Minority Report (2 disc edition) (2002)
Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Featurette-The Story/The Debate
Featurette-The World Of Minority Report (An Introduction)
Featurette-Precrime and Precogs
Featurette-The Spyder Sequence
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)
Trailer-3 + Game Trailer
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||2002|
|Running Time||139:15 (Case: 141)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Steven Spielberg|
Twentieth Century Fox
Max Von Sydow
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.40:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, Part of the futuristic design requires this.|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are a total of about 90 minutes worth of extras not including the production notes, making this a great 2 disc set.
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.
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.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215.|