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The Cell [DVD] [2000]

  • SKU: 4047025
  • Release Date: 12/19/2000
  • Rating: R
The Cell, a movie some critics labeled all style and no substance, might be the best-looking DVD on the market. To add to that feat, the included supplemental material provides depth and substance, making it clear that the movie's visuals were a labor of love. There aren't enough compliments for the widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1 presentation. Director Tarsem's imagination explodes from the screen, making for an intense, colorful tour de force. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound is also stunning, from the twisted sound effects to Howard Shore's wicked score. The "isolated score" audio track makes for a truly spooky experience. Since the visuals of the movie are so mind-bending, the "Behind the Scenes" area and audio commentaries are engrossing. "Style as Substance: Reflections on Tarsem" is a featurette thick with hyperbole, but the cast and crew who praise Tarsem seem justified at every film clip. Vince Vaughn seems oddly agitated during his segments, making for an interesting conclusion. Tarsem's commentary is a candid, rapid-fire treat; he leaves no stone unturned in passionately dissecting his debut feature film. The production team commentary is also interesting, though the fascinating "Visual Effects Vignettes" go deeper into key set pieces. "Interactivities," a brain map and empathy test, are worth a look. The empathy test is meant for fun, but it's pretty powerful in its ability to enlighten and/or disturb. Filmographies and two suspenseful trailers round out this landmark DVD.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 19)

    Special Features


    • Widescreen version of the film
    • English 5.1 Surround Sound
    • English 2.0 stereo Surround Sound
    • English subtitles and closed captions
    • Feature-length commentary with director and production team
    • Deleted scenes with director commentary
    • Original documentary: "Style As Substance," several of Tarsem's collaborators reflect on his work
    • Alternate-angle feature explores six special effects sequences from storyboards to final scene
    • Interactive brain map and empathy test
    • Theatrical trailer
    • International teaser trailer
    • Cast/crew filmographies
    • DVD-ROM features:
    • Script-to-screenplay access
    • Original theatrical website
    • Fully playable game demo

    Synopsis


    The Cell
    In this science fiction thriller, child psychiatrist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) has developed a technique that allows her to travel through the minds of her patients. When Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio), a multiple murderer who methodically drowns his victims and performs bizarre rituals with their bodies, falls into a coma, FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn) asks Deane to enter the killer's psyche, in the hope of finding a missing girl whom Stargher has kidnapped; if she's not soon found, in all likelihood she'll die in his torture cell. However, once Deane enters the bizarre world of Stargher's mind, she finds getting out to be a very difficult matter. The Cell was the first feature from director Tarsem, who previously made award-winning commercials and music videos, including the video for R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion." The supporting cast includes Catherine Sutherland, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dylan Baker, and Pruitt Taylor Vince. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jennifer Lopez
      Jennifer Lopez - Catherine Deane
    • Vince Vaughn
      Vince Vaughn - Agent Peter Novak
    • Vincent D'Onofrio
      Vincent D'Onofrio - Carl Stargher
    • Jake Weber
      Jake Weber - Agent Gordon Ramsey
    • Dylan Baker
      Dylan Baker - Henry West



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A decent film with some extraordinary visuals

      Posted
      varmintx
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      Tarsem Singh has a made a career with some visually dazzling films. The first here, The Cell, is not nearly as good as his followup, The Fall, but is still interesting enough that it doesn't have to totally rely on those wonderful visuals. Basically two films at once, a detective story hunting down a serial killer and the other, a decent into the disturbing mind of that killer. The acting from some of the stars, Jennifer Lopez, and in particular, Vince Vaughn, often leaves a lot to be desired. However, Vincent D'Onofrio's terrifying villain picks up some of the slack. Most of these Canadian Alliance releases are sub-par, but thankfully, this disc isn't nearly as bad as most of the them. The video and audio could certainly be better, but both are still pretty good, and unlike some of their releases, this has the correct aspect ratio of 2:40:1. Extras, however, are non-existent.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Visuals and Story

      Posted
      Jlewis90

      First off not concerning the movie. Uh to the person who edited this site it's spelled cinematography not cinamatography(hope you don't take that as a spiteful remark)...Seriously people...Anyway the movie is great! It's an original story not a movie with recycled ideas. It is visually stunning without detracting from the actual plot. You really get a sense of what it would be like to go into someone else's mind, and you really feel suspense. And another thing you don't really feel cheated by the ending.. Well at least I didn't but I suppose some people will. A definite buy for ten dollars!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent psychological thriller!!!

      Posted
      redandblack6s

      This is a fantastic film, one of my wife and I's favorite movies! The imagery in this film is spectacular! It has a very unique and indepth plot. There's a great cast including Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, MIB), who was amazing, Vince Vaughn (Clay Pigeons, Old School) is good as usual, and Jennifer Lopez (U-turn), who did suprisingly well, (her only good role, in my opinion). This is a geat edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller by director Tarsem Singh. I highly recommend it! Also, from Tarsem Singh is the epic film The Fall, which I also recommend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      the cell is a good thriller

      Posted
      tooshort74
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      the cell is one is a very good thriller from start to finish and if you want to watch a good thriller than i would say watch the cell bc it keeps you in your seat through out the whole movie so if you like movies like kiss the girls than check out the cell

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      In the mind of a killer

      Posted
      eckoe
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      There are very few films that Jennifer Lopez star in are good; this is one of them. The film has somewhat similar plot device of Inception where Lopez needs to find a missing person and the only way to do that is going into the killer's mind.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      interesting idea

      Posted
      lonewolf
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      would give another half star if i could. Probably not for everyone but an interesting concept. Entering a serial killers mind to find a missing victim. It is a weird world but remember it is a serial killers mind.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Disturbing and Beautiful

      Posted
      Scott
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      Some of the scenes go too far in my opinion and are a bit disturbing but some of the visuals are astounding. Looks great on Blu-ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Psychological thriller

      Posted
      darla1621
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      Jennifer lopez performance is surprisingly good in the movie. I like the game of it all. And going deep within the mind.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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