Murder By Numbers

Murder By Numbers

Director: Barbet Schroeder Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Certainly not the hit that was expected from a Sandra Bullock film, now it will be seen if Murder By Numbers has new life on video. The image, which begins poorly with a noticeable amount of grain, improves quickly. The 1.85:1 framed picture, which is anamorphic, is strong with solid blacks, which are a key element of the film. Colors, though subdued at times, are nicely realized and naturalistic. Additionally, detail is good for the most part and skin tones are right on target. Sound for this disc is a 5.1 English Dolby Digital track that does utilize the forward speakers at times, but still lacks much imagination. It's not till the end of the film that any significant use of the surrounds is heard, and even then it is limited. Dialogue and sound effects are clear and distortion free. As for supplemental material, it's fairly limited. Other than a theatrical trailer, this disc offers a commentary track by director Barbet Schroeder and Editor Lee Percy. This screen specific track goes into quite a bit of detail about different elements of the film making process. At times a little bland, it's still well organized and generally informational. While not a great film, Warner has released a decent DVD; one that could show improvements though.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
UPC: 0085392330522
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature- length commentary by director Barbet Schroeder and editor Lee Percy; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Cast/director/writer film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Web-enabled

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Det. Cassie Mayweather
Ryan Gosling Richard Haywood
Michael Pitt Justin Pendleton
Agnes Bruckner Lisa Mills
Chris Penn Ray
R.D. Call Rod
Ben Chaplin Sam Kennedy
Tom Verica Al Swanson
Janni Brenn Ms. Elder
John Vickery Restaurant Manager
Michael Canavan Mr. Chechi
Krista Carpenter Olivia Lake
Neal Matarazzo Male Officer In Flashback
Adilah Barnes Lab Technician
Jim Jansen Lawyer
Paula Scarpino Female Officer In Flashback
Brian Stepanek Parole Board Marshal
Sharon Madden Nurse
John Doolittle Fingerprint Technician
Dennis Cockrum Criminalist at Ray's House
Eric Saiet Criminalist at Ray's House
Nancy Osborne Richard's Mother
Ralph Seymour Paramedic
Christine Healy Justin's Mother
Nick Offerman Uniformed Cop
Todd Leatherbury Cop
Bruce Babcock Conductor

Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director,Producer
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Chad Atkinson Makeup Special Effects
Mark Banich Special Effects Supervisor
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Kamar Bitar Makeup Special Effects
Dustin Blauvelt Camera Operator
Sandra Bullock Executive Producer
Frank Capra Asst. Director,Co-producer,Executive Producer
Thomas D. Causey Sound Mixer
Peter Clemens Set Decoration/Design
Harvey R. Cohen Musical Arrangement
Val Crawford Makeup Special Effects
Richard Crystal Producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Tony Gayton Screenwriter
Ron Goodman Camera Operator
Antoinette J. Gordon Set Decoration/Design
Bob Gorelick Camera Operator
Constance Grayson Makeup Special Effects
James Hall Makeup Special Effects
Steve Hartman Makeup Special Effects
Chiz Hasegawa Makeup Special Effects
Susan Hoffman Producer
Norman Howell Stunts
David Hyman Asst. Director
Garrett Immel Makeup Special Effects
Daniel R. Jennings Set Decoration/Design
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Clint Mansell Score Composer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Patton Makeup Special Effects
Lee Percy Editor
Randol Perelman-Taylor Asst. Director
Brian Rae Makeup Special Effects
Jennifer Reiss Asst. Director
Nicholas Renbeck Sound Editor
Delphine Robertson Musical Direction/Supervision
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Steve Saklad Set Decoration/Design
Laurie Smith Makeup Special Effects
Kurt E. Soderling Camera Operator
Jeffrey Stott Executive Producer
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer
James F. Truesdale Set Decoration/Design
Tom Valentine Art Director
David Wogh Makeup Special Effects
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Coastal Credits [2:43]
2. Deranget the World [4:45]
3. Crime Scene [4:16]
4. Workmates [5:04]
5. Dealers and Victims [4:52]
6. Nice Detective Work [6:37]
7. The Profile [2:57]
8. Kids Like That [4:49]
9. Way Too Involved [6:28]
10. Looking at Justin [5:03]
11. Suspect Named [3:01]
12. Attacked [1:24]
13. What Lisa's Like [4:53]
14. Losing It? [4:23]
15. Trash Haul [2:41]
16. Stick Together [:32]
17. Part Of It [2:30]
18. Good Cop's Request [4:02]
19. Dual Interrogation [3:13]
20. Murder Scenario [5:15]
21. Talking Game [7:35]
22. Stand Up and Face It [2:17]
23. Hidden Below [5:20]
24. "Wish I Met You First" [2:43]
25. Suicide Pact [3:24]
26. Over the Edge [3:28]
27. Reaching Out [3:36]
28. Justin's Act [2:01]
29. End Credits [5:28]

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Murder By Numbers 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sandra Bullock is surprisingly good in this role. Don't get me wrong, I loved her other roles. They were sweet and charming and often laugh-out-loud funny. But this role was dark and edgy. Cassie Merriweather has a lot of skeletons in her closet. Other than Sandra's great performance, this movie was disappointing. The movie began well. Ryan Gosling was a very believable villain. This surprised me because I've seen some of his other work. (He played a young Hercules, for God's sake!) I will admit that he looked pretty cute. However, I was a little surprised when Cassie referred to him as the cutest boy she'd ever seen. Yeah, okay. Anyway, the climax was disappointing and just a bit predictable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was only good enough to merit watching once. The opening scenes set up the killers as perfect criminals, but as the movie unfolds you start to realize that they arent't fit to even copy a real killer. To take away from the villian takes away from the hero. And so, Sandra Bullok, while a great actress, couldn't deliver a good enough act as the hero.
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