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Sanctum [DVD]

Richard Roxburgh , Rhys Wakefield , Alister Grieirson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Baker
  • Directors: Alister Grieirson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G5Z0DM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If there's an undersea adventure with high-tech equipment, macho posturing, and lots of underwater photography, you know James Cameron must be swimming around the vicinity. Add the fact that Sanctum was released to theaters in 3-D, and it's clinched. Cameron served as executive producer to this crazy tale of a cave-diving expedition forced to improvise when a typhoon inundates their New Guinea location. (The film, shot in Australia, is allegedly based on a true event by co-screenwriter Andrew Wight, but it might be safe to conclude that the original incident was a jumping-off point for the high melodrama on display here.) A globetrotting billionaire (Ioan Gruffudd, of Fantastic Four) is underwriting this exploration of a hidden cave maze, which explains why he gets to bring his girlfriend (Alice Parkinson) along. As a measure of their thrill-seeking habits, we are told they met on an Everest climb. The cave-diving boss is a crusty old pro (Richard Roxburgh), who is rough on his underlings and even rougher on his teenage son (Rhys Wakefield); naturally, the cataclysm that follows will be an occasion for some extreme father-son fence mending. As cornball as these elements are, and as generally toneless as director Alister Grierson's ear is with the dialogue scenes, Sanctum does work up some bona fide thrills: the sheer power of water is unleashed at a few memorable spots, as is the panic of losing an oxygen tank at a crucial moment. It's also pretty brutal, with a steep body count and a few grotesque bits of bodily injury. It ought to be easy to dismiss Sanctum as a silly piece of boy's adventure, but--curse you, Cameron!--one must admit that the thing is awfully effective. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Sanctum, the epic underwater adventure from three-time Academy Award®-winning executive producer James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic), follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.

Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh of Moulin Rouge!, Mission: Impossible II) has explored the South Pacific’s Esa’ala caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank’s key team—including 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield of The Black Balloon, Broken Hill) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd of Fantastic Four series, W.)—is forced to radically alter plans.

With dwindling supplies, the crew—including Carl’s girlfriend, Victoria (Alice Parkinson of Where the Wild Things Are, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Crazy George (Dan Wyllie of Muriel’s Wedding, Chopper)—must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?

Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Feature Commentary
  • Sanctum: The Real Story

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Aug 2011
By Lewis
To put simply, it was an amazing film with fantastic scenery. Great actors and really well acted. Lots of tension too. Was topped off with the 3D, characters and all the scenery came out the screen. I would certainly recommend it! 5*
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CAVE HAS FLOODED! 15 Jun 2011
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SANCTUM is a 2011 australian adventure film directed by Alister Grierson and starring Richard Roxburgh and Rhys Wakefield. What a brilliant film! I was utterly gripped all the way through. I love these kind of films as they make me shiver as the scenes are unbearably intense! The actors were chosen well. I was very impressed and thought everyone did wonderfully. Best of all was the photography. WOW! The setting of the forest, the ocean and the dark cave itself was magnificently beautiful. There were also moments of dark humour that i thought worked well with the story.

Frank McGuire is an underwater diver expert who has been on countless explorations. This is his greatest yet! With his son Josh and his crew members, they dive deep into the carvornous cave, unaware that there exciting dive into a new world will become a terrifying nightmare that slowly picks them off one by one. They also have a deadline, as the cyclone raging avove will flood the cave. Trapped. And the only way out is down!

Can i just say, SANCTUM is not for the faint hearted. There are some pretty grusesome deaths and this film builds up to a tear-jerking climax. But as long as you dont get too worked up over these things, you'll be fine! Definately worth watching if you like tension, lots of peril and a great storyline! 10/10!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanctum 3D 15 Nov 2011
I watched this film in 2D first, and though it was a very good film, then the 3D version came out, all the cave and underwater sceans, are fantastic, this is a must bye, for any 3D fan.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanctum 3D 5 July 2011
This is only the third 3D Blu ray that I have watched on my new 3D Tv. It was brilliant, it was spectacular and at times I thought there was water dripping from the living room ceiling! For some reason the 3D disc didnt actually have "3D Blu-Ray" printed on it like other 3D blu-rays, but none the less I managed to find the right disc and really enjoyed it. Gripping movie that makes good use of the 3D. I was also pleased that this movie was available from Amazon as I haven't seen it in 3d in any of the shops.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
I bought this because I was out of the country when it went on general release, and 2 weeks later I couldn't find a cinema within 100 miles that was still showing it, never mind the 3D version.

