"MEMENTO" is one of those unusual independent films that has won over a huge cult following, with two successful dvd releases and legions of fans wanting an even bigger "special edition". Its narrative structure, inherently confusing to most mainstream theatergoers, managed to work well in creating an intriguing and innovative atmosphere from beginning to end, or rather, from end to beginning. Told in reverse order, the plot follows a character trying to wreak vengeance on the man responsible for the murder of his wife in a robbery that left him without the ability to remember things that have happened to him more than 15 minutes ago. In the attempt to resolve this problem, he's made his entire body a journal of notes important for his quest. It's hard not to be impressed with the craft demonstrated here. Unfortunately, as this reviewer notes, there's not one person in the entire film, one leaves the theater caring about. No one in the film is ultimately likeable and that fact alone, is pretty disturbing.
SONY has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio. In comparison to the dvd, there's noticeably superior detail found here in various scenes. Most of the film offers incredible depth as well, but there are also large chunks wherein the image loses its High Definition feel. There is also intrusive grain found in several scenes. While the standard dvd had grain and the original film as well, it wasn't as continuous as what's apparent here.
SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. It's not an aggressive mix, but the special edition dvd offered an edge in its surround environment. Most of the sound is delegated to the center channel, but there are some great moments of impact with surrounds kicking in. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. It's a good mix, but we were expecting a "great" one instead!
Several extras from the dvd have been carried over, including the director's commentary and "Anatomy of a Scene" from the Sundance channel.