Cube

Cube

4.8 10
Director: Vincenzo Natali

Cast: Maurice Dean Wint, Nicole deBoer, Nicky Guadagni

     
 

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Confusion and fear meet in the terrifying thriller Cube. Trimark has done a very good job transferring this 1.85:1 widescreen image to DVD, though it's a shame that it is a non-anamorphic transfer. Overall, the color schemes and deep black levels look good, though an excessive amount of grain shows up in the picture along with a small amount of edge enhancementSee more details below

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Confusion and fear meet in the terrifying thriller Cube. Trimark has done a very good job transferring this 1.85:1 widescreen image to DVD, though it's a shame that it is a non-anamorphic transfer. Overall, the color schemes and deep black levels look good, though an excessive amount of grain shows up in the picture along with a small amount of edge enhancement. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 in English and Spanish. This soundtrack displays a nice amount of fidelity, though the rear speakers are not utilized. Overall, the dialogue, effects, and music are all clear and free of any excessive distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are Spanish and French subtitles. For a small independent movie, Cube includes a nice array of extra features. A commentary track by actor David Hewlett, co-writer/director Vincenzo Natali, and co-writer Andre Bijelic should please fans looking to know more about the movie. This is a very entertaining commentary track that includes lots of production details and stories from the making of the film. Some comparative and alternate storyboards are included that shed some light of the effects and the sets, and a few very rough-looking deleted scenes give the viewer a glimpse at what ended up on the cutting-room floor. Finally, there is some interesting production artwork (drawings) from the conceptual stages of the movie, and a few bonus trailers for other Trimark movies.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A triumph of imagination over budget, Cube is about as sharp and tense as they come -- especially for a psychological thriller shot in a single room, transformed into multiple rooms by a bunch of colored light filters. It's a take-notice debut from Canadian screenwriter/director Vincenzo Natali, and not only because it creeps out its audience far more than a film costing under 500,000 dollars has any business doing. In fact, with its sophisticated special effects, makeup effects, and script, it doesn't even call attention to its own underdog status. Cube is a penetrating sociological study of human hamsters in a giant maze -- how they address an unfathomable predicament, how they scrap to survive, and how they keep from cracking up, or fail in that regard. Since Natali is not afraid to tamper with the audience's expectations for certain characters, the film is truly unpredictable. Yet his script is gradual enough that none of these reversals can be considered anything so pedestrian as a "plot twist." The stakes are established early with a couple scenes of visceral gore, previewing the potential of this meat-grinding Rubik's cube. Mindful of the consequences of a misstep, the characters come to embody not only the human mind's disparate skills needed to solve such a puzzle, but also the wide range of emotions and potential reactions to it. The wild card in the equation, as if there needed to be one, is Andrew Miller's autistic man. Brilliantly, the audience isn't at first sure whether he's mentally handicapped, or reduced to spouting nonsense after years trapped inside this nightmare.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1999
UPC:
0031398691433
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
22,824

Special Features

Widescreen; Ultra stereo; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene access; Trailer; Spanish and French subtitles; Comparative and alternate storyboards; Deleted scenes; Production design; Schematic set design; Special F/X artwork; Production commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maurice Dean Wint Quentin
Nicole deBoer Leaven
Nicky Guadagni Holloway
David Hewlett Worth
Wayne Robson Rennes
Andrew Miller Kazan
Julian Richings Alderson

Technical Credits
Vincenzo Natali Director,Screenwriter
Stephen Barden Sound Editor
Andre Bijelic Screenwriter
Colin Brunton Executive Producer
Sue Conley Sound Editor
Craig Henighan Sound Editor
Peter Kelly Sound/Sound Designer
Darcey Kite Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Korven Score Composer
John Laing Sound Editor
Diana Magnus Art Director
Graem Mansone Screenwriter
Steve McNamee Sound/Sound Designer
Mehra Meh Producer
Betty Orr Producer
C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Special Effects
Jill Purdy Sound Editor
Derek Rogers Cinematographer
John Sanders Editor
John Sievert Sound Editor
Yasna Stefanovic Production Designer
Jasna Stefanovic Art Director
Patrick Tidy Asst. Director
Todd B. Warren Sound/Sound Designer
Justine Whyte Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Scene Index.
0. Scene Index.
1. Cube. [4:01]
2. Warning. [3:12]
3. Shoes. [3:42]
4. Nightmare. [2:27]
5. Challenge. [5:40]
6. Prime. [2:26]
7. Tiem. [5:25]
8. Complex. [4:46]
9. Answers. [2:55]
10. Blunder. [5:16]
11. Coordinates. [3:54]
12. Activation. [2:46]
13. Quiet. [4:34]
14. Anger. [2:38]
15. Swinging. [4:20]
16. Hour. [2:31]
17. Down. [2:50]
18. Square One. [3:04]
19. Permutations. [3:42]
20. Factors. [3:36]
21. Clear. [3:53]
22. Next Move. [2:29]
23. Escape. [4:58]
24. End Credits. [5:09]

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