Inception

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday December 8, 2010

Inception did what most Christopher Nolan movies do: astounded and thrilled audiences, pleased critics, and drew big returns. The only thing missing has been the deluxe home release treatment--and the 3-disc Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy edition fills that bill nicely.

In the film, a fugitive high-tech corporate spy (Leonardo DiCaprio) is contracted to use dream infiltration technology to plant an idea, rather than extract information, from a target (Cillian Murphy). The technique is more than theoretical: DiCaprio's Cobb has used it in the past, though with tragic results.

But the chance to clear his name and return home--made possible through the financial and political pull of his latest employer--convinces Cobb to take the risk, even though secrets buried in his own subconscious place him, his team, and his target in extreme danger. The movie is both a brainteaser and a brain pillager; it makes a playground out of the mysterious realm of dreams, while making a thriller out of headily warped notions of reality.

It's clever and convenient for the producers of this release to package both Blu-Ray and standard DVD discs together, along with an access code to download a digital copy to mobile devices like laptops and smart phones. It also makes business sense to restrict the special features to an additional Blu-Ray disc--after all, the best way to ensure the future is to invent it, and shepherding consumers toward adaptation of Blu-Ray helps cement the new format as the standard. Still, for those who are in transition--expecting to upgrade at some point, but not there yet--it's irritating to be locked out of the special features, without anything included on the standard DVD disc to tide us over.

Of the two Blu-Ray discs, one contains the movie and a special feature called "Extraction Mode." The product information describes this so: "Infiltrate the movie's imaginative landscape to learn how Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the cast and crew designed and achieved the film's signature moments."

The second Blu-Ray disc is listed to contain the following special features: "Cinema of the Subconscious: Can the dream world be a fully functional parallel reality? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and leading scientists take you to the cutting edge of dream research."

"Inception: The Cobol Job: Comic prologue in full animation and motion: see the events that led to the beginning of the movie."

Other special features include tracks from Hans Zimmer's score, artwork, and the film's trailers and TV spots.

One other special feature is available "Via BD-Live: Project Somnacin--Confidential Files: Access highly secure files that reveal the inception of the dream-share technology."

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Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.