Fight Club

DVD Rating: ****

Reviewed by: Josh Morrall

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Fight Club

I expected a lot from the audio commentary, but was disappointed. It's segmented, with most of the talk coming from Helena Bonham Carter, somebody who doesn't deliver the most entertaining of conversation. However, the moments when Brad Pitt and Edward Norton come together are priceless and there's a definite chemistry between the two, combining to make a warm feel to the thing.

The deleted scenes are appreciated, even though the alternate scenes seem to be exactly the same, but this is more than made up by the amount you are getting. Also huge are the art galleries and original artwork sections. There are hundreds of pictures from the movie, as well as a wide selection of behind-the-scenes shots not featured in the other extras. Also fun are the merchandise catalogues, which provide pages upon pages of funny, classic Fight Club writing.

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What the DVD lacks is a good solid 15 minute documentary, instead of all the piece-by-piece behind-the-scenes moments you have to put up with. They can become annoying and boring and, at times, you loose track of where you are.

Cast and crew bios are as they always are, with quite a few members listed, and the trailers are as familiar as ever. An excellent bonus, however, is the quirky spots that have been added, including pieces from both Pitt and Norton.

I was hoping for a few more featurettes and, in many ways, was a little dissatisfied with what had been provided, before reminding myself that this was the FIGHT CLUB DVD and so sat back, relaxed and carried on watching. Not all of the extras are awful and it'll take hours to get through everything.

In fairness, there's about 25 minutes of real good and watchable material here, and because of the near faultless film that accompanies it, you simply have to buy this DVD. Plus it comes in a cool little box.

The picture is ultra-sharp, and the blood on the faces of the characters is perfectly defined. It's graphic and exact, letting you appreciate the special effects in awesome detail. This, along with the deep and stirring sound, provides excellent explosion sequences. The perfect picture and soothing soundtrack put me in a trance, as I watched the closing minutes, proving that DVD is the number one format for this movie.

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2002
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An insomniac hooks up with a man on a plane who will change his life forever.
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Product Code: 14254DVD F1-OGB

Region: 2

Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Disc one: audio commentary, featuring Director David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Disc two: Music video; Deleted/alternative scenes; Behind The Scenes with multiple angles; Cast and crew bios; Ed Norton interview; Trailers and spots; Art Gallery; Original artwork.

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