The Cell (New Line Platinum Series)
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Cell, The (DVD)
Jennifer Lopez stars as psychotherapist Catherine Deane, who has developed a technique to enter the unconscious mind of another. Now, in a desperate attempt to save an innocent life, she enters the mind of a comatose serial killer to find his latest victim--a young woman whom the maniac has kidnapped and imprisoned in a torture chamber. But once inside the killer's subconscious, a terrifying maze of horror, can Deane return with her life--and her mind--intact?]]>
Schizoid serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio) has been captured at last, but a neurological seizure has rendered him comatose, and FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughan) has no way to determine the location of Stargher's latest and still-living victim. To probe the secrets contained in Stargher's traumatized psyche, the FBI recruits psychologist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez), who has mastered a new technology that allows her to enter the mind of another person. What she finds in Stargher's head is a theater of the grotesque, which, as envisioned by first-time director Tarsem Singh, is a smorgasbord of the surreal that borrows liberally from the Brothers Quay, Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, Hieronymous Bosch, Salvador Dali, and a surplus of other cannibalized sources.
This provides one of the wildest, weirdest visual feasts ever committed to film, and The Cell earns a place among such movie mind-trips as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Altered States, What Dreams May Come, and Un Chien Andalou. Is this a good thing? Sure, if all you want is freakazoid eye-candy. If you're looking for emotional depth, substantial plot, and artistic coherence, The Cell is sure to disappoint. The pop-psychology pablum of Mark Protosevich's screenplay would be laughable if it weren't given such somber significance, and Singh's exploitative use of sadomasochistic imagery is repugnant (this movie makes Seven look tame), so you're better off marveling at the nightmare visions that are realized with astonishing potency. The Cell is too shallow to stay in your head for long, but while it's there, it's one hell of a show. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
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Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Japanese, German SDH, Dutch, Italian SDH
Run time: 109 minutes (+ extra features)
Feature-length Commentary (Director)
Feature-length Commentary (Production team)
Style As Substance: Reflections On Tarsem - Several of Singh's collaborators reflect on his work (11:51)
Visual-Effects Vignettes: An alternate-angle feature in which 6 special-effects sequences are explored (70:44)
Deleted scenes (18:21)
"The Cell" may not be an absolute masterpiece but there's no denying the imagination and creativity at play here, not to mention the genuinely disturbing elements peppered throughout. In fact, I find the movie even more disturbing now than I did when I first saw the film, having noticed many more things about it that seem to worm their way under your skin and wriggle there. The movie receives a very nice treatment on Blu Ray, which it wholly deserves.
That said, I was horrified to discover they reformatted this DVD cut in a letterbox format, meaning they've cut off portions at the top and bottom of the film. Why anyone would mutilate a film like this is beyond comprehension. Unfortunately, it's a common problem amoung movies ported to wide-screen in the early 2000's. :(
I'm currently in the hunt for a DVD release in the original 16x9 without the letterboxing.
Otherwise, this film is beautiful. And I love this DVD for the special features, which are great, especially the deleted scenes.
I'm hoping I don't have to get the bluray for the proper screen format because I don't have a player and don't want to get one. (I personally think they waste blueray's potential on the assumption that people have some big home theater system set up, which I will never waste my money on. It's completely unnecessary.)