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    Added by: Stuart McLean
    Added on: 14/2/2019 09:13
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    World on a Wire

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    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 326 mins
    Retail Price: £29.99
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    Content Type: TV Series

    Synopsis:
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s dystopian sci-fi epic World on a Wire was way ahead of its time, with fascinating themes that would later be explored in films such as The Matrix, Bladerunner, and TV series like Westworld. Now this hugely influential classic arrives as a stunningly restored Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set from Second Sight on 18 Feb, with a host of outstanding new special features and a 50- page booklet.

    Originally created for TV by the radical and often controversial filmmaker, it centres around Simulacron 1, a highly advanced project designed to elevate conventional computer technology to a new level by creating a virtual reality, inhabited by computer generated people or ‘identity units’. When the head of the project dies mysteriously, Dr Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch – Firefox, Cross of Iron) becomes his successor. As the new doctor begins to probe deeper, the line between the real and virtual worlds become increasingly blurred and his own existence comes into question.

    Also starring Barbara Valentin (Body in the Web, Our Man in Jamaica) and Mascha Rabben (Salome, The Sensuous Three), Fassbinder’s science fiction masterpiece has a rare and well-deserved 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Slant Magazine says it’s ‘a fascinating and dynamic film, packed with intriguing ideas and soaked in a moody ambience,’ exploring themes as relevant as ever to our swiftly technologically advancing world.

    This new restoration, supervised by The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (Goodfellas, The Departed), comes 45 years after its initial release and still pushes audiences to question the world around them.

    Special Features:
    No Strings Attached - an interview with assistant director Renate Leiffer
    Observing Fassbinder a tribute to photographer Peter Gauhe
    Looking Ahead to Today documentary
    On-set featurette
    Original Broadcast Recap
    The Simulation Argument an interview with Professor Nick Bostrom
    Optional English subtitles

    LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

    Rigid slipcase packaging
    50 page perfect-bound booklet featuring new essays by Anton Bitel and Daniel Bird and archival writing by Daniel Oberhaus and Christian Braad Thomsen

    Video Tracks:
    4:3 Fullscreen (OAR)

    Audio Tracks:
    German Mono

    Subtitle Tracks:
    English

    Directed By:
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Written By:



    Starring:
    Klaus Löwitsch
    Barbara Valentin
    Mascha Rabben

    Soundtrack By:
    Gottfried Hüngsberg

    Director of Photography:
    Michael Ballhaus
    Ulrich Prinz

    Editor:
    Ursula Elles
    Marie Anne Gerhardt

    Costume Designer:
    Gabriele Pillon

    Production Designer:
    Horst Giese
    Walter Koch
    Kurt Raab

    Producer:
    Peter Märthesheimer
    Alexander Wesemann

    Distributor:
    Second Sight

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