Waking LifeDirector: Richard Linklater
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Life and animation come together in director Richard Linklater's groundbreaking Waking Life. Fox's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is excellent. Sporting vivid colors and solid black levels, this animated tour de force is nearly reference quality with only the slightest amount of edge enhancement in a few key scenes. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English as well as Dolby 2.0 Stereo in Spanish. The Dolby 5.1 soundtrack is very subtle and effective without being overwhelming. Directional effects are utilized in both the front and rear speakers for maximum effects. Overall both the audio and video portions of this disc are very well done. No subtitles are available on this disc. The extra features on this disc are more than plentiful, starting with three commentary tracks, one by various filmmakers, another by what seems to be a dozen animators, and a third in text written by Linklater. Taken as a whole, all three of these commentary tracks provide the viewer with crucial information on the production of the film, the animation, and how the story came to be. A 20-minute tutorial by Bob Sabiston offers the viewer a walk though on the animation software used in the film. "Snack and Drink" and "First Pass: Bob and Rick's Animation Test" are quick shorts on the animation techniques utilized in the film. Finally there is a very short four-minute featurette on the making of the film, an "Animation Scrap Heap," which is a collection of clips that represent alternate versions, tests, and deleted scenes, a 12-minute montage, biographies, and a theatrical trailer for the film and the Goldie Hawn/Susan Sarandon movie,The Banger Sisters.
The movie is like a cold shower of bracing, clarifying ideas. We feel cleansed of boredom, indifference, futility and the deadening tyranny of the mundane.
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
1. Dream Is Destiny [4:43]
2. Anchors Aweigh [4:18]
3. Life Lessons [7:33]
4. Alienation [4:26]
5. Death and Reality [6:22]
6. Free Will and Physics [7:47]
7. The Aging Paradox [1:50]
8. Noise & Silence [3:18]
9. What's the Story? [5:57]
10. Dreams [6:19]
11. The Holy Moment [5:48]
12. Society Is Fraud [2:30]
13. Dreamers [2:41]
14. Ants [6:59]
15. We Are the Authors [3:09]
16. Meet Yourself [7:26]
17. Performance [7:51]
18. Trapped in a Dream [2:50]
19. Wake Up! [2:17]
20. End Credits [5:10]
Languages: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
Languages: Spanish Dolby Stereo
Feature Length Text Commentary
Commentary by the Filmmakers (Tommy Pallotta, Producer; Bob Sabiston, Art Director; Richard Linklater, Director/Writer; Wiley Wiggins, Star
Commentary by Animators (Bob Sabiston, Jennifer Drummond, Holly Louise Fisher, Mike Layne, Dan Gillotte, Penny Van Horn, Mary Varn, Nathan Jensen, John Paul, Randy Cole, Katy O'Connor, Jason Archer, Pat Falconer, Constance Wood, Rahab El Ewaly, Katie Salen, Chris Minley, Paul Beck, Jean Caffeine, Susan Sabiston, John Bruch, Patrick Thornton, Divya Srinivasan, Rosie Q. Weaver, Travis Lindquist
The Waking Life Studio
Animation Scrap Heap
Boat Car Scenez
Wiley Test Sketch #1
"Sweep Me Up"
Boat Car Scene Cont.
Boat Car Scene Cont.
Wiley Test Sketch #2
Boat Car Scene Cont.
"All Your Base"
Wiley Test Sketch #3
Greatest Hits: The Live Action Version
Bob Sabiston's Animation Tutorial
"Snack and Drink" Animated Short
First Pass: Bob and Rick's Animation Test
The Banger Sisters Theatrical Trailer
Bob Sabiston/Art Director
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This film is a great way to spend a couple hours and then feel really great and inspired for the rest of the day. It¿s about the meaning of life. But not in a hokey way. It doesn¿t answer any questions or anything. It encourages you to open your mind to a range of possibilities. The movie centers around this main character who basically goes around having deep conversations with a bunch of people. For a while he is just listening, and you think he is dreaming some of it. Then he starts talking too. Soon you can¿t figure out if he is dreaming or not, or even if he is alive or not. It is very interesting. On top of that, the film is done in this interesting animation that creates a perfect dreamscape for these conversations to take place in. I would definitely recommend Waking Life to anyone who¿s into philosophy or dreams or figuring out how the world works. I¿ve watched it once, but am very happy to have the DVD b/c I want to watch it at least two more times to see if I can figure out what is going on. The quality of the picture is also great, and there¿s a lot of information about the animation process, in the commentary and also in some extra features.
