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Existenz

3.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Don Mckellar
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Cecchi Gori
  • Run Time: 94.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SL1WB2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,501 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Un gruppo di persone appassionate di giochi virtuali viene convocato per provare un nuovo gioco, "eXistenZ", basato su un miscuglio tra la più avanzata tecnologia dei microchip e la bioingegneria genetica. Allegra Geller, l'inventrice, illustra ai presenti il prototipo del giocattolo, il 'pod', ricoperto di un materiale simile a carne umana. Il pod si inserisce nel sistema nervoso del giocatore tramite un 'bioport' o connettore spinale. Il pod può accedere ai ricordi del giocatore, cosicché ogni partita procede in modo diverso a seconda della persona che sta giocando. A un certo punto un uomo, che si dichiara delle forze anti-eXistenZ, spara ad Allegra con una pistola fatta di carne e sangue e danneggia gravemente il game-pod. Nel caos che segue, Allegra viene salvata da Ted, uno degli addetti alla sicurezza. Per controllare lo stato del pod, Allegra convince Ted a collegarsi con un gamepod nel suo stesso corpo, in modo da partecipare al gioco insieme a lei. Dopo non poche difficoltà, Ted e Allegra riescono finalmente ad entrare nel gioco, dando inizio alla partita. I due si ritrovano in uno strano scenario, la Trout Farm, un ex vivaio trasformato in un fabbrica di giocattoli con catena di montaggio. In un intricato succedersi di atti di spionaggio e vendette, la situazione diventa difficile da gestire. Si torna allora al gruppo iniziale, ma il gioco di cui si parla adesso è Trascendenz, ideato dalla Pilgrimage. Allegra e Ted, al grido di "Morte a Trascendenz", uccidono l'ideatore e il suo assistente. Affrontano poi un altro, lo minacciano, e lui chiede: "Siamo ancora nel gioco?".

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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this film and was a bit disappointed at first to see one of my favourite actors (Christopher Ecclestone) with a dodgy American accent.

Thankfully - after experiencing several twists and turns - I saw why this was the case and all was right with the world again!

This is a great Sci-fi film with some deep concepts. Imagine a world where people plug themselves in (via a port in the spine) to a virtual world. This is a film where people use gaming devices which are actually organic rather than machine. People become obsessed.

This is a thought provoking film - with gaming becoming more realistic, and more involved. With people being able to interact with others through game and live second lives there, there is a possibility that the line between one life and the other may become blurred. I'm sure there are people out there who are unhappy in their real life, but comfortable in their second one. What could be the consequences of having people who care more for people in a virtual world than in the real one?
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If you haven't already seen this film, you will no doubt be confused by the mixed reviews that are featured here, ranging from five stars to one star. People often compare it to the Matrix as it deals with artificial reality and such, and thus people are disappointed by it not only because it doesn't have the same special effects, but in many ways it is simply not a superior film, though it has a more intelligent script.
People also have a problem with the ending where the film seems to fall apart and becomes very confusing. Personally I think that this confused ending compliments the film, whether it is intentional or not. There are some decent performances from the stars Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and many small appearance from high flyers such Ian Holm and William Dafoe. This is a star-hunters dream.
I thought this was a great film that tackled the issues involved in an interesting and subtle way. The highlight for me was the scene where inside the game Ted says "We're both stumbling around together in this unformed world, whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly nonexistent, always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don't understand ... that sounds like a game that's not gonna be easy to market", to which Allegra responds "But it's a game everybody's already playing".
The DVD of this film contains pretty interesting commentary from director David Cronenberg and seperate commentary from director of photography Peter Suschitzy, and visual and special effects supervisor Jim Isaac. I can't say that I've listened to all three, and it is unusual to have commentary from anyone other than the director and the stars. There is also a documentary focusing on production designer Carol Spier.
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By A Customer on 20 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
Of the recent crop of reality bending movies - The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor, Dark City - Existenz is perhaps the smartest. Superficially a tale of a game designer on the run from industrial rivals in a dystopian near future, it soon takes a step beyond typical Hollywood virtual reality and begins to question what it really means to be in an undetectable simulation.
Existenz doesn't boast stunning visuals or ground breaking effects, but its strength lies in its understated presentation: without realising it, you are gradually sucked into an increasingly disturbing metaphysical territory. Of all the abovementioned films, Existenz is the only one that actually forced me to pause for a moment in order to recollect which of the nested levels of reality the protagonists were currently experiencing, and the only one where the post-movie conversation centred more on the intricacies of the premise than the effects.
And it's always nice to see a movie that credits the audience with some intelligence. It's perhaps unfortunate that such a clever film drips with Cronenberg gore, but if you can stomach that, it is still fully deserving of its five stars.
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Love it or loathe it, this movie is essentially a one line gag, although it will probably take you 93 minutes to get the joke. Although it's about a new totally immersive virtual reality game [eXistenZ], the plot has nothing in common with films like 'The Matrix' - there's no alien 'war of the worlds' threat or suchlike. In fact this film has more in common with having hot tea and crumpets inside Star Trek's Holodeck with the safety protocols off. Besides eXistenZ is firmly set in our world and time, although it probably does represent a glimpse of the Playstation-8 touchie/feelie gaming future. Like 'Sixth Sense', the films power is totally dependent on not knowing what happens at the end (and the middle for that matter). I don't see how anyone could criticise the final scenes - that's exactly what the film is about. As the films power works best on first viewing, you could rent rather than buy, but with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Jude Law and Christopher Eccleston involved, and a complex, almost irrelevant, script, repeat viewing is rewarding [plus there's the three voice overs from the production crew]. If Twin Peaks ever came out as a video game, it might well be eXistenZ. And what's the game eXistenZ's tagline? - "Play it. Live it. Kill for it".

Our eXistenZ movie DVD came with English audio and HoH subtitles (no other languages), PAL Region 2 locked, 1.85:1 widescreen, and the 53 minute documentary 'The secret world of Carol Spier', plus the theatrical trailer, as well as the three audio commentaries (Director, Photography & Special effects).
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