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Center of The World
     

The Center of The World

Director: Wayne Wang

Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Carla Gugino

 
Sex and passion collide in director Wayne Wang's erotic The Center of the World. Artisan has done a decent job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer. A small amount of grain and edge enhancement show up in a few areas, though overall the print looks fairly clean. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as Dolby 2.0, both in English. The 5.1

Overview

Sex and passion collide in director Wayne Wang's erotic The Center of the World. Artisan has done a decent job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer. A small amount of grain and edge enhancement show up in a few areas, though overall the print looks fairly clean. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as Dolby 2.0, both in English. The 5.1 soundtrack sounds slightly full with surround sounds utilized on both the front and rear speakers in a few key scenes. Overall the dialogue, effects, and music are all clear and free of any hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English captions. The Center of the World also includes a few insightful extra features, starting with a weird featurette titled "Behind the Cyberscenes" which takes a look at the movie's website, as well as a screen-specific commentary track by director Wayne Wang and consultant Patrick Lindenmeyer. Sadly, this commentary track is confined to only a few scenes, lessening the information about the making of the film. Also included is an interesting alternate ending scene, some DVD-ROM content, and two theatrical trailers for the movie.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Virginia McCollam
Joy Luck Club director Wayne Wang explores commercialized sensation in the cyber age in this drama, focusing on the complex relationship between a dot-com millionaire and a professional stripper. Wang sets the tone cleverly in the opening credits when what appear to be snapshots of exotic travel spots turn out to be different views of the Las Vegas theme casinos where most of the film is set. Peter Sarsgaard portrays an alienated programming genius whose preference for the virtual to the real is challenged when he discovers the flesh-and-blood vitality of Silicon Valley strip clubs. After meeting an aspiring drummer and part-time lap dancer (Molly Parker), he offers her $10,000 to spend three days with him in Las Vegas. She agrees, on the condition that there is no penetration, no kissing, and, most important, no feelings. But this neat, no-strings arrangement is quickly undermined by the messy tangle of emotions that emerge over the course of their stay in Vegas. The film is shot in digital video and affects the stripped-down style of amateur filmmaking with flat lighting, slightly unsteady handheld camerawork, and a completely unadorned soundtrack. The acting feels improvisational, although novelist Paul Auster and Wang, who collaborated on Smoke, receive credit for the script. It seems Wang is asking what role intimacy plays in our increasingly technological society, and whether or not true emotional connections are possible in an increasingly fragmented world. The director's obvious distress with the answers is played out brilliantly in the complicated interactions between his characters.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
If you understand who the characters are and what they're supposed to represent, the performances are right on the money.
Chicago Reader - Jonathan Rosenbaum
The metaphorical thrust of the story suggests that it might be about the fiction-making processes of writers and filmmakers as well as the delusions of capitalist buying power.
San Francisco Examiner
A brave and sexy film not easily forgotten or dismissed. Jeffrey M. Anderson

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2001
UPC:
0012236119630
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
36,163

Special Features

16:9 widescreen version; Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround; Dolby 2.0 stereo Surround; Select-scene commentary by director Wayne Wang and post-production consultant Patrick Lindenmaier; "Behind the Cyberscenes": the making of "The Center of the World Website"; Alternate endings; DVD-ROM:; Music samples from the film's soundtrack from Six Degrees Records; Website archive; Interactive menus; Scene index; Digitally mastered

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sarsgaard Richard Longman
Molly Parker Florence
Carla Gugino Jerri
Balthazar Getty Brian Pivano
Mel Gorham Actor
John Lombardo Actor
Ian Gomez Actor

Technical Credits
Wayne Wang Director,Original Story,Producer
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Auster Original Story
Donald Graham Burt Production Designer
Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ira Deutchman Executive Producer
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
Francey Grace Co-producer
Siri Hustvedt Original Story
Greg Johnson Executive Producer
Greg Johnson Executive Producer
Miranda July Original Story
Diana Kunce Art Director
Heidi Levitt Casting,Co-producer
Andrew Loo Co-producer
Jonathan McGarry Asst. Director
Peter Newman Producer
Kris Nicolau Casting
Lee Percy Editor
Lydia Simon Set Decoration/Design
Jim Steube Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Benjamin Wong Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [:55]
2. "I'm a Stripper" [3:17]
3. Sucker [1:37]
4. A Wild Ride [2:13]
5. Origins [1:12]
6. "No Fucking" [1:26]
7. Richard Needs to Get Laid [3:05]
8. The Time Has Come [2:47]
9. Flo Climbs On, Richard Gets Off [2:49]
10. What's Your Fantasy? [2:36]
11. Fire and Ice [:20]
12. Missed the Meeting [4:53]
13. Lusty Locksmith [2:34]
14. Playing With Bananas [2:11]
15. Lovefactory.com [1:12]
16. Sticking to the Agreement [4:33]
17. Taking Matters in Hand [:36]
18. Flo's Fake Flow [:23]
19. Jerri's Trick Backfires [2:14]
20. The Same Kind of Whore? [2:38]
21. Dear John [2:35]
22. "I'm Throbbing Inside You" [1:16]
23. Breaking All the Rules [:01]
24. It's Still About Money [:30]
25. Flo Finishes [:07]
26. Back to L.A. [4:32]
27. Pandora's Box [:18]
28. End Credits [:17]

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