Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

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Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Darren Aronofsky, Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly

     
 

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The R-rated cut of Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, even though this is not the version of the film that was seen in theaters. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack isSee more details below

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The R-rated cut of Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, even though this is not the version of the film that was seen in theaters. The English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include trailers, television promotional materials, production notes, and information on the cast and crew. This is a fine disc, but those with an interest in the film are encouraged to seek out the unrated edition.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Drug addiction is the catalyst for some mind-altering cinematic pyrotechnics in 2000's Requiem for a Dream, a cautionary tale from director Darren Aronofsky. Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem follows a young ne'er-do-well (Jared Leto), his upscale girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly), and his widowed mother (Ellen Burstyn) as they all learn the hard way about the dangers of substance abuse. There's a glimpse or two of the drug culture in Requiem, but for the most part the film probes internal landscapes. Those who've seen Aronofsky's debut film, Pi, will know that this is his strong suit, and he uses a textbook-filling array of cinematic devices to bring the addicts' hallucinatory experiences to the screen. This all builds steadily into a relentless barrage of manic intercutting that leaves some viewers exhilarated, others unnerved. While Leto and Connelly do very well in projecting a romantic chemistry that's smashed by the competing chemistry of addiction, Burstyn's Oscar-nominated performance is simply startling. Her diet-pill-induced downward slide is nothing short of horrific, as she transforms from a meek, mild-mannered, slightly overweight infomercial addict into an emaciated, deranged speed freak. Requiem starts out dark and only gets darker; it's not for the faint of heart. The Artisan DVD includes audio commentary by director Aronofsky, a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, and interviews with Burstyn and Selby.
All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
On the surface, Requiem for a Dream appears to be the next in a long line of junkie movies, and even on that level, it's one of the most visceral depictions of addiction ever put on film. But at its core, Darren Aranofsky's sophomore effort is a tragic fable, the story of four characters who haven't got the will to be happy with what they have. But sympathy isn't something Aranofsky ever asks his audience to feel for the four hopeless addicts. Rather, he forcefully imposes the characters and their stories on the audience with the intent of leaving an impression. And leave an impression he does. One walks away from the film with an indelible mark on the psyche that isn't necessarily pleasant but certainly testifies to the realism and intensity of the film. As if the abilities of Aranofsky aren't enough, the film's cast shines in some of the most underrated performances of 2000. Jennifer Connelly delivers, as expected, in a role that most wouldn't have the guts to even consider. Jared Leto proves himself to be more than just a pretty face and capable of taking on leading-man roles. Marlon Wayans, easily the biggest surprise, is incredible, superbly cast against type and proving himself to be highly skilled as a dramatic performer. But it is Ellen Burstyn who deserves the most acclaim. In what may be her finest performance to date, Burstyn effortlessly portrays her character's decline at the hands of loneliness, false hope, and prescription medication. Nominated, but ultimately beat out, Burstyn's performance is worthy of a thousand Oscars.
Entertainment Weekly
Requiem for a Dream may be the first movie to fully capture the way that drugs dislocate us from ourselves. Owen Gleiberman

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
UPC:
0012236117056
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
50,625

Special Features

Commentary by director Darren Aronofsky; Commentary by director of photography Matthew Libatique; 16:9 widescreen version; 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; "The Making of Requiem for a Dream" documentary; Deleted scenes with optional director commentary; Memories, dreams, and addictions: Ellen Burstyn interviews Hubert Selby Jr.; The anatomy of a scene; Theatical trailers and tv spots; Cast and crew information; Production notes; Digitally mastered; Scene access; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ellen Burstyn Sara Goldfarb
Jared Leto Harry Goldfarb
Jennifer Connelly Marion Silver
Marlon Wayans Tyrone C. Love
Christopher McDonald Tappy tibbons
Louise Lasser Ada
Keith David Little John
Sean Gullette Arnold The Shrink
Ajay Naidu Mailman
Samia Shoaib Nurse Mall
Peter Howard Sal the Geep

Technical Credits
Darren Aronofsky Director,Screenwriter
Ben Barenholtz Executive Producer
James Chinlund Production Designer
Beau Flynn Executive Producer
Scott Franklin Co-producer
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Clint Mansell Score Composer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Hubert Selby Screenwriter
Laura Jean Shannon Costumes/Costume Designer
Stefan Simchowitz Executive Producer
Randy Simon Co-producer
Jonah Smith Co-producer
Scott Vogel Co-producer
Eric Watson Producer
Nick Wechsler Executive Producer
Palmer West Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Tuning Up [:06]
2. Summer Overture [2:47]
3. Dreams [2:29]
4. Mother's Love [2:22]
5. The Winner [1:12]
6. Alarm [3:02]
7. Juice [1:51]
8. Together? [2:36]
9. Thinking Thin [2:23]
10. Dynamite [4:33]
11. Delicious Visions [2:16]
12. A Date [1:41]
13. $ [2:13]
14. Last Supper [1:43]
15. Sweet Alice [1:16]
16. King Neptune [1:33]
17. Hope [2:55]
18. Fall Reprise [9:47]
19. Hunger Cries [2:19]
20. Mercy [2:09]
21. The Drought [2:45]
22. Apart [2:04]
23. Pain [3:54]
24. Sal the Geep [2:22]
25. Fury [3:24]
26. Winter Reprise [7:02]
27. A Whack [1:00]
28. Decay [2:27]
29. False Hope [4:23]
30. Ghosts [4:38]
31. The Requiem [3:37]
32. Lux Aeterna [4:31]
33. Seagulls Bliss [3:30]

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