Existenz

Directed by David Cronenberg
Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law

Alliance Home Video | November 11, 2003 | DVD

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David Cronenberg makes imaginative films that, fairly or unfairly, receive mountains of venomous criticism. His 1999 movie about virtual game designer Allegra Geller's (Jennifer Jason Leigh) immersion in her own creation received this tag. eXistenZ involves the usual, powerful Cronenberg themes: disjointed reality, the deceit of our own fleshly beings and the need for his characters to pass through a strange world to make a worthy conclusion about humanity and existence. Besides Leigh's intense performance, Jude Law plays Ted Pikul, Geller's gaming partner, with a natural desperation and an excellent North American accent. Topping it off, the game's environment and elements spring up from the gooey well of Cronenberg's mind.

Video Release: November 11, 2003

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 98

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Alliance Home Video

UPC: 065935129912

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Existenz

Existenz

Directed by David Cronenberg
Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law

Video Release: November 11, 2003

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 98

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Alliance Home Video

UPC: 065935129912


Edition Description
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Closed Captioned
  • Colour
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English

Description

A renowned international game designer and mastermind behind a new interactive game called eXistenZ becomes the target of an assassination plot by a group of Existenzialists. She is forced to go into hiding with a novice security guard sworn to protect her. However, during the chase the two of them experience a world where the boundaries of fantasy and reality are blurred and nothing is as it seems.

Notes

In the original script, the game was not going to be played on camera, but as writer-director David Cronenberg got more into it, the game began to become more and more important. EXISTENZ was the first film that Cronenberg wrote and directed since VIDEODROME. Salman Rushdie's battle against the fatwa taken out on his life served as inspiration for Cronenberg when working on EXISTENZ.
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