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» Johnny Mnemonic (Theatrical Cut) (movie)
» Johnny Mnemonic (Extended Cut) (Standard Def.) (optional jp subs)
» Making of (05m 23s) (forced jp subs)
» On Set Footage (07m 15s) (forced jp subs)
» Interviews (forced jp subs)
» - Keanu Reeves (03m 27s)
» - Dina Meyer (01m 21s)
» - Henry Rollins (45s)
» - Dolph Lundgren (01m 21s)
» - Ice T (02m 13s)
» - Robert Longo (01m 42s)
» - William Gibson (02m 08s)
» Stabbing Westward: Nothing (music video) (04m 01s) (no subs)
» Theatrical Trailer (02m 15s) (no subs)
» BD, RABC, NTSC
» 1.78:1 Anamorphic (1080p)
» English DD TrueHD 5.1 (Theatrical Cut)
» English DD 2.0 Stereo (Extended Cut)
» Japanese DD 2.0 stereo (Extended Cut)
» Japanese, English (optional) (except where stated)
» Johnny Mnemonic
» JM: Johnny Mnemonic
» Robert Longo
» Keanu Reeves, Dina Meyer, Ice-T, Takeshi Kitano, Dennis Akayama, Dolph Lundgren, Henry Rollins, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier, Tracy Tweed, Falconer Abraham, Don Francks, Diego Chambers, Sherry Miller, Arthur Eng
When it comes to packaging, talking about a Bluray keepcase is about as interesting as talking about DVD keepcase... so, yeah... Not much to say about this one.
As some of you probably know, Japan has always been of great interest to Johnny Mnemonic fans (yeah, small category I guess) because they actually have a completely different cut of the movie (running a total of 102m 57s (s apposed to the common R-rated theatrical cut running at around 92 min, PAL) which has never been officially released anywhere else.
The Japanese "extended cut" runs around 10 minutes longer and features more violence than the regular cut. There's also a large number of scenes that have been altered using alternate takes and different angles, plus a number of completely new scenes with Takeshi Kitano's character (he is a much bigger star there then here obviously).
The previously reviewed DVD edition from Japan featured the extended cut as well as a few very short and very vintage extras. The problem with this release was that it didn't have any subtitles, and as a lot of the new scenes in the movie are mainly in Japanese (Takeshi's character plays a Japanese guy in the movie so go figure) owning the extended cut still felt a bit so so.
With this being said I was obviously thrilled when I found out that the upcoming bluray edition would be subtitled in english (!) and after much debate I finally splurged and got one at the quite high price that japanese blurays tend to go for.
So what's the verdict? Well, it's both good and bad. Yes, the film is subtitles in English or Japanese BUT the HD transfer version is only the regular international cut and NOT the extended version :(
The extended cut is included but it's only as a bonus feature and still presented in nothing but standard definition and with optional japanese subtitles ONLY. On the plus side there are a bit of new soundbyte interviews that weren't on the DVD but it's still quite a poor lineup (it's basically just a lot of rough cut behind the scenes stuff and the interviews look like they've been taken from a sneak preview spot during the golden age of MTV).
The film looks great though (in HD) and I'm betting this is about as good a presentation as it will ever get and so far this is easily the best edition on the market.
All in all quite a let down but I won't be selling it as it's still the best version available and carries all the plus side of the Japanese DVD along with it.