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GONE BABY GONE
DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 114 minutes, audio commentary, deleted/ extended scenes with optional commentary, two featurettes
VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish (audio commentary has English subtitle option)

STUDIO: Miramax Films/ Ladd Company
RELEASE DATE: 2-12-2008

GONE BABY GONE is a thinking drama. It revolves around two Boston private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) brought in to investigate the disappearance of a little girl. Their investigation reveals many things including shedding light on how horrible the little girl's mom is and who is really behind the girl's abduction. The series of twists propel this well -written drama (based on the novel by Dennis Lehane) with a great cast and good direction from actor Ben Affleck for his first outing as a director. The film immerses you into the world of Boston and provides many talking points some viewers will be discussing after they see the film.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The best extra is the series of deleted and extended scenes (with optional audio commentary by writer/ director Ben Affleck and writer Aaaron Stockard) that go deeper into the relationship between the two private detectives and the extended ending isn't thought provoking as Miramax wants to make you think it is.

Writer/ director Ben Affleck and writer Aaaron Stockard also provide an audio commentary for the film.

Two short featurettes are also included. They shed a little light on the casting and the making of the film:
GOING HOME: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BEN AFFLECK
CAPTURING AUTHENICITY: CASTING GONE BABY GONE

FINAL ANALYSIS: GONE BABY GONE is a great drama. Hats off to Ben Affleck and the cast for making it. The deleted scenes are the only worthwhile extras.

this DVD review is (c)2-7-2008 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com  

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