Ecstasy of Order

July 201293 minutes
Independent
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A documentary that captures the greatest world record Tetris players as they prepare for the Classic Tetris World Championship. From the days of Thor Aackerlund and his historic victory at the 1990 Nintendo World Championships, right up to the present and Harry Hong's perfect "Max-Out" score, this documentary expertly chronicles over two decades of Tetris Mastery. A FilmBuff Presentation. MPAA Rating: NOTRATED
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English
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English [CC]
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93 minutes

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