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    Unique ID Code: 0000041083
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    Added on: 19/10/2002 12:36
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    Insomnia (Widescreen) (US)

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    "A perfect thriller!" - USA Today
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 118 mins
    Retail Price: $26.98
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    Invited to Nightmute, Alaska, to head a murder case, veteran LAPD detective Will Dormer finds his investigation interrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on him- and by personal guilt over a second crime that may be real… or a figment of his increasingly unstable consciousness.

    Director Christopher Nolan (Memento) crafts another jolting psychological thriller to remember, guiding Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank in Insomnia. In the season of the midnight sun, no one- and no secret - can hide forever.

    Special Features:
    Additional Scene
    Commentary with Director Chris Nolan
    Commentary by Hilary Swank, Production Designer Nathan Crowley, Editor Dody Dorn, Cinematographer Wally Pfister and Screenwriter Hillary Seitz

    "Day For Night": The Making-Of Insomnia
    180: A Conversation with Christopher Nolan and Al Pacino
    In the Fog: Cinematography and Production Design
    Eyes Wide Open: The Insomniac`s World Stills Gallery
    Theatrical Trailers
    Cast/Crew Film Highlights
    Enhanced Features for your DVD-ROM PC

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Christopher Nolan

    Written By:

    Martin Donovan
    Maura Tierney
    Hilary Swank
    Robin Williams
    Al Pacino

    Casting By:
    Marci Liroff
    Lynne Carrow

    Soundtrack By:
    David Julyan

    Director of Photography:
    Wally Pfister

    Dody Dorn

    Costume Designer:
    Tish Monaghan

    Production Designer:
    Nathan Crowley

    Steven P. Wegner
    Emma Thomas
    Edward McDonnell
    Andrew A. Kosove
    Paul Junger Witt
    Broderick Johnson
    John Formichella
    John Formichella
    Ben Cosgrove

    Executive Producer:
    Tony Thomas
    Steven Soderbergh
    Charles J.D. Schlissel
    Kim Roth
    George Clooney

    Warner Bros

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    "Insomnia" is one of those films that is difficult to explain without giving away facts that are essential to potential enjoyment of the film, so I`ll stop before I go any further with the plot details. I have not seen the original film, although this remake does reportedly follow the first film fairly closely. There are twists throughout the film that I found unpredictable and, while the film eventually becomes a cat-and-mouse psychological thriller, Nolan keeps the film moving, taut and intense.

    Al Pacino manages to generously share the screen to bring out the talents of those around him instead of overpowering every scene he appears in by screaming out his lines. Pacino does a fine and more restrained performance that is a credit to the actor's rich lineage of great performances. Robin Williams manages to give a convincing performance without falling over the top and in fact ends up being one of the more shocking portrayals of madness and cunning behavior seen in a film this year. Hilary Swank is purposely cast as the rookie detective who idolizes Pacino's character only to discover the dark side to his past actions. As much as the film is about guilt and catharsis, "Insomnia" is very much about the craft of writing with many of the character conversations between Pacino and Williams falling into the realm of character and motivation as well as plot. Overall, "Insomnia" is a terrific film definitely worth seeing now that Warner Home Video has released it on DVD.

    For a single disc release, "Insomnia" is one the best DVD releases from Warner Home Video this year. Go out and buy it now!
    posted by Aslan on 28/10/2002 00:02
    7 / 10
    A nice thriller that starts real nicely but loses some of its momentum during its 118 minutes runtime.
    The video transfer is good. There are no compression signs and the color separation is superb. The amount of detail in each shot is great and the landscapes of Alaska are breathtaking.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is somehow flat. The surrounds are used occasionally, but they could`ve been used a lot more to enhance the eery atmosphere of the movie.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include 2 commentaries (by the director and the crew - what`s nice about the director`s commentary is that the movie is shown in the chronological order the scenes were actually shot - while clearly not helping the storyline, this feature is a true gem for new filmmakers, who can see just how difficult it is to shoot a movie in a non-chronological order), a behind the scenes look (which also includes some medical explanations about insomnia), a deleted scene and a photo gallery.
    Bottom line - an ok movie that could`ve been a bit better (hadn`t it been a remake of a Norwegian movie from 1997).
    posted by Zvi Josef on 14/2/2003 16:30
    10 / 10
    This is a total great movie. Al Pacino is at his best in this. 9/10.
    posted by LFC_Lad on 7/5/2004 17:04