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Deep Blue Sea [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Thomas Jane , Saffron Burrows , Renny Harlin    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport
  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Writers: Donna Powers, Duncan Kennedy, Wayne Powers
  • Producers: Akiva Goldsman, Alan Riche, Bruce Berman, Don MacBain
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002E233
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,490 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Renny Harlin's first feature since The Long Kiss Goodnight reinvents the rampaging shark movie for the digital age. Echoing Alien and Deep Rising, a typically motley crew is trapped and terrorised in a remote ocean research station incapacitated by storms. Saffron Burrows' scientist has devised a means of using shark brain-tissue to fight Alzheimer's Disease, but it has the unfortunate side effect of increasing by fivefold the intelligence of the station's three test sharks. Once the sharks escape captivity, their captors become prey and Burrows, along with Thomas Jane's diver and corporate sponsor Samuel L. Jackson, are pursued through the station's maze of corridors. LL Cool J also appears as the most unlikely action-movie chef since Steven Seagal in Under Siege, chanting Biblical passages to his pet parrot and choosing the perfect omelette recipe as his message for posterity.

As the bizarre premise indicates, this is not a film for those seeking great acting or rich narrative complexities, but it does deliver action and effects in abundance, particularly with the state-of-the-art computer-generated sharks themselves. While they'll never attain the iconic status of Bruce in Steven Spielberg's Jaws (still the granddaddy of all screen sharks), Harlin's swift predators are clever enough to open doors and operate an oven. As the water level rises, Burrows indulges in some Sigourney Weaver-in-Alien-style disrobing, there is one of the great surprise-death scenes, shocking and funny in equal measure, and all concerned keep their tongues firmly in cheek. This DVD version also features commentaries from Harlin and Jackson, deleted scenes, a "making of" feature and a documentary on sharks. --Steve Napleton

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Come To Mama!" - Deep Blue Sea on BLU RAY 5 Aug 2011
In sunny daylight a small sea-biplane heads towards a supposedly disused refuelling station for World War II submarines. The circular steel structure bobs unassumingly on the surface on a calm ocean with 8-foot titanium fencing all around its circular perimeter. On board the seaplane are Marine Biologist Dr. Susan McAllister (Saffron Burrows) and the head honcho at Chimera Pharmaceuticals - Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson). Both are trying to salvage a medical experiment (for conflicting reasons) that will be closed down in 48 hours unless it yields a commercially usable product.

Once on the AQUATICA FACILITY - Russell Franklin looks in wonder (and a little fear) at three massive Mako Sharks holed up in large pens - nicknamed by the biologists as GEN 1 and GEN 2. Dr. McAllister and Dr. Jim Whitlock (Stellan Skarsgard) have been feeding these ancient killing machines hormone therapy in order to try to find a cure to the degenerative destructiveness of Alzheimer's disease. McAlister's father died from it and she's driven to find a cure no matter what (perhaps even break a few International Laws on Gene Therapy in the process).

But something odd is happening. A shark-wrangler called Carter Blake (Thomas Jane) has noticed that the huge beasts suddenly seem smarter and are displaying behaviour that is too advanced to be normal. The three GENS are hunting in a pack, synchronizing attacks on underwater wire alleys divers use to cross from one part of the pen to the next.

Then a storm comes in overnight and an Ambulance Helicopter that is supposed to take a wounded Dr. Whitlock to safety is dragged by its winch into the facility's control tower and all Hell breaks loose as the fuel tanks topside blow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's daft, but it's fun 16 July 2014
A pretty good cast fill this entertaining yet unchallenging monster flick.

While the film makers crank up the tension in a rather simplistic way, we're treated to a terrific display of stereotyping and the sort of lines that make the whole thing a lot of fun.

"If he's so smart, how come he's p***ing into the wind?"

"The brother never makes it out alive"

And so on. The story is simple, mostly fairly predictable, and has a few twists and turns, jumpy edge of the seat moments and surprises.

