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The Sum Of All Fears/Kiss The Girls/Along Came A Spider [DVD]

Morgan Freeman , Ashley Judd , Phil Alden Robinson , Gary Fledler    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Penelope Ann Miller
  • Directors: Phil Alden Robinson, Gary Fledler, Lee Tamahori
  • Producers: David Brown, Joe Wizan, Mace Neufeld
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 329 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XP0AA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,622 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Kiss The Girls

Coming after The Silence of the Lambs and Seven, this thriller about a collaboration between two serial killers feels like a pale attempt to cash in on the success of those earlier, better films. That's a pity, because this film certainly has its strengths--particularly in the central performances of Morgan Freeman as a forensic detective and Ashley Judd as a would-be victim who escaped from one of the killers. Director Gary Fleder demonstrates visual flair and maintains an involving undercurrent of tension, but as this adaptation of James Patterson's novel approaches its climax, familiar elements combine to form a chronic case of thriller déjà vu. It's altogether competent filmmaking in the service of a moribund story of competing psychopaths, and by the time the serial killers reach the home stretch of their twisted contest, the movie's dangerously close to Freddy Kruger territory, with a finale that could've been borrowed from any dozen similar thrillers. --Jeff Shannon

The Sum of All Fears

It's not easy replacing Harrison Ford as a beloved screen hero, but Ben Affleck brings fresh vitality to The Sum of All Fears, reviving Paramount's Tom Clancy franchise in the role Ford made famous. As CIA agent Jack Ryan, Affleck is a rookie in the covert ranks, unraveling a plot that lures Russian and American superpowers into a nuclear standoff, while a neofascist faction turns most of Baltimore into an atomic wasteland and holds the world in the grip of a terrorist nightmare. Affleck combines sharp intelligence with a new-guy's perspective, while a senior agent (Morgan Freeman) passes the torch of back-channel authority. The result is one of the best Clancy films to date, ably helmed by Phil Alden Robinson (whose comic thriller Sneakers was sorely underrated) with a stellar supporting cast, and adapted with abundant humour, humanity, and thrills by Donnie Brasco screenwriter Paul Attanasio and cowriter Daniel Pyne. Even the typically reticent Clancy would approve. --Jeff Shannon

Along Came a Spider

After an obligatory prologue in which its detective hero suffers a tragic professional setback, Along Came a Spider sets about its business of luring the viewer into its nefarious plot, relying on the magician's technique of misdirection to reveal a double-whammy surprise. The clever, late-coming plot twist is a bit too mechanical but effectively unexpected, making this a satisfying prequel to the hit thriller Kiss the Girls--based on the first of James Patterson's Alex Cross detective novels--and a welcomed addition to a promising movie franchise. It's no better or worse than a good vintage episode of Peter Falk's Columbo, adhering closely to the mystery-thriller's time-honored traditions, but with Morgan Freeman settling comfortably into his role as seasoned sleuth Alex Cross, familiar formula is given fresh vitality.

When a senator's daughter is kidnapped from her high-security private school, the kidnapper (nicely played by the underrated Michael Wincott) draws Cross into the case, knowing that the psychologist-detective's involvement will bring high-profile publicity. Cross partners with the Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) who botched her assignment, but wait... the movie's got a rabbit in its hat... and that rabbit has an ace up its sleeve... and director Lee Tamahori (who brought similar intensity to The Edge) handles the sleight-of-hand with slick precision, dispensing just enough information to keep the viewer off guard without resorting to cheap manipulation. Don't look for much depth of character here, but Along Came a Spider is well served by everyone involved. It's the movie equivalent of a bestseller you'd impulsively buy at the grocery-store checkout, and on those terms it succeeds. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Along Came A Spider-Morgan Freeman returns to his role as detective Alex Cross, in this prequel to KISS THE GIRLS. He investigates a kidnapping of two girls that may involve a schizophrenic psychopat; Kiss The Girls-Dr. Alex Cross, a Washington, D.C. police detective and psychologist is searching for his niece, who has disappeared from college in North Carolina, an apparent kidnapping victim. Dr.; Sum Of All Fears-Based on Tom Clancy's novel "The Sum of All Fears", this espionage thriller tracks a sinister plot to draw the United States and Rus sia into World War III. When the Russian presiden

