45 years after its initial release, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s visionary, dystopian sci-fi epic, World on a Wire, is available now in a stunningly restored new Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set from Second Sight.
The new restoration was supervised by The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus.
Originally created for TV, World on a Wire 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 diesmysteriously, 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. The film also stars Barbara Valentin and Mascha Rabben.
Rigid slipcase packaging
50-page perfect-bound booklet featuring new essays by Anton Bitel and Daniel Bird, archival writing by Daniel Oberhaus and Christian Braad Thomsen, stills and rare on-set photos by Peter Gauhe
No Strings Attached – an interview with assistant director Renate Leiffer
Observing Fassbinder – a tribute to photographer Peter Gauhe
Looking Ahead to Today documentary
Original Broadcast Recap
The Simulation Argument – an interview with Professor Nick Bostrom