotional journey. Anderton's journey of redemption does not merely concern his innocence or guilt; it is a search for personal forgiveness in coming to terms with the loss of a child. Spielberg, who can on occasion be heavy-handed with sentiment, never bombards the viewer with a clear depiction of right or wrong. Instead, he allows the audience to moralise for themselves. The old question 'Do the ends justify the means?' gets ample consideration, which only adds more depth to an already engrossing tale.

    Prior to beginning production on Minority Report, Spielberg organised a think tank comprised of both scientific and industrial experts in an attempt to foresee what technology might be like 50 years from now. The results make for some of the best images and production designs brought to the screen in years. However, they are not simply presented as mere eye candy - the design work and special effects are there to enhance and progress the story, a rarity in itself these days.

    The performances are all superb, with Cruise delivering his finest performance in nearly a decade. Max Von Sydow is his usual charismatic self and Colin Farrell proves that he is definitely a quality performer. Minority Report is an unmissable film and may very well be the best of the year.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Minority Report is given a reference quality transfer that is a feast for the optic nerve.

    Presented in the original aspect ratio of 2:40:1 and 16x9 enhanced, it is great to see Spielberg using the anamorphic format for the first time since 1991's Hook.

    Sharpness and shadow detail are first rate. The film is shot using a number of techniques to enhance the story. The more obvious one is the use of over-exposure which might lead people to believe the transfer is poorly rendered. This is not the case. There is some grain in the film, but, as stated, this is intentional.

    The colour scheme is desaturated to the point where the majority of the film is almost given a chrome-like sheen, once again intentional. This lack of traditional colours only adds to the viewing experience.

    There are simply no MPEG artefacts or any other artefacts to tarnish this terrific print. 20th Century Fox has delivered us an exceptional transfer.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    Wow, what a listening experience! Minority Report spoils us with not only a reference quality 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track, but a DTS one as well.

    Dialogue is rendered perfectly with no audio sync problems apparent whatsoever.

    The music is by legendary composer John Williams, who has collaborated with Spielberg on all but two of his films. He has once again proven that he is the best in the business, delivering a fine score that is pure listening pleasure.

    Surround channel use is exceptional. The directional soundfield is flawless and totally immerses the viewer in the on-screen proceedings. The DTS track is slightly richer than the Dolby Digital one, with a fuller, deeper resonance.

    The subwoofer is always in play and accompanies both tracks magnificently.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Featurette - The Story, The Debate

    Runs a total of 9 minutes and is basically a series of interviews with the principal cast and crew. Moderately interesting.

Featurette - The Players

    This runs a further 9 minutes and concentrates more on the characters and script. What detracts from this featurette is the presence of too many film clips and not enough behind-the-scenes information.

Featurette - The World Of Minority Report

    This is more like it! Spielberg explains the process involved in designing a film set in the future. He discusses the think tank process he used and other artistic choices. Williams discusses the score. There is explanation as to why Washington was chosen as a location.

Featurette - Precrime and Pre-cogs.

    This feature is dedicated to costume and prop design. Basically a design featurette that concentrates on the Precrime facility.

Featurette - The Spyder Sequence

    A five minute special effects break down of the Spyder sequence. Most impressive.

Featurette - Pre-cog Visions

    A discussion of the science behind the pre-vision sequences. Design considerations are discussed and what was involved in achieving the end result. There are some very interesting comments from technical advisor Underkoffler.

Featurette - Vehicles Of The Future

    A further 5 minute discussion on the vehicles used in the film and the logic behind their design.

The Stunts of Minority Report - The Mag Lev Sequence

    3 minutes of discussion and behind-the-scenes shots.

The Hoverpack Chase

    Two minutes of more of the same.

The Car Factory

    My personal favourite sequence — some great behind-the-scenes shots.

ILM and Minority Report - Intro

    A 5 minute overview of ILM's contribution.

Holograms

    A look at the software used to achieve the futuristic graphics.

Hall Of Containment

    ILM supervisor DeQuattro discusses both the practical and digital techniques used in the sequence.

Hovercraft/Hoverpacks

    A discussion on the digital and practical elements used to bring this equipment to life.

Cyberparlor

    A two minute deconstruction of the parlour scene. Some nice before and after shots.

Final Report-Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise

    A fairly bland pat-on-the-back mutual praise featurette.

Production Concepts

    13 sequences broken down into preliminary sketches, concept art and storyboards. Very interesting — well worth a study.

Storyboard Sequence

    Three sequences; Mag-Lev Sequence, Alley Chase and Car Factory, presented in storyboard form with sound bites from the film. A great addition.

Trailers

    3 trailers for the film and one for the game.

Cast and Crew Bios

    Brief bios on the principals: Spielberg, Cruise, Sydow, Morton, Morris, Smith, Stormare, Farrell and screenwriters Frank and Jon Cohen as well as the producers.

Production Notes

    23 pages of text that provide an overview of the entire production.

 

    There are a total of about 90 minutes worth of extras not including the production notes, making this a great 2 disc set.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    All versions of Minority Report are the same. The only improvement would possibly be the added sharpness of a PAL transfer.

Summary

    Minority Report is presented on an exceptional disc with hours of extra material. The film itself is a viewing pleasure. Not only does it contain some of the best effects and action sequences seen this year, but it also contains a wonderful story brilliantly told by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. A must-own.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Audio
Extras
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Overall

© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Monday, December 23, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
SpeakersSS-MS215

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Great movie, except the ending. (SPOILERS) - Anonymous
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re: WARNING TO ALL. MASTERING FAULT - Roger T. Ward (Some say he's afraid of the Dutch, and that he's stumped by clouds. All we know, this is his bio.)
Re[2]: WARNING TO ALL. MASTERING FAULT - Stimpy (da, what's a bio Ren?)
Minority Disk flaw? - George A
re: WARNING TO ALL. MASTERING FAULT - CatonaPC© (read my bio)
Audio and subtitles options - CatonaPC© (read my bio)
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re: Grain - Roger T. Ward (Some say he's afraid of the Dutch, and that he's stumped by clouds. All we know, this is his bio.)
A few annoying things - (M)Rated
Re: A few annoying things - (M)Rated - Rodda (This... is my *bioom* stick!)
Missing subtitles - Maija
Mastering Fault in Chapter 14 - PhilK
RE Mastering Fault in Chapter 14 - Stimpy (da, what's a bio Ren?)
re. Mastering Fault in Chapter 14 - Minority Report - Peter Ogden
re: Mastering Fault - Roger T. Ward (Some say he's afraid of the Dutch, and that he's stumped by clouds. All we know, this is his bio.)
Video glitches in Minority Report - Anonymous
Video glitches - CatonaPC© (read my bio)
Video glitches in Minority Report with RGB output - Anonymous
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Chapter 14 glitch test on a few players - TedH
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no dts - Anonymous
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