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  • Actors: Dominic West, Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton
  • Directors: Nick Murphy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VC5BE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Starring Dominic West (The Wire, 300), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Oscar®-nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), THE AWAKENING is the chilling new supernatural thriller from Nick Murphy, set for release on 11 November 2011. In post-World War I England in 1921, an author and paranormal sceptic (Hall) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the history master (West) to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling encounter which makes her question all her rational beliefs.

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Starring Dominic West (The Wire, 300), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Oscar®-nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), The Awakening is the chilling new supernatural thriller from Nick Murphy. In post-World War I England in 1921, an author and paranormal skeptic (Hall) is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master (West) to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling encounter which makes her question all her rational beliefs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Laura C on 24 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
For me this is exactly the type of ghosty flick I enjoy. Nothing full of gore and unnecessary blood with disgusting, messed up faces lunging at the screen as a freak way of adding a scare. I probably sound incredibly dull but I love ghosty films that have the suspense and creepiness throughout the film then ends with a sudden twist that (for me) makes me understand why everything happened in the film and makes me less creeped out by it - because i do want to get to sleep at night.

This film certainly will go on my dvd shelf along with The Others, An American Haunting and The Orphanage as well as other films that didn't need blood and fancy special effects to make the hair on the back of my neck prick up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 12 Sept. 2012
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The good old fashioned ghost story is back, in the form of cinema. The likes of `Paranormal Activity' and `The Orphanage' in 2007 have helped green light many a decent chiller since. These are stories that forgo the gruel of `Saw' style movies and instead rely on the classic scares and atmosphere of a `The Haunting' or `The Innocents'. `The Awakening' follows in these footsteps of the genre, with the cynical Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) visiting an all-boys boarding school during a school break to investigate a series of mysterious happenings.

It takes a combination of several things to tell a good movie ghost story and `The Awakening' gets most of them right. Good casting is a start and in Hall and Dominic West they have two more-than-capable leads. Atmosphere is the next things and director Nick Murphy provides this by the bucket load with creepy shots. He is aided in no small way by some eerie sets and great sound effects/music. Finally, the story itself must hold up. Like with many ghost stories the premise of `The Awakening' is a basic one, but it feels believable and packs a big enough punch at the end so you feel your time has not been wasted.

A film like this lives and dies by the subtly of the scares and it is here that `The Awakening' is a triumph. The slow build up, coupled with shock moments means that you spend the entire film on the edge of your seat. My partner for one was terrified, without being put off by too much gore. The only real downside to `The Awakening' is that it is so traditional. It is a classic ghost story told in a classic way, but with modern techniques and sensibilities added for the scares. There is nothing truly fresh about the film, but it does the classic things well.

With its luscious sets, `The Awakening' is best seen on BluRay, the sound will also be better in this format.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 12 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Be warned: If you Have seen The Woman In Black, it may affect the way you see this film. So if you get the chance, see this before...

The plot of the film Surrounds a woman who reveals confidence tricksters (which when we meet her, we have the best set piece of the whole movie), gets called to a school as the children may be playing a hoax.

We Meet Dominc west, who has a slight stutter and picks his legs, and also Imelda Staunton, who still thinks shes in Vera Drake.

There she hears a story of a boy who died, but a lot of th children still see him walk the corridors Cue the shocks....

As well as the Woman in Black, this film owes a lot to The others as well. The children in the film are very unnerving and the inclusion of photographs is reminiscent of the 2001 chiller.

The performances are okay, West and Hall stand out in this, but it has a sense of Deja vu to it.

The best scare is in the trailer, and the reason i advise people to see this before TWIB, is because not many people have heard of this, and it would be unfair to class this as a rip-off to that movie.

The Orphanage maybe.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By richard on 22 April 2013
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A decent little atmospheric ghost story. Refreshingly free of the cheap scares currently associated with '15' rated so-called horror movies, and virtually gore-free. I thoroughly enjoyed this for what it is, and a steal at the current deal price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Bromilow on 20 Jan. 2013
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Ghost stories are difficult to write and probably even more difficult to film. Having recently watched The Woman in Black and the several M R James short story adaptations for television - all excellent - I feel The Awakening ultimately fails. The technique, I think, is to make the tales believable, or almost so, even to the most hardened of sceptics. The Awakening certainly could be but in the end is not.
Florence is a ghost hunter who initially is shown unmasking a fraudulent medium; at this point she appears to be working in partnership with the police. although it is difficult to see what crime has been committed, but this is never fully explained. She is played Rebecca Hall who, although strikingly attractive, acts in a manner that seems out of place, being somewhat reminiscent of the style of today's TV cops: as an earlier reviewer succinctly pointed out it that of a woman of the 21st century rather than of the 1920's. Florence is asked by a school master to investigate a haunting at an isolated boys' boarding school in what is now Cumbria and to this end she takes along a large collection of pseudo-scentific equipment. The school, staffed by war wounded, is sufficiently creepy and the filming of the highest order with very muted,cold colours and some excellent - if at times a somewhat cliched - shots. At this point we begin to realize that everyone is psychologically damaged in some way. The story develops slowly - perhaps too slowly for some tastes - but to me this adds to the feeling of growing menace. Particularly good, I thought, were the scenes invovling the dolls' house.
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