Waking Life is a call to wake up and pay attention. You have to if you're going to make a bit of sense out of this film. This isn't one you can sleep on¿hence, WAKING in the title. Following in Linklater's ''no plot'' style, this brilliantly animated film takes you from one scene to the next, bombarding you with philosophies from the greats. Need more solid details? The main personality is an unnamed seeker played by Wiley Wiggins (Dazed and Confused, also Linklater), who finds himself trapped in a dream. Each time he thinks he's awakening; and each time his digital alarm clock tells the truth by swaying and swooning to an unreadable tune. Unable to wake himself up, he goes about his day, listening to others talk, meeting random folks and even watching TV. Each time he awakens he is washed in relief, only to find out that he is having yet another false awakening. It's a lucid experience that never ends. But it's not without its holy moments. It may not have sex scenes (unless you count a romantic moment with a stranger), or gory violence (unless you count the man who set himself on fire) and it may not be packed with action (unless you think sleeping, walking and listening are thrilling actions), but it does take you on a wild imagery ride and leave you with a feeling that there is more to life, not to mention more to dreams, than meets the eye. If you're not into philosophy and don't want to have to think to enjoy your entertainment, I still suggest seeing this film, if not for its imagery alone. The colors vibrate with movement. Dreamy symbolic images swirl in the background, giving it a trippy, other-worldly feel. Waking Life has a style all its own¿setting it apart from any other animated endeavor and sure to make it a cult classic. All in all, Waking Life is not for everyone. It is for those who seek to know themselves and the world around them. It is for those who strive to live life awake. It is for those who love art.
I was so surprised at the intellectual content of this movie that I had to watch it again to absorb what was said. The animation is so bright and electric that you have to make an effort to focus on the dialogue. Some violence is in the movie which caught me off guard but it was necessary in order to cover everyone's philosophy. If you don't like to think while you're watching a movie, than this is not for you. But if you're looking for something totally different than you've ever seen before, that jolts your attention and expands your mind, this is for you!!
Waking Life has to be one of the more profound films I have watched, and I like to think I've watched many films. It takes the viewer far away from the realm of conventional cinema and immerses them in a world of eccentricity and genius, surrounds them with characters that only grace the screen for a few moments to deliver a poignant, insightful thought, and then they vanish. There is a story here, but the story does not begin to solidify until almost two thirds of the way through the film- but it's importance compared to the rest of the content of the film is shadowed. A Brilliant film, I'd recommend it for anyone, especially those of you who are becomming jaded with the usual gang of idiots. ;)
Waking Life is a really good movie! It's artsy animation that's quasi-intelligent. Watching it I got to see the kind of professors I've always dreamed of - energetic, intense, actually interested in the material. Except for the first scene, the animation blends into the art - I mean the kind of art you'd see in a museum without the vulgarity of stillness - and, like the Disney movie Fantasia, creates perspective based on how we see/interpret. One note, though: there's one graphic scene in which the guy in the bar shoots the barkeep and the barkeep shoots back. (Waking Life's for adults, not kids.) It's just a really good movie, and I'm very critical about movies generally. This one, though - really good! (If only college could be like that.) :)
I accidentally stumbled upon this movie on cable and I absolutely adored it, and knew I had to own it! If you are the type who likes books or movies that provoke your thoughts or change your way of thinking, this is perfect for you. After watching it I knew I would never look at human existence the same way again. Watching this movie requires you to do some thinking on your own as you watch. It will introduce you to new ideas and get your brain going. The philosophies discussed in this movie are really very profound and enlightening, all set to a beautiful soundtrack and an unusual style of animation that is both realistic and surreal at the same time. If you are a ''thinker,'' you will LOVE this movie.
the movie was by far the best cartoon/animation movie I have ever seen on film. The night I rented the movie I watched it like three times in a row! The movie has great philosophies to be heard and recieted! Waking Life is a total must-see movie if you want to experience a great movie!
This movie will put you to sleep, because you just cant wait to ineract with your subconcious. This movie is one of the best i have ever seen. Not only can you relate, but you can experience new things and you can understand the depth of a dream. The animation was outstanding and yet their was so much variety to the animation. This movie will have you thinking, realizing, and experimenting. This is one of those rare films that should not go unoticed. This movie should definatly have more publicity. This movie should not be watched if your not in tune with yourself.