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Blu-ray Review

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Minority Report


Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max von Sydow
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
RRP: £22.99
Certificate: 12
Available 17 May 2010

The year is 2054 and the Precrime organisation has virtually wiped out murder in the cities it is operational in. The technology allows police officers to witness future violent crimes allowing them to apprehend the criminals before the events take place. When pre-crime detective John Anderton is identified as a future murderer, he must race against his own specialized police department and time itself to prove his innocence of a crime he has yet to commit...

Minority Report was originally released in 2002 and starts Tom Cruise as John Anderton, a Precrime operative who is convicted of a murder he has yet to commit. On the run, Anderton must prove his innocence, but along the way that might mean revealing that the Precrime technology, that sees future murders, is fallible. But with murders cut to zero in areas where Precrime operates, will anyone really want to get rid of a technology that may be responsible for imprisoning the odd innocent civilians?

Extras include a number of new features as well as those already released on the previous DVD release.

The new features include The Future According to Steven Spielberg: An Interactive Guide to Minority Report (34 min collection of features on various aspects of the movie. The main feature is a Spielberg interview which then branches off to include interviews with other members of the cast and crew. While Spielberg's interviews come in at 34 min, the additional featurettes make this a much longer feature); Inside the World of Precrime (10 min, 08 sec look at the world of Precrime. This is a spoof documentary style extra that introduces the viewer to Precrime as though it were a real organisation); Philip K. Dick, Steven Spielberg and Minority Report (14 min, 15 sec which interviews Dick's daughter, biographer and others to give a history of the writer); Minority Report: Future Realized (6 min, 19 sec look at Oblong Industries's g-speak spatial operating environment with John Underkoffler who was the movie's science and technology advisor); Minority Report: Props of the Future (9 min, 40 sec where Alex McDowell, the film's production designer, visits Spielberg's vault and examines some of the movie's props); Highlights from Minority Report: From the Set (behind the scenes look at The Hoverpack Sequence (6 min, 03 sec) and The Car Factory Sequence (2 min, 54 sec)); Minority Report: Commercials of the Future (3 min, 52 sec look at the creation of interactive commercials); Hoverpack Sequence Previz (2 min, 07 sec computer animated storyboard and movie comparison); Maglev Escape Previz (1 min, 40 sec)

There are also a number of features fans of the original DVD will already own under the heading 2002 featurettes as well as various photo galleries, storyboards and trailers under Archives.

This movie still looks as fresh today as it did back on its original release. For those who don't already own this on DVD, this is the perfect opportunity to add this to your Blu-ray collection. And if you already own this on DVD you'll no doubt want to own this in HD. The only disappointment was that there was no audio commentary.


Darren Rea

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