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With his unique style of quick cuts and visual flair, Darren Aronofsky has created a name for himself in the upper echelon of Hollywood directors. A Darren Aronofsky Collection contains his first two feature-length films, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM AND PI.

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM: Darren Aronofsky, director of the critical smash PI, follows up his acclaimed debut with a gritty, stylish, emotionally charged story of love, loss, drugs and dreams amid the faded glory of Coney Island. Intricately linking the lives of a struggling, small-time drug dealer (Jared Leto), his pill-popping mother (Ellen Burstyn), his upper-class girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) and his best friend (Marlon Wayans), REQUIEM FOR A DREAM is a hypnotic tale of four human beings each pursuing their vision of happiness. Even as everything begins to fall apart, they refuse to let go, plummeting with their dreams into a nightmarish, gut-wrenching freefall.

PI: A brilliant mathematician teeters on the brink of insanity as he searches for an elusive numerical code in this critically acclaimed, sci-fi thriller! Maximilian Cohen is on the verge of the most important discovery of his life. For the past ten years, he has been attempting to decode the numerical pattern beneath the ultimate system of ordered chaos--the stock market. As Max verges on a solution, chaos is swallowing the world around him. Pursued by an aggressive Wall Street firm set on financial domination and a Kaballah sect intent on unlocking the secrets behind their ancient holy texts, Max races to crack the code, hoping to defy the madness that looms before him. Instead, he uncovers a secret for which everyone is willing to kill.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 203974023
UPC 012236211013
UPC 14 00012236211013
Format DVD
Release Date 3/27/2007
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Widescreen  1.85:1/1.66:1
Actors
Name Aronofsky,Darren
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Ben Shenkman - [Pi] Actor
Darren Aronofsky - [Both] Director
Ellen Burstyn - [Requiem] Actor
Jared Leto - [Requiem] Actor
Jennifer Connelly - [Requiem] Actor
Mark Margolis - [Pi] Actor
Marlon Wayans - [Requiem] Actor
Pamela Hart - [Pi] Actor
Sean Gullette - [Pi] Actor
Awards
Nominee (2001) Golden Globe, Ellen Burstyn, [Requiem] Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Independent Spirit, Darren Aronofsky, [Requiem] Best Director,Independent Spirit, Eric Watson, Palmer West, [Requiem] Best Feature,Independent Spirit, Jennifer Connelly, [Requiem] Best Supporting Female,Oscar, Ellen Burstyn, [Requiem] Best Actress in a Leading Role,Screen Actors Guild, Ellen Burstyn, [Requiem] Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Winner (2001) Independent Spirit, Ellen Burstyn, [Requiem] Best Female Lead,Independent Spirit, Matthew Libatique, [Requiem] Best Cinematography
Winner (1999) Independent Spirit, Darren Aronofsky, [Pi] Best First Screenplay
Nominee (1999) Independent Spirit, Matthew Libatique, [Pi] Best Cinematography,Independent Spirit, Darren Aronofsky, Eric Watson, [Pi] Best First Feature
Winner (1998) Sundance Film Festival, Darren Aronofsky, [Pi] Director's Award - Dramatic
Nominee (1998) Sundance Film Festival, Darren Aronofsky, [Pi] Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Pi] "Pi" reps a striking debut feature for writer-director Darren Aronofsky. Though pic is somewhat limited in terms of narrative and emotional drive -- not to mention commercial prospects -- by dint of its very originality as a vaguely sci-fi, Kafkaesque B&W religio-mathematical thriller, there's no question it will turn heads in anticipation of this helmer's next move...Like the film as a whole, central thesp Gullette almost pulls off the near-impossible task of sustaining an internalized, ever-cranking-upward tension throughout. Other, more briefly glimpsed performers are fine. "Pi" may grasp more than it can deliver, but the talent Aronofsky demonstrates here does hold infinite promise.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Dennis Harvey
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Requiem] Every year, there seems to be one film that kicks you in the stomach and leaves your head reeling. In 1999, it was Tim Roth's profoundly disturbing, unforgettable The War Zone. This year, it's Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, one of the most forceful anti-drug narratives ever to be committed to celluloid. To call this movie a cautionary tale would be to apply a label that is too tame -- Requiem for a Dream presents the darkest take imaginable on a story of hopes and dreams shattered by drug addiction. There's no preaching or sermonizing here, just an almost-clinical depiction of lives laid to waste. This is not a film for the weak of mind or soul. Even in the midst of the whirlwind of a film festival, when I was seeing four films a day and the tendency was for everything to blur into a continuum, this one stuck out, demanding attention and rumination. It is a force to be reckoned with.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Requiem] What is fascinating about "Requiem for a Dream," the new film by Darren Aronofsky, is how well he portrays the mental states of his addicts. When they use, a window opens briefly into a world where everything is right. Then it slides shut, and life reduces itself to a search for the money and drugs to open it again. Nothing else is remotely as interesting...Aronofsky is fascinated by the way in which the camera can be used to suggest how his characters see things. I've just finished a shot-by-shot analysis of Hitchcock's "The Birds" at the Virginia Film Festival; he does the same thing, showing us some things and denying us others so that we are first plunged into a subjective state and then yanked back to objectivity with a splash of cold reality.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Aronofsky,Darren
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News [Requiem] The four central performances are outstanding.
Joshua Klein, The Onion A.V. Club [Pi] ...impressive and occasionally disturbing stuff.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times [Requiem] Brilliant. A work of art.
Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly [Pi] A triumph of low-end production design, shot in sizzling, solarized black and white...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly [Requiem] ...may be one of the most disturbing movies ever made.

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