Requiem for a Dream [Unrated] [Director's Cut] [DVD] [2000]

  • SKU: 4108414
  • Release Date: 08/14/2001
  • Rating: NR
Darren Aronofsky's harrowing tale of drug addiction, Requiem for a Dream comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Supplemental materials include a commentary track featuring the director, a second commentary track by the cinematographer Matthew Libatique, deleted scenes with director commentary, a making-of featurette, production notes, theatrical trailers, television promos, and Ellen Burstyn interviewing Hubert Selby Jr., who co-wrote the screenplay that was adapted from his novel. This is a superb disc for both the film's many fans and DVD collectors.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 31)

Special Features


  • Commentary by director Darren Aronofsky
  • Commentary by director of photography Matthew Libatique
  • 16:9 widescreen version
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
  • "The Making of Requiem for a Dream" documentary
  • Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
  • Memories, Dreams and Addictions: Ellen Burstyn interviews Hubert Selby Jr.
  • The Anatomy of a Scene
  • Theatrical trailers and tv spots
  • Cast and crew information
  • Production notes
  • Digitally mastered
  • Scene access
  • Interactive menus

Synopsis


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


  • Ellen Burstyn
    Ellen Burstyn - Sara Goldfarb
  • Jared Leto
    Jared Leto - Harry Goldfarb
  • Jennifer Connelly
    Jennifer Connelly - Marion Silver
  • Marlon Wayans
    Marlon Wayans - Tyrone C. Love
  • Christopher McDonald
    Christopher McDonald - Tappy tibbons



Customer rating

4.6
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stays with you

    Posted
    kaleigh

    This film is one of the scariest, real and most amazing film I've ever seen. The person who gave it one star because they didn't find it "entertaining," did not consider the film for what it is. It isn't your typical entertaing film. It's not the kind of movie you want to go sit down with your family and watch and expect to enjoy it. There are parts of this film that I have to fast forward through even, because it's hard to watch. Mainly the parts that deal with Ellen Burstyn's character because she is just alone.. and spiraling down slowly. I'll admit, I first picked up this movie because Jared Leto was in it, and because I also find films that deal with addiction to be really interesting. Everyone's acting is incredible, and almost in a simple way. They all seem so real and I think that's why this movie has such a huge impact on me. Every character has some sort of pain and each actor portrays it honestly and beautifully. I tried to read the novel but it gave me a headache because of the way it was written. (It doesn't have any quotations.) But if you can get through it I'm sure it's just as good as the film, if not better. This movie doesn't have a happy ending, so if you're looking to see the type of film where everyone turns out okay don't, this isn't it. It's not a movie that I want to watch too often, and actually I haven't seen it in years. But it definetly sticks with you. The music is also brilliant, it's so fitting with the movie and often makes it much more dramatic and terrifying. It's just a really fantastic film, but not in the sense that it's happy and enjoyable. I mean that it's real and beautifully done even if it is a really upsetting film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This will rip your heart into shreds

    Posted
    NuMetal
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I learned about this movie right after I watched "Grave of the Fireflies" (another terrific movie). My brother, the one who showed it to me, said that GotF was likely the most depressing movie of all time, so I googled this, and Requiem for a Dream came up as #1 almost exclusively. Now I know why. I have never seen such hopelessness, and so brilliantly portrayed. I really sympathized with all of the characters, but especially Harry and his mom, because they obviously loved each other so much. The last line, when his mom says "I love you, Harry." caused me to break down and cry more than any movie I had ever seen, and I was crying all throughout that day. If the goal of a movie is to affect you, then this is easily the best movie I have ever seen. To the person who gave this one star: it is supposed to be painful to watch. If you think it "sucks" then go watch Hannah Montana. That probably fits your "tastes" more accurately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    Posted
    dlhex

    This movie is unlike most movies made these days. Its a raw depiction of the harsh reality of addiction and the lengths people go to in order to satisfy the needs of their desease. Its absoultley heartbreaking! You will find yourself sympathizing for each of the characters as they struggle to get by. This really is a wonderful movie that is well written and beautifully shot but it is hard to watch repeatedly because its very gut wrentching. You get wrapped up in the lifes of these character and as you watch their demise you cant help but feel for them...........all the way to their tragic end. You dont want to miss this one....but make sure you brace youself!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Somber and dark movie

    Posted
    JRoto
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    This movie is a grim portrayal of drug addiction. The story centers around several people who all have interpersonal relations with each other, but each of them are dealing with their own demons and their own addictions. The film shows how each person succumbs to their addiction, and the high personal price they pay for their addiction. This is not an uplifting movie. Interestingly, this movie has a seven channel audio track, which is put to good use in the movie with sound effects.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Favorite

    Posted
    MaruhNikki

    This is my favorite movie of all time. It is gritty, incredibly real, and in your face. This movie teaches you just how dangerous addictions can be, and how much they can change people. Some people tend to think that this movie is too graphic, but this is what makes this movie great in my opinion. There are parts of this movie that really make you want to turn your head, but I dare you to try. This film really sinks it's claws in you and pulls you in kicking and screaming, refusing to let go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Haunting.

    Posted
    arnieb

    Wow. That's one word to describe this film. This is a moving, sad, depressing, and psychological film. It explores the horrors of drugs and their effect on people, families, and society. Aronofsky exhibits his style perfectly in this film and is at the height of his filmmaking abilities. This is an unforgettable film, as is Ellen Burstyn's performance which is sure to leave you in tears. Although it's an amazing film, it's not one you would want to watch over and over again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Drug Movie

    Posted
    amberino

    this is the best movie i have seen that depicted the drug using and selling culture the best. great actors, plot, and characters. it was a very realistic portrayal of the lives of people just like this. everyone has a dream and these people had dreams of fame and drug use, usually used to get to the fame or the riches. it will make you think twice about drug use but also make you root for the drug abusers in the movie. very touching and a very well done movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    CRAZY MOVIE

    Posted
    ZOMBIZZOL29

    THIS MOVIE IS WEIRD AND CRAZY.IT'S VERY INTERESTING THOUGH-IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN DRUGS-OR PEOPLE ON DRUGS.IT KINDA MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE ON DRUGS RIGHT ALONG SIDE THEM.IT MAKES ME NOT WANT TO BECOME A DRUG ATTICT-THAT'S FOR SURE.IF YOU'RE INTO DRUG MOVIES YOU SHOULD DEFINATELY SEE IT.I RECOMMEND IT TO MY YOUNGER FRIENDS-THE OLDER ONES WOULD TURN IT OFF IN TWO MINUTES.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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