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Format: DVD
Sku: 226688631
UPC: 715515092111
UPC 14: 00715515092111
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Editor's Note
A scientist in charge of a project that could usher in a bold new era of technology begins experiencing signs of mental illness that may indicate the onset of schizophrenia, but could be the bold first step in merging man and machine in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's mind-bending sci-fi classic. The "Simulacron 1" project was designed by The Institute for Cybernetics and Futurology to predict the events of the future with uncanny accuracy. Though the benevolent scientists in charge of the project envision the "Simulacron 1" being used to improve living conditions for all the people of planet Earth, other, less altruistic people see it as a source of unparalleled power. The future of the project comes into question, however, when its mastermind, Professor Vollmer, dies unexpectedly. Attributing his death to suicide due to his strange behavior in recent weeks, institute head Herbert Siskins quickly places the capable Dr. Fred Stiller in charge of the project. But it isn't long before Dr. Stiller, too, begins to display signs of mental instability that seem to indicate the early stages of schizophrenia. Now, the deeper Dr. Stiller immerses himself in the project, the more he begins to see signs of life in the electronic 'identity units' of the "Simulacron 1." As the "identity units" begin to take on the appearance of someone he knows, the line between technology and humanity becomes indistinguishable.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Criterion Collection
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/21/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 212 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00715515092111
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review World on a Wire - The Criterion Collection - DVD Review
By: Jordan Richardson Reviews
Published on: 3/3/2012 9:02 AM
Airing originally on German television as a two-part miniseries, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s World on a Wire is a prescient, intelligent, complex piece of work that serves as a precursor of sorts for films like The Matrix and Inception. Fassbinder’s film has now been released on Criterion Collection in its full three-and-a-half-hour glory and really should be experienced as a whole the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Margit Carstensen - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ingrid Caven - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Peter Chatel - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Eddie Constantine - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ivan Desny - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Liselotte Eder - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Joachim Hansen - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gottfried John - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Elma Karlowa - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Christine Kaufman - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Peter Kern - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gunter Lamprecht - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rudolf Lenz - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Klaus Lowitsch - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Christiane Maybach - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Peter Moland - Co-Star
Video Cast Info El Hedi Ben Salem - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Karl Scheydt - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Barbara Valentin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ulli Lommel - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Magdalena Montezuma - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kurt Raab - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Werner Schroeter - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Katrin Schaake - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Heinz Meier - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rudolf Waldemar Brem - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Bruce Low - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Walter Sedlmayr - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Karl Heinz Vosgerau - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Michael Ballhaus - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Director

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "Fassbinder's camera massages his characters, gliding through elaborate spatial movements as if somehow their lives are connected in an occult way with the arrangements of space and time." 10/12/2011

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