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Existenz / B Monkey / Malevolent [Blu-ray]

4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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During the first closed-door demonstration of an amazing new virtual reality game called eXistenZ, the system's brilliant designer, Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is violently attacked by a crazed assassin intent on killing her and destroying her creation. Forced into hiding, Allegra enlists a young assistant (Jude Law) to help her in testing the damaged system...by convincing him to join her inside eXistenZ. The action explodes as their world's real-life dangers begin to merge with the fantasy of the game.

A maverick cop (Lou Diamond Phillips) under routine investigation for a job-related shooting, Jack finds himself being set up as the prime suspect in a killing spree. Sliding deeper into trouble and with few clues to go on, in desperation Jack teams up with an exotic dancer who may hold the secret to the motive behind this mystery. With time running out, Jack must do whatever it takes to put all the pieces together and prove his innocence before the real killer pulls off the perfect crime.

Tired of criminal activity, a wild and beautiful thief named B. begins to look for a way out of her dangerous profession. While trying to kick her addiction to crime, she finds love with a naive schoolteacher—until the dark secrets from B.'s past begin to creep into her new life. As ex-partners Paul and Bruno get back in the picture, you'll feel the intensity build as B.'s harrowing balancing act threatens to come crashing down.

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Directors: David Cronenberg, Michael Radford, John Terlesky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,185 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I hope this doesn't dissuade people from reading my review, but I am going to primarily talk about Existenz on this disc. I am currently watching Malevolent as I type this and it's decent, kind of like a tv cop movie but starring La Bamba. As for B Monkey, I am not a huge Asia Argento fan, and the movie didn't do much for me. It's about Asia being an Ex thief who falls in love with a very straight laced guy. He gets pulled into some of her crazy ways and by the end you don't know if this couple will make it through.

Both of the other films are OK B movies, but nothing that will blow you away, or make you think the way Existenz does. I kind of wish they at least put other Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk/Biopunk films on here with Existenz. But oh well!

Existenz revolves around Jennifer Jason Leigh who plays a game designer who is on the run from a group of people in society who feel that making virtual reality games, or even playing them is detrimental to ones health & connection to the real world. It has a lot of undertones of what is real, and what isn't. The movie throws quite a few hints and plot twists and it will definitely keep you interested and thinking until the very end.

I wouldn't call this movie completely Cyberpunk due to the way the gamers jack into the game, which is through a very weird looking "flesh pod". They literally take an umbilical cord and plug it into a port directly in their spines. Sounds weird? This is Cronenberg, didn't you realize he loves mixing machines and human parts? =)

Overall without getting too far into the film as to not ruin anything, it is a great ride. And I was pretty happy with this Blu-Ray upgrade, even though it really could stand on it's own merits.
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I am writing about eXistenzZ. Never heard of nor saw this movie before it was on one of the primum cable/satellite channels. It is definitely different but I thought was well done for what looked like a low budget type movie. Had some good twists and just a fun movie. Not really scary but more like a little bit of a thriller and some suspense.

Definitely one of those gem movies that people never heard about. I gave it 5 stars because I really liked it and didn't know what it was going to be about. I know this isn't like a blockbuster hit or a movie I would rate against other big time movies, but a 5 star for a little lower budget movie.

It is about a video game like an MMO type excpet it is with real people. I guess you could say almost like virtual reality but no glasses or anything.

Anyways without getting too much into it, I recommend it.
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To be honest I have only seen one of the three films, and that one was eXistenZ. The other two I don't care about, but if you want to see eXistenZ in glorious high definition this is the disc to get. That's right. Forget the separate Blu-Ray release of the film from Echo Bridge. That particular disc has the movie encoded at a lower bitrate. While you may not notice any loss in the level of detail the movie's brightness level was also amped up for some reason. There is also a few contrast flickers and digital artifacts here and there too. This really kills the whole feel of the film. You are better off with this collection.

Now what's so good about eXistenZ? Well first it's a film by Dave Cronenberg, who is known for sci-fi that delves into interesting themes in films like Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly and others. This particular film is about a new gaming system called eXistenZ. In this game you plug into the game system (literally wiring into your spine) and get drawn into a game world that is so realistic you are hard pressed to know what is real and what is not. In this game reality different themes are explored including the concept of organic technology and the implications thereof and the addiction of gaming. You are thrown into the story in a rather rushed way that at first feels like a flaw, but in the end you realize it's part of the design. The main plot is a bit pedestrian with a sect of people who are trying to kill the designer of the game, but in that plot you get an excuse to explore the themes. And that's the whole point of the film.

Organic technology is showcased in this movie. It explores how such devices are created, including an underside to using organics. I have to say I like the exploration into this organic tech stuff.
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