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  • Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald
  • Directors: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writers: Darren Aronofsky, Hubert Selby Jr.
  • Producers: Ann Ruark, Beau Flynn, Ben Barenholtz, Eric Watson, Jonah Smith
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: April 6 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (646 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,856 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Employing shock techniques and sound design in a relentless sensory assault, Requiem for a Dream is about nothing less than the systematic destruction of hope. Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., and adapted by Selby and director Darren Aronofsky, this is undoubtedly one of the most effective films ever made about the experience of drug addiction (both euphoric and nightmarish), and few would deny that Aronofsky, in following his breakthrough film Pi, has pushed the medium to a disturbing extreme, thrusting conventional narrative into a panic zone of traumatized psyches and bodies pushed to the furthest boundaries of chemical tolerance. It's too easy to call this a cautionary tale; it's a guided tour through hell, with Aronofsky as our bold and ruthless host.

The film focuses on a quartet of doomed souls, but it's Ellen Burstyn--in a raw and bravely triumphant performance--who most desperately embodies the downward spiral of drug abuse. As lonely widow Sara Goldfarb, she invests all of her dreams in an absurd self-help TV game show, jolting her bloodstream with diet pills and coffee while her son Harry (Jared Leto) shoots heroin with his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) and slumming girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly). They're careening toward madness at varying speeds, and Aronofsky tracks this gloomy process by endlessly repeating the imagery of their deadly routines. Tormented by her dietary regime, Sara even imagines a carnivorous refrigerator in one of the film's most memorable scenes. And yet... does any of this have a point? Is Aronofsky telling us anything that any sane person doesn't already know? Requiem for a Dream is a noteworthy film, but watching it twice would qualify as masochistic behavior. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By My Inner Chick on July 18 2004
Ooooooh baby!
If one appreciates Independent Films, this is one of the best.
Three characters (mostly)--- Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, and Jared Leto make up the brilliant cast.
each of them despartely stuck in situations they appear they cannot get out of, each of them pathetically sick (in different ways), each of them will grab the viewer by the neck and demand their full attention.
they will get it.
Ellen Burstyn in one of the most superb roles of her career...absolutley stunning as the old, lonely, heart-wrenching widow with nothing to look forward to except a pathetic, no-mind game show.
Jennifer Connelly and Jared Leto as heroine junkies...who need it so bad they steal, lie, she sells her body, performs at stag parties---and all of this for a temporary high.
This movie is powerful, will bring you out of your seat (if you're alive), will bring you into places you do not want to be, dark, lonely, bug-filled filth.
But you'll stay...because you cannot bring yourself to leave..,
because you want so much for the characters to change, to be what they are meant to be.
But they don't---they only take up space---only exist while life happens around them. They are like bugs, moving, eating, breathing, but really nothing. Nothing.
This movie was directed beautifully, multi-layered, poetry on the screen (the kind of poetry that will make you cry, feel, and think about for weeks on end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SID on July 18 2004
I went to this movie hearing plenty of buzz about how graphic the content was. Over the course of the movie you see just how Aronofsky wants to send his message to the audience. The characters start off with somewhat mild addictions and then next thing you know the four main characters are living in hell. I couldn't believe how low they all fell. This movie may be the greatest anti-drug message of all time. I dare anybody to watch this and to not be touched and frightened by these characters. Before the movie started I noticed the audience was quite loud and garrulous, but as it ended and the credits rolled the whole place was stone cold silent. It was amazing.
As a whole I felt the movie was excellent. The visuals were well done and the editing was outstanding. The actors really put themselves into their roles. Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly had very good chemistry, while Marlon Wayans showed he is a talented actor and not just a talented comic. Ellen Burstyn. Wow! She was amazing. I can't believe an older woman would allow herself to be filmed like that. She has some serious guts. Hands down the best female performance I've watched this year, not even close. I was totally amazed by her.
All in all, I would say Requiem For a Dream is a great movie. It had a profound impact on me and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I watched it on opening night. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone. This is a movie everyone should see, but unfortunately not enough will.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Lynch on March 11 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Like a number of recent Alliance releases, with the corresponding lower price, the Blu-ray of "Requiem for a Dream" comes with no main menu nor any extras (you change sound options via a pop-up display). The quality of the video is okay at 1080p but is noticeably not up to what one would expect from a BD title (although, this may be due to the source material, somewhat). Sound comes in a 5.1 DTS-HD Master (also 5.1 Dolby Digital) so there's nothing to fault there.

The movie itself has incredible acting and a shooting style that makes it a worthwhile viewing experience for movie buffs. However, I'm afraid that the movie may lose some of its audience if they are used to traditional fare. "Requiem for a Dream" is a big part Art and it won't be for everyone.

Briefly: I'm quite positive about the movie itself, and if you don't care for bells & whistles or the best quality Blu-ray can offer, this release will suffice. However, the bare-bones nature of it may give you pause.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kory Williams on July 27 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Let's start this on the good notes, for a starter i love this film and i loved the book they both have so many great qualities.

The Performances and Directing are beautifully exacuted, arguely Darren Aronofsky's best work, but enough on that front.

The blu ray is lacking in many area's a bit like motel porn just not enough Satisfies any ones needs, there are no featres to be found on this disc at all i'm glad i kept my dvd because it has it all, and as for the transfer it left a little to be desired i honestly don't believe it is at a complete 1080p if it is... i must of recieved a dud copy.

But again i'm glad to have this on blu ray but i do hope a better transfer and more suped up edition turns up.

hope you enjoy

happy shopping
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 30 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Amazing on a purely cinematic level - assaultive, hyper-kinetic, full
of breathtaking images and cuts, The performances too range from good
(Jared Leto) to extraordinary (Ellen Burstyn).

But for me, after a while, the style becomes the substance, and I'm
ever more aware of the filmmaking rather than the story and characters,

Also, other than 'drugs are bad', I'm not sure what Aronofsky is really
getting at. There are interesting implications that our real addiction
is to our dreams, and escaping whatever our reality is, but those
themes are never fully played out. So we end up with a film made with
the technical skill of a Scorsese or Kubrick, but missing a layer of
depth in favor of (admittedly amazing) pyrotechnics.

Last, it feels like the film 'cheats' more on reality as it goes along.
By the end the story twists start to join the style in being over the
top, and a bit illogical.

Now, all that carping aside, I still recommend this film for it's
bravery, performances, and technical virtuosity. And it grew on me on a
2nd viewing. And I'm a fan of Aronofsky's. But I'm in the minority in
admiring this film, but not being able to completely embrace it.
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