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Pi (1997)

Director: Darren Aronofsky     Starring: Sean Gullette
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40105055
UPC: 012236049401
UPC 14: 00012236049401
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Faith in chaos.
A brilliant mathematician teeters on the brink of insanity as he searches for an elusive numerical code in this critically acclaimed schizophrenic thriller. Special features: commentary by director darren aronofsky and actor sean gullette, deleted scenes, interactive menus, production notes and much more.

"...in this movie there is passion (for knowledge), love (of God), greed and plenty of conflict. I had a ball.  Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner

Editor's Note
Low-budget film that won Darren Aronofsky "Best Director" at 1998's Sundance Film Festival. Gritty, inventive black-and-white photography drives this story of genius mathematician Max Cohen who is exploring the possible existence of discernible patterns in the stock market. With the aid of Euclid, his home grown supercomputer, Max stumbles upon a bug that crashes his system and spits out a seemingly meaningless number. A knowledgeable friend gives him insight using the ancient game of Go and warns of the spiritual ramifications of powerful numbers. A Hasidic cabalistic sect and representatives from an extremely powerful Wall Street firm then attempt to extract the number from him, by whatever means necessary, for their own ill-gotten gains.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Surround Sound, Commentary

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/24/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 85 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 60494
Video UPC UPC: 00012236049401
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ben Shenkman
Video Cast Info Mark Margolis
Video Cast Info Pamela Hart
Video Cast Info Sean Gullette
Video Cast Info Daren Aronofsky - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Darren Aronofsky - Director
Video Cast Info Clint Mansell - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Eric Watson - Producer
Video Cast Info Sean Gulette - Writer

Awards


Independent Spirit (1999)
Video Award Name Darren Aronofsky, Winner, Best First Screenplay

Sundance Film Festival (1999)
Video Award Name Darren Aronofsky, Winner, Director's Award-Dramatic Film

Independent Spirit (1999)
   Video Award Name Matthew Libatique, Nominee, Best Cinematographer
   Video Award Name Darren Aronofsky, et al., Nominee, Best First Feature

Memorable Quotes

"11:15 Restate my assumptions:|1. Mathematics is the language of nature.|2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers.|3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge.|Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature."| -- Max Cohen

"The Torah is just a long string of numbers. Some say that it's a code sent to us from God." | -- Lenny Meyer

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...[A] mesmerizing mind-bender.....Aronofsky is a visionary with a raw talent..." 07/09/1998 p.145

USA Today
"...Truly an original..." 08/21/1998 p.3E

Film Comment
"...Ingeniously cerebral, playfully twisted....A tour-de-force of grainy, high-contrast black-and-white photography and inventive editing and sound design..." 03/01/1998 p.7

Premiere
"...[Aronofsky] manages to showcase plenty of style..." 08/01/1998 p.24

Box Office
"...A hallucinatory rumination on the riddle of existence....PI is a delight for the eye and the mind..." -- 5 out of 5 stars 04/01/1998 p.180

Los Angeles Times
"...It is a brilliant intellectual adventure that fans of bold independent filmmaking will want to experience..." 07/24/1998 p.C6

Total Film
"A deeply unnerving and compulsively watchable indie thriller shot entirely in black and white..." 06/01/2000 p.90

Wall Street Journal
"The gritty black-and-whiteness of Darren Aronofsky's first feature recalls another visionary debut, David Lynch's ERASERHEAD." 12/03/2010

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
[Pi] transports us to a world that is like yet unlike our own, and, in its mysterious familiarity, is eerie, intense, and compelling. Reality is a fragile commodity, but, because the script is well-written and the central character is strongly developed, it's not hard to suspend disbelief... For anyone who wants a movie to feed their intelligence and imagination more than their eyes and ears, Pi is a solid choice.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Gullette,Sean
Product attributeLabel:   Artisan Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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