Rent World on a Wire (1973)

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3h 24min
Rent World on a Wire (aka Welt am Draht) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Simulacron 1 is a highly advanced project, designed to elevate conventional computer technology to a new level by creating a virtual reality inhabited by computer-generated people of 'identity units'. When the head of the project dies mysteriously after showing signs of mental disturbance, Dr. Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch) becomes his successor. However, Stiller also begins to behave bizarrely. He speaks of people disappearing whom no one else knows, believes someone is trying to murder him and had nausea attacks. As he begins to probe deeper into Simulacron, the line between the real and virtual world becomes increasingly blurred and his own existence is questioned.
Actors:
Mascha Rabben, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Ernst Küsters
Directors:
Producers:
Peter Märthesheimer, Alexander Wesemann
Voiced By:
Wolfgang Hess, Arnold Marquis
Writers:
Daniel F. Galouye, Fritz Müller-Scherz, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Aka:
Welt am Draht
Studio:
Second Sight Films Ltd.
Genres:
TV Classics, TV Crimes, TV Mysteries, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
Germany
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/05/2010
Run Time:
204 minutes
Languages:
German
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'Fassbinder's World on a Wire: Looking Ahead To Today' with Michael Ballhaus, Fritz Muller-Scherz, Karl-Heinz Vosgerau, Moritz Eggert, Roland Blach, and Gunter Rohrback. A film by Juliane Lorenz
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/02/2019
Run Time:
204 minutes
Languages:
German LPCM 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • No Strings Attached - an interview with assistarit 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
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Looking Ahead to Today
- Observing Fassbinder
- On-Set Featurette
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- No Strings Atatched
- Orginal Broadcast Recap
- The Simulation Argument

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Reviews (1) of World on a Wire

Weird, striking, awesomely original. - World on a Wire review by BS

Spoiler Alert
05/08/2014

Paranoid and inventive take on the concept of virtual reality. If you love Kubrick's greats and Philip K Dick, this will feel like some sort of pilgrimage. It should be a cornerstone of any study around dystopia and science fiction in the way Metropolis is.

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