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Catch Me If You Can [WS] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2002]

Release Date:05/06/2003
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Dreamworks continues to produce fine DVDs, with this one being no exception. The image, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic (of course, a full-frame version is available separately) is a wonderful translation from the theaters. Colors are warm and detail is exact. The transfer looks a bit soft at times, but it's far from a distraction and seems suited to the light nature of the film. As for sound, both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks are offered. Each is a fine compliment to the visuals, and each especially highlights John Williams' breezy jazz score. The surrounds aren't used to any great degree, but overall these tracks are top-quality all the way. Certainly nothing less would be expected. While the first disc is devoid of supplemental material (sorry, don't expect the first Spielberg commentary), the second disc in this set has a number of interesting tidbits, though they do look like more as a whole than the individual parts. Laurent Bouzereau, a frequent documentarian for Spielberg's films, has put together an 80-minute documentary which is broken up into a number of separate pieces, so it can't be played through in it's entirety. Still, each segment is quite nice. The first, "Behind the Camera" is just that: a 17-minute featurette on making the film. Next, at around 30 minutes, is "Cast Me if You Can," a look at the main players. Shorter (six minutes), is "Scoring Catch Me if You Can," which obviously discusses John Williams' work on this film. "Frank Abagnale: Between Reality and Fiction" is a multi-part segment as Abagnale further discusses his incredible story. Finally, "The FBI Perspective" briefly looks at the realist nature of the FBI as portrayed in this film and "In Closing" (four minutes) sums up the experience from the main cast and crew. As a whole, these featurettes make a fine documentary, but it all seems a bit light for such a high-profile film. On the other hand, the film itself is rather lightweight, so maybe it's the perfect accompaniment. Beyond this is an archive section with numerous photos, cast and crew biographies, and production notes, much of which was covered in the documentary. Spielberg has repeatedly called this his "bonbon of a movie." It's a very enjoyable, but insubstantial film, and in many ways, this disc echoes that sentiment.



"Behind the Camera"

"Cast Me if You Can"

"Frank Abagnale: Between Reality and Fiction"

"The FBI Perspective"

Score featurette