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Open Water [DVD]


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  • Actors: Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Estelle Lau
  • Directors: Blanchard Ryan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000679PXA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,753 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Commentary by Cast, Director and Producer. Interviews with Cast & Crew. Behind the scenes 'making of' documentary On the High Seas: The unexpected journey from small film concept to big cinema success Deleted scenes Shark and diving safety facts

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Shot on digital video with a pair of unknown actors (Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis) who tread water for most of the film's brisk 79-minute running time, Open Water is a fact-based exercise in primal fear that will scare the socks off anyone who dreads death from the deep, but it's familiar stuff if you've ever watched "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel (which is mentioned in writer-director Chris Kentis's economical screenplay). If you can't accept that a trendy young couple could be accidentally abandoned during an open-sea diving excursion (but hey, it really happened!), then you'll surely be hooked by the intense what's-gonna-happen anxiety that escalates when the horrified vacationers realize they've got unwanted company. It's too easy to call Open Water a poor man's Jaws, and the movie's too realistically frightening to be compared to the popcorn thrills of Deep Blue Sea, so what you've got here is a shark movie that creates its own little low-budget niche. Before placing his actors in actual proximity to sharks, Kentis betrays them with some silly, bickering dialogue, but with adequate realism in its favour, Open Water offers a perfect excuse to stay on the beach. --Jeff Shannon

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pink-Lady on 22 Jun 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a gripping film based on the true story of Tom and Eileen Longerman who really were left out at sea following a fatal error by the diving company in failing to count everyone back in correctly. We can't possibly know what happened to that tragic couple and what they endured, but the sheer idea of being abandoned in shark infested waters is enough. The film takes a different location to the true-life story but features the couple, Susan and Daniel, on a much needed vacation when they decide to go on a ill-fated diving trip.

I am truly baffled by the fact there are so many bad reviews on here, and can only assume the people who hated it were expecting a huge budget action movie with lots of gore. This is a low budget movie which actually tells a story. Witnessing the ineptitude of the diving company, the couple abandoned, then the effect on their relationship as it starts to dawn on them the boat might not come back and no one might find them - this is what makes the drama and intensity of the film. The viewer shares their isolation and fear at being in the vast ocean alone with no sustenance and little chance of rescue, and their terror when they catch glimpses of the sharks they know to be in the water. Although I wasn't sure if there was going to be a happy ending, I was rooting for them all the same, and it left me wondering what I would do if in that dreadful situation.

An excellent and memorable film, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys an intelligent film with a strong story, but feel anyone looking for big-budget action, shark fights and gore will be disappointed.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wheatgerm on 17 July 2008
Format: DVD
Having read through some of the (frankly shocking) number of negative reviews, I have to quote this from one of them which says it all really:

"The only thing which kept me watching it until the end was the hope that it would conclude with an action packed shark attack and fight with a load of sharks or something like that."

This type of person is NOT going to enjoy this film. This is not a Hollywood big budget, brainless movie. It's filmmaking, stripped to the bare bones, where empathy and allowing yourself to be drawn in is necessary.

Based loosely on a real story (Google for the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan), the events and plight of this poor couple is truly too awful to contemplate. One cannot begin to imagine the fear and desolation of being stranded in the middle of the Ocean with almost zero chance of being discovered. The way the film is shot draws you in, shakes you about and should you allow yourself to be immersed in, almost as if you're out there with them, you will find this one of the most terrifying films you've ever seen. It is also very disturbing.

The acting is strong from two unknowns with the female role being played particularly well. At certain points later in the film, putting yourself in her shoes will haunt you.
My only criticism is that the film is a bit too short - the water sequence is fine but we needed more time to get to know and connect with the characters before they embarked on that fateful boat trip.

If however, you are one of those people (no offence) who relies on a film to create all your stimulation without allowing yourself to use your own imagination and ability to empathise or involve yourself with it, then you will probably not enjoy Open Water.

For those who do drift away with them for 80 mins, you'll be thankful you're safe on your sofa in your nice dry living room when the credits roll.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Hill on 22 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
I was hooked on this film from start to finish. It focuses on two hapless divers who are lost at sea. With sharks threatening them beneath the depths and with the thought of never being found looming above their heads, the duo's fear gets pushed on to the viewer, or at least it did for me.

There are no flashy effects or masses of blood and gore, but pure, raw terror. The two actors were incredible in their performances. It was like they were weren't acting at all, but rather actually terrified. I also liked the bond that they had and was anxious when the two got seperated for a short while.

I am a big lover of action, and I was sceptical of this movie at first, because I thought, two divers stranded at sea, bound to be boring. But I watched it and I enjoyed it. Granted, not everyone's cup o' tea, but it was definitely mine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 4 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
I have watched this DVD twice.

The first time, I was literally shaking by the end. This is simple, but utterly breathtaking. Can hardly be recommended too highly.

A second watching reveals the simplicity of the whole, and how it's actually been quite cleverly made within an obviously tiny budget.

On a bang per buck basis, it looks even better.

Well worth the effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
The fact that the audience realises how vulnerable the couple are before they do (the sharks gliding beneath the sleeping woman) is perhaps the strongest element of the film.
The budget dictated that there are no big cgi effects and the film's stronger for it. We get glimpses of the prowling sharks; a fin here, thrashing tail there and watch on as the couple try and hold themselves together as the unthinkable becomes the inevitable...
A tight, tense little movie that deserves a viewing but maybe not repeated screenings.
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