- Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colton James, Dylan Baker
- Directors: Tarsem Singh
- Writers: Mark Protosevich
- Producers: Carolyn Manetti, Donna Langley, Eric McLeod, Julio Caro, Mark Protosevich
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Eiv
- DVD Release Date: 12 Mar. 2001
- Run Time: 109 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000057J6S
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,614 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Cell [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features (TO BE CONFIRMED):
Commentary by director Tarsem Singh
Examination of the film's special effects, production design, make-up and costumes
A profile of the director by his production team
Brain map and empathy test
Widescreen anamorphic format
Schizoid serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio) has been captured at last, but a neurological seizure has rendered him comatose, and FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughan) has no way to determine the location of Stargher's latest and still-living victim. To probe the secrets contained in Stargher's traumatised psyche, the FBI recruits psychologist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez), who has mastered a new technology that allows her to enter the mind of another person. What she finds in Stargher's head is a theatre of the grotesque, which, as envisioned by first-time director Tarsem Singh, is a smorgasbord of the surreal that borrows liberally from the Brothers Quay, Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, Hieronymous Bosch, Salvador Dali and a surplus of other cannibalised sources.
This provides one of the wildest, weirdest visual feasts ever committed to film, and The Cell earns a place among such movie mind-trips as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Altered States, What Dreams May Come and Un Chien Andalou. Is this a good thing? Sure, if all you want is freakazoid eye-candy. If you're looking for emotional depth, substantial plot and artistic coherence, The Cell is sure to disappoint. The pop-psychology pablum of Mark Protosevich's screenplay would be laughable if it weren't given such sombre significance, and Singh's exploitative use of sadomasochistic imagery is repugnant (this movie makes Seven look tame), so you are better off marvelling at the nightmare visions that are realised with astonishing potency. The Cell is too shallow to stay in your head for long, but while it's there, it's one hell of a show.
On the DVD Sounding more like a stand-up comedian than a serious filmmaker in his feature-length commentary, director Tarsem Singh (a veteran of glossy TV commercials and music videos) clearly reveals that dazzling visuals took priority over plot and character in The Cell. This emphasis is echoed throughout the DVD's bonus features, especially in a featurette "tribute" to Singh by primary members of his creative team. While the deleted scenes are interesting, they add nothing to the finished film, so it's easy to see why they were deleted. Detailed examination of the film's special effects offers a first-rate primer on the state of the art of digital imagery. To lend an air of scientific credibility to the film's basic premise, a brain map and "empathy test" are included, inviting viewers to take a multiple-choice quiz to determine their level of empathy and compassion toward other human beings. (The lower your score, presumably, the more you have in common with serial killers.) --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
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Singh`s experience of directing music videos and advertisements is clearly on show here, with many surrealistic dream-sequences and over-the-top design and make-up elements thrown into the mix.
The plot is fairly basic; an experimental mind-melding technique is used to enable a psychologist (Jennifer Lopez) to enter the mind of a serial killer in order to locate his latest victim before she is murdered by an automated system the killer uses in his MO.
Its a rather standard race-against-time scenario with the addition of flashy technical visuals and some – at times - misogynistic, fetishized and hellacious imagery, some of which has been taken from various contemporary art works (its kinda fun spotting them - Damien Hirst, Odd Nerdrum, Nancy Grossman – for example).
It has an air of pretentiousness about it, but if you are prepared to just go along with the flow its an okay film.
A reasonable stab at a mixed-genre, sci-fi/horror/thriller that entertains, dazzles at times, but ultimately doesn`t quite convince; a film flawed by its own excesses in a bid to be original.
The DVD release has English subtitles (though you may have to compromise on the screen-settings of your TV to view them) and a range of extras, the main ones being a commentary, some deleted scenes and a short “making of” documentary extolling the genius of the director.
3 ½ stars, ideally.
Introduce someone in another mind during sleep, ring a bell?
Personally, I think that the premise is great and the way in which also begins the film.
Visually it is a delicacy in the beautiful scenes and the more gore, the costumes and makeup are spectacular and the soundtrack also.
Reminded me (aesthetically) to the work of Salvador Dalí, the horse scene seems taken from the famous and controversial exhibition of corpses "Body Worlds" and also looks like a music video.
That's when they start problems when you let yourself carried away by the visual sense and you forget to take care of the story, the script and the characters, because you believe that the visual will be enough to dazzle the Viewer.
Not Mr Tarsem, it is not.
A good movie, it is in every way.
Fortunately Tarsem, learned from his mistakes and on his 2nd film gift us a masterpiece.
In summary: Visually this cell is a work of art, but as a film it's not a great movie.
Recommended for those who are fans of Tarsem.
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