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Lady In The Water [DVD] [2006]

Paul Giamatti , Bryce Dallas Howard , M. Night Shyamalan    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban, Sarita Choudhury
  • Directors: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Producers: M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mercer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: 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: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTE9I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film revolves around an apartment building superintendent named Cleveland (Paul Giamatti) who discovers a magical sea-nymph named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) who has been transported to this world and is living in the building's swimming pool. As this bizarre revelation sinks in, Cleveland becomes enraptured by her other-worldly charm.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better... 6 Jun 2007
This film has been widely condemned and ridiculed, somewhat unfairly in my opinion. Theres a great many worse films around, although thats no excuse in itself. But Night has set the bar high with his previous work so that this film pales compared with his previous work. Thats not to say its a bad film, just dissappointing considering the talent of who made it.

The story isn't particularly well-structured and lots of things aren't explained properly and certain themes aren't developed. The story itself is something of a cross between a childrens tale and a redemption story, and trying to be both it doesn't quite do justice to either. To appreciate it you need to suspend your disbelief, and even after that you need to take a leap into believing the entire premise in the first place. However it has been touted as a children's bedtime story and in a touching way its reminiscent of the kind of tales you hear as a child.

All that aside, its a well made film, well-acted and has a wonderful score from James Newton Howard which really adds an emotive feel to the tale. Some of the characters are interesting, some not and some aren't developed enough for us to know (or even care), Paul Giamatti's 'Cleveland' is a nice sympathetic but tragic character and Bryce Dallas Howard is a charming, enigmatic and always pasty sea-nymph. Night casts himself in a major role this time rather than just his usual brief cameos, he does ok but the role he plays may leave you with questions of the man's ego.

Not a film for the constantly cynical amongst us, it is in fact a sentimental tale with a postively redeeming story to it. A good family film perhaps?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buoyant 23 July 2010
Shyamalan has done for the fantasy / fairy tale what he did for superheros, ghosts and bogeymen in the woods. Kill them stone dead or re-invent them brilliantly and uniquely, depending on what you think of Shyamalan's style. Personally, I agree with brilliant and unique. Squeezing a fantasy world into one Pennsylvania apartment block populated with a menagerie of oddballs, and using that world to show a man coming to terms with grief and loss creates a bizarrely moving experience. The only misstep is the infamous critic mauling, as really this could be taken out of film without being missed and feels like a personal axe being excessively ground. But what the hell, critics get on my nerves too. And Shyamalan casting himself as the messiah? Works for me. His presence and, shall we say, restrained acting style is the icing on the weird cake. And the wonderful Paul Giamatti excels as Cleveland Heep, fighting to make sense of both his past and his narf populated present.

The simplicity of the story and its use of humour avoid it becoming the toe-curlingly pretentious work it could have been. This is Heep's journey through a strange fantasy world where he is eventually able to realize and release his grief. It is a journey the film documents admirably.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Water load of ....... entertainment. 12 Dec 2011
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Lady in the Water was a film I missed when it came to the cinema. Despite being a huge fan M Night the synopsis didn't inspire me, I'm not really into fairy tales and to me, the plot sounded nonsense. I eventually came across the movie again while browsing Amazon and decided what the heck, give it a go! To be honest I was surprised and enjoyed it immensely. To be fair its not a classic like Sixth Sense or as good as Unbreakable or Signs but to me it was very well acted and wove an intriguing plot that kept me glued right to the end.
I wont go over the story but Paul Giamatti is a wonderful and diverse actor who's character you really care for as he attempts to protect the equally talented Bryce Dallas Howard from invisible supernatural wolf like creatures. M Night also makes an appearance as a side character that is much more significant than his usual cameos. His appearance augments the portfolio of interesting quirky characters that constitute the local community that exist around the communal swimming pool Giamatti cares for. Its vastly interesting and entertaining how the somewhat isolated residents of the flats are drawn together and united as a community with the common goal of protecting Bryce's character.
The type of story and characterisation of the film reminded me of some of Steven King's best books, for example It. By this I don't mean that M Night is ripping off Steven King but the way he develops the characters who unite to help protect the Lady in the Water is carried in out in a simlarly intriguing fashion. None of the characters are super heroes, they all have their own faults and quirks and this is what mmakes the film so interesting.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great mix of fairytale meets signs 25 Dec 2006
I saw this film a while ago, and am a huge fan of all of M Night's work including signs, unbreakable etc. The film is really different and completely unpredictable. Its a great blend of a fairytale story and a supenseful film all in one as the main character bryce dallas is stalked by a beast that is like a hyena/wolf and can dissapear within the ground and she has to return to the sea before her time is up. I cant explain the story of the film but its a definate must see for all ages! Im buying this when its out!
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
utter rubbish.
Published 2 months ago by Shaz Timps
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A weak silly storyline, poorly acted !
Published 2 months ago by ian t
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies of all time.
M. Night Shyamalan's 'Lady In The Water' has to be one of the worst movies ever made. Unlike many other people, I am still a fan of Shyamalan. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brett_Bloom
1.0 out of 5 stars HD DVD
Quality of the transfer fine - picture and sound.
But a woeful film. Probably ok as a childrens book but as an adult film is silly pretentious unengaging twaddle.
Published 20 months ago by lazyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars much under-rated
Lady in the water is the kind of film M. Night Shyamalan does best. I found the Sixth Sense disturbing but better on later viewingss. Read more
Published 21 months ago by by Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable fantasy fluff
This modern fairy-tale is a slight and insubstantial offering and was widely perceived as M.Night Shyamalan's weakest offering, (before he released The Last Airbender [DVD] of... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2012 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a try
Originally I was going to skip this film all together due to the disappointment I had from The Village. Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a wet film
This ought to be in your library. This is a great good versus evil fairy tale / suspense / slight horror movie. Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by Pete in Meir
1.0 out of 5 stars Trivial & tedious
AWFUL. This film will not broaden, engage, or entertain your mind. Pretentious rubbish, as the sheer number of ratings of 1/5 stars indicate. Read more
Published on 16 April 2012 by Chulsk
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Mauled unfairly by the critics on release Lady in the Water is a fine film and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by Mr. G. Robinson
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