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The Cell [DVD] [2000]

Release Date:12/19/2000
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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    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (18 out of 18)

    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


    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

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