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DVD Reviews, Lead DVD ReviewRating: 4.5 of 5 yaps

Inception

With a few months’ distance, “Inception” is looking more and more like the most audacious movies — and certainly one of the finest — of 2010.

Writer/director Christopher Nolan’s (“The Dark Knight”) fever dream of a sci-fi thriller puts together a team of thieves who steal into their victim’s subconscious. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), the best in the business, has spent so much time in “dreamspace” that he has trouble discerning it from reality — especially a projected image of his wife, who has the nasty habit of showing up to sabotage his missions.

Then Cobb receives the ultimate challenge: Tapping into the dreams of a multinational corporation CEO (Cillian Murphy) not to pilfer information, but to plant an idea that he’ll think is his own. It’s called inception, and it’s dangerous and, most experts deem, impossible.

Yes, “Inception” has a plot so labyrinthine that it may require multiple viewings to make sense of it all — which is why it’s the type of movie that’s a perfect fit with home video.

As Dom and his crew navigate twisty constructed realities — lavishly rendered via computer animation — the stakes keep getting higher the deeper they go.
What a thrill ride for the intellect.

Extra features are a bit scarce in the DVD version, but upgrade considerably with Blu-ray.
The DVD contains just four featurettes on the making of the film, mostly having to do with production design issues like creating the Japanese castle seen in the opening sequence.

The centerpiece of the Blu-ray features is “Extraction Mode” — a pop-up feature with about 50 minutes of video covering many aspects of production.

Also interesting is “Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious,” a 44-minute documentary hosted by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt talking to scientists specializing in dreams. One expert even likens dreaming to the everyday state of psychotic patients.

Other goodies: Art galleries, a 14-minute motion-comic prologue, a digital copy of the film, and the complete musical score by Hans Zimmer.

Movie: 4.5 Yaps
Extras: 4.5 Yaps

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10 Responses to “Inception”

  1. Sean Sonnenschein says:

    I couldn’t wait to watch this film after I picked up the blu-ray dvd and am so glad that i did. It was one of those films that keeps you glued to your seat. I watched it 2 times that night and have watched it a 3rd time when some friends came by who hadn’t seen it. Leonardo did a great job and put on a wonderful performance. Who knows if Oscar is going to notice?

  2. Kymberly Shoulders says:

    Once again, Leonardo does not disappoint! This movie is Oscar bound!

  3. Edward Sonnenschein says:

    I just picked up this movie on Blu-Ray yesterday and am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to see it. From what I have heard it is one of the "must see" films of 2010. I will be back after I watch it to post my review.

  4. Andy says:

    This movie was awesome. I was watching the Blu-Ray last night at 1, and man does surround sound piss off sleeping neighbors. I didn’t even have it that loud.

  5. Kyle, now is the time to move to Blu-ray if you haven’t already. Players have come way down in price — I picked up one with WiFi and built-in Netflix for $68 on Black Sunday for our bedroom.

    Also, the studios are really pricing them to make it worth your while. The Blu-ray/DVD combo is currently listed for $1 more than the DVD on Amazon.com.

  6. Jeff Dodge says:

    Inception was great> it gives a whole new, fun meaning to warping space and time. Move over Stephen Hawkins, it’s inception.

  7. miskay says:

    It was to deep for me, sorta like the Matrix

  8. Kyle says:

    Interesting to hear about some of the dvd features. I think this convinces me I need to invest in the Blu-Ray, even if everything tends to be going pure digital.

    As for the "most audacious film of 2010," what else even comes close?

  9. Sonya says:

    I love this movie and can’t wait to see it for the second time !