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Pi [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 3550348
  • Release Date: 01/12/1999
  • Rating: R
Watching a $60,000, black-and-white indie movie in a format devoted to video and audio clarity may seem like swatting a fly with a Buick. True, there isn't much to be gained from Pi's non-anamorphic, matted presentation (at least it's letterboxed). More importantly, this disc offers a glimpse into the low-budget world of what director Darren Aronofsky calls the "Pi family," and the driving techno soundtrack sounds at least $60K worth of decent in 2.0 Dolby Surround Sound. The behind-the-scenes montage takes about two seconds to demystify the film's special effects secret: hot glue. But viewers will also see the director's mom, Mom's best friend (who had a small acting part), and the low-rent set in low-grade color. The two commentary tracks -- one from the director and one from his college buddy and lead actor Sean Gullette -- reveal the budget- and sanity-stretching hoops the cast and crew jumped through, including shooting illegally on the New York subway and handling a real brain. Four deleted scenes with commentary, film-geek production notes, and home-video footage of the Pi family's trip to Sundance round out this fuzzy, but still fun DVD.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • Widescreen version
    • 2.0 Dolby Surround audio
    • Director's commentary track
    • Actor's commentary track
    • Behind-the-scenes montage
    • Lost scenes
    • Music video
    • Digitally mastered
    • Interactive menus
    • Scene access
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Production notes
    • Cast and crew information


    Darren Aronofsky scripted and made his directorial debut with this experimental feature with mathematical plot threads hinting at science-fictional elements. In NYC's Chinatown, recluse math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former teacher Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), and fools around with an advanced computer system he's built in his apartment. Both a Wall Street company and a Hasidic sect take an interest in his work, but he's distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions. Filmed in 16mm black-and-white, the Kafkaesque film features music by Clint Mansell (of the UK's Pop Will Eat Itself band). Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival where Aronofsky won the drama directing award. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sean Gullette
      Sean Gullette - Max Cohen
    • Mark Margolis
      Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson
    • Ben Shenkman
      Ben Shenkman - Lenny Meyer
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      Pamela Hart - Marcy Dawson
    • Stephen Pearlman
      Stephen Pearlman - Rabbi Cohen

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!


      This is a great psychological thriller, my wife and I love it! This is one of Darren Aronofsky's first films and was done on a rather low budget. I don't know why it's black and white, but it doesn't take away from the film. This movie has a twisted and intriguing plot that makes you think. This is a brilliant film, I highly recommend it! Also, some of Aronofsky's other great films are The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, and The Wrestler.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Film


      If you want to see just how great of a film can be made on a small budget check this one out. The work contains compelling characters and story that will keep you watching. It doesn't have the special effects of a summer blockbuster but it certainly doesn't need them. This is pure filmmaking at it's core.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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