_Memento_: Limited Edition navigation (SPOILERS!)

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Douglas Bailey

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May 20, 2002, 7:11:10 PM5/20/02
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I just got my copy of the Limited Edition release of _Memento_ today,
and the menu navigation (especially on Disc 2, where the extras are) is
mildly confusing to get used to: I'm sure I'm still missing a feature or
two. So I figured I'd try to start a thread for people to post their
navigation discoveries to.

Here's what I've got so far. Comments and corrections welcomed.


DISC ONE:

* "Watch" to view the film;
* "Read" to choose sub-titles (choose "Y" for question 3 or 4);
* "Listen" to choose audio format (choose "Y" for appropriate format);
* "Comments" to hear Nolan's commentary (choose "D");
* "Chapter" to see scene selections (note that the only selectable
letter for a given chapter corresponds to the "right" answer for the
question on that chapter).


DISC TWO:

The extras explicitly listed on the packaging are fairly easy to find:
there's one associated with each of the "active" items (drawing compass,
clock, book, globe, skull, binoculars) on the main menu.

You have to press <ENTER> some number of times to get to the extra: this
equates to choosing "C" on the "A/B/C/D/E" menu screens. To get to these
basic extras, it doesn't seem to matter what you choose on the
intervening screens.

Note that these are not the *only* ways to get to these extras (or even
necessarily the *best* ways): they're just the ways I've discovered so
far.

Short story "Memento Mori" by Jonathan Nolan:
* Wait through main menu animation (1m 25s)
* Click on "Mori" (upper center of screen)
* Navigate with arrow keys

Stills/production sketch gallery:
* Select drawing compass (first row, second column)
* Press <ENTER> or "C" four times
* Navigate with arrow keys

Journal (unadvertised feature):
* Enter stills/production sketch gallery (as above)
* Click "EXIT"
* Press <ENTER> or "C" twice

"Chronological" edit of film (unadvertised feature):
* Select clock (third row, third column)
* Press <ENTER> or "C" five times
* Select pictures in order (3), (4), (1), (2)

(N.B. On my Panasonic RP-91, I can't chapter or speed forward or
backward in this edit, but I *can* enter timecodes and jump to them.)

Director's script:
* Select book (second row, fourth column)
* Press <ENTER> or "C" twice
* Use "angle" button to switch between script and film

International poster art:
* Select globe (first row, fifth column)
* Press <ENTER> or "C" four times

"Anatomy of a Scene" featurette:
* Select skull (fourth row, fifth column)
* Press <ENTER> or "C" thrice

Trailers (US and international):
* Select binoculars (first row, sixth column)
* Press <ENTER> or "C" five times


DISC TWO: ALTERNATE NAVIGATION

The short-cut for some of the features is the "ring" of cards (the ones
that have additional cards to the left and right as they come up to fill
the screen). Selecting "A" or "B" moves you leftward through the ring:
selecting "D" or "E" moves you rightward. Selecting "C" on the screens
with *sound* -- every third screen, I believe -- leads you to features:

Woman with mirror/"escape": Journal
Woman changing tire (3/4/1/2): "Chronological" edit of film

(N.B. From this screen, you can only go left or right by choosing
pictures in an "incorrect" order. Any choice starting with the first
picture will take you to the right, any choice starting with the second
picture will take you left. Starting with the fourth picture takes you
"forward," i.e., off the "ring.")

Story about twins (Jim and John): Director's script
Missing pieces/objects: "Anatomy of a Scene"
Light bulbs/switches puzzle: Trailers
Matching five pictures of woman: International poster art

...and then you're back to the start of the "ring."

I hope this is helpful to someone. :-)

doug

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Douglas Bailey

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May 20, 2002, 8:16:12 PM5/20/02
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trys...@world.std.com wrote:

[snip]

Yes, yes, following up my own post: I'm sure it's bad form, but...

There's a "menu" that will let you jump directly to five of the special
features on Disc Two (specifically, the trailers, "Anatomy of a Scene"
featurette, director's script, stills/sketches gallery, and
international poster art). To get to it:

* Select clock (third row, third column)
* Press <ENTER> or "C" five times

* Choose "E" on the third screen (jigsaw puzzle question)
* Choose features using "A", "B", "C", "D", "E"

hth,

Douglas Bailey

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May 20, 2002, 8:18:04 PM5/20/02
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trys...@world.std.com wrote:

[snip]

Yes, yes, following up my own post: I'm sure it's bad form, but...

There's a "menu" that will let you jump directly to five of the special
features on Disc Two (specifically, the trailers, "Anatomy of a Scene"
featurette, director's script, stills/sketches gallery, and
international poster art). To get to it:

* Select clock (third row, third column)
* Press <ENTER> or "C" twice


* Choose "E" on the third screen (jigsaw puzzle question)
* Choose features using "A", "B", "C", "D", "E"

hth,

doug

Douglas Bailey

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May 20, 2002, 8:46:44 PM5/20/02
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And another discovery on Disc Two...

Props gallery (unadvertised feature):
* Select binoculars (first row, sixth column)
* Press <ENTER> or click "C"
* Click "D" (the book)

Bill C

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May 20, 2002, 8:17:25 PM5/20/02
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Thank you muchly. This set's been intimidating the heck out of me.

