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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?

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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 Shannon


Special Features

Audio Commentary: Feature-length commentary: director, production team DVD ROM Features: Script-to-screen screenplay access; fully playable demo of Homeworld: Cataclysm video game DVD ROM exclusive web site: Original theatrical website Deleted Scenes: Deleted scenes with director commentary Documentary: Original documentary - Style as Substance, several of Tarsem's collaborators reflect on his work Filmographies: Cast/crew filmographies Multiple video angles: Visual effects vignettes: an alternate angle feature in which six special effects sequences are explored from storyboards to final scene Other: Interactive brain map and empathy test Theatrical Trailer: Theatrical trailer and international teaser trailerAudio Commentary: Feature-length commentary: director, production team DVD ROM Features: Script-to-screen screenplay access; fully playable demo of Homeworld: Cataclysm video game DVD ROM exclusive web site: Original theatrical website Deleted Scenes: Deleted scenes with director commentary Documentary: Original documentary - Style as Substance, several of Tarsem's collaborators reflect on his work Filmographies: Cast/crew filmographies Multiple video angles: Visual effects vignettes: an alternate angle feature in which six special effects sequences are explored from storyboards to final scene Other: Interactive brain map and empathy test Theatrical Trailer: Theatrical trailer and international teaser trailerAudio Commentary: Feature-length commentary: director, production team DVD ROM Features: Script-to-screen screenplay access; fully playable demo of Homeworld: Cataclysm video game DVD ROM exclusive web site: Original theatrical website Deleted Scenes: Deleted scenes with director commentary Documentary: Original documentary - Style as Substance, several of Tarsem's collaborators reflect on his work Filmographies: Cast/crew filmographies Multiple video angles: Visual effects vignettes: an alternate angle feature in which six special effects sequences are explored from storyboards to final scene Other: Interactive brain map and empathy test Theatrical Trailer: Theatrical trailer and international teaser trailerAudio Commentary: Feature-length commentary: director, production team DVD ROM Features: Script-to-screen screenplay access; fully playable demo of Homeworld: Cataclysm video game DVD ROM exclusive web site: Original theatrical website Deleted Scenes: Deleted scenes with director commentary Documentary: Original documentary - Style as Substance, several of Tarsem's collaborators reflect on his work Filmographies: Cast/crew filmographies Multiple video angles: Visual effects vignettes: an alternate angle feature in which six special effects sequences are explored from storyboards to final scene Other: Interactive brain map and empathy test Theatrical Trailer: Theatrical trailer and international teaser trailerAudio Commentary: Feature-length commentary: director, production team DVD ROM Features: Script-to-screen screenplay access; fully playable demo of Homeworld: Cataclysm video game DVD ROM exclusive web site: Original theatrical website Deleted Scenes: Deleted scenes with director commentary Documentary: Original documentary - Style as Substance, several of Tarsem's collaborators reflect on his work Filmographies: Cast/crew filmographies Multiple video angles: Visual effects vignettes: an alternate angle feature in which six special effects sequences are explored from storyboards to final scene Other: Interactive brain map and empathy test Theatrical Trailer: Theatrical trailer and international teaser trailerAudio Commentary: Feature-length commentary: director, production team DVD ROM Features: Script-to-screen screenplay access; fully playable demo of Homeworld: Cataclysm video game DVD ROM exclusive web site: Original theatrical website Deleted Scenes: Deleted scenes with director commentary Documentary: Original documentary - Style as Substance, several of Tarsem's collaborators reflect on his work Filmogra

Product Details

  • Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colton James, Dylan Baker
  • Directors: Tarsem Singh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cell (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
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First of all, let me start off by stating the obvious: this is not your average suspenseful cop chases killer kind of movie (it has far more substance than that). As well as achieving the understandable squeal or two (often because of grotesque things happening, such as flesh being stretched from suspension and intestines being pulled out), The Cell's visionary special effects is pure eye-candy that will undoubtedly thrill and excite you...