I'm a caver. I've caved all over the world (though sadly not in PNG, yet...). I've even been on a couple of expeditions.

What did this film get right? The location, for a start. Thick limestone + lots of water = big caves as several expediations to Borneo & China have shown in recent years. PNG was as good a place as any to base the story. Do you really get sinkholes as big/deep as that in the film? Yes, you do. 500 m deep and maybe half that across would not be uncommon. You wouldn't ordinarily parachute into sinkholes - the proximity of the rock walls and uncertain air currents would make that extraordinarily risky (though there are people that have base jumped into las Golondrinas in Mexico). Abseiling (rapelling for North American readers) on ropes is the usual method as was shown. The gear the team were wearing was pretty authentic, as was the gear they used. Modern rebreather diving technology is extraordinary; the world record for a cave dive was set last year in Pozo Azul in Spain: 8.8 km and 50 hours in water of 11C. So the basis for the film was pretty sound too. The 'passion' for caving shown by the lead explorer was also authentic. The lure of virgin discovery is extraordinarily strong.

So where did the film go wrong? Well, I've yet to hear of a caving expedition with anything like the level of resources portrayed in the film! Caving expeditions - even those on which National Geographic participates - are generally run on a shoestring. And as for running electric power down a few km of cave passge to the dive base...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A true story! 12 Jun 2013
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I had very high expectations of this movie, I mean, it was produced by the phenomenal James Cameron. Yes, that is the guy who produced both Avatar and Titanic, just to name a few. This film is brought to life by actors Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie and Ioan Gruffudd.

Sanctum, a true story, was inspired by co-writer Andrew Wight's near-death experience of leading a diving expedition miles into a system of underwater caves, then having to find a way out after a freak storm collapsed the entrance. This film is pumped with action and emotion, two things that are very difficult to mesh together successfully, in my opinion. There are some slightly disturbing images in this movie but that just makes it more real and dramatic and the juxtaposition of these images and the spectacular views of underwater caves is magnificent. There seem to be a lot of true stories being brought to life in film these days (127 hours, The King's Speech), and this is definitely my favourite so far. There are so many twists and turns in this movie and it is truly inspirational and miracular how the group of people managed to stay alive for so long in such dire conditions. My only criticism is that the accents were slightly confusing. Was it meant to be a mix of Austrailians and Americans or was that an unhappy coincidence? Since this was first released in Austrailia I'm going to assume that it was Ioan Gruffudd's that let the movie down slightly.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. It is the most dramatic movie I have seen in a long time and it keeps you gripping the edge of your seat the entire way through. The acting, the scenery, the production, the plot, everything about this movie is amazing.

There is only one survivor. Watch it yourself to find out who.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Just breathe for heavens sake...
Josh McGuire welcomes his friend Carl and his girlfriend Victoria in Papua, New Guinea, and they immediately fly to the Esa-ala Caves where Josh's father Frank McGuire is heading a... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanctum Dvd
Fantastic film! One of the best i've ever come across, This film has a good cast of well known actors and the views whilest they are diving in those caves are suberb! Read more
Published 1 month ago by jaide coquelin
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good in 3D
I bought this as I've got the 3D bug at present. This isn't a bad film at all. I bought it at the same time as Gravity 3D and I would say Sanctum beats the visually spectacular but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T E Bovingdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
I really enjoyed this film, the actors and story are engaging and the visual effects are very good! Would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by RenoirUK
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Thought i'd write a review because i remember when i watched this and i loved it, very exciting film! 5 star!
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. J. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film!
Loved this film! I could watch it over and over again in 3D, it amazed me so much! It's worth buying :)
Published 2 months ago by Luke Minshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a mouse
But great for my laptop; the USB thingy is smaller than the previous one - there is no light on the top like my last mouse to show when the thing is on, and the on/off switch... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Bloom
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
this was a good film for the family to watch, well worth the money. would definitely recommend especially for the price
Published 2 months ago by Lea Blackwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Sanctum 3D
The cinematography/3D are excellent as you might expect from James Cameron, and the soundtrack played by a 5. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. F. Cope
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
the 3D is good in this film but im glad i got it in a sale ,storyline flows (not meant to be a pun ,if you've seen the film you will know what i mean) it gets a bit same old... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Graham k
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