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The Cell [Blu-ray]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: Aug. 18, 2000. THE CELL is the feature film debut of Tarsem Singh, the Indian-born director of music videos, including R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," which won MTV's Best Video Award. Exterior scenes were shot on locations in Southern California. The exterior scenes at the "Campbell Center" were filmed at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California. The scenes at the beginning and end of the movie in Edward's head were filmed on location in Africa. Actor Vincent D'Onofrio was primarily attracted to the film by the opportunity to play five different versions of serial killer Carl Stargher, representing different facets of his personality. When filled, the glass cell seen in the movie held 3,840 gallons of water. Scuba divers and paramedics were on hand at all times during the filming of these scenes. The scene in which a horse is split into sections was inspired by the works of British artist Damien Hirst, whose works were included in the controversial "Sensation" art exhibition. The film also includes scenes based on the work of other late 20th century artists, including Odd Nerdrum and the Brothers Quay. The animated sequence that Catherine watches on television near the beginning of the film is from FANTASTIC PLANET, a French animated feature from 1973 which tells the story of humans enslaved as pets by giant blue-skinned aliens. Roger Ebert (EBERT & ROEPER AND THE MOVIES) named THE CELL one of the 10 best films of 2000.
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  • Credits
    Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vincent Philip D'Onofrio, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jake Weber, Dylan Baker, James Gammon, Jim Gammon, Patrick Bauchau, Tara Subkoff, Jake Thomas, Pruitt Taylor Vince
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Jennifer Lopez] gives a provocative and nuanced performance....The director [Tarsem Singh] is a dexterous visual stylist, moving effortlessly from smooth, gleaming surfaces photographed in slow motion to grainy, slightly sped-up frames..."
    New York Times

    "...Tarsem cleverly depicts Stargher's nightmarish psyche with some kaleidoscope optics....Plenty of disturbing, futuristic and erotic imagery..."
    Total Film

    "...There's plenty here to keep the eye busy..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Visually arresting....[With] a remarkable performance by D'Onofrio, who continues to impress in difficult roles..."
    Box Office

    "...A wildly visionary fantasy....Challenging, wildly ambitious and technically superb..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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