The film at first is divided into two different storylines. You have child therapist, Catherine Deane (played by Jennifer Lopez), who has devoted her life in trying to awaken a young boy by the name of Edward whom has lapsed into a coma. Then there is a swarm of FBI agents and criminal investigators (primarily Peter, played by Vince Vaughn) searching for clues to hunt down a serial killer that drowns his victims (all beautiful blondes), bleaches them to look like dolls once dead and then puts collars on them to make them feel that they belong to him.

Eventually these two storylines merge together...

When the FBI discovers where the suspect Carl (Vincent D'Onofrio) is living they immediately raid his house, but what they find is him lying unconscious on the kitchen floor. They rush him to the hospital and are crushed to learn that he has fallen into a catatonic state that is non-curable due to a mental illness of severe schizophrenia. He, unfortunately, is the only one who knows where his latest victim Julia is, so during the next 40 hours they must figure out where that is before the tank she's captured in fills up with water. The FBI then recruits Catherine to use an experimental device that links the two and enables her to travel within the killer's dark, perverse mind.
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Format: Blu-ray
Incredible blu-ray transfer for this psychological thriller directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Jennifer Lopez. Taking the theme of entering into the twisted mind of a serial killer - an exciting and demanding idea in itself - very seriously, "The cell" is a bold and extravagant portrayal of a visionary artist's concept. Blending many styles and genres, this is one of the first serial killer features to take the genre in a new direction. Tarsem allows himself to take liberties with reality and imagination, and puts his artistic rein to good use. He also shows an exceptional talent for storytelling. He leaves much to the imagination of the viewer as definite answers are not provided but instead suggested by the imagery he so skillfuly creates by drawing upon various works of art, producing a visually stunning movie, almost too heavy in spectacle. As overdrawn or forced, however, there is also thought-provoking as well as disturbing material to relish, preventing many from branding this a nonsense, superficial flick. Actually, "The cell" caters for everybody, offering sci-fi, horror, mystery, crime, drama, and art, all woven masterfully to create a captivating and fascinating cinematic experience, often unfairly dismissed as a JLo movie. Includes bonus features different to those previously available on the DVD. An amazing and unforgettable film, and a great blu-ray all around!
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Format: DVD
Pathos and Hate; they are about as far apart as two emotions can be, and yet so often the two come hand in hand. Above all it is this aspect of first time director Tarsem's The Cell, and not the stunning visuals, which makes the film's most effective impact. The Cell is not just another case of style over substance as so many have said it to be, but rather an emotional tale of anger, fear and ultimately forgiveness that is told through the use of striking images instead of just dialogue.

The film's central character is Catherine Deane, a child psychologist portrayed by Jennifer Lopez, who has spent a number of months using a brand new experimental technology in an attempt to help a young boy come out of his catatonic state. The boy is the son of the millionaire helping fund the project, and the technology is a device that allows one to enter the mind of another. The film's opening scene takes place in one of these situations as we see Catherine in a desert wasteland trying to make a connection with the child in question, but like her prior attempts it too ultimately ends in failure. Upon this latest failure the boy's father decides to end his son's involvement in the experiment, only to give Catherine a few more months after being convinced otherwise by the designers of the project, Dr. Miriam Kent (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) and Henry West (Dylan Baker). During the film's introduction of Catherine we also get a quick glimpse of her life, or rather her lack of one, as she has engulfed herself with the project to such an extent that she has time for little else.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This Blu Ray edition of Tarsem's visually magnificent "The Cell" is pretty much the same as the original DVD release with one notable omission, namely the isolated score of Howard Shore. The picture is pretty good for the most part with a granier, more film like presentation than more recent digitally shot films. The picture seems to jump in overall quality though, when the action moves into the mind of the killer, which I'm sure viewers will notice almost immediately. The DTS-HD MA audio track is absolutely spectacular. It's both loud and extremely active. Shore's score benefits greatly from the sound mix, which complements the events on screen perfectly. The aforementioned extras are all interesting in their own right with the mini documentary 'Style as Substance' giving a better idea of why Tarsem's more visually driven film making style is how he chooses to go about translating the scripts he makes.

"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.
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