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Fassbinder's two-part sci-fi classic posited the idea of a computer-generated world over a quarter of a century before The Matrix Fassbinder's two-part sci-fi classic posited the idea of a computer-generated world over a quarter of a century before The Matrix
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Rainer Werner Fassbinder's two-part sci-fi classic, originally made for German television in 1973, posited the idea of a computer-generated world over a quarter of a century before the making of the Hollywood blockbuster The Matrix. Simulacron 1 is the highly advanced project of a near-future cybernetics company. At the heart of the project is a supercomputer programmed to create a virtual world populated with computer-generated people known as 'identity units'.

When the project's leader has a mental breakdown and commits suicide, his successor, Fred Stiller (Klaus Lowitsch), takes over. However, as he delves deeper into Simulacron, the line between the real world and its simulated counterpart becomes increasingly blurred, and before long he too is spiralling into madness.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Fassbinder’s World on a Wire: Looking Ahead To Today with Michael Ballhaus, Fritz Müller-Scherz, Karl-Heinz Vosgerau, Moritz Eggert, Roland Blach, and Günter Rohrbach. A film by Juliane Lorenz.
  • Extensively restored using the 16mm A/B reversal rolls: scanned in 2K resolution, colour corrected and extensively cleaned of dirt, debris and scratches under the supervision of the Director of Photography Michael Ballhaus.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's two-part sci-fi classic, originally made for German television in 1973, posited the idea of a computer-generated world over a quarter of a century before the making of the Hollywood blockbuster The Matrix. Simulacron 1 is the highly advanced project of a near-future cybernetics company. At the heart of the project is a supercomputer programmed to create a virtual world populated with computer-generated people known as 'identity units'.

When the project's leader has a mental breakdown and commits suicide, his successor, Fred Stiller (Klaus Lowitsch), takes over. However, as he delves deeper into Simulacron, the line between the real world and its simulated counterpart becomes increasingly blurred, and before long he too is spiralling into madness.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Fassbinder’s World on a Wire: Looking Ahead To Today with Michael Ballhaus, Fritz Müller-Scherz, Karl-Heinz Vosgerau, Moritz Eggert, Roland Blach, and Günter Rohrbach. A film by Juliane Lorenz.
  • Extensively restored using the 16mm A/B reversal rolls: scanned in 2K resolution, colour corrected and extensively cleaned of dirt, debris and scratches under the supervision of the Director of Photography Michael Ballhaus.

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SKU 5028836031741
Catalogue Number 2NDVD3174
Subtitle a film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1973
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Second Sight DVD
Countries Germany
Aspect ratio 4:3
Colour Colour
Sound Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles Optional English
Language(s) German
Running time 204 mins + 49 mins extras
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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