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  • Format: Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Feb. 21 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0068CEGB8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,653 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Œuvre mineure du grand réalisateur allemand qui a malheureusement beaucoup vieilli malgré certaines idées intéressantes. Jeu du comédien principal (sous-James Bond) détonant complètement avec le reste de la distribution. Un Fassbinder à ne pas classer parmi ses classiques. Fass-been there, done that, bought the DVD...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sorta) love Andy Warhol on some level Aug. 18 2016
By ayre1 - Published on
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Intense movie but all I can think of is that the director must (kinda, sorta) love Andy Warhol on some level. The director does like mirrors and uses them for some amazing scene-setting and camera work. The wardrobes are outstanding (probably as much just due to the time period as much as the choices). The hairstyles and makeup is nostalgic for those of us who were/became adults in the 60's/70's. It is one of those movies that makes me wish I understood the language and didn't need to rely on the subtitles. And, as often is the case for me when I don't know any of the actors, I have a difficult time identifying all of the major characters (this may be my own problem and not due to anything in the movie itself). It is a very long movie and I have yet to view the special features, which is one the reasons I like the Criterion Collection. The film presentation seems adequate, but to be honest, I didn't pay that much attention to the film quality, sound quality, or other production concerns.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New German Cinema Sci-Fi Without CGI - Great Job, Criterion March 6 2012
By KinoChelovek - Published on
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This is a movie that I've been wanting to see since I was young, but, although it was made in my time, it wasn't readily available. Alas, Criterion has finally released it, and I was so excited to finally see it!

Basically, it is a TV movie based on the early 1960s sci-fi short story by Daniel Galouye. It's about an engineer who is caught not only in an ethical dilemma on how his machine that mimics reality should be used (for the good of people or for corporate greed), but he debates whether he is in a fabricated reality or a real one. It is more, but I'm not going to ruin it.

The movie itself is an excellent adaptation of the novel MINUS the CGI effects (no flying cars, no futuristic city, no public-opinion polsters). It is made in similar style to Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451," Godard's "Alphaville," and Barzyk's "The Lathe of Heaven" (or even, dare I say, "A Clockwork Orange"). Many sci-fi fanatics may find this problematic, but I love these movies because it makes them more "down to earth" and more human (for lack of a better word) and less "contrived" and/or reliant on special effects to tell the story.

The Criterion version has restored Fassbinder's movie, with not only an outstanding digital transfer, but "New English subtitles" (as stated on the back). I have only seen 1 scene in my life, and it was from a horrible copy! Fassbinder may not be a name associated with sci-fi, but the movie has all of his traits found in other movies he directed: muscular men of different races, overly made-up women with large, blond hair, and give-and-take dialogue. There's even a "Lili Marleen" bit! Equally masterful is his constant use of mirrors (or any reflective surfaces, such as water) and windows. It's fascinating to watch! It is also somewhat slow-paced (not as much as Angelopoulos), and this may tend to turn casual viewers off (I'm noting this, because reviews by other about slow-paced movies are negative because of pacing, and this is something that many viewers have overcome or need to overcome). I like slow-pace; It's not so slow that you are bored. The story carries well. Great use of music (Strauss, Greek folk, and Jazz/blues) and sound effects (screeches and such that heighten tension). Great use of art direction, colors, editing, cinematography, etc.

I watched this movie AFTER reading the story, and, even without the special effects, the movie is on-target with its adaptation (there is some added and some changed, but it works!). No pollsters, but Fassbinder molds the movie in such a way so that not having them doesn't really matter.

There is some female nudity, and, outside of the US or UK, this is normal for TV movies and foreign cinema - I am only noting this because the film has no rating on the cover!

There are some great features on the Criterion set, including "Making of..." documentary. I'm more of a Herzog fan, but I've been revisiting Fassbinder recently (next on list: "Berlin Alexanderplatz, which is also on Criterion and I have seen before). It is a 2-disc set. It's great to sit through the ending credits and chill to the soundtrack.

To repeat myself, it is probably NOT for the casual movie watcher. This is Fassbinder, and if you don't like slow pacing, early 70s cinema, or made-for-TV movies (it doesn't "feel" like one at all), this movie will probably disappoint. In my opinion, it is for those who study foreign cinema, and, especially, New German Cinema (this definitely fits the NGC German identity crisis philosophy), and, even more so, the cinema of Fassbinder.

