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Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD]

Thomas Jane , Saffron Burrows , Renny Harlin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 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, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Romanian, Arabic, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2000
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T8V6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,591 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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Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD] [DVD] (2000) Thomas Jane; Saffron Burrows; LL Cool J

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Genetically enhanced Jaws for the new century! 23 Jun 2000
By G. King
There's been a lot of warnings in the media about genetically modified crops of late, but at least they don't devour people whole. The GM-sharks in this film certainly do, and in chompingly graphic detail.
The plot is fairly straightforward; Saffron Burrows and her team of scientists have only 24 hours to persuade Samuel L Jackson, her main backer, that their work on shark's brains will help all mankind cure Alzheimer's disease.
Sam and Saffy take a trip to her oceanic research base where everything goes swimmingly, until the sharks suddenly get clever and start working together to plot the downfall of all aboard the research base.
The film quickly mutates into a cross between Jaws, Titanic and Jurassic Park, and sharks start pursuing the intrepid team, with the intention of picking them off one by one. The film's a bit more gripping than Titanic (and certainly not as long), and the sharks are less crap than in Jaws.
There are a few surprises along the way, including a creditable performance from 80s hip-hop star LL Cool J, as the base's cook (although why no-one was worried about his parrot putting droppings in everyone's tea is still a mystery to me). The biggest surprise of all, which will have you guessing right up to the end, is who ends up as shark nibbles and who ends up escaping. A good action movie, but don't expect anything deep from 'Deep Blue Sea'
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disengage brain, disregard science, enjoy action 14 Jan 2013
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What you have here ia an above-average action movie with some cool scenes and some atypical characters from across the actiuon and horror genres.

Samuel L Jacksons presence is (as always) a bonus and the acting of LL Cool J is suprisingly good and you can see him progressing his acting skills that would eventually give him a lead role in NCIS Los Angeles. Saffron Burrows is on auto-pilot and Thomas Jane puts himself forward for more films that require more action than actual acting. Having said that, in this type of film, acting is not exactly an essential part of the film-making process.

The science in this is not entirely unbelievable, and is, for the most part, given in snippets through the first half of the film and not overplayed. There are some notable scenes, specifically in the kitchen with the chef and the parrot, and whilst there are no big twists that will baffle you, the end is not entirely as expected.

So if you just want to watch an action movie with sharks, Sameuel L Jackson and some decent effects, sit back, disengage brain and cheer for the bird.
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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 26 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Love this film, it's bad but that's what makes it so good. A modern version of the jaws revenge story but good quality. Arrived quickly and packaged well.
Published 5 months ago by BexAK
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