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Requiem for a Dream & Pi (1998)

Ellen Burstyn , Jared Leto , Darren Aronofsky  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Sean Gullette
  • Directors: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writers: Sean Gullette, Darren Aronofsky, Eric Watson, Hubert Selby Jr.
  • Producers: Ann Ruark, Beau Flynn, Ben Barenholtz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MEYKD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,119 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Requiem for a Dream & Pi" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two commentary tracks on each film
  • "Pi" features: Behind the Scenes montage, lose scenes, music video, production notes,  and the trailer
  • "Requiem for a Dream" features: "Anatomy of a Scene" featurette, "Making of Requiem for a Dream" documentary, deleted scenes with director commentary, Ellen Burstyn interviews Hubert Selby Jr., trailers and TV spots

Editorial Reviews

PI - A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM - A hypnotic tale of four human beings doing their best to succeed in the world, but failing miserably. Four people get hooked on various drugs. Despite their aspirations of greatness, they succumb to their addictions. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One masterpiece, one flawed sign of future brilliance December 27, 2002
Requiem for a Dream is a directing masterpiece, and all four lead actors give impressive performances. Often directors make their movies confusing with too-frequent cuts, or distract from the emotional impact. But in this case the rapid cuts strengthen the emotional power of the movie, showing the parallel course of the four lead characters' stories, without creating any confusion.
Pi had elements of greatness, particularly in the directing. The paranoia, madness, and mathematical mumbo-jumbo in the story might not appeal to all viewers. (And some people just don't care for black and white.) But the real point isn't the story, it's the emotional effect of the directing. One thing that makes it an important movie is that it shows director Aronofsky's skill almost full-grown. The dirt-cheap credit card budget limited the director to a small story, but didn't keep him from showing directorial greatness. No wonder he got a real budget for his next film.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it March 8, 2003
my brother bought requiem for a dream a while ago and i watched it for the fourth time today. instead of just watching, i really thought about what was happening during the movie and i have never been as shocked by a movie as this one. requiem for a dream shows in plain reality what heroin and amphetamines can do to people and others around them, without glorifying them like trainspotting does. What makes this movie even more powerful is the fact that it can happen to anyone. this movie is like a scared-straight video.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Artisan releases packaged together February 11, 2008
Here's the thing. These are both great movies. I want to give it 5 stars on that. But I can't, because a) it's just a combo pack of the two Artisan releases, and b) it's deceptive about the aspect ratio of Pi.

Since this is the existing discs, Pi is not anamorphic widescreen. The Requiem disc is excellent, and it's the uncut version with all of the nifty bonus material (including the easter egg for Tappy Tibbons Rule #3). But the fact that they just stuck the old Pi disc in there is bad.

Point is: if you don't have either of these movies, this is a great bargain (mostly, I've seen it retail for $9.99). However, if you have either, wait for them to finally release Pi anamorphic because this ain't it.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both are great February 1, 2002
These are both fabulous movies giving us the world on drugs and the mathematical thriller. Both by Darren Aronofsky, these films rank on my top ten of greatest. Pi, filmed in black and white, explores the world of Max Cohen and his knowledge of the 216 digit number everyone wants. The ending is quite a shocker and wil stay in your head for days. The music accompanied by the movie is also quite powerful. Requiem for a Dream explores the rise and fall of four very similar people on drugs. Ellen Burstyn, who takes diet pills not knowing they are drugs, gives a knock out preformance and should have won best actress. Jared Leto i very real and powerful. Jennifer Connely bares from waist to bottom in an inspiring scene and also gives a powerful preformance. Marlon Wayans gives one if on his only great acting display. The quick cut shots and the fifteen minute ending, will also stay in your head. But the both of them. You will not regret it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We don't give a s#!t about you May 12, 2007
A 'Requiem for a Dream' is about both a mother and son losing sight of their dreams. They get pulled under by the pleasant advances of their addictions, and they forget who they once were. It is a beautiful portrayal on others' reflections of reality at large. It gives you a chance to put your feet in other peoples shoes and experience a 'dose' of the agony they face on a daily basis. All of this so you can reflect their experience through your memory and perception without living in their own manufactured hell. After seeing this movie I felt as if I had a better understanding of life. I could see how we are all like moths to the flame, and happy in our own sympathetically imagined worlds. This movie shows how a person can lose sight of their goals, if they stumble in their own addictions that only give them temporary happiness and release.

'Pi' on the other hand is about a man who stumbles on the definition of God. Max (main character) is an excessively private man that eats pain pills like they are candy, and studies the nature of the stock market from the privacy of his own home. He is also a whiz with numbers and computers. Although, he is very self righteous and doesn't like the attention that he gets from any one else. After he predicts a couple stock standings, his computer crashes and acts as if it had a mind of its own. Later on he finds out that his computer was trying to communicate with him, but he gets attacked before he can make any good use of it.

Both of these movies are crafted very well, and give you the chance to understand the world through another persons eyes. Beware with these movies though, because they will bring you down if you don't watch them with the right frame of mind.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. February 1, 2008
Yes, yes it's uncut and whatnot. The important part here (besides the incredible price - I got mine at Best Buy for $9.99!) is the quantity and quality of special features included for both films. Great special features for a SINGLE film are worth a $20 price tag and you get two awesome movies, both packed with great bonus features for under $10. Dang.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars SO WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE WEIRDEST MOVIE!!! the only thing I could associate with was the mom's strong strong desire to lose weight at any and all cost.
Published 15 days ago by Adrienne M. Tain
5.0 out of 5 stars saving this great collection
I currently don't have a DVD player, even the one on my computer is on the outs, and I don't have a tv yet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne-Morris Cullum
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for DEPRESSION_____
Requiem for a Dream : Elite classic 5 star film no question! I have seen numerous times over the years and will always have much respect for it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonas Snell
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 in 1!
For all you movie lovers out there, Darren Aronofsky has a gift when it comes to doing films and I have to rave about Ellen Burstyn's performance! Read more
Published 6 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Darren Aronofsky is a terrific director
Darren Aronofsky is a terrific director. Pi is an excellent film that lacks the pretention that is so apparent in modern cinema. Read more
Published 8 months ago by William M. Hollingsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I haven't watched Pi yet, but Requiem for a Dream was an interesting movie. I felt like there could have been more to the story, but overall it was worth watching.
Published 11 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie for adults
Love this movie, it's so off the wall, and the music was great. Ellen Burstyn was fantastic in this movie, not something she would usually do.
Published 12 months ago by Teresa R. Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Duet!
Most people are familiar with Requiem, but not so much Pi. Both are great artsy/indie films with scores by Clint Mansell, who is amazing. Both are quite dark, perhaps even morbid. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dylan Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice
The movie quality was great and so was the packaging but it seemed like a recording of some sort. They're weren't any movie previews
Published 17 months ago by honibea
5.0 out of 5 stars Good olde sick movies!
The heroes in these movies end up beset by bad luck, or semi-terrible fates. Great movies though. Maybe logical positivism isn't dead . . . in the movies anyway.
Published 17 months ago by Colorado Mark
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