Spin around in tandem on swivel chairs with a fellow viewer and enjoy! (It's a scene in the movie) ---- 5 stars for film, transfer, and DVD extras combined.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars before the Matrix, there was the World on a Wire Feb. 23 2013
By Serkan Okar - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Based on the American science fiction novel, Simulacron-3 (1964) by Daniel F. Galouye, World on a Wire is about virtual reality, world created inside a computer program, a pre-cursor to the Matrix. I believe this is the first movie adaptation of Simulacron-3, although there have been many sci-fi movies with similar themes since then. The Thirteenth Floor (1999) is another adaptation of the same novel (oddly, 1999 is also the year for the Matrix and The Dark City, another great sci-fi movie).

World on a Wire was made in 1972 for German TV. It is made of two parts each one is aboout an hour and half long. The movie has a very distinct visual style and atmosphere; the interior shots, camera angles, the locations, actors are very 1970 German.

I like this movie a lot because of its different style but it is probably not for anyone's taste. Even though the subject matter is sci-fi, there are no spectacular special effects or action scenes which are typical of Hollywood productions. However, I think the movie overall does a pretty good job of creating an eerie atmosphere and paranoid feeling of the world not being real.

I was especially amazed by how some of the scenes and ideas seem to be pre-cursor to the Matrix. For instance, the subjects sit in a chair with wires hooked up to their heads and they get downloaded to the computer world (you may think of that as the matrix) and if they want to exit the computer world, they use a phone booth. Sounds familiar?

I also like the love affair depicted in the movie; in my opinion it works so much better than the affair between Neo and Trinity in the matrix.

I recommend this movie for any sci-fi fan who can appreciate foreign movies with unique styles even if they lack CGI and spectacular special effects.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Director, Wired Feb. 24 2012
By Robert Taylor Brewer - Published on
Format: DVD
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's film in this newly released Criterion DVD draws immediate parallels to Fahrenheit 451, François Truffaut's nightmarish vision of a world without books. Fassbinder's film is less openly allegoric, more rooted in a world where corporate interests align with science and technology run amuck. It's especially chilling that a mere 28 years prior to the making of this 1973 film, Hitler's Gestapo performed the same type of eugenics experiments, and deployed the same numbering scheme on human "units" depicted in the film. Fassbinder deploys the same rapier on journalists that he uses to skewer corporate tycoons, noting they seem more interested in helping themselves at a massive press conference feast than in unmasking the human experiments taking place under their noses.

There are several places in the film where Fassbinder could have imposed his vision and left the viewer in the dust, but he's always careful to continue the story thread, and thus keep viewers in the loop. His world is highly stylized, there are no wasted frames - nearly every camera shot is tinged with erotic undertones or duplicity in the making. Fassbinder's film career was as tinged with notoriety as it was brief - this film is as good an introduction to his work as you will find.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Fassbinder Realization of Classic Science Fiction Novel Feb. 7 2012
By directions - Published on
Format: DVD
Firstly, it should be noted that this is a Fassbinder movie regardless of genre so one would need to be receptive to his work overall to enjoy this. That said World on a Wire remains true to the novel: Simulacron-3 and although it expands on it stays within its frame work. Also there really is no need to contrast and compare to:The Matrix as they are two entirely different films (both of which I enjoyed). However it is also true as regards science fiction that less can be more such as:The Prisoner: The Complete Series (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
The abject minimalism of early Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog may not be for all tastes but it was purposeful not due to lack of effort. Fassbinder in particular generally had screen plays where the overall ideas and themes were more important than the individual characters. World on a Wire wasn't so much a foray into the science fiction genre as an expansion of his themes into the arena. The paranoia and claustrophobia of World on a Wire is true to the original novel but also to the social climate of Germany in the 70's with the ever present reality of the cold war and anarchism (which would be further explored in documentary form in: Germany in Autumn as well as the decadence and excesses of the time. This was the perfect time frame to realize the novel as when it was written the internet was far from realization, at the time later films were made it was a standard part of society but at the time of the 70's advances in technology were both somewhat frightening and dehumanizing but also a fetish as in: Man Machine
If you enjoy the genre Fassbinder and others created then yes this would be essential viewing. If not understand that the impression the film creates surpasses the plot but is one that you might want to be enveloped in so give it a try.

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