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The Thirteenth Floor Bilingual [Blu-ray]

Craig Bierko , Dennis Haysbert , Josef Rusnak    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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Computer scientist Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) finds something extremely important. Knowing that he's marked for assassination, he leaves a message in the virtual reality world he's designed, hoping it will be found by colleague Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko). Hall is a suspect in Fuller's murder and indeed finds a bloody shirt in his house, with no recollection of what he did the night before. Hall plunges headlong into Fuller's world (a re-creation of l937 Los Angeles) to try to unravel the slaying and is soon knee-deep in confusion and trouble. What this film lacks in character depth and plot cohesiveness it makes up for in special effects and high concept. Fans of films like Blade Runner, Dark City, eXistenZ, and even the game Sim City should find this appealing. Of course, there's the question of letting the computers do all the heavy lifting in films while the humans walk through the plot (an all-too-familiar scenario in 1999), but the re-creation of '30s Los Angeles is certainly something to see, pallid script and acting or not. The Thirteenth Floor is a stylish modern-day noir that raises questions about technology versus reality, all the while wrapped up in a murder-mystery story line. --Jerry Renshaw

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and deserves more attention Oct. 15 2001
Format:DVD
Wow! is the only word i can think of to tell you how i feel about this terrific sci-fic mystery. In fact, I almost missed it due to poor reviews flooding on the net and newspapers. after watching the thirteenth floor, i realize that you have to watch and anaylze the movie by yourself in order to determine if it is good or not instead of trusting everything that is said by the reviews. people have different thinkings and a movie may appeal to one while others may find it disgusting. well, i think the thirteenth floor is one of that kind of movies that one may love it or be confused and thus hate it.

i am not going to give out much about the story 'cause that's exactly what is fascinating about this movie. but i can tell you what makes it such a unique experience for me. there are two important (or weird for some of you) questions that are confusing me all the time, which are why are we born in this world and what will happen after our lives when this world come to an end. the thirteenth floor provides probable answers to both questions. may be our world is just a simulation program manipulated by some higher intelligent beings from another planet or by a computer tech from the future so that everything we see in the world are only someone's fantasy or thoughts. no matter you believe or not, the thirteenth floor may make you think and reevaluate your current beliefs.

even if you do not find the story interesting, you cannot deny that the cinematography and production design are superb. the elegant re-creation of los angeles in the thirties will definitely shine in your eyes in contrast to the coarse and vulgar tone of the present. in fact, i could not find any flaw in the photography work, every shot is just done fantastically!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have watched so many DVD's that didn't do well in the box office and found quite a few of those movies actually turning out to be very good.
What about "The Thirteenth Floor"? Believe it or not...I really liked it!
It puts another spin to movies like the MATRIX (Note: This movie shouldn't be compared to the MATRIX) in which it covers high-tech, alternate worlds and the movie was done very well. Although it had some sections that were loose in the movie, the movie all in all was pretty good. I'm not sure how much it cost them to make this movie but the way they made the high-tech and the 1930 scenes were visually pleasing.
The video was very good in this drama but what I enjoyed the most for this DVD is the sound. Whoah! A scene with a gun shot and the glass breaking...one of my favorite demo segments to show friends of the capabilities of good 5.1 digital surround. I love it!
Now, the extra's. I wish their was deleted scenes included with the extra's but you get quite a bit of extras, not as many as I wanted though. I wanted to see more after the movie was done. The music video by the Cardigans was a nice extra and the theatrical trailer to test the sound on your 5.1 surround sound system with Godzilla is nice. I don't have a DVD-rom, so I can't comment on that. The galleries were short but you see what kind of plans they had for the movie and they did a good job with the scenery.
All in all, this is a DVD worth buying (if it's on sale). Many movie buyers who are fiscally conservative will skimp on this movie because they want the Matrix or a movie with major big major name actors. It's a shame because this movie is good and worth watching. The movie is worth taking a look because it's pretty good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 11 2004
By 2wsxWSX
Format:DVD
Why do people keep saying this is a MATRIX ripoff? This movie is based on the novel SIMULCRON-3 that was written in 1962!!
I think that predates the MATRIX by a few years. Plus, the MATRIX isn't all that original anyway as even communicated by the screen-writers. Can you say PKD?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burning future cult classic May 10 2002
Format:VHS Tape
It seems that many have compared this film to 'The Matrix'. I don't think that this is very valid as the actors in 'The Thirteenth Floor' earned less money and performed better. The special effects were more subtle than the crash, bang, wallop of 'The Matrix', and it seems from the other reviews published here that the the plot was a little too complex for the average viewer, so they have dealt with that by writing that it was lacking in story. This is far from the truth. The plotline sets those who can to think.
I feel confident that it will become a cult classic with time as more see and appreciate it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The movie that keeps you wanting more Nov. 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If you haven't seen the film then go out and rent it first because it's not for everyone, espicially if your very much a matrix fan because this film doesn't go as deeply as you'd like it.
The reason I gave this film a 4 star is because it's gengre is rarely done well or for that matter done right. Like the matrix, it travels deep into the human mind to create a feeling of unease and distrust. In that I mean that one shouldn't believe what they see all at once until they've seen it all. Although the film doesn't have that element of serious intrigue like the matrix it still in it's own way gives you just what your looking for in terms of a sci-fi film without all the special kick ass moves that matrix is so well known for. Instead the film deals with how a good technological invention can turn deadly then moves into a field of smoken mirrors in which what you've seen has completely changed it's meaning and once again you are forced to replay the story line in your head to understand how it all works.
By the end of the film (which I will not tell you because that would be wrong) you are left with this sense of "awww" in which you think "geeez, I would have never guessed" which is just what the Matrix did for most people. Of course, I shouldn't be comparing two (as far as I'm concerned) completely different types of sci-fi films but these days if you haven't seen the matrix and your interested in this film then go out and rent it. Besides it does you no good to be out of the loop.
Anyway, to get the point across thier are some great performances in this film and often your left wondering where the next plot twist will lie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Once again, NO theatrical trailer on the Blu-ray release.
First, I have to say this film is another favourite film of mine. BUT, where is the THEATRICAL TRAILER:
Another Blu-ray release that doesn't give you all the features that... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Eddy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 28 days ago by ti-lain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This got overshadowed by the similarly-themed MATRIX which came out at about the same time...but it deserves to be seen. It's a VERY good movie.
Published 12 months ago by Michael Milley
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing
A must see movie. Could be a soul or spirit jump between lives, who is the creator? Something to think about.
Published on Sept. 17 2011 by Raz
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT the Matrix
I don't understand the comparison to the Matrix (or Dark City). This is not an Action film and was never meant to be. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2010 by I M Laust
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Final Twist!
Great thriller, which will keep you guessing until the last frame. The last twist makes you question what reality is. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2007 by Aeneas
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Why do people keep saying this is a MATRIX ripoff? This movie is based on the novel SIMULCRON-3 that was written in 1962!!
I think that predates the MATRIX by a few years. Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by 2wsxWSX
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
I saw the Matrix and Reloaded before viewing this movie (just to clear the air). I liked it but it was very predictable. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Manta
4.0 out of 5 stars theres another world ontop of this one
a man is murdered and a cop suspects a techman partner for his death, but what happens next is astounding and the finale is great too. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by Michael Bolts
1.0 out of 5 stars incredibly boring
I'm all about action movies, and this is nothing like what I thought it would be judging by the preview. I thought there was gonna be action like the matrix. Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Sean
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