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    Unique ID Code: 0000007174
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    Added on: 24/7/2000 02:19
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    Sphere (UK)

    8 / 10
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    A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...
    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 129 mins
    Retail Price: £15.99
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    Far below the surface in the mid-Pacific, US officials have isolated what may be the greatest discovery in human history.

    They`ve found a huge spacecraft that plunged into the depths 300 years ago. What is the spacecraft`s origin? Could there still be living intelligence aboard?

    Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson portray members of an elite underwater team charged with finding the answers in `Sphere`, the deep-water, deep-suspense science-fiction adventure that shapes a new dimension in thrills. And it brings the underwater squad face to face with a mysterious terror as near as their own thoughts.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Production Notes
    Behind-the-scenes Documentary; "Shaping The Sphere: The Art Of The Visual Effects Supervisor"
    Audio commentary by Dustin Hoffman & Samuel L. Jackson
    TV Spots

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Barry Levinson

    Written By:

    Liev Schreiber
    Peter Coyote
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Sharon Stone
    Dustin Hoffman

    Casting By:
    Ellen Chenoweth

    Soundtrack By:
    Elliot Goldenthal

    Music From:
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Director of Photography:
    Adam Greenberg

    Stu Linder

    Costume Designer:
    Gloria Gresham

    Production Designer:
    Norman Reynolds

    Andrew Wald
    Barry Levinson
    Michael Crichton
    Patricia Churchill

    Executive Producer:
    Peter Giuliano

    Warner Bros

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    A nice film, although its 2nd part is not as half as good as its 1st.
    The story quite interesting, but leaves the viewer with a lot of open questions. A bit too many of those, actually.
    The acting is nice and convincing (even Stone makes an exception and actually acts, for once). :)
    The video transfer is great. There are a lot of dark scenes during which the blacks and blues are rendered with great details.
    The DD 5.1 audio mix is ordinary. Nothing too explosive but a nice surrounding feeling.
    My region 2 disk had no extra features other then a crew&cast list. Too bad.
    Other than a weird ending, a nice movie to watch. :)
    posted by Zvi Josef on 24/7/2000 17:23
    7 / 10
    I like this movie. It has a really creepy atmaspohere without loosing the toutch with reality. Still a lot is missing.

    First let me say that the movie is based on one of Michael (Jurrasic Park) Crichton`s maybe best books.
    Even though the movie is good it doesn`t do justice.

    There`s a whole lot of important comments and entire scenes
    from the book that isn`t in the movie.
    Being a fan of the book and having read it countless times I know what`s going on, but others who saw it didn`t understand the concept, and I found myself trying to explane out from the book.

    To take one example:
    In the book the scientists have a long (and quite funny) conversation with "Jerry" in the movie they cut to the mad part without explanation.
    Also the way the lead just suddenly knows what`s going on. In the book he used ages figuring things out.

    And now to the worst part. The ending.
    The movie scrapped the ENTIRE ending as written by Crichton and created a new one. (and a bad one)
    In the book *spoiler* the characters started an all out mind war, but in the movie they just... I don`t know what happened. I gues they thought of the sphere... and then... but why did they think they where still inside the sub? ... uhm...

    My advice is to buy the DVD (as it`s a great movie.. although a bit yucky sometimes)


    posted by Stratyon on 9/9/2000 22:08