Fassbinder’s ‘World on a Wire’ is available now in a Limited Edition Box Set from Second Sight

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.

Special Features:

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

On-set featurette

Original Broadcast Recap

The Simulation Argument – an interview with Professor Nick Bostrom

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