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Timecode [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Stellan Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, Xander Berkeley, Golden Brooks
  • Directors: Mike Figgis
  • Writers: Mike Figgis
  • Producers: Mike Figgis, Annie Stewart, Dustin Bernard, Gary Marcus
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W22E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,201 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 8 April 2010
Format: DVD
Saw it on TV as a film so did not experience it on the big screen.There was a solid stock of stars involved: Tripplehorn,Skarsgard,Hayek, Burrows,Hunter and others.Shot digitally around improvised screens.The concept was excellent,the technique was experimental: 4 split screens running in real time, in one take with no cuts.Although people were speaking simultaneously, in different adjacent screens,the sound was stepped up in the one where the story was emphasised. The Hollywood world depicted was shallow and superficial:distraught wives seeking therapy, actresses seeking auditions,lesbians arguing,producers having meetings and discussing ideas for films.Sometimes one screen leaked into a neighbouring screen,or people crossed from one to another.I found it helpful to use subtitling on the TV,although that gave you a 5th thing to concentrate on!

I thought the story was negligble, but couldn't help being taken by the enthusiasm of the project.The trouble with the technique comes when it's more important than the story.Telling a good story is still what it's all about. These actors were allowed to improvise their dialogue around structures and sketches of their characters' situations.Some of it was very banal and redundant: walking,smoking,lying down.Some improvisers were better than others. For this to work you'd need proper scripts to give it substance or more rehearsal time a la Mike Leigh,or say a sci-fi story. As it stands it is a failure but worth a try.Technique should be a result of need.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Urban Fox on 1 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
Time Code is a masterpiece of directing and acting. It is filmed on four digital cameras, each on following a different character, all in one take! Then each recording is played on a different corner of the screen.
Although it sounds confusing the result is genius. You can follow the character whose action seems most relevant, or scan the whole picture as the movement and dialogue echo and clash with each other. Because it is all done with no cuts or edits the actors have to adlib for the entire length of the film. The actors have a chance to truly take on their roles.
With excellent music throughout, clever camera work, planning and directing, with lively acting and a story, whilst not gripping or action-packed, certainly able to hold its own, Timecode is unmissable!
And with extras and bonuses on the DVD, if you like real acting, clever ideas or an interest in film you will not be dissapointed with this.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Brockis on 14 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
So the idea: set four digital cameras rolling at the same time and put the reulting takes up on the screen simultaneously , using the soundtrack to shift your attention between story strands. Oh, and by the way, lets have the actors improvise their scripts. This could be the recipe for a complete mess of a film, but for the most part Mike Figgis pulls it off.
At heart this is a story of a suspicious lover spying on the partner she suspects of cheating. This is played out against the backdrop of a troubled film production company. It’s not the greatest story ever told, which is part of the reason I’m only awarding 4 stars, though there is plenty of whit and some moments of real emotional engagement. Another reasons not to give Timecode top marks is that it becomes too self referential, which I feels detracts from the story.
So what is it about Timecode that does work? Well, firstly some great performances from a strong cast. Salma Hayek in particular is perfect as the manipulative wanabe starlet at the centre of the piece. The “four scenes at once” format is also a success, as it melds the story threads together in a fascinating way. Once you acclimatise to what’s going on (which took me about 20 minutes) it does start to draw you onto the movie.
