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World on a Wire

Criterion Collection


4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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Editorial Reviews

World on a Wire is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder (The Marriage of Maria Braun). With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, as well as a flavor entirely his own, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of a reluctant action hero, Fred Stiller (The Odessa File’s Klaus Lowitsch), a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy. At risk? (Virtual) reality as we know it. Originally made for German television, this recently rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema’s kinkiest geniuses.

Special features

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Fassbinder's "World on a Wire": Looking Ahead to Today, a 50-min documentary

New interview with German-film scholar Gerd Gemunden

New English subtitles

Trailer for the 2010 theatrical release

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Ed Halter

Product details

  • Actors: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben
  • Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 212 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0068CEGB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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