Requiem for a Dream/Pi [2 Discs] [DVD]

Darren Aronofsky's first two films are available in this twin pack from Artisan. Both Pi and Requiem for a Dream are available individually, but this package offers a cost-effective way to acquire these two very good titles. Each film is presented in widescreen transfers that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratios. Both discs come loaded with extras that include a commentary track recorded by the director, deleted scenes, trailers, and production notes. The Pi disc offers a second commentary track recorded by the actors, while the Requiem release contains a second commentary track recorded by the director of photography. This is a great pair of discs.
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Overview

Synopsis

Pi
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

Requiem for a Dream
Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., this gritty drama concerns four people trapped by their addictions. Harry (Jared Leto), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) are impoverished heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY, while Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Harry dreams of scoring a pound of smack, from which he could make enough money to open a clothing boutique with Marion, but so far he and his friends can barely scrape by supporting their own habits. Meanwhile, Harry's mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn), who spends her days watching television, is told she has the opportunity to appear on her favorite game show; wanting to lose enough weight to fit into her favorite red dress, she visits a sleazy doctor who gives her a prescription for amphetamines. Soon Sara has a drug habit of her own that is spiraling out of control. Requiem for a Dream was directed by Darren Aronofsky, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Selby; it was Aronofsky's second feature, following his acclaimed independent film Pi. ~ Mark Deming, 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
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