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Ecstasy Of Order: The Tetris Masters (2011)

Thor Aackerlund , Pat Contri , Adam Cornelius  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thor Aackerlund, Pat Contri, Harry Hong, Jesse Kelkar, Robin Mihara
  • Directors: Adam Cornelius
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085X31ZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ecstasy Of Order: The Tetris Masters" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

From the days of Thor Aackerlund and his historic victory at the 1990 Nintendo World Championships, right up to the present and Harry Hong's perfect ""Max-Out"" score, this documentary expertly chronicles over two decades of Tetris Mastery.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! August 24, 2012
By Arkaign
This was an outstanding piece of work and a very happy surprise. It's well-made and very engaging, cool soundtrack, and has more than a few surprises. Whether you're a gamer or not, the story and characters here are compelling. Adam Cornelius has a very keen eye for this kind of work, I look forward to seeing future films of his!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest documentary in years August 24, 2012
Greatest Video Game movie ever. Greatest Doc ever. 3rd greatest movie ever. Fan of Tetris, video games or not, this is worth every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love? August 27, 2012
Everyone loves Tetris, and the heroes of this movie are loveable as well. You should totally watch it-- it's everyman's video game documentary-- and then try to get really good at Tetris and realize how good the people in the film are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Memorable Documentary August 27, 2012
Adam Cornelius handles documentary filmmaking with an approach akin to the best artists in the industry. The film's stylistic choices (including a fantastic soundtrack) perfectly compliment the subject matter-a look at the world's most popular video game, those who love it, the finest players on the planet and so much more. Like all great documentarians, Cornelius refreshingly observes and tracks the main subjects of the film, allowing the humanity in everyone to breathe and unfold in ways that shatter one-dimensional stereotypes of gamers. Along the way the universal nature of obsession gets covered, and fascinating sub-plots emerge that need to be seen. What you wont find here are false heroes and villains; there's no manufactured drama or viewer manipulation (often the tactic of other well-known gamer/nerd genre docs). This is simply a better, more organic film than that. Enjoy, and maybe you might even be inspired to pick up Tetris again for the first time or after all these years like I did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST watch for retro gaming and tetris fans January 29, 2013
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Let me start off by saying that I LOVE retro games. Play and collect them all the time. So when I found out about this documentary, I knew it was for me...

Now that being said, I watched this with my fiancé who isn't a gamer, never plays, and doesn't care about it.

We BOTH loved it!!

Ecstacy of Order takes an in-depth look at the most played video game ever, Tetris, and makes you think about it in a new way, all the while way taking you on a journey following the best players in the world.

It gives great background "credentials" on these players and brings the story together in which they all meet for the finale of the video, the tetris world championship.

The documentary is put together nicely and very well thought out. It keeps your interest the entire time and makes you want more when it's over.

I must warn you though...if you have a copy of tetris in any form in your house, it WILL be getting use after you are done watching's inevitable.

This is a must watch for any retro gamer, and will be enjoyed by any who have played tetris, or simply like a good documentary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Documentary October 23, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. I would recommend this to anyone who has played and likes Tetris. The skills of these Tetris players is mind-boggling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!! September 18, 2012
Great movie/Doc. Interesting and exciting characters with a great explaination of the game so even people who don't know how to play can follow along. It is hard to watch the movie and not want to go play tetris after! I am raising my game so I can go compete in the next world championships!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstasy of Order September 7, 2012
By emmaw
Everyone loves playing tetris, especially me, so when I saw that there was a documentary about some of the best players of the game, I had to watch it! Incredibly entertaining, loved following the story of the characters. Definitely worth checking out, it will give you a whole new perspective on how the players' minds work!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Interested
Interesting and fun for anyone who is already interested in stuff like this. I wouldn't put it in a class that transcends videogame movies, like "King of Kong".
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
If you grew up playing Nintendo and Tetris in particular, it's a fun one to watch. If you thought you were good at Tetris, get ready to be humbled.
Published 2 months ago by N. Gundara
5.0 out of 5 stars This Game, and its Player, is Cut From a Different Cloth
One of several niche-nuzzled documentaries to arrive within a very short period of time. Like "The King of Kong," Ecstasy of Order dedicates itself to an intensely-competitive... Read more
Published 5 months ago by drqshadow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Documentary
Don't underestimate this. It's truly compelling. It's an amazing story with storytelling to match. Highly recommended even if you aren't a gamer.
Published 5 months ago by Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars The defining moment of my generation
This is, all hands down, the greatest documentary of all time. I wish I still had my NES, this documentary makes me want to play Tetris again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by duspan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Interesting look into the life of a competitive gamer. These people are very unique, interesting and provide an interesting watch.
Published 7 months ago by Jason Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Video Game movie since King of Kong
A Unique movie, with some fantastic real life characters. Due to the ravid fanbase of 8-bit classic gaming, I think this will be a collectors item!
Published 17 months ago by HeroDad
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The subject matter and the music were both great. made me bust out the NES to try some if this. would recommend to anyone
Published 18 months ago by cool
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as a documentary about tetris will ever be, I liked it.
I wasn't sure what to expect, other than it having enough good reviews to convince me to watch. Beautiful job putting this together, really gave the perfect amount of back story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Stefanko
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstasy of Order
Well made and researched documentary that while not as 'suspensful' as The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters still makes an interesting watch.
Published 22 months ago by Bob Gadunya
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