In German with English subtitles.
World On A Wire is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, as well as a flavor entirely his own, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of a reluctant action hero, Fred Stiller, a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy. At risk? (Virtual) reality as we know it. Originally made for German television, this recently rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema's kinkiest geniuses.
- Starring: Barbara Valentin, Klaus Lowitsch, Mascha Rabben, Karl-Heinz Vosgerau, Adrian Hoven
- Format: Color, Dolby
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: The Criterion Collection
- Release Date: 02/21/2012
- Run Time: 212 minutes
- Catalogue #: 598
- Fassbinder's "World On A Wire": Looking Ahead To Today, a fifty-minute documentary about the making of the film by Juliane Lorenz
- New interview with German-film scholar Gerd Gemunden
- Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Ed Halter