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Kalamity [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0047HXMXO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After breaking up with his girlfriend,Billy(Nick stahl) returns home & meets up with his best friend Stan(Jonathan jackson) who he thinks he can turn to in his time of need.Stan however,has also been through a nasty breakup & Billy is shocked by how his friend has changed into an angry hateful man.He is even more unsettled when he learns that the girlfriend Stan broke up with is now missing & he starts to wonder if Stan had anything to do with her disappearance.
To me Jonathan jackson was the most impressive thing about this movie,his performance is so believable- i have never seen him in such a nasty role!- he truly is an underrated actor.As for the film itself,i wouldnt say its a thriller or horror,more of a dark psychological indie movie.I did feel the story moved a little slow & i found the ending slightly disappointing & unfulfilling but it is a film which manages to keep the viewer watching as the mystery slowly unfolds.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93634e40) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935fdb10) out of 5 stars 2 men handle break-up very differently. A disturbing look at how an unstable person handles being dumped .Could be true I say B- 8 Feb. 2011
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
After breaking up with thier girlfriends of five years, two friends handle it differently. After moving back to his hometown Billy (Stahl) learns that his girlfriend no longer wants a long distance relationship. He is not handling it well and goes to friend Stan (Jackson) for help coping. Stan is not handling his break up well either and soon his girlfriend winds up missing. This movie more then anything is a little disturbing, mainly for the fact that this is very believable and I'm sure at least part of this has happend to someone before. I don't want to give to much away but before you watch know that this is not a horror movie like the preview makes it seem like, but a very disturbing look at how an unstable person handles a break-up. I give it a B-.

Would I watch again? - Not sure, I think I would but it may not have the same effect.
HASH(0x935fdb64) out of 5 stars ... adult actors who play their parts seriously and with intelligent dialogue. I don't know why "calamity" is purposely ... 4 Jan. 2016
By Dr.K - Published on Amazon.com
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Kalamity is a little gem of a movie with young adult actors who play their parts seriously and with intelligent dialogue. I don't know why "calamity" is purposely misspelled, but it hardly matters; maybe the K makes it look better. I expected a movie with a character demonically possessed, but no horror ever came up, other than psychological horror: the psychosis of loss that affects some and not others--'why' is the burning question of the movie--and that question is never answered except that aging changing us in ways unexpected. I was especially impressed, as I said before, with the dialogue; there were some clever turns of phrase, minimal swear words, and insights expressed almost poetically. I gave it 4 stars only because the pace was a slightly slowed due to an editor who wanted to add some dazzle as cinematography. Otherwise excellent and a good watch for young adults especially. Some supernatural elements pervade in all the right places.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935e96a8) out of 5 stars Kalamity - Superbly Written! Masterfully Directed! 15 Feb. 2011
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Written and directed by James Hausler, Kalamity claims its spot as an intriguing psychological thriller. Ripped to the bone by heartbreaking loss, Kalamity grasps Billy and Stan as its true victims. This film takes a different perspective since, for once, we hear from the men, witness their emotional bleed, and follow the horror of the `subconscious rip'. The movie starts out with a haunting, compelling, and strikingly wise voice-over, which pulls the audience into the film.

Grounded by Hollywood professionals Robert Forester and Nick Stahl who portrays the story's hero, Billy, Hausler's brilliant choice of Jonathan Jackson as the aggressive, uber-disturbed best friend, Stan, carries the suspenseful tone. Although Billy has problems of his own, he recognizes almost immediately that his good friend has some profound mental imbalance.

The dialogue is real; it reflects the way real people feel and talk. Billy's reflection on his own lost love, Alice, speaks to that part in all of us who yearn for that lost love of our own - reliving snippets of moments in our own memories as Billy randomly does with Alice throughout the film.

I saw this in the theater, and watched on demand repeatedly, each time unpeeling another layer of Hausler's tightly scripted, haunting film.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935fddec) out of 5 stars "UNBELIEVABLE" 28 Aug. 2013
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
I was looking for a good thriller when I clicked play, but what I got was a story that seemed to come from Fantasy Island. There were two parts of this movie that I found to be believable. One was the fact that a love that goes sour and ends in a tragedy caused by mental instability is plausable and the other was when Billy (Stahl) wanted to kill Stanley (Jackson) after Stan informs him of why he went to Ohio. The story centers around three best friends Stahl, Jackson and Chris( Clark) with Jackson and Stahl reeling from fresh breakups from their 5 year relationships with Ashley (Tal) and Alice (Garrett). Stanley's roomate Chris is to shy and has not found a love intrest and acts as a sounding board and shoulder for Stan and Billy. I don't want to delve into the story to deeply so as not to spoil things for those of you who want to watch this movie, but I will try to explain my issues which are many with this movie. The actions taken by Stahl and Chris's characters was perposterous given the gravity of the suspected and later confirmed actions taken by Stan. I can't tell you the particulars of just how ridiculous they are, but by doing so I will give away to much of this Ill concived story. The writer/director Hausler seemed to miss many obvious human responses to tragic events and police procedures that would have been given top priority in the disappearance and just some plain common sense. He does get some of the emotions and dialogue correct. but its not enough to elevate his story to a palpable level. The acting is ok, but nothing that would win honorable mention. The movie was written for a young adult audience and does not live up to a thriller or a drama, but rather it test ones ability to see the movie through to the end. The story was (sad to say) more nonsense than sense when it comes down to what these characters are doing irregardless of Stahl's broken heart or Clarks submissive nature with the info and facts they have gathered about Stan. 2 Weak Stars.

Rating 0 to 5 Stars

Story = 2 Concept was good, but execution was horrible.
Acting = 3 Good for the most part, but not award winning material.
Direction = 2- The director/writer seemed to loose focus or lacked certain knowledge.
Thriller/Drama = 2/2 Way to much implausability with characters actions/.
Violence = 2 A short one sided fight scene and a shooting.
Sex/Nudity = No/No
Foul Language = Yes, but sparingly.
Entertainment Value = 2-
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935fdaf8) out of 5 stars No sympathy here 21 Sept. 2013
By Francisco - Published on Amazon.com
So many films fail in telling a coherent and plausible story. Up to the point when the the two friends go out to the spot where Stanley killed his girlfriend I was held by this film. But how did they know where the body was? This, added to the room mate's refusal to report Stanley's assault on him, started me feeling exasperated. What kind of people are these? And then the two friends casually return to Stanley's home.They just found a dead girl's body; they believe that their wacko buddy killed her, but they don't go to the police; they go back to his place. Ho hum. An uneventful walk in the woods. Pllease! None of this is believable. It is the reaction and lack of responsible action of idiots. I don't like movies about clueless people.
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