Lucky Number Slevin

Featured In Issue 118, March 2007

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After losing his job, finding his building condemned, and walking in on his girlfriend in a compromised position, Slevin (Hartnett) grabs a plane to New York to spend two R/R weeks with long-time friend, Nick. Yet when he arrives at Nick's unlocked apartment, he unknowingly walks—wearing only a towel—into the biggest case of mistaken identity, and finds himself dead center between two feuding mobsters: The Rabbi (Kingsley) and The Boss (Freeman). Pay close attention as you watch Lucky Number Slevin because it could become as confusing as, say, the Kansas City Shuffle. (Jack Kelley)

Special features are the same as those found on the standard-definition disc (Issue 112), and include two audio commentaries: one with Director Paul McGuigan, and the other with Actors Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu and Writer Jason Smilovic; four deleted scenes with optional commentary by McGuigan; a making-of featurette; and the theatrical trailer. An added feature is a 14-minute conversation with Hartnett and Liu.

The H.264 AVC-encoded 2.35:1 HD DVD exhibits deep blacks and good shadow delineation, which creates great depth of field. The image is slightly softer than the best high-definition releases, and edge enhancement, while minor, is noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack can sound natural at times, with good dynamic range and well-recorded dialogue, but too much of the presentation is limited to the center channel, which makes it sound flat and lifeless. (Danny Richelieu)