Bill C
filmfreakcentral.net

Douglas Bailey

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May 20, 2002, 8:59:08 PM5/20/02
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And another...

Concept art gallery (unadvertised feature):


* Select binoculars (first row, sixth column)

* Press <ENTER> or click "C" four times
* Click "B" or "D"
* Click "A"


* Navigate with arrow keys

doug

Douglas Bailey

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May 20, 2002, 9:13:10 PM5/20/02
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And another...

DVD credits (unadvertised feature):
* Select clock (third row, third column)
* Press <ENTER> or click "C" thrice
* Click "D"

blu...@megsinet.cutcaps.net

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May 20, 2002, 9:47:00 PM5/20/02
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"Douglas Bailey" <trys...@world.std.com> wrote


> I hope this is helpful to someone. :-)
>

Doug,
It's a miracle. I just got my "Memento: Limited Edition" in the
mail today. I haven't even had a chance to open it up yet. Lucky me, I
find your post first. Not being a patient man, I'm sure I would have
slit my wrists with the DVD if I had to discover all this by myself.
From the lazy multitudes, we say with one voice, "Dood, this rawks!"

Jay
5/20/02
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May 20, 2002, 10:53:40 PM5/20/02
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I don't want to have to buy a "For Dummies" book just to navigate through a
goddamn DVD! Let's hope the Insomnia DVD will not be this convoluted.
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Douglas Bailey

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May 20, 2002, 10:36:51 PM5/20/02
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On second thought, rather than keep posting rag-tag changes to this
thread, maybe it'd be easier if I just put all this content on a web
page:

<http://world.std.com/~trystero/Memento_LE.html>

I'll continue to post any corrections or discoveries there.

If anyone finds something I missed -- quite a likely possibility, I
might add -- please let me know and I'll happily update the guide (and
credit the discoverer).

hth,

Scot Gardner

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May 21, 2002, 11:01:58 AM5/21/02
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"Douglas Bailey" <trys...@world.std.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.17534d8a1...@netnews.attbi.com...

<<I just got my copy of the Limited Edition release of _Memento_ today,
and the menu navigation (especially on Disc 2, where the extras are) is
mildly confusing to get used to: I'm sure I'm still missing a feature or
two.>>


I don't have a copy of _Memento: Limited Edition_ and I probably never
will. However, when all else fails in your search for extras, you can
always try the "Title" feature of your DVD player. I think that all of
the information -- Easter Eggs and all -- are registered as "titles" on
DVDs. Sometimes, you can bypass the menus and gain direct access to
these titles. The Title access feature will not work until you actually
begin playing one of the special features.

On Sony players, I go into the special features of disks and then begin
playing one of the installments. As soon as the feature begins, I can
then press the "Display" button on the remote and a menu then displays
Title, Chapter, Audio, Angle, Subtitle etc. I can then highlight Title
and the number of the title playing will be displayed next to the total
number of titles available. At this time, I can key in an available
title number, press Enter and the title will begin to play -- on some
discs. High-end Sony models also have a title viewer which creates
thumbnail views of all available titles -- on some discs.

Even if you are locked out of direct access title play, you will still
be able to see the total number of titles available and compare this
total with the number of items that you have already found.


Ultradamno A. D.

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May 21, 2002, 4:23:33 PM5/21/02
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Douglas Bailey <trys...@world.std.com> wrote in message news:<MPG.17534d8a1...@netnews.attbi.com>...
>
>
> DISC TWO:
>
<snip>

>
> "Chronological" edit of film (unadvertised feature):
> * Select clock (third row, third column)
> * Press <ENTER> or "C" five times
> * Select pictures in order (3), (4), (1), (2)
>

Arranging them backwards (2,1,4,3) takes you to the Memento Mori short story.

Thanks for the post, it was, in fact, very helpful...

Douglas Bailey

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May 21, 2002, 6:33:50 PM5/21/02
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ultra...@my-deja.com wrote:
> Douglas Bailey <trys...@world.std.com> wrote:

> > "Chronological" edit of film (unadvertised feature):
> > * Select clock (third row, third column)
> > * Press <ENTER> or "C" five times
> > * Select pictures in order (3), (4), (1), (2)
>
> Arranging them backwards (2,1,4,3) takes you to the Memento Mori short
> story.

Aha! Thanks for that: I'll incorporate it into my web page
(http://world.std.com/~trystero/Memento_LE.html).

Cheers,

Douglas Bailey

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May 22, 2002, 4:06:34 AM5/22/02
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(Sorry to everyone who's sick of hearing about this, but I'm hoping to
get the word out before we get too many "WTF?" posts.)

If you're hearing garbled (reversed) gibberish toward the end of the
commentary track on the _Memento_ Limited Edition disc, rest assured
that it's intentional. See my "rough guide" at

<http://world.std.com/~trystero/Memento_LE.html#commentary>

...for the details on how to access the *un*-garbled version. (The short
version: make sure you're listening to the commentary track when you go
from Chapter 13 to Chapter 14.)

hth,

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