Memento Limited Edition DVD
by Jason Bovberg
If you've found yourself yanking out your hair, wildly frustrated by the new two-disc Limited Edition release of Christopher Nolan's Memento, you're certainly not alone. Both discs, particularly disc 2, provide unique challenges for those of us who prefer straightforward DVD menus. In short, Nolan has made the most of the DVD format to create a fascinating--if somewhat maddening--incarnation of his masterpiece.
To ease your exasperation, I've compiled this Navigating the Memento Limited Edition DVD. With this companion in hand, you should be able to easily click through the psychological-testing menus to access the special features that you want.
DISC 1 NAVIGATION
View Chapter Menu
Choose Audio Options
Listen to Commentary
Choose Subtitle Options
DISC 2 NAVIGATION
Disc 2 contains a bevy of supplemental features. Before I step you through the process of getting to them, here's a list of what you're in for:
A List of Features
1) Chronological Presentation:An illuminating re-edit of the film that allows for new appreciation for Memento's structure.
2) Anatomy of a Scene: A 25-minute full-frame documentary originally aired on the Sundance Channel.
3) Director's Script: Lets you view the entire annotated shooting script as the film plays.
4) Memento Mori: The original short story by Jonathan Nolan.
5) Theatrical Trailers: Contains the U.S. and international theatrical trailers.
6) Production Stills and Sketches Gallery
7) Props Gallery
8) International Poster Art Gallery
9) Concept Art Gallery
10) Bootleg Cover Art Gallery: Just two pieces of bootleg cover art.
11) Journal: Pages from Leonard's journal.
12) Menu of Supplements: Lists only the advertised supplements (Trailers, Anatomy of a Scene, Director's Script, Production Stills and Sketches gallery, International Art Campaigns).
13) DVD Credits
How to Find The Features
Disc 2 continues the psychological-testing theme of the first disc. The main menu displays 24 graphic icons, but only 6 of these icons get you into Disc 2's test-themed submenus: the Compass, the Clock, the Book, the Globe, the Skull, and the Binoculars. Here's how to access the above-mentioned supplemental features without experiencing a headache:
To access the chronological re-edit, select the Clock, and choose C on the following five pages. You'll see a quiz that shows four illustrated panels of a woman changing a flat tire on her car. The quiz asks you to place the panels in chronological order. The trick, of course, is to place the panels in backwards order, which is 3, 4, 1, 2. After you do so, the film begins playing its scenes in chronological order. Playfully, this cut starts with the end credits rolling downwards. After that, the film's forward-moving black-and-white sequences begin, focusing mostly on the Sammy Jankis back story. (The chapters have simply been rearranged in chronological order.) This re-edit is presented in Dolby ProLogic. Although you can't fast-forward or skip forward through this presentation, you can jump to certain time codes.
Anatomy of a SceneFeaturette
To access this featurette, select the Skull, and choose C on the following three pages. You use your angle button to switch from the film to the script.
Memento Mori Short Story
Stills/Production Sketches Gallery
International Poster Art Gallery
Concept Art Gallery
Bootleg Cover Art Gallery
Menu of Supplements
DISC 2 LEFT-AND-RIGHT NAVIGATION
By now you're familiar with the flipping-pages style of this psychological-testing themed menu. Essentially, from the menu you can access six testing sections through the Compass, the Clock, the Book, the Globe, the Skull, and the Binoculars. The general menu behavior once you've selected one of those six icons is to flip pages up as you answer questions. However, you can also--in specific places--flip left and right from one section to another.
In each stack, you'll find a page from which you can navigate left or right. You'll recognize this page because you can glimpse pages on either side of the centered page as it flips toward you. If you choose A on this special page, you move to the left; if you choose E, you move to the right.
Once you're rotating through this left-and-right navigation, you can access several screens from which you can access special features. The special-feature screens appear in the following order (in a loop):
Question about woman changing tire: Choose 3, 4, 1, 2 to access the Chronological Presentation, and choose 2, 1, 4, 3 to access the Memento Mori short story.