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The Awakening (2011) [DVD]

Dominic West , Rebecca Hall , Nick Murphy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VC5BE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,537 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In 1921, in London, the arrogant and skeptical Florence Cathcart is famous for exposing hoaxes and helping the police to arrest con artists. The stranger Robert Mallory tells her that the headmaster of a boarding school in Rookford had invited her to travel to Cumbria to investigate a ghost that is frightening the pupils to death. He also tells that many years ago there was a murder in the estate and recently pupil Walter Portman had died. The reluctant Florence finally accepts to go to Cumbria. On arrival, she is welcomed by governess Maud and the boy Thomas Hill. Soon Florence discovers what had happened to Walter and then the students, teachers and staff are released on vacation, and Florence remains alone with Robert, Maud and Tom in the school. Florence is ready to leave the boarding school when strange things happen, leaving Florence scared. ...The Awakening (2011)

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal evening choice 24 Jun 2012
By Laura C
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly spooky and disturbing ghost story. 19 Jan 2013
By Willy Eckerslike TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Set between the two world wars, this is the story of a debunker of all things paranormal as she's asked to investigate ghostly sightings at a boy's boarding school. Dominic West, as ever, is brilliant as the school's history teacher, Rebecca Hall's fresh-faced portrayal of the sceptic is crisp and consistent and Imelda ` Delores Umbridge' Staunton plays the school matron with great aplomb. This small cast, well chosen location and superb direction by Nick Murphy (previously known for TV series' and documentaries) makes for a bleak & spooky atmosphere. There are plenty of `jump' moments and the masterfully managed tension just keeps building throughout the film. The enigmatic ending rounds the whole experience off very nicely and you can't help being reminded of the superb ` The Others'. If your taste in horror leans towards the creepy & psychological rather than slasher blood & guts then this is a movie for you; our copy will lurk next to `The Grudge' and `The Ring' and will no doubt be watched many times more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old-fashioned Ghost story with a twist 16 May 2013
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Spooky, enthralling, great twist.

It was nice to watch a film that kept you in suspense but didn't include the usual gore and standard scare tactics to keep the audience interested. It only lost a star because it got a little slow in places, but aside from this a good un-messy ghost story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller 22 April 2013
By richard
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the awakening [2011] dvd 7 April 2013
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this is a brilliant ghost story starring the great actor dominic west of the hour fame it is very creepy in places i give it 10 out of 10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 28 Mar 2013
By Rachel
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thought i was not going to b good but really got into it good story line and great twist the ending was sad though but apart from that it was a good movie i really enjoyed it
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy and Superb 19 Nov 2011
By Rodders
The film is very atmospheric and a great traditional British haunted house story.

It does help if you have a knowledge of spiritualism and how research into the paranormal is conducted because it makes it easier to accept the plot line that there are rational explanations to so called hauntings. But sometimes there simply is no explanation and even the most hardened researchers get 'sucked-in'. This film covers both aspects and adds a yearning to come to terms with personal grief against the back drop of the horrendous loss of young life in the Great War and the physiological impact on those who survived.

If you enjoyed the 'Sixth Sense' and 'The Others' then 'The Awakening' is right up your street. Great performances from Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ghost story 29 Dec 2013
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Very entertaining & well told ghost story with none of the, all too prevalent, gory horror of many, so-called, modern ghost films. Extremely well acted by a British cast and I wasn't surprised to see it was crafted by 'BBC films'. On a par with 'Woman in Black'. One small point niggles - the film, set in 1921, refers to a school in Cumbria whereas prior to 1974 the county was called Cumberland - this, however, will probably only irritate a native of the county.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who you gonna call? (spoilers)
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric film
This TV offering more than lived up to expectation. The acting was superb and the story gripped from start to finish.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars the awaking
this is a good film but you have to watch it with out a brake has it does get confusing a bit .thats why i brought this has i missed the end on the tv .highly recomended
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. B. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars An empty curio
This film is clever but features some outstanding flaws not least of all the sudden minor shagfest about 2/3rd's of the way through... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ken Raus
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
This really is a great ghost story and exactly what I was looking for when I logged in a chose it. I've not been very lucky when choosing films from Amazon, despite always reading... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs G. L. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars the awakening dvd
came in good order and in time thanks we loved the movie so i had to have it for my collection thanks
Published 3 months ago by SOO OCONNOR
4.0 out of 5 stars Descent Tense Spooky Ghost Story
Rebecca Hall plays a 1920's spiritualist ghost/myth buster whom Dominic West pleads to come and visit his boarding school and explain/bust some spooky goings on. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hagrid's Umbrella
4.0 out of 5 stars atmospheric
I've always liked Rebecca Hall, and teaming her with Dominic West was a good idea. The plot itself about an expert in parapsychology coming to sort out a problem in a boys' school... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lycidas
5.0 out of 5 stars Now THIS is a proper supernatural thriller!
A proper creepy ghost movie.None of this Paranormal Activity crap. Their all the same predictable rubbish, pulling people out of bed, pulling people across the floor, doors... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel Snelling
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost story
A superior ghost story that manages to create a fantastic atmosphere which sucks you in and engrosses you to the end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. Cosens
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