REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
The difference between this Blu-ray and the other "Requiem For A Dream" Blu-ray listed is best shown if you search in Google, there's a good site with a comparison of both Blu-rays with pictures. Basically they conclude that this version (Lions Gate) is the better of the two (the other one by Alliance (Universal)). This certain site is good with reviewing and comparing DVDs and Blu-rays, but I'm not allowed to post which one.
Anyway, the Alliance Blu-ray I've read comes with absolutely no extras, just the film and very little language options. This version of the Blu-ray includes:
- Commentary by Director Darren Aronofsky
- Commentary by Director of Photography Matthew Libatique
- "The Making of Requiem for a Dream" Documentary
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
- Memories, Dreams and Addictions: Ellen Burstyn Interviews Hubert Selby Jr.
- Video: 1080P High Definition - 2000/Color 102 Minutes - Widescreen 1.85:1 - 50GB Dual Layer
- Audio: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio - English SDH - Subtitled in: Spanish and English
A decent amount of extras and excellent PQ and AQ. This is a definite must own for any movie collector.
Most recent customer reviews
Dvd came as described,came early in fact.In good working order no damage.Published 8 months ago by Rachel
This movie is a classic, can't go wrong with it. And if anyone want to know, the french audio track is the french canadian dubbing.Published 15 months ago by Steven
See the real world consequences of drug abuse on a personal scale.
From the mothers innocent attempt to lose a few pounds and the outright abuse by her son and his best... Read more
I love the movie, but the box came pretty damaged. I had to return and buy another.Published 20 months ago by greg schnell
I'm not very happy receiving my Steelbook in the mail today as it has two major indents on the front of the case. However, I appreciate the prompt delivery.Published on March 12 2014 by nathan witte
I first saw this movie on Netflix and loved it. I bought this movie for my friend's birthday and he loves it too. Read morePublished on May 17 2013 by Lorna Lis
Do not get this disk. Get the Lions Gate release (available for $9.99 on Amazon.com)
I ordered this disc after having read very positive reviews about the transfer and... Read more