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Cube [DVD] [1998]

Nicole de Boer , Maurice Dean Wint , Vincenzo Natali    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Nicky Guadagni
  • Directors: Vincenzo Natali
  • Writers: Vincenzo Natali, André Bijelic, Graeme Manson
  • Producers: Betty Orr, Colin Brunton, Mehra Meh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: First Independent
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004L8JD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If Clive Barker had written an episode of The Twilight Zone, it might have looked something like Cube. A handful of strangers wake up inside a bizarre maze, having been spirited there during the night. They quickly learn that they have to navigate their way through a series of chambers if they have any hope of escape but the problem is that there are lethal traps awaiting if they choose their route unwisely. Having established some imaginative and grisly punishments in store for the hostages, cowriter and director Vincenzo Natali turns his attention to the characters, for whom being trapped amplifies their best and worst qualities. The film is, in fact, similar to a famous episode of Rod Serling's old television series, though Natali's explanation for why these poor people are being put through hell is a lot closer to the spirit of The X-Files. Cube has some solid moments of suspense and drama and the sets are appropriately striking: one is tempted to believe at first the characters are lost inside a computer chip. --Tom Keogh

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If Clive Barker had written an episode of The Twilight Zone, it might have looked something like Cube. A handful of strangers wake up inside a bizarre maze, having been spirited there during the night. They quickly learn that they have to navigate their way through a series of chambers if they have any hope of escape, but the problem is that there are lethal traps awaiting if they choose their route unwisely. Having established some imaginative and grisly punishments in store for the hostages, cowriter and director Vincenzo Natali turns his attention to the characters, for whom being trapped amplifies their best and worst qualities. The film is, in fact, similar to a famous episode of Rod Serlings old television series, though Natalis explanation for why these poor people are being put through hell is a lot closer to the spirit of The X-Files. Cube has some solid moments of suspense and drama, and the sets are appropriately striking: one is tempted to believe at first the characters are lost inside a computer chip. --Tom Keogh

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cubed 23 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Cube" is a cult hit. That basically means that it's good or innovative, but not many people know about it.

Vincenzo Natali (also creator of "Cypher" and "Nothing") made his full-length directorial debut with this film -- a low-budet, innovative sci-thriller that feels like an episode of the "Twilight Zone," as written by Mark Danielewski and Franz Kafka. Yes, it's that surreal -- and that intelligent and well-written.

Seven people have been placed in a cubical room, which is connected to a bizarre maze of thousands more. Among are a cop, a disabled man, an architect, a student, a doctor and a criminal, and all of them have wildly disparate personalities. But they soon learn that behind the countless doors, there are deadly booby-traps.

So of course, their chances of survival don't seem so good. But they soon learn that their placement in the Cube is no accident -- each one has skills that the group needs. To escape, they will have to band together and use their brains. But why are they in the Cube in the first place -- and is the maze even the same as when they started?

Vincenzo Natali's "Cube" is a perfect example of what Hollywood can't seem to grasp -- it doesn't matter how much money is poured into a movie, because it's the concept, brains and skill that make it good or bad. Not the special effects or the big names.

