Has there ever been a movie as tailor-made for DVD as Inception? Like 1999’s The Matrix or 1998’s less-appreciated-but-just-as-knotty Dark City, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi action Möbius strip is loaded with scenes begging to be pored over a second or third time just so you can snap the puzzle pieces together in your scrambled brain. Even if you’re not a Rockefeller blessed with a 70-inch plasma, you’ll be rewarded by the disc’s generous extras. But first things first: the film. It’s a flat-out masterpiece. Nolan, a cinematic wizard primarily known for his moody Batman movies, is at his best, I think, when he’s misdirecting audiences, as in The Prestige. With Inception (2010, PG-13, 2 hrs., 28 mins.), he’s back in sleight-of-hand mode. Leonardo DiCaprio is terrific as a haunted corporate saboteur who breaks into people’s dreams to extract top secret intel. But the plot gets more complicated when he and his natty geek squad are asked to plant an idea instead of lift one.
Unlike most tight-lipped magicians, Nolan is giddy to share how he pulls off his tricks in the EXTRAS. On the standard DVD, there are featurettes about the dazzling sets (the Japanese castle) and brainteasing F/X sequences (the runaway train). The Blu-ray ups the ante, allowing you to watch the film in ”Extraction Mode,” where Nolan and his crew of merry pranksters pop up a dozen or so times during the movie to explain how they executed the scene you’re experiencing. Normally, I’d prefer not to peek behind the curtain. But Inception‘s a rare case where finding out how the trick is conjured doesn’t demystify the illusion. It only makes it more magical. A