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    Unique ID Code: 0000014705
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 2/3/2001 09:48
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    Dead Calm (US)

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    High seas, deep terror
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 96 mins
    Retail Price: $19.98
    Release Date:

    Take an ocean voyage of full-masted fright with Dead Calm, "a spare, smart, seductive piece of moviemaking with enough tension to keep us all hyperventilating for hours" (Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times).

    Thriller specialist Philip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Saint) directs three splendid actors - Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut) and Billy Zane (Titanic) in riveting performances. Joe and Rae Ingram (Neill and Kidman) do the right thing and rescue the half-delirious sole survivor (Zane) of a crippled Schooner. But soon the stranger will plunge the unwary pair into an intense battle of cat and mouse. And life or death.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
    Pan & Scan 1.33:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 French
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Phillip Noyce

    Written By:

    George Shevtsov
    Joshua Tilden
    Rod Mullinar
    Billy Zane
    Sam Neill
    Nicole Kidman

    Casting By:
    Wallis Nicita
    Liz Mullinar

    Soundtrack By:
    Graeme Revell

    Director of Photography:
    Dean Semler
    Geoff Burton

    Richard Francis-Bruce

    Costume Designer:
    Norma Moriceau

    Doug Mitchell
    George Miller
    Terry Hayes

    Warner Bros

    Your Opinions and Comments

    6 / 10
    Region 2 Cutted Version Review:

    "Spine-tingling. A top-notch thriller in the Hitchcock tradition."

    Dead Calm is an exciting thriller from the late
    80`s based on the novel by Charles Williams and also one of the best works
    from the director Phillip Noyce (known from movies like Patriot Games, The Saint).
    I remember seeing this movie many times from the tv
    and now that Dead Calm is on dvd it feels just as exciting as years ago.

    This is a quite uniq movie, because there`s only three main actors
    and it`s amazing how they are able to create so solid & exciting mood.
    The cast includes great actors like Sam Neill (Joe Ingram) who is known from John Carpenter`s
    movies like Memories of invisible man / In the mouth of madness, Jurassik Park,
    Event Horizon plus many others. Then there`s Billy Zane who acted in those
    great Back to the future movies and ofcourse Nicole Kidman (Rae Ingram) who made his
    big breaktrough to the screens with this movie.

    The Dead Calm dvd was one of my first dvd`s after The Thing and the reason why
    I bought this was the low price. I gotta tell you "Don`t waste your money into this R2 version"
    Why? Because it`s the cutted version (running time 91 mins) and now it feels like some PG-13 version. The most disturbing cutted scenes were: 1.Kidman shooting Billy with the harpoon and
    2.Neill shooting Billy with the rocket.

    The transfer from old vhs cassette to dvd is quite good and it`s presented in 2.35:1 widescreen.
    The video quality is very clear in outdoor scenes and the beautiful ocean just looks superb.
    Sadly many indoor scenes were out of sharpness and there`s some grain,
    but many times better than any vhs release.

    The audio is Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 and the Graeme Revell`s musical score sounds actually
    quite nice giving some deepness to the movie. Then again some sequences sounded a bit flat,
    but afterall I can`t complain, because the price of this disc wasn`t so high.

    The menus were ok, with some scary sounds on the creepy backround, but no extra features,
    not even a trailer. If you like this movie, I recommend to buy the U.S "uncutted" version or wait for some better release, but I don`t think there`s gonna be any Dead Calm special edition.

    posted by Hamill82 on 6/3/2001 08:23