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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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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: 2/26/2002
  • UPC: 012236125976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,868

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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Menu

Side #1 -- Requiem for a Dream
   Play Movie
   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
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
      Anatomy of a Scene
      Memories, Dreams, & Addictions
      Trailers, TV & Web
         Theatrical Teaser
         Theatrical Trailer
         TV Spot 1a
         TV Spot 2a
         Website
      Cast & Crew
         Ellen Burstyn
            Filmography
         Jared Leto
            Filmography
         Jennifer Connelly
            Filmography
         Marlon Wayans
            Filmography
         Christopher McDonald
            Filmography
         Louise Lasser
            Filmography
         Sean Gullette
            Filmography
         Darren Aronofsky
            Filmography
         Hubert Selby, Jr.
            Filmography
         Eric Watson
            Filmography
         Palmer West
            Filmography
         Matthew Libatique
            Filmography
         Jay Rabinowitz
            Filmography
         James Chinlund
            Filmography
         Laura Jean Shannon
            Filmography
         Clint Mansell
            Filmography
         Kronos Quartet
            Filmography
         Brian Emrich
            Filmography
         Amoeba Proteus
            Filmography
         DVD Credits
      Production Notes
   Hear Tappy's Amazing Life Story!
Side #2 -- Pi
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Audio Features
         English
         Director's Commentary (With Darren Aronofsky)
         Actor's Commentary (With Sean Gullette)
      Lost Scenes
         Farroukh Beatdown
         Ubermensch
         Slinky
         Snorricam Tests
      Lost Scenes With Commentary
         Farroukh Beatdown
         Ubermensch
         Slinky
         Snorricam Tests
      Behind the Scenes Montage
      Theatrical Trailer
      Original (Darren & Eric) Trailer
      PirĀ² Music Video
      'Book of Ants' Graphic Novel
         Samples
      Notes on Pi
   Cast and Crew
      Sean Gullette
         Filmography
      Mark Margolis
         Filmography
      Stephen Pearlman
         Filmography
      Darren Aronofsky
         Filmography
   Production Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible, but disturbing.

    The technical part of this film (the angles, the effects) are amazing and should be commended. I gave this a four stars because, although I find this movie outstanding and recommed this to most, some viewers may be highly unnerved by the in-the-face drug use and sexuality. After seeing the real-life consequences of stupid choices, I know that I was in tears. I would say that this movie is best watched cautiously for the first time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for the sqeamish

    Overall I did not enjoy this movie. It was a very direct look at harder lifestyles and the results that come out of them. After the movie was over I felt very depressed. However, if you enjoy the technicality and quality of films then you would enjoy this. The filming was great as well as the acting. I just didn't care for the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Requiem

    Requiem in particular is a captivating and truly moving piece of art. I stumbled across it by accident but has without a doubt edged into my favourite 5 films ever produced; it really is that special and I would recommend it to anyone. Leto was outstanding, as was his the actress who played his character's mother (I'm sorry, but I forget her name)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I can't rate this movie high enough.

    Being from Brooklyn born and raised, this film hits hard. As it is straight up truth. I can honestly say this is one of the greatest films to ever lit up the screens. After watching this film, Your views on life will change. It is that powerful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent pieces of work!!

    Pi and Requiem for a dream were very great movies. They were special in there own ways. The style of filming and the stories them selves. But I recommend never to watch these movies when you are depressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See

    After seeing this movie you will never be the same again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Stuff

    If u love indie films, you'll appreciate this one. It's got amazing camera angles and fabulous acting..It;s very realistic...Definitely a must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Visually stunning!

    I'm warning you, this is one movie you should not see when you are depressed. In a story of the drug underworld and the two ''businessmen'' and their quest to make money. I'm serious, it freaks you out. It's still good though.

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    Posted January 7, 2010

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    Posted June 27, 2009

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