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The Thirteenth Floor [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dennis Haysbert, Armin Mueller-Stahl
  • Directors: Josef Rusnak
  • Producers: Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, Marco Weber
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 April 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QGO3EG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Top computer scientist Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) has helped create a groundbreaking virtual world, modelled on Thirties Los Angeles. When the leader of the project is murdered, Hall becomes prime suspect. The arrival of the victim's beautiful daughter adds to the intrigue, and as the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred, Hall begins to wonder if he actually is the killer.


Computer scientist Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) finds something extremely important. Knowing that he's marked for assassination, he leaves a message in the virtual reality world he's designed, hoping it will be found by colleague Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko). Hall is a suspect in Fuller's murder and indeed finds a bloody shirt in his house, with no recollection of what he did the night before. Hall plunges headlong into Fuller's world (a re-creation of l937 Los Angeles) to try to unravel the slaying and is soon knee-deep in confusion and trouble. What this film lacks in character depth and plot cohesiveness it makes up for in special effects and high concept. Fans of films like Blade Runner, Dark City, eXistenZ, and even the game Sim City should find this appealing. Of course, there's the question of letting the computers do all the heavy lifting in films while the humans walk through the plot (an all-too-familiar scenario in 1999), but the re-creation of 30s Los Angeles is certainly something to see, pallid script and acting or not. The Thirteenth Floor is a stylish modern-day noir that raises questions about technology vs. reality, all the while wrapped up in a murder-mystery story line. --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Hudson on 2 April 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Most of my views on this film have already been put very effectively by other reviews. Thus: the "predictable" twists still work (and I didn't predict most of them!), the performances are well judged if subtle, and the atmosphere and production values (mostly) lift themselves above the genre and the budget. The movie is indeed worthy to be judged alongside The Matrix, plus or minus, and in my opinion slightly plus, although I did rate The Matrix highly. I'd also like to add that The Thirteenth Floor is an unusually, and genuinely, moral and humanistic tale, for something that is basically entertainment. I cannot reveal exactly why I hold this opinion without generating plot spoilers, but this aspect should not be difficult to spot. Finally, who else thinks there is a final possible twist right the end, and why do we not see more of the delicately beautiful Gretchen Mol?
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T D Jones on 15 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
Some people think this film was derived from The Matrix. In fact it is based on a book I read as a teenager and that was MANY years ago. As soon as someone in an internet conference mentioned the name I knew the book by, "Counterfeit World", I knew I had to see it.
The concept of this film becomes closer to reality every day as games like The Sims let you live life for a computer character. A group of scientists have created a simulated world inside a computer. The inhabitants have a life of their own but people can plug in to take over a character and live their life. None of the characters in the world are aware it isn't real and life goes on for them even when there is no human intervention.
One of the scientists makes a shocking discovery and manages to leave a message for his colleague with a simulation character before he is murdered and the colleague becomes the prime suspect. Entering the virtual world to find clues to clear his name, our hero discovers that the message has enabled a character to discover the true nature of his world.
After various twist and turns with new characters appearing in his life and events making him doubt his own sanity he discovers the secret his mentor was killed to protect. One concept I don't remember from the original book, but crucial to the story, is that if a player is killed in the virtual world the normal mind of the character will take over his body. This brings the film to a satisfying conclusion that I don't remember in the original novel.
Some reviews have said the acting isn't very good, but I found myself so carried along by the concept and the questions it raises about reality I can't say I really noticed the acting. That's really all I ask of a film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on 30 July 2008
Format: DVD
Having read the other reviews, there's only a few things I want to comment on here.

Firstly, that one reviewer talks about the 'time-shift' concepts shows that he never really got in to and understood the film. This is *not* a film about time travel or time 'shifting' but about reality. I can't believe that it's too complicated to give that impression so I can only assume that the reviewer wasn't giving the film their full attention - which is what the film needs.

Second, Craig Bierko is not my favourite actor (by far!). However, his very underplayed role is superb and the director uses his bewildered silences to bring across to the viewer the depth of brown stuff that the character is being pushed in to.

The dance scene between Craig Bierko and Gretchen Moll in 'real life' to 'Easy Come, Easy Go' has got to be the most sensual scene I have seen in a long time in a film. The desire comes across vividly in their looks and glances - and yet they never even so much as kiss - it's a clear case of proving that you *don't* have to show sex to make a couple appear erotic.

Vincent D'Onofrio is simply sensational. See the film for him alone. He plays Whitney, a computer geek and Ashton, a bartender - both characters are extremely different and his use of different body language (Ashton stands erect, self-confident - Whitney slumps, drags his feet) is a stunning piece of character acting.

On the whole, the film holds its secrets for about an hour of the film - and, then, five minutes before the end, you realise that what you thought was actually happening is actually not quite right (that may sound cryptic but I don't want to add spoilers here).

Yes, I'd thoroughly recommend it - but make sure you can give it your undivided attention or you'll not get in to it at all.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2001
Format: DVD
Unfortunately, the 13th Floor was released straight to video here and it's a shame really. Though it has been pointed out that many of the 'twists' are predictable and so is the ending, the same could be said for many films, including the over-rated 'The Matrix'. As to the point that Craig Bierko's performance is flat, I must disagree. I think his performance suited his character; an easy going good-guy who's been drawn into something against his will. The support cast is excellent and the soundtrack is superb. This film will not disappoint, especially if you like character and plot driven films. If you liked Dark City in particular, check it out now. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Guerra on 14 Mar. 2010
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Praise to the excellent direction and screenplay to Josef Rusnak and team!

From magnificent Daniel F. Galouye's book "Simulacron 3"

The plot may look simple at first sight, the world has created a new world within through the use of technology, but the story will lead us to an even unknown dimension that not even The Matrix would as clearly set as The Thirteenth Floor. The music, rendering and camera angles just fit the standards (higher than the average though) and there's a thick and refined work in here where Gretchen Mol and Vincent D'Onofrio take most credit for a delighting performance. The the pace is, to my concern, dedicated to the complexity of the characters and the implications of a parallel life and even life after death, rather than tricky special effects. That's maybe why this film did not hit a wider audience?

More questioning reality on film making please, this planet needs this!

Definitely a film worth watching twice, keeping and cherishing.
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