Gone Baby Gone courtesy Miramax
A community has been left in shock after a young girl was taken from her home. Two young private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) are hired by the girls Aunt to look into the case, and they soon find themselves risking their lives in the search to bring Amanda home safely.

There's been a lot of buzz about Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck's directorial debut, due to the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Amy Ryan, I became interested in seeing the movie after catching a trailer for it on another Disney Blu-ray release. Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, and Michelle Monaghan were wonderful to watch, and they're joined by a number of recognizable supporting cast members.

We often see one or two exclusive features for the Blu-ray release, but this disc has the same material as the DVD, with an obvious upgrade to the audio and video. Listen to writer/director Ben Affleck and writer Aaron Stockard as they provide commentary on the movie, and optional commentary on the 6 deleted scenes. There are also two featurettes, "Going Home: Behind the Scenes with Ben Affleck," and "Capturing Authenticity: Casting Gone Baby Gone." The movie features a 1080p 1.85:1 transfer, with an English 5.1 Uncompressed (48 kHz/24 bit) audio track, or Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in English, French and Spanish, with matching subtitles.

As seen on TV: There are some excellent TV actors in this movie, and many of them have appeared in HBO shows. Look for Amy Ryan ( The Wire), Amy Madigan ( Carnivàle), Titus Welliver ( Deadwood), Mark Margolis ( Oz), Matthew Maher ( John from Cincinnati) and Michael K. Williams (Omar on The Wire). - Gord Lacey

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