Tom Jane as ever does a sound job, and all the cast are good value.

Hey, no classic here, but it's good undemanding fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good transfer of an older action classic 13 Sep 2010
If you are a fan of this film, then the blu ray disc is a worthwhile upgrade. The picture quality is much improved over the DVD and many scenes are super clear. The audio quality is also a big improvement with a robust DTS MA 5:1 soundtrack that excels in all the right places and offers clean, well balanced dialogue.
The great thing about the DBS is it doesn't take itself too seriously and there are a few moments for laughter between the awesome action.
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This isn't the greatest film ever, the special effects vary from impressive to dodgy at various points in the film, the plot feels like it has all been done before and seems to be a series of predictable events designed to add tension, scare, and build on the obligatory love interest.

The film is formulaic; you know that there's going to be an `expert in the field', a funny guy who will do something to save a life / lives, a romance between two people who initially seem to not get on - and all of these do happen.

The science seems flawed, and the super-sharks sometime seem a bit too super. There are cringe-worthy scenes which have been designed for teenage lads to say "cool" to (the cook is trapped in an oven, the shark turns the gas on, the cook is the epitome of cool and escapes just before he blows up the shark). People have compared this to Jaws (for the sharks obviously), The Towering Inferno (there's explosions and a feeling of claustrophobia), and Under Siege (there's a chubby cook who might save the day).

**BUT** to give merit where it's due, for all it's predictability, there are some fantastic surprise moments...

...It does break with convention in some pretty big ways. You presume that certain characters will live, but not all of those do! Samuel L Jackson is the big Hollywood name in this film and he ends up as fishfood pretty early on, in fact, his screen time is probably less than that of any other character! This is a master stroke and the viewer knows that anyone could end up dead at any time. This scene has helped give the film a cult status, as it is often referenced in other works, for example; Clerks - The Animated series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPRISINGLY GOOD 11 Jun 2000
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This was a surprisingly good movie! Now don't go expecting a deep and intelligent movie cause it isn't and it wasn't meant to be. This is an original popcorn movie.
The DVD extra's are good enough and are satisfying.
Don't think to much while watching this movie just go with the flow and it's going to be a blast. Oh by the way the scene where the (always excellent) Samuel L. Jackson begins an all American speech about "courage" and "working together" and then turns to shark lunch is just classic!
A must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best "Jaws" ripoff ever made!
I've always referred to this film as the "best Jaws ripoff ever made!" I think that it's a great film about genetically altered (smart) sharks. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Don Duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by loni blackwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Blue Sea
An entertaining popcorn movie with Thomas Jane as the shark whisperer, Saffron Burrow's stars as a medical biologist to help sharks enhance their brain's.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always liked this since i was as young as 6 or ...
I have always liked this since i was as young as 6 or 7, really glad i got this cause family except my father hate me watching it, this is what i needed.
Published 2 months ago by Louise Summerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
this film is better than jaws it sharks on steroids couldn't ask for a better movie for movie night great
Published 2 months ago by sarah morris
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
There wasn't one scary moment in this trash. The only interesting thing was the leading actress' voice resembling Charlotte Rampling's.
Published 4 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Shark movies ever and good ending too!
A good ending, not as typically predictable, I have loved this movie for years and continues to be one of my favourite shark thrillers!
Published 5 months ago by Sasha
4.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure
The Deep Blue Sea is one of those guilty pleasure films, a rather successful blend of thrilling and funny moments. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stylianos Iatrou
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish film
Rubbish!!!! So far fetched it's laughable! I've wasted 1 n a half hours of my life :( don't do it!
Published 6 months ago by Craig Slack
5.0 out of 5 stars Best killer shark flick since jaws?
A wonderful, nerve jangling shark horror action movie with some truly epic shark sfx. And bloody terrifying too. A little bit of disaster movie too. Terrific performances also.
Published 6 months ago by BigAl82
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