- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Studio: Alliance Films
- Release Date: Nov. 8 2011
- Average Customer Review: 650 customer reviews
- ASIN: B005OA6QX6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,889 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Requiem for a Dream: Director's Cut (SteelBook Edition) [Blu-ray + 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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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.
This is a sad film set in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, that explores the impact of drug addiction on four people. There are three young people: Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), his friend Tyrone Love (Marion Wayans), and his love, (Marion Silver). The fourth person is Harry's mother, the widowed Sara Goldfarb, in a moving performance by Ellen Burstyn, who received an Academy Award best-actress nomination. The film features an outstanding, dramatic musical score. It also features rapid-fire shifting between scenes and surrealistic interludes showing drug use and various drug-induced hallucinations. There are outstanding scenes of Brooklyn streets together with graphic depictions of drug use.
Each of the four characters has a dream and each dream is dashed due to drugs. The three young people are recent high school graduates with their dreams of love and financial success struggling to make their way with drugs. The film shows their inexorable dooms from addiction. Sara Goldfarb has led a lonely life since the death of her husband and worries about her wayward son. She is a "t.v. junkie" until she receives an apparent opportunity to be on a game show. She becomes addicted to pills in an attempt to lose weight. Her story is juxtaposed with that of the three younger people.
"Requiem for a dream" is a raw, uncompromising film which reminded me of my much earlier reading and viewing of "Last Exit to Brooklyn." The documentary of Selby that I watched "It/ll be better tomorrow" had insights into the movie. It featured interviews with Burstyn, Aronofsky, and with Selby himself. They all stated that the film was not merely about drug addiction. Instead, the film is about human dreams and their frailty and the need for love. The characters, their backgrounds, and the materialistic, limited character of their dreams get explored in the film. The film suggests the need for meaning, love, and hope to overcome despair and loneliness.
Selby is an under-appreciated American writer, and I was glad to think about him again. I hope to read the book on which this film is based. The movie is shocking with a lurid, sad beauty.
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