Not perfect, but well worth checking out.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laurel777 on 9 April 2006
Format: DVD
I rented this movie based on the positive reviews, however I found this movie annoying and unwatchable. I couldn't concentrate, and I didn't find the split screen clever at all. A complete waste of time. Needless to say, I would not recommend this "movie".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Innovative. 13 Oct 2000
By Kerr - Published on
Format: DVD
4 digital cameras. 4 quadrants. 4 continuous shots. All in real time. All improvised. Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) is definitely one of the most innovative directors out there. And that's what makes the film worth seeing. It wasn't as challenging as I thought it would be to follow all four quadrants at the same time. Figgis turns the volume up on the shot he wants you to pay attention to. The cast does a fine job, although I'm not exactly sure what Salma Hayak is doing in this company. Stellan Skarsgard is great as usual. Jeanne Tripplehorn is literally on screen in a continuous shot for the length of the film and she is fantastic. Look out for Holly Hunter, who has very little screen time, but who gives her character more depth than this film deserves. The reason I only gave this film 3 stars is that it didn't engage me. Watch it for its stylistic qualities and not for its story. I recommend the DVD format. After all, digital cameras deserve digital video.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Indie Film - Loved It. 14 Mar 2001
By turtlex - Published on
Format: DVD
Time Code is an excellent example of what film can and should be. It's definitely an experiment that the affordability of digital video allows. Shot on a Sony digitial video camera, Mike Figgis has woven a great story. The screen is split into four separate quardants, four intertwining, and simultaneous, storylines. I defy you to follow a single set of characters. Figgis uses sound to draw you through the story, raising and lowering the levels of different quads he'd like you to be looking at. It's excellent filmmaking. It is a challenging watch, but not as hard to follow as you might think. This excellent DVD version has an entire other "version 1" of the film which even features different actors. It's great fun. Highly recommended to the Indie Film Fan. Best regards, turtlex.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A grand cinematic experiment in a time of me-too productions 6 Sep 2001
By Jeremy Heilman - Published on
Format: DVD
True, Mike Figgis' great experiment is not an unqualified success, but it's so far from a failure that it deserves recognition. The split-screen shooting, which initially might seem a gimmick, quickly becomes a revelation. (I remember audibly gasping the first time two images combined to form one.) Few commercial directors are as actively trying to redefine and reinvent the form as Figgis. Gimmicks/innovations aside, the film is a hilarious send up of both Hollywood-style politics and Altmanesque busy narratives. The DVD version features perhaps the best use of the technology yet, allowing the viewer to see an alternate take of the entire film, and freely switch between soundtracks.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
compelling breed of movie voyeurism 22 Jan 2001
By Gypsy Gies - Published on
I had a great deal of fun with this video. I rented in on VHS, and am now buying it (DVD for the soundtrack control). I watched the film twice over, and caught so many more things the second time than the first. The first part of the viewing you spend trying to figure out how all these characters connect to each other, and then you relax into the flow of them popping in and out of various corners of the screen. Amazing timing ...just Amazing timing for one-take. Julian Sands' entire purpose in the film seems to be to distract the other actors and see if they get lost. This makes his background-character entertaining. I found myself backing the film up several times in certain places because as I was paying attension one thing, I suddenly realized the scene was slowly changing in another corner and I was like "wait a minute...what's happening over _there_..?". Over-all, the four simultanious corners of action are not that hard to follow. Mike Figgis uses sound to take you every place you need to go to figure out what is happening. I found the performances of Jeanne Tripplehorn and Saffron Burrows particulary well done. Both are on screen through most of the film and keep up character perfectly. Not a film for people who do not like to use their mind while watching. Mike Figgis does not spoon-feed his viewers (thank you). All in all very inventive and well done !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a mindbender 26 Feb 2001
By "emeraldavatar" - Published on
Format: DVD
Film is an art form. Sometimes. Timecode is art. Its story reminds me of an Altman movie (one of the old ones, from when he knew what he was doing), but presented in real time and split into four points of view presented simultaneously. For the first ten minutes or so, it's difficult to follow the four screens, but it's not as confusing as you might think. The stories are touching, although they could have been tightened a little bit - at times it looks like the actors are drowning in improvisation. Most of the time, however, things flow beautifully. The stories are great, just don't expect them to be all wrapped up neatly by the end of the movie. They're more like "slice of life" stories. A few people have criticized Timecode for the fact that a boom and a cameraman's hand intrude into the shot during the movie. Come on - we're talking about four cameras moving simultaneously around a bunch of improvising actors for two hours at a time! It is utterly impossible to expect a perfect shot under these circumstances. Plus these people are totally missing the point. One final note - the DVD includes an alternate take which, as I understand it, is a complete alternate version of the film. I can't wait to see this.
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