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Slipstream (2007)

Director: Anthony Hopkins     Starring: Christian Slater John Turturro
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Format: DVD
Sku: 206672135
UPC: 043396227903
UPC 14: 00043396227903
Category Keywords: Fantasy  Hollywood  Satire  Surreal  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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I've Got to Get Back.
The worlds between real and imagined blur when an actor/screenwriter's movie falls apart as he begins to lose his mind.

"Taking a cue from David Lynch, Hopkins fractures the narrative from the first frame...  Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"...an admirable endeavor. Hopkins assembles a formidable cast of character actors...  Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club

Editor's Note
Anthony Hopkins channels his inner David Lynch for this MULHOLLAND DRIVE-like descent into the warped mind of a Hollywood screenwriter. Felix Bonhoeffer (Hopkins) appears to be losing his grip on reality. After he witnesses a highway road-rage incident go deadly, Felix's world begins to spin out of control. For one thing, the characters he's written into his most recent script have begun to appear in his actual life. Two of these figures (played by Christian Slater and Jeffrey Tambor) happen to be evil hit men who have just knocked off another seemingly innocent victim (Michael Clarke Duncan). But when Slater's character drops dead on set, the maniacal studio boss (John Turturro) sends Felix to the Mojave Desert to rewrite the script and resolve the situation. Along the way, he struggles to separate reality from fiction before the two blur together to the point where he no longer knows what world he's living in.

With SLIPSTREAM, Hopkins delivers a truly experimental film that will confound many viewers. By the film's conclusion, however, all of the cinematic trickery will make sense. Using a striking assault of visual and sonic tricks--quick-cutting, sound distortion, seemingly nonsensical stock footage--writer/director/composer Hopkins burrows into the mind of a man in a way that most films would never dare. The result is a confounding yet exhilarating satire of Hollywood that features standout performances from its all-star cast.

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/25/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 96 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22790
Video UPC UPC: 00043396227903
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Anthony Hopkins
Video Cast Info Camryn Manheim
Video Cast Info Christian Slater
Video Cast Info Fionnula Flanagan
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Tambor
Video Cast Info John Turturro
Video Cast Info Lisa Pepper
Video Cast Info Michael Clarke Duncan
Video Cast Info Anthony Hopkins - Director
Video Cast Info Anthony Hopkins - Writer
Video Cast Info Anthony Hopkins - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Dante Spinotti - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ismael Cardenas - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael R. Miller - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Katz, et. al. - Producer

Professional Reviews

Box Office
"Themes of mortality are clearly at work here, but so are celebrity, writing, acting and the art of filmmaking itself." 11/01/2007 p.115

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Leave it to a 69-year-old actor to make the year's most experimental film. Anthony Hopkins' "Slipstream" is an attempt to represent what goes through the mind of a dying man, although you wouldn't guess that from its official plot summary on the Internet Movie Database, which thinks it's about a screenwriter "on the verge of implosion." So have I revealed a plot point? No, because it's clearly stated in the movie's first line of dialogue and repeated in the last...Now is "Slipstream" worth seeing? I think so, if you'll actively engage your sympathy with Hopkins' attempt to do something tricky and difficult. If you want to lie back and let the movie come to you, you may be lying there a long time...But I think Hopkins does an impressive job of creating the kind of dream-drug-reverie state people can go through. I trust you enough, dear reader, to tell you something I should keep private: During a period after my surgical emergency, when I was on what Mr. Limbaugh so usefully describes as prescription medications, I had dreams more real than my waking moments. Then the fog cleared, my health returned, the medication stopped, and I resumed writing brilliant and lucid reviews like this one. But I know Hopkins gets it right, because I've been there. - Roger Ebert

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Product attributeActor:   Arroyave,Stella
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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