Requiem for a Dream/Pi

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A little knowledge turns out to be a dangerous thing for the protagonist of this relentlessly energetic psychological thriller. While working on a system to predict stock prices, mathematics genius Max Cohen Sean Gullette stumbles onto a powerful secret that piques the interest of both a Wall Street brokerage house and a group of Hasidic Cabalists. The debut feature of director Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream, Pi is a stunningly...
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Special Features

Requiem for a Dream:; Commentary by director Darren Aronofsky; Commentary by director of photography Matthew Libatique; 16x9 widescreen (1.85:1 ratio); 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; The anatomy of a scene; "The Making of Requiem for a Dream" documentary; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Memories, Dreams and Addictions: Ellen Burstyn interviews Hubert Selby Jr.; Theatrical trailers and tv spots; ; Pi:; 16X9 widescreen (1.66:1 ratio); 2.0 Dolby Surround audio; Commentary with director; Commentary with actors; Behind-the-scenes montage; Lost scenes; Music video; Cast and crew information; Production notes; Theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A little knowledge turns out to be a dangerous thing for the protagonist of this relentlessly energetic psychological thriller. While working on a system to predict stock prices, mathematics genius Max Cohen Sean Gullette stumbles onto a powerful secret that piques the interest of both a Wall Street brokerage house and a group of Hasidic Cabalists. The debut feature of director Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream, Pi is a stunningly assured showpiece of kinetic visual style with gorgeously grainy, high-contrast black-and-white photography, wild camera movements, and rapid-fire editing. As Max's discovery leads him to the brink of a psychotic breakdown, a throbbing electronic score by Clint Mansell, music by Autechre and Orbital, and head-spinning discussions of Pythagorean theorems and Jewish mysticism add to the heady atmosphere of paranoia. By the end, Pi produces a kind of sensory overload through a barrage of sounds, images, words, and numbers that magnificently capture the thrill and danger of an obsessive search for ultimate truth.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2007
  • UPC: 012236211013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 3:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,764

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Requiem for a Dream
1. Tuning Up [2:47]
2. Summer Overture [2:29]
3. Dreams [2:22]
4. Mother's Love [1:12]
5. The Winner [3:02]
6. Alarm [1:51]
7. Juice [2:36]
8. Together? [2:23]
9. Thinking Thin [4:33]
10. Dynamite [2:16]
11. Delicious Visions [1:41]
12. A Date [2:13]
13. $ [1:43]
14. Last Supper [1:16]
15. Sweet Alice [1:33]
16. King Neptune [2:55]
17. Hope [9:47]
18. Fall Reprise [2:19]
19. Hunger Cries [2:09]
20. Mercy [2:45]
21. The Drought [2:04]
22. Apart [3:54]
23. Pain [2:22]
24. Sal the Creep [3:24]
25. Fury [7:02]
26. Winter Reprise [1:00]
27. A Whack [2:28]
28. Decay [4:23]
29. False Hope [4:38]
30. Ghosts [3:37]
31. The Requiem [:24]
32. Lux Aeterna [4:07]
33. Seagulls Bliss [3:30]
Disc #2 -- Pi
1. Opening Titles [1:26]
2. Nosebleed [1:25]
3. Restate My Assumptions [1:43]
4. Wall Street Calling [1:16]
5. The Name's Lenny Meyer [1:24]
6. Headache 1 [2:22]
7. Marcy Dawson Calls Back [1:03]
8. Sol 1: Stop Thinking [1:43]
9. Subway Notes [1:38]
10. Kaballah 101 [3:10]
11. Restate My Assumptions [1:26]
12. Press Return [:15]
13. Euclid Crashes [2:39]
14. Sol 2: Archimedes [2:54]
15. A Subway Vision [1:22]
16. Max Is Followed [2:15]
17. Tefillin [4:28]
18. The Ming Mecca Chip [1:01]
19. Subway Headache [3:33]
20. Coney Island [2:25]
21. A New Approach [4:58]
22. Spiral Epiphany [1:36]
23. Max Calls Marcy [2:38]
24. Happy B'Day Euclid [3:01]
25. Meltdown [4:23]
26. The Next Level [3:34]
27. Sol Confrontation [1:51]
28. Subway Chse [1:53]
29. Wall Street Chase [3:28]
30. Brain in Sink [:40]
31. Rabbi Cohen [5:13]
32. Running to Sol [:53]
33. Sol's Last Words [:49]
34. Last Headache [4:25]
35. What's the Answer? [1:28]
36. End Credits [3:09]
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Disc #1 -- Requiem for a Dream
   Play Movie
   Chapter Index
      Chapters 1-4
      Chapters 5-8
      Chapters 9-12
      Chapters 13-16
      Chapters 17-20
      Chapters 21-24
      Chapters 25-28
      Chapters 29-33
   Bonus Features
      Audio & Video Features
         Commentary With Director Darren Aronofsky
         Commentary With Director of Photography Matthew Libatique
         Dolby Digital 5.1
         TV Setup
      The Making of "Requiem"
      Deleted Scenes
         Stop Using Set-Up
         Resist Take 1
         Resist Take 2
         The Eyes
         Stop Using Payoff
         Tyrone's Confession and Sara's Terror
         Marlon Wayans Plays Jar Jar
         Selby Reads to Burstyn
         Hubert Selby Glorious
      Anatomy of a Scene
      Memories, Dreams & Addictions
      Trailers, TV & Web
         Theatrical Trailer
         Theatrical Teaser
         TV Spot 1a
         TV Spot 2a
      Cast & Crew
         Ellen Burstyn
         Jared Leto
         Jennifer Connelly
         Marlon Wayans
         Christopher McDonald
         Louise Lasser
         Sean Gullette
         Darren Aronofsky, Director/Co-Writer
         Hubert Selby, Jr., Co-Writer/Novelis
         Eric Watson, Producer
         Palmer West, Producer
         Matthew Libatique, Director of Photography
         Jay Rabinowitz, Editor
         James Chinlund, Production Designer
         Laura Jean Shannon, Costume Designer
         Clint Mansell, Composer
         Kronos Quartet, Musicians
         Brian Emrich, Sound Designer
         Amoeba Proteus, Visual Effects
         DVD Credits
      Production Notes
   Hear Tappy's Amazing Life Story!
Disc #2 -- Pi
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
      Scenes 1 to 6
      Scenes 7 to 12
      Scenes 13 to 18
      Scenes 19 to 24
      Scenes 25 to 30
      Scenes 31 to 36
   Special Features
      Audio Features
         Director's Commentary (With Darren Aronofsky)
         Actor's Commentary (With Sean Gullette)
      Lost Scenes
         Farroukh Beatdown
         Snorricam Tests
      Lost Scenes With Commentary
         Farroukh Beatdown
         Snorricam Tests
      Behind the Scenes Montage
      Theatrical Trailer
      Original (Darren & Eric) Trailer
      Pir² Music Video
      'Book of Ants' Graphic Novel
      Notes on Pi
   Cast and Crew
      Sean Gullette
      Mark Margolis
      Stephen Pearlman
      Darren Aronofsky
   Production Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Worst Film I have Ever Seen.

    Save yourself 2 hours of your life that you could never get back, and don't watch, purchase, or even think further about this film. This is the most depressing film I've had the displeasure to see and don't recommend it to anyone. If you are a fan of pointless movies that are utterly without hope, full of despair, and darkness blacker then midnight, then I guess you deserve this movie. For the rest of us, please heed my warning. Worst. Movie. Ever.

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