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OUT OF SIGHT: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Jack Foley (George Clooney) is a laid back professional bank robber. After his latest heist, however, he's caught. In jail, he learns of an upcoming prison break, and manages to get in on it. Federal Marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) gets caught up in the breakout; with her gun aimed at Jack, she's surprised by his old friend and former prison mate, Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames). She is thrown in the trunk of Jack’s car – where Jack also hides. When the third partner, Glenn Michaels (Steve Zahn), unexpectedley drives off, Karen manages to escape but can't get her mind off Jack, much to her father, Marshall Sisco’s (Dennis Farina), amusement. Karen follows Jack and his crew to Detroit where they're planning to rob wealthy Richard Ripley (Albert Brooks), who once spent time in jail with all of them for white collar crimes. But there is another gang after the Ripley mansion safe. In the shootout, Karen has to manage her inner conflict between her duty to uphold the law and her growing affection for Jack.

"In this collector's edition of Out Of Sight, we are presented with a stunning transfer and a wonderful selection of bonus material which includes deleted scenes, a feature length commentary and a behind-the-scenes documentary. The movie is presented in the original
widescreen format and, being such a recent film, the picture is very clean and free of dust. The images are sharp and the colours well saturated - though in some scenes they are a little subdued. This, however, is unrelated to the transfer. We discover in the documentary and commentary that this was director Steven Soderbergh's intention. This technique was used to visually separate the different geographical locations. For example, all scenes in Detroit are very blue and muted,
whereas, scenes in Miami are very bright and colourful. 'Inside Out Of Sight' is the 24-minute 'making of' documentary where we learn about Soderbergh's unusual photographic techniques as well as meet the cast and crew. Between the jokes, there is also plenty of production insight in
the feature commentary from Soderbergh and screenwriter, Scott Frankis. Of particular note are the many references to scenes that never made it to the final cut. So, included in the 'bonus materials' section are 12 of the deleted scenes. While most of these are self-explanatory, others will make more sense after you've listened to the commentary. Here we see the original cut of 'that scene' in the boot of the car. As we discover, this was originally one fixed, uncut shot that goes for nearly six minutes. According to Soderbergh, the preview audiences became so 'derailed' by this scene that it had to be re-shot. Another scene to look out for is one that has Jack and Buddy talking about bubble bath. The bonus section also contains music highlights. These, however, are not isolated music scores but merely links to the scenes with music. An interesting idea but an isolated score would have been better. Given all the other features we've been offered this omission can be forgiven. A great movie, a top quality transfer and a good selection of extras, makes this a classic DVD."
Ben Hooft

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OUT OF SIGHT (M15+)

US

CAST: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Albert Brooks, Steve Zahn

DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh

RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

RRP: $34.95

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