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The Wrestler
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Darren Aronofsky


At first glance, Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER may seem like a departure for the oftentimes frenetic filmmaker, and in some ways it is. When this story of a past-his-prime performer is compared to PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, and THE FOUNTAIN, there is relatively little trace of psychoscientific addiction imagery, hip-hop editing, or grimly elegant peeks into dreams, nightmares, and otherworlds. Comic moments are plentiful. Aronofsky's signature close-ups of faces have been replaced with ones that force themselves into wounds inflicted for visceral spectacle. Much of the time the camera floats and bobs with an observant, almost documentary-like quietness, ethereally following the wrestler as if it were his past, and the viewer may perceive vague connections to a later, lonelier, less legitimate Rocky Balboa.

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 109 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2008

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Anamorphic

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

Region 1

NTSC

Keep Case

Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35

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Director

Darren Aronofsky

Producer

Scott Franklin

Screenwriter

Darren Aronofsky

Screenwriter

Robert Siegel

Star(s)

Marisa Tomei

Star(s)

Mickey Rourke

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Press

3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Director Darren Aronofsky's new film THE WRESTLER is a quiet, intimate portrait of a troubled soul -- someone at odds with himself and with life in general whose every ounce of pain and virtue is measured onscreen."

- Marco Cerritos, Box Office

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Rourke doesn't make a false move in this movie....You watch THE WRESTLER in a state of pure exhilaration. A great actor in a great movie will do that to you."

- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

 

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