Requiem for a Dream/Pi

Requiem for a Dream/Pi

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Darren Aronofsky's first two films are available in this twin pack from Artisan. Both Pi and Requiem for a Dream are available individually, but this package offers a cost-effective way to acquire these two very good titles. Each film is presented in widescreen transfers that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratios. Both discs come loaded with extras that… See more details below

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Darren Aronofsky's first two films are available in this twin pack from Artisan. Both Pi and Requiem for a Dream are available individually, but this package offers a cost-effective way to acquire these two very good titles. Each film is presented in widescreen transfers that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratios. Both discs come loaded with extras that include a commentary track recorded by the director, deleted scenes, trailers, and production notes. The Pi disc offers a second commentary track recorded by the actors, while the Requiem release contains a second commentary track recorded by the director of photography. This is a great pair of discs.

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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.

A little knowledge turns out to be a dangerous thing for the protagonist of Pi, a 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

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
UPC:
0012236125976
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
3:07:00
Sales rank:
60,463

Special Features

Requiem for a Dream: Digitally mastered 16:9 widescreen version; 5.1 dolby digital audio; commentary by director Darren Aronofsky and director of photography Matthew Libatique; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; documentary: "The Making of Requiem for a Dream"; "Memories, Dreams and Addictions: Ellen Burstyn Interviews Hubert Selby Jr."; "The Anatomy of a Scene"; theatical trailers and tv spots. Pi: Digitally mastered widescreen version; 2.0 dolby surround audio; director's commentary track; actor's commentary track; lost scenes; behind-the-scenes montage; music video.

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Requiem for a Dream
0. Chapter Index
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 Geep [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]
Side #2 -- Pi
0. Scene Index
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 Chase [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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