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The New Daughter [DVD]

Kevin Costner    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kevin Costner
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005PNYHGU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Supernatural thriller/horror starring Kevin Costner. After his wife leaves him, writer John James (Costner) moves with his adolescent daughter Louisa (Ivana Baquero) and son Sam (Gattlin Griffith) to the small rural town of Mercy, South Carolina. But John's attempt to give his family a fresh start is hampered by his daughter's increasingly bizarre and difficult behaviour. Could it in some way be connected to the strange mound of earth in the forest behind their new home?

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The New Daughter [DVD] [DVD] (2011) Kevin Costner

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somehow enjoyable 31 Dec 2011
By Kim
Format:DVD
I've read a couple of books by John Connolly which I've greatly enjoyed, and so was pleasantly surprised when I learned that this movie was based on one of his stories. The result was enjoyable, but perhaps not so much for someone who often enjoys watching thrillers and/or horror movies.

The story's pretty straightforward: a recently divorced man moves to a remote house in a village somewhere, and takes his son and daughter with him (it very adequately matches every single cliché you might associate with this, including mommy issues). His daughter explores the expansive backyard, finds a strange-looking hill and starts acting weird. Turns out the hill's actually a burial mound, inhabited by creatures who are bent on procreating with aforementioned daughter.
What annoyed me the most is that it took everyone in the movie forever to figure out that the hill was a burial mound (even though they referred to it as a mound every chance they got, even before knowing what it was). But okay, let's forgo that for a moment. Every single event in the movie takes a while to register with the father, played well enough by Kevin Costner. Also annoying. Events could have been highlighted with giant neon arrows pointing to them, so to speak, and they still would not register with him.
Other acting performances worth mentioning (unfortunately in a negative manner) are the two children. Whoever plays the daughter has little talent for acting, as does the little kid who plays the son (yet that's understandable, as most little kids tend to overact). The creatures from the hill were reasonably well rendered.

The ending was predictable, one which most people will see coming from a mile away. Still, the overall movie, even with all its annoying little things, was enjoyable. Original enough, interesting enough, entertaining enough. Just don't expect anything great, and you might like this movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A lot of reviewers here and elsewhere are having a go at Costner for this movie and I wonder what film have they been watching. Yes, this film is NOT like most of the present day horror movies which rely on graphic violence, sexy characters who all appear to lack common sense, predictable and weak storylines, and tons of special effects, yet is better for it as it relys on a deliberate pace which requires the audience to pay attention, suspense, an ever increasing sense of dread for the inevitability of the outcome, and good performances from the cast especially the two kids and Costner as the father.

The film deliberately eschews modern styles such as the bleached out look, over loud music that telegraphs how we must react, and fast cutting. It embraces a 70's style approach and the earlier slow pace is absolutely right for this film and in no way should put off the viewer as it all pays off in the second half.

Give this film a chance - you might be surprised.

The blu-ray disc replicates the rich colour palette and the warm tones of South Carolina accurately and I recommend the viewer to listen to the uncompressed pcm track which is better than the Dolby track. There is a an adequate commentary by the director, deleted scenes as well as a standard behind-the scenes feature.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burning supernatural thriller 17 May 2010
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
This film is the latest Hollywood outing for Luis Bedejo, the Spanish director of 'Rec' and 'Imago Mortis'. I haven't seen the former but I have reviewed the latter on this site. There is no doubting he is a good director and has a keen eye for framing a shot and setting a scene. He is becoming a master at building suspense and this film is an object lesson in that but viewers with a short attention span may have trouble sticking with this one. Kevin Costner stars as John James; a recently divorced writer, who takes his 14 year old daughter Louisa and 7 year old son Sam to live in a large mansion in the woods of South Carolina to lick their wounds. They discover what appears to be a burial mound in the woods and Louisa is fascinated with it from the start whilst Sam is instantly repelled by it. As the film develops Louisa is obviously changing but a lot of the signs can be mistaken for a teenager hurt by her family's break up. Sinister events happen and Costner is on the trail of the house's mysterious past whilst his present is falling apart at home. I can't say much more without spoiling it for you but lets just say if you're a fan of M Night Shyamalan then you will probably enjoy this too watch carefully for a little twist in the final scene. Kevin Costner does a reasonable job of his role but top marks go to Ivana Baquero as Louisa, the 'new daughter'. You may remember this enigmatic 16 year old from 'Pan's Labyrinth' and she is definitely one to watch for the future. The film is presented in widescreen letterbox format and has a good well defined soundtrack. Listen out for when Costner is walking in the woods at night and the twig snaps behind you. Extras included a 10 minute making of and 20 deleted scenes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent horror thriller! 12 Oct 2013
By Simon
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A single father (Kevin Costner) moves his two children (Ivana Baquero) and (Gattlin Griffith) to rural South Carolina, only to watch his daughter exhibit increasingly strange behavior. Recommend this film anyone who likes Kevin Costner and horror thriller films, well worth a watch.Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars COSTNER FALLS FROM GRACE...AGAIN,
This is perhaps the worse Costner film except for that Water World thing. The movie starts out great. It has a 4 to 5 star beginning. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars gentle horror
i think this is a remake of the new son, however the film is not bad at all, its a nice slow paced horror that leads to an ending which you may have seen coming an hour earlier. Read more
Published 8 months ago by darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film!!
Purchased following few good reviews on amazon, and I was not disappointed.
Horror type, not the usual seen before storyline. Recommend, especially at amazon price.
Published 10 months ago by Zo
3.0 out of 5 stars A new daughter would have been great
I find it hard to review films without giving away the plot and important developments. I will do what I can.

My sister recommended this as it has a unique storyline. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ginger_Ninja
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
this is a really good scary film, I was so surprised why I had not heard of it before. its a definite buy for any kevin Costner fan. dvd arrived really quick.
Published 12 months ago by della
3.0 out of 5 stars misfire
not to bad ,costner miscast,a time filler with a few decent shocks but not enough, struggles to reach a conclusion
Published 13 months ago by allan cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Costner - New aughter
I love Kevin Costner movies so I am gonna love this, aren't i! Didn't have to wait long for it to arrive either.
Published 15 months ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow slow slow
Costner turns in his usual solid performance here but the script just isn't there to transform John Connolly's excellent short story into the visual masterpiece it might have... Read more
Published 15 months ago by gaterguts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great present for my mum's birthday thank you. It was in great condition and it was very fun to watch.
Published 19 months ago by HS
5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISINGLY GOOD
I have seen this film several times now and despite the fact it is clearly trying to cash in on Pan's Labyrinth (via a partial shared cast and crew) cannot fault it. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Neil
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