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Score, The

Nick Wells (DeNiro) is a professional burglar who is ready for retirement. If he finds one last big job, he’ll be able to pay off the mortgage on his jazz club and completely end his life of crime and start paying more attention to his girlfriend Diane (Angela Bassett). When his friend and business partner Max (Brando) notifies him that he might have something interesting, things seem to be shaping up for Nicks last job – breaking in to the customs office of Montreal to steal a priceless French scepter. The only thing is that Nick will have to work together with Jack Teller (Norton) who works at the customs office, posing as the mentally handicapped Brian. Although Nick doesn’t trust Jack, he decides to put aside his principal of working alone and agrees to do the job.

Things start to become more and more difficult when the customs people realise that they have a priceless object in their hands and when Nick realises that Max has a huge debt he starts to doubt on whether or not he’ll go through with it. Still, his friendship and the huge amount of money that they will receive after the burglary pursuade him to finish the job.

Sound and Vision:
The image quality of this DVD can be called excellent. Almost no edge enhancement can be spotted, colors are bright, contrast is good and details are very well shown, even in dark places.

The Score isn’t a special effects movie and turns more around dialogues. These are well positioned from the front and center speakers while the surround channels are used in split-surround mode for some effects towards the end of the movie. Also towards the end, you’ll notice your subwoofer coming to life. Overall, the 448kpbs soundtrack does its job very good.

The Making of The Score gives us some behind-the-scenes footage aswell as interviews with cast&crew. In an additional footage extra, we get to see several takes that were shot for a scene between Brando and DeNiro aswell as a couple of deleted scenes. Director Frank Oz and camera man Rob Hahn give us some explanations on the movie through their audio commentary tracks. Last we get the almost obligigatory trailer.

Where The Score shines completely is its modesty. This isn’t your big box office hit which makes loads of money and has cost even more, but rather a simple story with some interesting twists and great acting from a superb cast

Our Score:

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