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eXistenZ


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  • Actors: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Don McKellar
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg
  • Producers: David Cronenberg, Andras Hamori, Bradley Adams, Damon Bryant, Michael MacDonald
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Nov. 11 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z1GH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,328 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maxime Hébert on Feb. 8 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Its a great movie, great quality with the blu-ray. The biggest difference with the D.v.d are the extras. The re are obviously more of them (interviews with Jude law, Willem Dafoe and the special effect supervisor), but they took some out of the D.v.d version. the Dvd version has a commentary track of the Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky and another with David Cronenberg. Somthing that can be very interesting for big cinema fans that is clearly missing from the blu-ray. Still, the Quality of the movie is great great. (Pardon my errors, I'm french...)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kieswetter on Aug. 16 2004
Format: DVD
Fantastic DVD here, and at a great price. You can also find an even more budget-conscious version, but there will be fewer extras.
Opinions on this film vary. Die-hard Cronenberg fans sometimes find eXistenZ to be a little lightweight. Especially when compared to more provocative films like Crash or depressing films like Spider or Dead Ringers.
On the other end of the spectrum, those unfamiliar with Cronenberg's work may find this movie to be too bizarre!
I won't talk too much about the plot, as other reviewers are better at it than I am, but I'll say that it's kind of a game within a game within a game (within a game?). Like a few other films of the day it explores the nature of reality (The Matrix of course is most popular).
eXistenZ was actually Cronenberg's biggest budget at 25 million (not including his current project A History of Violence). The special effects are fantastic, and there are some good moments of gore. A couple people get shot in and around the face. Yes, this is a return to his past in many ways, though again, in a slightly more playful manner.
There's plenty of extras on the DVD, most notably three separate commentaries and a long (almost an hour, I think) feature about production designer Carol Spier which mostly focuses on eXistenZ but also touches on some of her earlier work with Cronenberg.
Definitely worth getting, and an especially good introduction to Cronenberg's work (before moving on to more disturbing pictures like Videodrome and The Brood, and more slow, paced pictures such as Spider and Crash).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Star Sailor on March 1 2001
Where does one even begin to explain the genius of this film? David Cronenburg creates some of the most disturbing and controversial films ever put on celluloid. It's no wonder people have so many strong opinions about them. This movie grabs you, puts you in an uncomfortable position of a "where are we going, and where are you taking me to" feeling. It's only in the last three minutes of the film where you finally get the psuedo-assuredness of being halfway understanding when in the last few seconds you're thrown for a loop all over again. This movie is simply something you don't see in movies anymore. The story is dreamlike, the characters are peculiar and mysterious and the technology is frighteningly surreal under todays mesmerizing love of video game consoles. This movie taps into the principle and possiblities of how far big video game companies could really go in the near future. I actually loved this movie more than "The Matrix." Although both movies are completely different, for the sake of everyone comparing, this movie has a far more delicious story and a far more realistic probability presented by two very underrated movie actors. Which makes the comparison of the two sci-fi flicks no contest.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 22 1999
With the exception of "The Dead Zone" this is the only other Cronenberg film I enjoyed, (and was able to stomach.)
Believe it or not, seeing a guy getting his face blown in half by a gun firing human teeth and people porting into a game system that looks like a bizarre fleshy body part is rather tame for Cronenberg. Certainly a lot easier to watch than the flesh-eating puke in "The Fly" or drinking fluid out of a fleshy straw on a large bug's head in "Naked Lunch".
One of the reasons I enjoyed this film was it reminded of the mind-bending plot twists of a really good Philip K. Dick story. By the film's end you have no idea what, if anything, is real and not just a game.
Some reviewers found the performances very weak. But often, this is done deliberately: one character named D'arcy Nader is played so cartoonishly that the main character, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, comments on how lousy his dialogue and accent were. Personally, I thought the two lead performances were very good. Leigh gives this picture her all playing a sexy game designer whose whole life revolves around this virtual world she has created. Jude Law is also very good, especially his humorous reactions to all the weird stuff that happens around him.
This picture is particulalrly entertaining if you've ever played a role-playing computer and are familiar with the "game loop" that computer characters go into when you're not speaking to them.
The movie also makes a very strong comment on how video games have de-sensitized us. In one scene Jennifer Jason Leigh shoots a character dead just because she didn't like him, but then she can't figure out if she killed him for real or just in the game. a brilliant comment about seperating fantasy and reality.
This is a very well crafted, highly underrated movie. Possibly the most intriguing science-fiction film of the decade.
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