And Natali did a magnificent job with his first full-length movie, infusing what seems to be a straightforward thriller with a taut, claustrophobic atmosphere, and some ominous hints about morality (or the lack of it) and sociology. It also has an unusually intelligent script, with prime numbers and their powers playing a big part, right next to the gruesome deaths. And of course, the solid dialogue. ("You've got a gift.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical Horror 6 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Cube is one hell of a film.
The beginning sequence - where a man climbs into a red cube and is sliced into bits - and falls apart - by a giant net of knives - is a freezing horror that is sustained throughout the film.
There are many twists that leave you gasping with dread, and the few special effects that are used are used in a grippingly sinister way, mostly involving the painful death of a character.
What is most frightening and disturbing about this film however, is the agressively claustrophobic atmosphere, the desperate confusion as to why they are inside the cube and where, and the lingering possibility that they will die before they escape.
From start to finish, a shocking, chilling, thriller of a film. Don't be put off by the lack of big names - this film is absolutely SUPERB.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cube on blu at last 22 Oct 2012
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was surprised to read on the front cover that this is the fifteenth anniversary edition, I never realised that this film is that old. It doesn't look dated at all but what it does do is illustrate just where films like 'Saw' came from with its nefarious traps. In this case a group of strangers wake up in a strange cell with six exits but which ones lead to safety and which ones to their doom. You never find out why they're in there or the reasoning behind the cube but that just lets you focus on their struggle to survive.
The film has been transferred to blu ray well with a DTS 5.1 soundtrack but the only extras are an interview with one of the stars who is obviously not as bright as her character and some storyboards.
At only £8 it is worth upgrading your copy to high definition if you already have it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius. 13 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
This is one of the most intelligent films ever made. It is a metaphor for the prison that is the limitations of the human mind/western society.

The clues throughout the film are abundant. Each of the characters' names represents a prison:

Leaven + Worth = Fort Leavenworth Prison.
Holloway = Women's Prison.
Kazan = Prison for the mentally handicapped.
Rennes = Prison that innovated many prison norms and regulations used today (Hence Renne's creativity in dealing with traps).
Quentin = San Quentin, a prison known for it's brutality.
Alderson = A prison that focuses on isolation as a form of punishment.

Each of the characters has a skill that will help the group as a whole to escape but conversely each skill is tied to some character defect. Quentin is the leader (cop) who is also a bully when he doesn't get his way, Worth is, effectively, an insider who knows about the making of the Cube - he knows that there is no master plan or conspiracy but that the Cube is just a product of people like him who just do what they are told, accept a pay-cheque and don't want any trouble. Worth is not really that bothered about telling anyone else in the Cube because he is not really concerned as to whether he or anyone else escapes - he is indifferent, 'worthless'.
Holloway cares for the mentally ill but shows no care or tact towards her peers.
Wren is an escape artist but not interesting in helping the others escape.
Leaven is a pretty, young and brilliant Maths student but tends towards apathy.
Kazan is a maths genius...perhaps...but has no ability to socialize (he is autistic).
Alderson is a loner whose faith above reason destroys him very early on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect too much.........
This appears to be a bit of a 'marmite' film, which I only realised when a friend told me how much she hated it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MacDee
5.0 out of 5 stars gory lol
Love this series of horror/gore-fest. In general i don't watch horror etc, but for some reason i love this set of films. They are very gory, and had me on the edge of my seat.
Published 2 months ago by josie paige
4.0 out of 5 stars Restores faith in science fiction movies.
basically six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Horror
1.0 out of 5 stars It's Code 46. All over again
I recently purchased 'the cube' and 'Code 46' together after reading a recommendation in a review about underrated sci-fi films. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Not actually watched it on this blueray yet but it does not matter, what a fantastic film, so simple yet so good, sheer genius that undermines the idea of a big budget being needed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by CarMadChris
2.0 out of 5 stars Audio Sync Problems w/Bluray
This review is for the 15th Anniversary Bluray of CUBE. The film goes out of sync with the audio about half way through, otherwise this get 4 stars.
Published 5 months ago by David L. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, if you can forgive the script
Some of the acting will leave you wide eyed in shock, and not in a good way. As will some of the script. And the premise is a bit shaky and not explained too good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christopher J
4.0 out of 5 stars cube
I feel the dvd was very good it came to us in very good condition my wife was very happy with it
Published 8 months ago by william22
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
An old nice movie!
Again...you must like this kind of movie before buying it!
I like it & so I am very satisfied.
Delivery on time, good packaging...Enjoy it! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE HORROR THRILLER WITH GREAT ENDING
Really enjoyed this horror thriller from Canada
One of the first dvd's I bought which only has 2.0 stereo so probably sounds better in 5.1
Published 10 months ago by Vlad the emailer
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