DEEP BLUE SEA
Directed by Renny Harlin
Produced by Tony Ludwig, Akiva Goldsman & Alan Price
Written by Duncan Kennedy, Donna & Wayne Powers
Photography by Stephen Windon Edited by Frank J. Urioste
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Brent Roam, Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Jacqueline McKenzie, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard, Aida Turturro & Daniel Rey.
1999/105 mins/Color/5.1 DD
2.35:1 anamorphic/English/US/NTSC Region 1
Web site: www.deepbluesea.com
Review from the Warner Bros. DVD
DEEP BLUE SEA tells the story of a bunch of stupid researchers who altered the brains of big white sharks in an aquatic laboratory to find a cure for the Alzheimer's disease. Sounds stupid ?! Well it is but believe it or not but DEEP BLUE SEA is one of the most entertaining horror films that was released in 1999! It's fast paced, there's almost no long useless characters development, heck these guys are there to be eaten! Some of these scientifics are so plain dumb that to be eaten by a BIG bad ass shark was the only thing they deserved!
Director Renny Harlin (who previously did Stallone's CLIFFHANGER and Willis' DIE HARD 2) delivers one of the most brutal big budget Hollywood film in years! The sharks moves faster than lighting and have a HUGE appetite. It's a fun film. Turn your brain off and you can't help but to enjoy this. Some of the cgi fx didn't look too good but i've seen much worse. By the way a sequel is planned and should be called, DEEP RED SEA.
As for the DVD, Warner Bros. delivers again! DEEP BLUE SEA is presented in it's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The image is superb, the colors are beautifully rendered especially all the blues and reds. Skintones are perfectly rendered too. There's absolutly no signs of artifacts or compression.
The sound in Dolby Digital 5.1 is great! It's loud and very responsive. The magnificent score of Trevor Rabin really sounds great and it's nicely mixed on this DVD. We also get the possibility of having English subtitles.
This DVD is loaded with extras; we get two behind-the-scenes. The first one is about 15 minutes and it's called "When sharks attack". We get to see lots of cool stuff on how they "used" real sharks for inspiration on how to make the cgi and anamatronic sharks. "The shark of DEEP BLUE SEA" is the second behind-the-scenes which is about 8 minutes of more about how they did the sharks for the film. There's 5 deleted scenes that comes with or without a commentary track from the director, Renny Harlin. The first two scenes should have stayed in the film but that's my personal opinion. There's a trailer (in it's correct aspect ratio of 2.35:1), there's a still gallery that features about 30 pix of mostly stills from the film so it ain't really something new. There's a commentary track with director Renny Harlin and actor Samuel L. Jackson. The commentary track is good but Harlin and Jackson aren't in the same room for the recording so it switches from one to the other until Jackson dies in the film, then it's all Harlin.
The DVD comes in the usual Warner Bros snap case. There's some DVD Rom features such as the web site, trailers, a retrospective of the history of horror and sci-fi and more on the DVD!
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2003. ©