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Andrew Niccol's satire of celebrity and Hollywood, Simone, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in DTS ES 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes that can be accessed from their intended place during the film, a pair of documentaries on the...
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Andrew Niccol's satire of celebrity and Hollywood, Simone, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in DTS ES 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes that can be accessed from their intended place during the film, a pair of documentaries on the making of the film, and trailers. Those with a DVD-ROM drive can access script-to-screen comparisons, and the Simone website. This is a solid disc from New Line Home Entertainment.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film; Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound; DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound; Stereo Surround Sound; English subtitles and closed captions; Deleted Scenes with direct access from the film; Cyber Stardom documentary; Simulating S1M0NE FX documentary; Teaser trailer; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM content: script-to-screen, the real S1M0NE websites
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Sarah Sloboda
Writer Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca) integrates his unique alter-world feel into the more mainstream Hollywood genre, if only to laugh in its face, with Simone. Filmmaker Viktor Taransky's (Al Pacino) own annoyance with popular culture in the film allows laughs at the film industry and the Hollywood scene themselves. Pacino commands the screen as a humorous force, reiterating his appeal as a wide-range performer, while revisiting Truman Show themes of "creator" in relation to "persona," by touching on issues of identity. Indeed, he gives the character realistic life while maintaining the Niccol-esque contemplative feel of the film. Awareness of pop culture and idols runs rampant throughout, but the film refrains from becoming heavy and critical in favor of hysterical lightheartedness. Appearances by famous faces like Winona Ryder and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos serve dually as tokens of pop culture -- in the context of the film, and the reality of their appearance in it. Saturated in equal parts humor and intellect, the dialogue is rounded off by visual jokes, creating a comedy successful in both sight and sound. Simone incorporates Niccol's fixation on technology and media into a film of pure entertainment for a wide audience. The cultural commentary is easily accessed by anyone who's ever seen a movie, likewise, the comedy by anyone who's ever laughed at one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • UPC: 794043612428
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Digital Theater Systems
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Viktor Taransky
Catherine Keener Elaine Christian
Pruitt Taylor Vince Max Sayer
Jay Mohr Hal Sinclair
Jason Schwartzman Milton
Stanley Anderson Frank Brand
Evan Rachel Wood Lainey Christian
Daniel Von Bargen Chief Detective
Rachel Roberts Simone
Chris Coppola
Elias Koteas Hank [uncredited]
Technical Credits
Andrew Niccol Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Lynn Harris Executive Producer
Sarah Knowles Art Director
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Daniel Lupi Co-producer
Francine Maisler Casting
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Paul Rubell Editor
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen and Special Features
1. Nicola Walks [9:23]
2. Art and Science [3:49]
3. Simulation One [6:04]
4. A Star Is Created [7:35]
5. No Questions [5:52]
6. Eternity Forever [6:21]
7. On the Town [7:44]
8. Where's Simone? [8:14]
9. Overexposed [8:13]
10. Simone Live [5:12]
11. Phoney Call [3:56]
12. Best Actress [8:11]
13. "I'm Simone!" [5:10]
14. "I'll Destroy You!" [4:20]
15. Death of Simone [5:13]
16. Vitually Guilty [9:39]
17. Undo [5:18]
18. End Credits [7:04]
Side #2 -- Fullscreen
1. Nicola Walks [9:23]
2. Art and Science [3:49]
3. Simulation One [6:04]
4. A Star Is Created [7:35]
5. No Questions [5:52]
6. Eternity Forever [6:21]
7. On the Town [7:44]
8. Where's Simone? [8:14]
9. Overexposed [8:13]
10. Simone Live [5:12]
11. Phoney Call [3:56]
12. Best Actress [8:11]
13. "I'm Simone!" [5:10]
14. "I'll Destroy You!" [4:20]
15. Death of Simone [5:13]
16. Vitually Guilty [9:39]
17. Undo [5:18]
18. End Credits [7:04]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen and Special Features
   Play Movie
   Set Up Screen & Sound Options
      Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound
      DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound
      Stereo Surround Sound
      English Subtitles On
      English Subtitles Off
   Select a Scene
   All Access Pass
      Cyber Stardom
      Simulating S1M0NE
      Deleted/Alternate Scenes
         How Hank Got on the Lot
         Why Synthespians?
         Sunrise Premiere
         Sunrise Uncut
         Simone's SAG Card
         Introducing Max Sayer
         A Fan
         The Red Carpet
         Eternity Forever Uncut
         What It Means
      Teaser Trailer #1
      Theatrical Trailer #2
   DVD Credits (New Line Logo)
Side #2 -- Fullscreen
   Play Movie
   Set Up Screen & Sound Options
      Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound
      Stereo Surround Sound
      English Subtitles On
      English Subtitles Off
   Select a Scene
   DVD Credits (New Line Logo)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pacino fighting the world again

    You can really feel the frustration of Pacino's character in this movie. First no-one wants to pay attention to him, then he can't get rid of the attention! The movie's funny, the characters are real, it's a worthwhile film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simone - hilarious

    The critics gave this movie a mediocre review. I can't wait to see this movie again and have been awaiting the release of VHS or DVD. This was released when other good movies were released. It was not given a fair try. Everyone in the movie theater was laughing. I liked this movie more than My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This movie, to me, was much funnier. Al Pacino was great. This movie is about a star, Wynona Ryder who walks out on the Producer, Al Pacino. The producer needs to make his movie no matter what or he is finished in the movie business. He inherits a floppy disk, which enables him to create a Virtual Actress, who does need a large trailer and does not require any perks or a large salary. Everyone falls in love with Simone. The lengths that Al Pacino goes through to make everyone think that Simone is real are hysterical. Simone (or Sim One or Simulation1 as the floppy disk is known as) becomes a ''real character''. She begins to take a life of her own is the only way to describe it. Some parts are serious, but overall it is the funniest movie that I have seen in 2002. It has a good story line, with ironic episodes spoofing the movie production industry. Highly Recommeded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Muy Bueno

    This movie is good for one reason and one reason alone: Winona Ryder. Even though she has a cameo role she shows off her acting talents at an '' audition'' scene she has. The movie on the other hand is funny and cute, and eventually I will probably buy it. But remember its only good cause Winona Ryder rules!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An awsome and funny movie that keep you guessing

    Al Pacino does it again in this great and honest comedy about a film director who needs a leading lady for his next film. I was very impressed and moved when the film ended. I recommend this movie to any and all Al Pacino fans.

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