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  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GN1SV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



You'd expect the end of the world to be no day in the park, but in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, a day in the park is where the end begins. One otherwise peaceful summer morning, New Yorkers strolling in Central Park come to a halt in unison, then begin killing themselves by any means at hand. At a high-rise construction site a few blocks over, it's raining bodies as workers step off girders into space. And all the while, the city is so quiet you can hear the gentle breeze in the trees. That breeze carries a neurotoxin, and what or who put it there (terrorists?) is a question raised periodically as the film unfolds. But the question that really matters is how and whether anybody in the Middle Atlantic states is going to stay alive.

The Happening is Shyamalan's best film since The Sixth Sense, partly because he avoids the kind of egregious misjudgment that derailed The Village and Lady in the Water, but mostly because the whole thing has been structured and imagined to keep faith with the point of view of regular, unheroic folks confronted with a mammoth crisis. Focal characters are a Philadelphia high-school science teacher (Mark Wahlberg, excellent), his wife (Zooey Deschanel) and math-teacher colleague (John Leguizamo), and the latter’s little girl (Ashlyn Sanchez). Instinct says get out of the cities and move west; most of the film takes place in the delicately picturesque Pennsylvania countryside, with menace hovering somewhere in the haze. There are no special effects (apart from a wind machine and some breakaway glass), but the movie manages to be deeply unsettling in the matter-of-factness of its storytelling. Especially effective is its feel for what we might call the surrealism of banality. One warning sign that someone has been infected by the neurotoxin is irrational or erratic speech and behavior, yet Shyamalan has a genius for dialogue that sounds normal and everyday as it's spoken, yet flies apart grenade-like a second later as its logic (or illogic) sinks in. Then there's Deschanel's eye-rolling dodginess about the messages some guy has been leaving on her cellphone. Or the fellow (Frank Collis) who addresses his greenhouse plants as though they were his children--has a stray toxic zephyr wafted his way, or is this just his idea of normal? --Richard T. Jameson,

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 20 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
After watching the first half of this film on tv and then deciding to miss "The Tudors" to watch the rest, I was slightly irritated to find that the end of the film wasn't anywhere as near as good as the beginning. It starts well, with all the random suicides it has a creepiness to it and I kept watching as I wanted to find out what this "thing" was all about. As the film went on, it seemed very disjointed and lacked any real direction. There seemed to be a rather long scene involving a slightly mad old lady which left me thinking she may have "something" to do with all this, but alas she didn't and her part in the film seemed rather pointless. The reason given for "the happening", was quite frankly a bit ridiculous, I thought there might be a little more to it then that. Think of day of the triffids but nowhere near as good (I was actually more impressed by the rubbery looking "heres one I made earlier" triffids then the acting and script in this film). The idea was actually a really good one but I don't think it was thought out well enough before it was scripted, it seemed very vague and unintelligent. The last third of the film particularly, seemed to have no direction at all and felt a bit hurried. The other thing I noticed is that some people seem to be immune to "the happening" which I felt should have been explored into more. Why show some people supposedly unaffected by the events but then not really use that as any sort of relevance to the story? This one was one of my main problems with the film, the fact that so many parts of the film seemed completely pointless to the overall outcome of the film (which wasn't anything astounding anyway). It's one of those films that you end up feeling as if the film has been cut short and also leaves you disappointed thinking "is that it?". An ok film when you just want something to watch, but don't expect to be massively impressed by it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
For the first third or so at least, M. Night Shyamalan's apocalyptic eco-thriller The Happening isn't quite the unmitigated disaster it's been painted, but it does play like an underwhelming SyFi Channel TV movie with a handful of bravura single-take sequences as people across the country inexplicably start taking their own lives. On the plus side it doesn't have the glacial pacing of his earlier films (even the extended DVD version comes in under an hour-and-a-half), but, for a film about the end of civilisation as we know it, it still lacks any real sense of urgency or panic and is visibly underfunded - the evacuation of New York is a particularly orderly affair involving a fairly small number of extras and a single train. Worse are the performances, with Mark Wahlberg's fey science teacher coming over like camp motivational exercise guru Richard Simmons on too many tranquillisers and Zooey Deschanel turning in a very eccentric and often plain embarrassing display of eye-rolling that Robert Newton would envy in an atrociously written role as his nervy wife. Only John Leguizamo seems to have developed enough immunity to Shyamalan's dismal direlogue to give a convincing performance despite the overwhelming odds presented by the script. And it's the writing that constantly lets the film down, with dialogue that's often too pitifully bad to even laugh at vying with woefully inept characterisation that makes you think Shyamalan has never met another person in his whole life and is just guessing at what people are like from bad movies he's seen. It constantly smothers what's at heart a really rather ingenious idea, making you long for the days when there was someone to tell him to go back and rewrite it and not give him the money to start shooting until he got it right.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
M..Night Shyamalan' i think it's fair to say you either love or hate his works, me ? I do have all of his films, some on 'DVD' only and some on 'Blu-ray' including 'The Happening'
His work verges on genius that genarally is not fullfiled in reality, there is something about his work that draws you to the films when released, can't put my finger on it.
Wierd ? Strange ? Certainly different.
This film in terms of the use of 'media' news alerts does put me in mind of 'Signs' ( i really liked that one by the way ) though the story line is different in as much as it's 'Alien Invasion, in this one, a curious plant driven attack on the minds of humans causing mass suicide in a '24' hour or so interlude in 'The Happening'
I believe his best film remains 'The Sixth Sense' and 'Unbreakable' the most pointless 'The Village'
Did i enjoy this one ? It was sort off okay, there are some grusome scenes and a few points at which you'll probably jump, is it a classic ? 'No' you may want to hire rather than buy if you are yet to see it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Happening is incredibly annoying, with annoying actors acting annoyingly. I cannot believe this isn't deliberate. Something horrible is happening with the plants in the North West of the USA; the Worst Hay Fever Evah! But instead of the explosions of Hobbesian violence that such stories usually entail the Americans suffering the attack talk to each other and endeavour to help each other in a rational and helpful way. There is a little violence (other than the effect of the happening) but in general there is more Willy Wonka than Night of the Living Dead. Amidst the full horror of watching Mark Wahlberg's character thinking (with you shouting advice at the screen) there are some brilliant moments where the sight of a wind blowing across a verdant field induces terror in the watcher. I suspect its general slowness and the annoying main leads (I did mention they were annoying, didn't I) will not make it as popular as it might be, but it has its moments.
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