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  • Actors: James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UTV5A2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This was aired a while back on UK TV and I missed the second part so I was delighted to find this had been released on DVD although it seems to be very rare and only available on DVD region 1. With a multi-region player, however, this is not a problem. This is a gripping medical thriller based on the book by Robin Cook which was also made into a film in 1978. This remake as a TV mini-series brings the theme up to date but does not follow the original movie's plot too closely so don't feel that you have "seen it before" if you saw the 1978 version, although you might be familiar with the basic story-line, this one has different twists and turns into the world of coma patients and profiteering doctors!
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What a mess! Just suffered through this, on tv in the uk-never crossed my radar before, and now i know why. From direction to script, and all essential elements in between this mini-series lacked in ALL departments. Sad waste,as with many overblown efforts in film and tv these days, of ridiculously obscene amounts of money and acting talent that deserves so much more. Coma inducing? Well i'm conscious-but only just........
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By Clairey on 22 Aug. 2013
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Really enjoyed this film,though it did get a little predicable about what would happen.But then I do enjoy a good medical drama.
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By Sally Phipps on 19 Feb. 2015
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Missed Opportunity: Removing the Mystery And Subtlety From A Great Story 7 Sept. 2012
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
I'm a fan of Robin Cook's 1977 medical mystery "Coma." It was his first smash hit which almost single handedly introduced a new sub-category into the thriller genre. It's one of the few books that I've reread several times which is not something that I do very often. I also happen to be a big supporter of Michael Crichton's film interpretation starring Genevieve Bujold and Michael Douglas. But I'm not a purist. I'm not one of those people that say a movie should never be remade. When I heard that Ridley and Tony Scott were on hand to produce a new miniseries based on this story, I was quite excited. A lot has changed in science and medicine within the last several decades, so I thought "Coma" was primed for a spiffy new updating. With a big name cast including Ellen Burstyn (who I could watch in anything), Geena Davis, James Woods and Richard Dreyfuss, this was one of my must-see TV events of the year. What could go wrong? As it turns out, a lot!

Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Torchwood: Miracle Day) stars as a med school transfer embarking on a surgical rotation in a new hospital. Her mentor is played by Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) who seems instantly charmed by the young lady. That's not uncommon though. Ambrose is lovely, to be sure, but four guys are smitten with her in the first ten minutes of this two-parter. Anyway, the screenplay doesn't really connect these two in a believable relationship and they share little chemistry, so a void is left in the center of the narrative. There's never any reason to think he'd go out on a limb for this virtual stranger. On her first day, Ambrose sees one coma patient whom she vaguely knows. Naturally, this causes her to get unauthorized access to hospital databases to go through cases of unexplained comas. THIS IS IN THE FIRST 15 MINUTES! Why does she do this? To move the plot along. Then she immediately takes an unauthorized trip to a patient holding facility. Why does she do this? To move the plot along. Nothing is established to make any of her initial actions remotely plausible.

In a nutshell, that's the entire problem with this interpretation of "Coma." The screenplay is overheated and illogical, not a particularly good combination. Gone is any sense of subtlety or mystery. There is no growing suspicion, no uncertainty. The movie telegraphs that nefarious goings-on are obviously occurring. Ambrose is not left to uncover a mystery, to procure the evidence, or to convince us that the wild theories of her imaginings are true. The script bludgeons us with an obvious conspiracy that would be apparent to ANYONE at the hospital. There is no uncertainty. Instead the Scott brothers have opted to turn this into a more conventional thriller (even including a madman just for fun). Stylistically, the film looks good but it is just so empty headed. The bigger stars don't have much to do, but count on Burstyn to be particularly wacky.

If you are a fan of the book or previous movie, I suspect this experience will fall short for you. Truthfully, though, I can't even imagine a newbie to the material would be very interested. I watched this with someone without prior exposure to "Coma" and they bailed before the one hour point. The heart, soul, and (most importantly) brain is missing from this production. I truly think that a reimagining of "Coma" could work as a contemporary thriller. This just missed the mark on almost every level. About 1 1/2 stars, I'm in a generous mood so I'll round up. KGHarris, 9/12.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A deplorable mishit. 11 Sept. 2012
By Enrique F. Bird - Published on
Format: DVD
The Coma mini-series is a deplorable mishit from beginning to end. The original movie was quite good, not great; this just misses the mark in almost everything. Here are some points - there are some spoilers below but do not worry - the movie spoils almost everything from you by itself!
1- Dr. Taylor's suicide - not properly explained and forgotten after a while. Also, I would have guessed such a character, if it was a suicide, would have used a gun or some powerful poison. And if it was a murder, which is not suggested, the hanging would be even more difficult to executed in a house with more persons present at the time.
2- The aggression suffered by dr. Bellows in the parking lot - improperly explained and pointless.
3- The Tom Selleck-wannabe character - stupid all the way! (To understand the Tom Selleck reference, see the original movie.)
4- The privacy computer user id issues - clumsy and full of stupid behavior all the way.
5- Why so many visits to the Jefferson Institute? To kill all pretense of suspense.
6- The subplot with the corrupt police officer - not believable and not resolved properly.
7- The surrender at the end when it was obvious that the bad guys were winning all the way - again unbelievable and not motivated by what went on before.
8- The staged auto accident - really? Was there not a simpler, less risky way to kill the person?

I had some trouble with the A&E airing times also; luckily, I DVR everything so that I do not have to suffer commercial interruptiona and among the multiple recordings of the program I finally found a complete second part. The starting times were off in several of these and not just for a minute.

In short, a major, frustrating dissappointment all the way. And a waste of great talent.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Movie Alert 17 Nov. 2012
By Ramona M. Radsick - Published on
Format: DVD
I wanted to write a review to alert viewers as to how bad this version of "Coma" is! But, others have written excellent warnings. My response to this film was to buy the original 1970's version of Coma. There is not even a hint, in this miniseries, of a plausible reason why the Jefferson Institute would exist. In the original version, the most chilling part was the realization that the Institute could exist in some form!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Michael Butts - Published on
Format: DVD
A&E's four hour reworking of Robin Cook's COMA suffers from unnecessary padding like the bizarre psycho stalker subplot) and a lack of strong leading performances. Lauren Ambrose and Steven Pasquale don't have a lot of chemistry or conviction. Ellen Burstyn's looney curator may be her worst performance ever and name stars like James Wood, Richard Dreyfuss and Geena Davis collect paychecks. Makail Salomon's direction uses too many pointless detours and chase scenes that are more annoying than suspenseful. Ultimately, COMA seems an unnecessary retread, making the original seem a classic in comparison.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By THE MOVIE GUY - Published on
Format: DVD
If you have seen the original "Coma" and were not in a coma during the first 10 minutes of the film, you should have it fairly well figured out except for some slight nuances.

Susan Wheeler (Lauren Ambrose) is a third year hot shot medical student and now an intern. Her grandfather was the legendary Dr. Wheeler who is remembered by the older staff. She quickly discovers something wrong is going on the hospital, the only question that remains is who can she trust. This should have been a a movie that examines the moral and ethical questions of "death panels", the common good, and embryonic stem cell research. Instead it only glosses over the topic and then inanely makes a mockery of the whole thing.

It is really ashamed because they had good actors to support this script and failed to deliver the goods. They managed to turn scenes which should have been shocking into the mundane.

Made for TV, TV-14
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