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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Gore Vidal, Jude Law, Elias Koteas
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, Hindi, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Dec. 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXWW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,310 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Vincent (Ethan Hawke) dreams of becoming a space pilot, but in the world in which he lives only those people with prime genetic material can attain the top jobs. Determined to succeed, he makes a deal with the genetically-perfect Jerome (Jude Law) which will provide him with fresh daily samples of Jerome's urine, skin and hair, thus allowing him to fake his identity and find a place on the space program. The plan starts off working perfectly, but when one of the company's directors is murdered and Vincent becomes the main suspect, it can only be a matter of time before his secret is revealed.

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Confidently conceived and brilliantly executed, Gattaca had a somewhat low profile release in 1997, but audiences and critics hailed the film's originality. It's since been recognised as one of the most intelligent science fiction films of the 1990s. Writer-director Andrew Niccol, the talented New Zealander who also wrote the acclaimed Jim Carrey vehicle The Truman Show, depicts a near-future society in which one's personal and professional destiny is determined by one's genes. In this society, "Valids" (genetically engineered) qualify for positions at prestigious corporations, such as Gattaca, which grooms its most qualified employees for space exploration. "In-Valids" (naturally born), such as the film's protagonist, Vincent (Ethan Hawke), are deemed genetically flawed and subsequently fated to low-level occupations in a genetically caste society. With the help of a disabled "Valid" (Jude Law), Vincent subverts his society's social and biological barriers to pursue his dream of space travel; any random mistake--and an ongoing murder investigation at Gattaca--could reveal his plot. Part thriller, part futuristic drama and cautionary tale, Gattaca establishes its social structure so convincingly that the entire scenario is chillingly believable. With Uma Thurman as the woman who loves Vincent and identifies with his struggle, Gattaca is both stylish and smart, while Jude Law's performance lends the film a note of tragic and heartfelt humanity.--Jeff Shannon

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
"Gattaca" is one of the better science-fiction films that I have seen in recent years. It looks stylish ,it is filmed superbly and it is well acted. It is an atmospheric and thoughtful futuristic film ,not of the high octane, pumping soundtrack variety . The premise of the film is interesting and also quite credible , namely that in the future genetically engineered human beings will be given preferential treatment in the job market and "normal" humans will be allocated menial occupations. As in the films "1984" and "Brazil" ,for example , "Gattaca" is about one man's resistance to an oppressive , stratified social system which interferes intolerably with personal liberty. It is a cautionary tale and perhaps also a parable about life in today's transnational organisations. The Gattaca Corporation , with its robotic, dehumanised compulsive achievers lined up in front of their PC's like well groomed battery chickens, mirrors the typical modern day open plan corporate office. "There is no gene for the human spirit" indeed.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
Genetic defectives have been a staple of science fiction ever since the discovery of DNA. But until 'Gattaca', the powerful symbolism of future genetics for present day racism never made it onto the silver screen.
This is raised to an inspired level by writer/director Andrew Niccol's decision to film it as if all the flashbacks had taken place in our own past. In written SF, this could only have been achieved by a complicated alternate reality setting. But, in cinema, Niccol's careful choice of fifties clothing styles, haircuts, and black-and-white family snap-shots powerfully evokes a past for the protagonist, Vincent (Ethan Hawke), which mirrors our own past.
I had expected this film to be bleak and oppressive. The premise, and the first half-hour, create an air-tight world where Vincent is condemned to second-class servitude because his conception was natural rather than genetically screened.
But Niccol skilfully switches the 1984 style bleakness into an ultra-tech murder-thriller, with the murder of the mission-director, moments (in film time) after we learn of the meticulous plan by which Vincent will pass as genetically perfect and achieve his dream of space-travel.
Suspense builds from this point on. On the first time of watching I was convinced Vincent would be caught, right up to the final moment.
The core of this film is in Vincent's words: "There is no gene for fate", although the official tag-line was "There is no gene for the human spirit". It becomes an enormously positive affirmation that sheer guts and determination will take anyone to reach their dream.
This is an excellent film, but it will not please everyone. It is essentially a short-story created in perfect detail for cinema. SF fans will appreciate the purity of the vision.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DM Bunny on 16 Feb. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Just a quick note - 5 stars for the film and the image and sound quality on this intriguing sci-fi identity theft film.
It is not Region A locked as stated in the title - this is yet another in a long list of technical mistakes made by Amaazon on their blu-ray product pages.
The film is distributed by Sony Pictures and is Region A,B,C compatible - it plays fine on my stand alone blu-ray and PS3.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2003
Format: DVD
Everything about this film is evidence of how much deep, imaginative thought went into its production. From the coolly clever set design to Michael Nyman's distant, stirring music, this Huxley-esque gem contains everything one could hope to find in an intelligent, thought-provoking sci-fi feature.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By paul_inwood@hotmail.com on 31 Dec. 2000
Format: DVD
A true 'think about' movie that is set in the near future... (If you were wondering where the title came from... I believe it is an anagram of the component letters that form DNA. i.e. C T G A) GATTACA
Gripping story that is well written and directed. Clever cinematography. A film, in my opinion, that was poorly overlooked at the cinema... but then 'cult films' always are!
Watch this movie and you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Based on the gene fable which has gained such a dominant position within US psychology, forever wheeled out to justify the current social arrangements, let alone the near future. As a creed it has its own set of adherents, and operates as a glowering Old Testament ideology. This is where those who continuously buy into this bogus discipline - which is essentially built upon the very unsolid foundations of eugenics - gain a foot on the ladder of success. It is a self propelling ideal, designed to exclude as much as define.

Here the "gene" for "addiction," "domestic violence" and "silliness" can be bred out of each individual. However what is not looked at within the film is raw flmsiness of these various descriptors. They do not exist in themselves, there is no "disease" but there are a number of names attributed to behaviors - a huge difference. But psychology and those bogus scientists believe otherwise.

In the best of pure American tradition, we have the odd fellow who bucks the system, but the system itself never comes under scrutiny itself; despite wheeling out Gore Vidal, to act as some counterpoint to the young bucks who fill the screens. You see the Amerikkkan dream is based on lucky winners, and this is what we have here, a lucky winner.

Therefore the story is somewhat deceptive, it gets you to believe in the basic mythological concept before telling you that hard work can too make you part of that elite ie the current craze around plasticity. But this is pure Aryan myth, there is no gene for an elite anymore than there is a gene for writing reviews - however what becomes important is that there is a belief these genes exist. And this is what is only tentatively explored by the script writer.
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