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic value 25 Mar 2009
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what fantastic value, three brilliant action films for just over a fiver, Morgan Freeman at his best, plenty of twists and turns in each film, will keep you on the edge of your seat.i can't imagine ANYONE being dissapointed with any one of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freeman at his best 22 Jun 2010
Of the three films, I personally consider that The Sum of All Fears is by far the best. A taut thriller adapted from Clancey's novel of the same name, it grips from beginning to end. I won't give the game away, just watch it. The other two films, based on James Patterson's "Dr. Cross" novels, are also excellent adaptations to the big screen. If you haven't read any of the books, I highly recommend them to you. All in all, three great films worth anyone's time to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good value for money 12 Feb 2011
By crystal
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This is a 3 film DVD. I've only viewed the first one so far but it was worth the price paid for the set. Would recommend it to any Morgan Freeman fan.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller - Worth a Look 20 Nov 2004
Films like 'The Sum of All Fears' often get an unfair press, reviewers moaning about poor characterization, over-emphasis on visuals, plot-holes and other such things, when all the time these movies - techno-thrillers, as they're often known - are just doing what they supposed to be doing: entertaining the audience on quite a basic, bubble-gum level. This latest cinematic re-working of a Tom Clancy novel - starring Morgan Freeman, Ben Affleck, and a whole host of other 'name' actors - succeeds admirably on that level. Although at times it's a little dumber than it needs to be (making Jack Ryan a lot younger than he is in the book is part of the problem), most of the time it has the right blend of wit, excitement, tension, and explosions to carry the audience through.
Affleck is competent when he needs to be, and does a good job as Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin was better, though, in 'The Hunt for Red October'), but the real star of the show is Liev Schreibner (playing special ops agent John Clark) who in his limited screen time completely inhabits his role, and turns out a fantastic performance. Schreibner is one to watch. The other performances are all good, but the script isn't really asking a lot of top-class actors like Morgan Freeman or James Cromwell, and what they squeeze out is dependent on the scene they're in. But 'The Sum of All Fears' isn't about the actors - it's about the drama, the excitement, the thrills and spills. Even though the plot isn't all that complex, it seems like there is a lot happening, and as long as you don't think about it for too long, it holds itself together.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORGAN FREEMAN 14 July 2009
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
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Great price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Films 28 Mar 2014
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I only bought this DVD to watch Along came a spider, but the other two films are also excellent to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan freeman fan 28 Mar 2014
By nicky
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I used to have these films but had lent them out and had forgotten to whom I lent them too these were at such a low price I snapped them up and enjoyed watching the films again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
first class
Published 28 days ago by peter bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy with the films thank you
Published 1 month ago by keith rigby
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
really looking forward to these its morgan freeman cant get enough
Published 1 month ago by sarah morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
We loved all three films. Although they are not new films, we thought they were excellent viewing and would definatly watch again and excellent value
Published 7 months ago by S Brightling
1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to Play
Not compatible in the U.S. Unable to play. Why was this not disclosed? If you can't play in the U.S., why do you sell here?
Published 7 months ago by Marla goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable trilogy.
I chose the film because it starred Morgan Freeman.I was not disappointed.It was a not exceptional but entertaining and well acted..
Published 7 months ago by Marion Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Morgan Freeman is brilliant, so's the writer James Patterson, great viewing.
If you like good thrillers, which I do Ha Ha
Published 7 months ago by Paul R Helstrip
5.0 out of 5 stars kiss the girls/along came a spider/sum of all fears
Have seen all these films before but wanted them for my collection. Think Morgan Freeman an excellent actor, very enjoyable.
Published 10 months ago by kenneth smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Morgan freeman is always worth it
I am not much of a Clancy fan - that is for John Wayne types. I do like great actors and Freeman is always impressive and good value.
Published 10 months ago by marionq
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow scary or what !
Good collection, good value. Morgan Freeman plays it well. Most enjoyable for a fright night in, not for the feint hearted !
Published 11 months ago by Vivienne
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