on July 18, 2004
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.
on July 18, 2004
I went to this movie hearing plenty of buzz about how graphic the content was. Over the course of the movie you see just how Aronofsky wants to send his message to the audience. The characters start off with somewhat mild addictions and then next thing you know the four main characters are living in hell. I couldn't believe how low they all fell. This movie may be the greatest anti-drug message of all time. I dare anybody to watch this and to not be touched and frightened by these characters. Before the movie started I noticed the audience was quite loud and garrulous, but as it ended and the credits rolled the whole place was stone cold silent. It was amazing.
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.
on March 11, 2009
Like a number of recent Alliance releases, with the corresponding lower price, the Blu-ray of "Requiem for a Dream" comes with no main menu nor any extras (you change sound options via a pop-up display). The quality of the video is okay at 1080p but is noticeably not up to what one would expect from a BD title (although, this may be due to the source material, somewhat). Sound comes in a 5.1 DTS-HD Master (also 5.1 Dolby Digital) so there's nothing to fault there.
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.
on July 30, 2010
There are a tonne of reviews up here already, I wish Amazon would separate the reviews for DVD and Blu-ray rather than clump them all into one. Anyway, I'm not going to review the aspects of the movie, but the actual Blu-ray and features.
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.
on July 27, 2009
Let's start this on the good notes, for a starter i love this film and i loved the book they both have so many great qualities.
The Performances and Directing are beautifully exacuted, arguely Darren Aronofsky's best work, but enough on that front.
The blu ray is lacking in many area's a bit like motel porn just not enough Satisfies any ones needs, there are no featres to be found on this disc at all i'm glad i kept my dvd because it has it all, and as for the transfer it left a little to be desired i honestly don't believe it is at a complete 1080p if it is... i must of recieved a dud copy.
But again i'm glad to have this on blu ray but i do hope a better transfer and more suped up edition turns up.
hope you enjoy
Amazing on a purely cinematic level - assaultive, hyper-kinetic, full
of breathtaking images and cuts, The performances too range from good
(Jared Leto) to extraordinary (Ellen Burstyn).
But for me, after a while, the style becomes the substance, and I'm
ever more aware of the filmmaking rather than the story and characters,
Also, other than 'drugs are bad', I'm not sure what Aronofsky is really
getting at. There are interesting implications that our real addiction
is to our dreams, and escaping whatever our reality is, but those
themes are never fully played out. So we end up with a film made with
the technical skill of a Scorsese or Kubrick, but missing a layer of
depth in favor of (admittedly amazing) pyrotechnics.
Last, it feels like the film 'cheats' more on reality as it goes along.
By the end the story twists start to join the style in being over the
top, and a bit illogical.
Now, all that carping aside, I still recommend this film for it's
bravery, performances, and technical virtuosity. And it grew on me on a
2nd viewing. And I'm a fan of Aronofsky's. But I'm in the minority in
admiring this film, but not being able to completely embrace it.
Remember the anti-drug commercial where a girl points to an egg, says, "this is your brain," and then screams, "this is your brain on drugs!" as she smashes the egg with a skillet and proceeds to demolish the entire kitchen, screaming, "and this is what drugs do to your family, this is what they do to your future..." and so on? We'll this story does give you that indication but it's so much more.
After watching this I thought it was the most harrowing, unsettling, and yet utterly compelling film dealing with the issue of drug use, and the effects it has on those involved I have ever seen. This is, and I state for the record, in no way glorifying, sensationalizing, or condoning drug use in any way. Took me ages to finally see this flick but thankfully it's been recommended to me base on my experience with Aronofsky's recent film "The Fountain."
It has a brilliant ensemble cast. Ellen Burnstyn had my heart by the end as I watched her truly sweet and charming character of Sara Goldfarb slowly deteriorate because of an addiction. I cannot believe she was denied an Oscar for this role, because it's among the best on-screen performances I've ever seen. It would be a crime in my mind to not commend Jared Leto on his performance. The job he does in the film seems to be quite underrated, but his role as Harry Goldfarb came out as my favorite character. His acting is superb in all senses, and its clear to me that his research into the role paid off. Big time. Because he's put me off drugs of all forms with his depiction of an addict. Jennifer Connely could've very easily made her character of Marion Silver a melodramatic, difficult to watch hunk of ....., but thank the good lord she didn't. It takes a great actor to walk the fine line between real and fake, and she does it so wonderfully well. She may have been playing a supporting role, but it never seemed that way to me. Her performance will stay with me for a long time to come. Marlon Wayans was also amazing in his performance and the fact that he managed to make me remember his character of Tyrone C Love says a lot.
The directing is nothing short of amazing. Darren Aronofsky creates an excellent mood, making great use of cameras mounted to the actors, hallucination sequences, split camera shots and shows he his artistic sense in a brilliant montage at the end of the film, which was one of my highlights, and the score is beautiful, and makes the mood even more hostile at times. All up, "Requiem For A Dream" is not for the squeamish or faint of heart, but it's a film that everyone should see at some time in their lives. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you may never see another film that leaves you more scared, shocked and affected mentally than "Requiem For A Dream." O by the way Mr. Aronofsky I'm your friend again.
on March 29, 2009
The film itself get's 5 stars as it is one of my favourite movies. The cast, script, direction & editing are all incredible.
I thought I'd be replacing my DVD but crap ... my DVD widescreen director's cut has much in the way of extra's & the Blu-Ray has squat. The extra's are done & in the can, why not include them on the Blu-Ray? When I started buying Blu-Ray's I had the hopes of replacing some of my DVD's on Blu-Ray, but it's happened (too often) that I have to keep both versions because the features on the DVD aren't on the Blu-ray. Getting kinda fed up with it.
on December 3, 2009
I was intrigued to buy this movie because of the great many reviews I found online about it. I think I would have been more impacted by the message of the movie had I not read any of the reviews, but then again, I wouldn't have bought the movie in the first place ; ) I thought the movie was going to be more graphic and disturbing than it was, but I have to say that the visual content was enough to get the message across without it becoming too over-the-top with nudity and coarse language. The blu-ray version turned out great in my opinion and was well worth the money.
on August 11, 2002
Ahaha I'm a Christain, I love doing what Jesus would do, but here I find myself wathcing "This..."....Now it may have ALOT of garbage in it...Its NOT garbage. I never myself have seen a movie so....Effective on the effects of substance abuse. Some people may laugh at it, while other may scream and then other may just go "Eh....", but either way I think its a good movie.
I *Love* the cinematography and all the things it shows while they're taking drugs&stuff. Its quite interesting. Ellen Burstyn's performance is just amazing. While I hate seeing people degrade themselves to doing roles like this 99.9% of the time, this movie actually serves a purpose, whether we've ALLREADY seen it or not, I DON'T think most of us have seen it to this effect or extent, considering most of us are'nt junkies dependent on drugs or on the brink of insanity.
I certainly WOULDn'T let children watch this, but who would? Oh, well I DON'T have kids I'm ONLY 17yrs...hehe But anyways, watch with caution. I skipped all the explicit scenes anyways. But still. I mean there are some rather explicit "things" in here, so do watch with caution.
You may hate it or love it or like it or whatever, so DON'T take my word for it, if you wanna see it go ahead. Its your choice not mine, but if you do see it I *HOPE* it can open your eyes in one way or another.
It is a masterpiece in its own right.
God Bless ~Amy