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A dark and melancholy mystery-thriller that unfortunately failed to reach a wide audience during its all-too-brief theatrical release, director Brad Anderson's The Machinist should find solid life on home video thanks in part to this impressive release from Paramount Home Video. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, cinematographer Xavi Giménez's moody, nearly monochromatic compositions make for a truly unsettling viewing experience thanks to a beautiful transfer that boasts dark-as-night blacks and shows no...
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A dark and melancholy mystery-thriller that unfortunately failed to reach a wide audience during its all-too-brief theatrical release, director Brad Anderson's The Machinist should find solid life on home video thanks in part to this impressive release from Paramount Home Video. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, cinematographer Xavi Giménez's moody, nearly monochromatic compositions make for a truly unsettling viewing experience thanks to a beautiful transfer that boasts dark-as-night blacks and shows no evidence of digital artifacting. The sound design of The Machinist is a key component of the film's ability to get under the viewer's skin, and the English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix offers impressive surround effects throughout. An English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround mix and English subtitles are also available. In terms of bonus materials, Anderson's easygoing commentary offers notable insight into the dark journey of haunted protagonist Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) while also playing up the film's dark humor. Though frequent references to Alfred Hitchcock get somewhat tiresome after a seemingly endless barrage of "H-bombs" are dropped by the hero-worshipping director, Anderson also offers insight into some of the more subtle influences on the film (including Dostoyevsky and German expressionism). Genre specialist Nacho Cerdá's impressive featurette "The Machinist: Breaking the Rules" does indeed break the rules of typical, by-the-numbers making-of segments by offering considerable insight into the production and presenting the material in a refreshingly artistic light, and a collection of deleted and alternate scenes will no doubt prove intriguing to fans of the film despite their ultimate disposability. A theatrical trailer rounds out the special features, making this release a true winner for fans of The Machinist and an ideal introduction to the winning sleeper for the uninitiated.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Brad Anderson; "The Machinist: Breaking the Rules"; Eight deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This is a difficult movie to figure out, and it's even more difficult to recommend. But we do recommend it as one of the most absorbing character studies committed to celluloid in recent years. Trevor Reznik a nearly unrecognizable Christian Bale is a lonely, taciturn machinist toiling in a plant where none of his co-workers truly like him. Introverted but not unintelligent, he lives a life of diminished expectations and emotional detachment, suffering from interminable insomnia. Trevor enjoys contact with a kindhearted hooker Jennifer Jason Leigh and a coffee shop waitress Aitana Sanchez-Gijon but doesn't really seem to fully connect with either of them, even though he clearly wants to. Reznik's lack of sleep has been affecting him in others ways: He's distracted by a sinister co-worker named Ivan, who may or may not actually exist. The Machinist doesn't have a formally structured story line, and it abounds in riddles and contradictions. Director Brad Anderson and screenwriter Scott Kosar concentrate on conveying Trevor's state of mind, and with Bale's help they are able to do so quite effectively -- disturbingly so, in fact. The American Psycho star, as part of his preparation, lost more than 60 pounds, and he is so painfully gaunt as to arouse viewer sympathy immediately; it's hard to figure out from the early reels if he'll make it to the fade-out. But Bale's shocking appearance, and his character's lack of concern for his physical well-being, is meant to suggest the depths of Trevor's despair. This film requires from its audience more than the usual amount of concentration, but those willing to go along for the ride will be well compensated for making the trip.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • UPC: 097363441441
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Trevor Reznik
Jennifer Jason Leigh Stevie
Aitana Sanchez-Gijon Marie
John Sharian Ivan
Michael Ironside Miller
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. Jackson
Reg E. Cathey Jones
Anna Massey Mrs. Shike
Technical Credits
Brad Anderson Director
Pep Armengol Casting
Alain Bainee Art Director, Production Designer
Roque Banos Score Composer
Wendy Brazington Casting
Luis de la Madrid Editor
Carlos Fernandez Executive Producer
Julio Fernández Producer
Filmtez Special Effects
Daniela Forn Asst. Director
Hector Gil Set Decoration/Design
Xavi Giménez Cinematographer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Scott Kosar Screenwriter
Albert Manera Sound/Sound Designer
Patricia Monne Costumes/Costume Designer
Antonia Nava Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Body
2. Awake
3. The New Guy
4. The Accident
5. No One Wants You Here
6. Make It a Double
7. Mind Games
8. Happy Mother's Day
9. You're Fired
10. Facing Miller
11. Looking for Information
12. Picture of You
13. Confronting Ivan
14. I Know Who You Are
15. I Just Wanna Sleep
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English 2.0 Surround
      Audio Options: Commentary by Director Brad Anderson
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Brad Anderson
      The Machinist: Breaking the Rules
      Deleted Scenes
         Trevor Visits Mysterious Grave
         Alternate Intersection Crosscut With Burning Paper
         Pensive Trevor (Alternate Transition to Airport)
         Stevie's Mysterious "John"
         Alternate Chase Ending Revealing Chimneys
         Trevor Tries to Skip Town - Commentary: On
         Trevor Tries to Skip Town - Commentary: Off
         Trevor Confronts Mother at Cemetery - Commentary: On
         Trevor Confronts Mother at Cemetery - Commentary: Off
         Alternative Version of Holding Cell
         Play All
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Dark and Haunting Nightmare

    Trent Reznik hasn't slept in a year. His body and mind are literally wasting away. When he becomes distracted on the job a fellow co-worker is disemembered. This description may not seem like much, but this brilliant, and haunting indie mystery/horror film is truly something to behold. Brad Anderson's (Session 9) The Machinst is a prime example of a great, non-Hollywood film. I was impressed with his previous work, Session 9, but not wowed because of the jilted structuring of the film. The Machinst's structure will have your head in knots, but pulls all the little pieces together at the end. I can't say much more about it without spoiling it. Just see it! You won't regret it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Plays With Your Head In The Most Subtle Way

    First thing first: yes, Christian Bale lost sixty pounds. Yes, he looks like a deteriorating skin over skeleton. This is crucial to the films mood and story. As Trevor Reznik's life begins to unfold, we unfold with him, and we are confused by what the hell is going on. Reznik, like the viewer, is on the outside looking in. It flows naturally, and things happen that makes us wonder, "WTF?" By the end of it, it proves that even the smallest things can have a long lasting effect, mentally and physically. I highly recommend this movie, just as long as you realize that the lead, Reznik, is just as confused as you are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He makes movies that he would want to see!

    When you break it down the Machinist is all about Guilt, and How "A little guilt can go a long ways". It was a great movie, and to see someone who gets so dedicated to their work, as to lose somewhere around 60-70 Lbs, when he already has a great physique. Christian say's "I like to make movies that I would want to see". I believe that Christian is proving him self to be a very diverse actor, I don't think I have seen him in the same kind of movie twice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2015

    Boring!

    Boring!

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapoin

    Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Machinist

    All i can say is wow, this is some movie and is one that'll be remembered. Short summary" guy w/ insomnia questions his sanity while leaving a memory behind that he tries to forget.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What was this?

    Never quite seen a movie like this before but I liked it. It wasn't boring at all and kept my interest until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting movie!

    I love movies with Jennifer Jason Leigh she is so talented in her roles. I thought Christan Bale did a great job, I can't wait to see him in Batman Begins.

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