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The Others [DVD]


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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Elaine Cassidy, Eric Sykes
  • Directors: Alejandro Amenabar
  • Producers: Sunmin Park, José Luis Cuerda
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y2K2LE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Grace (Nicole Kidman) lives in semi-seclusion on a remote island with her two children, awaiting her husband's return from the war. Both children suffer from a rare form of photosensitivity which renders them open to harm from natural light. Thus the trio live in almost perpetual darkness within the house, according to a harsh but life-preserving set of rules that their mother has designed for them. When looking after the children by herself proves too much, Grace hires in some rather mysterious servants. Suddenly there seems to be more to the old house than Grace had previously sensed and a chilling descent into fear and paranoia begins.

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A welcome throwback to the spooky traditions of Jack Clayton's The Innocents and Robert Wise's The Haunting, Alejandro Amenábar's The Others favours atmosphere, sound, and suggestion over flashy special effects. Set in 1945 on a fog-enshrouded island off the British coast, the film begins with a scream as Grace (Nicole Kidman) awakens from some unspoken horror, perhaps arising from her religiously overprotective concern for her young children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley). The children are hypersensitive to light and have lived in a musty manor with curtains and shutters perpetually drawn. With Grace's husband (Christopher Eccleston) presumably lost at war, this ominous setting perfectly accommodates a sense of dreaded expectation, escalating when three strangers arrive in response to Grace's yet-unposted request for domestic help. Led by housekeeper Mrs Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), this mysterious trio is as closely tied to the house's history as Grace's family is--as are the past occupants seen posthumously in a long-forgotten photo album. With her justly acclaimed performance, Kidman maintains an emotional intensity that fuels the film's supernatural underpinnings. And while Amenábar's pacing is deliberately slow, it befits the tone of penetrating anxiety, leading to a twist that extends the story's reach from beyond the grave. Amenábar unveiled a similarly effective twist in his Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes (remade by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky), but where that film drew debate, The Others is finely crafted to provoke well-earned goose bumps and chills down the spine. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
The Others is an absolutely incredible movie. Only too rarely does a movie come along that can absolutely stun you all at once with its implications. The ending of this movie absolutely caught me unawares, and in one single instant, before the movie even told me what was happening, a blow of shocking revelation hit me right in the stomach. Few movies deliver a personal epiphany to the viewer, but The Others does just that. I cannot point to any part of the film that was not perfectly done. Nicole Kidman gives her best performance ever, carrying the audience along with her character's pain and confusion. The children plays their roles remarkably well, with all the subtlety and believability required to make this movie succeed as a psychological masterpiece. The three servants were magnificent, although I did not appreciate the true greatness of their performance until the end. The house itself is very much a character in the movie, and the darkness, gloominess, and vulnerability it projects into every scene is palpable. There are surely great challenges to directing a movie with such an atmosphere and darkness and isolation, but not only did a twenty-eight year old Alejandro Amenabar direct a masterpiece, he also wrote the screenplay and composed the musical score. The music, without a doubt, greatly magnifies the effects of the increasingly tense, otherworldly atmosphere.
This movie was quite different from what I expected from the trailers I had seen. It definitely has the power to frighten and unnerve its audience, but this is so much more than just some kind of psychological horror. Anyone passing the movie by as just another haunted house story is robbing himself/herself of a great experience.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Very strong ghost story, with excellent performances and clever twists. Frightening without ever being obvious,
and I appreciate that it stresses atmosphere, character and subtlety over 'cats jumping from closets' type easy jolts,
or gore.

Probably the closest analog in feel is the 60s classic 'The Innocents'. Some very smart and unexpected turns, and a
lot of real emotion for this genre. Nicole Kidman is great, as are the two kids playing her children

A smashingly entertaining, stylish haunted house thriller.

The blu-ray is a notable step up in clarity and color.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Nov 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a superb, atmospheric ghost story that will have the viewer thinking right from the get go. There are things afoot here that go bump in the night, but it may not be what the viewer thinks.
On the Isle of Jersey, during the last days of World War II, a lovely, isolated mansion sits in the shrouding mists. The house is adequately, though sparsely, furnished. It is occupied by a mother, Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman), and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley). The children are afflicted with a great sensitivity to light, so much so that they must, at all times, have the curtains drawn and the shutters closed. Grace's husband, the children's father, had left them to fight in the war. This is a perfect and stark setting for what is to come.
One day, three strangers arrive on her doorstep. Grace presumes that they are there in response to her post for domestic help and hires Bertha Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), Edmund Tuttle (Eric Sykes), and Lydia (Elaine Cassidy) on the spot. Grace instructs them on the ideosyncratic ways she has of handling her children's sensitivity to light. It soon becomes clear, however, that this triumvirate has their own agenda and are not strangers to this house.
Nicole Kidman give a remarkable performance in this film. Tightly wound and controlling, she appears to be a woman on the brink of a breakdown, holding herself together only by a great effort of will, as she awaits her husband's return. Her performance as a lonely wife and seemingly protective mother contributes greatly to the tense and suspenseful atmosphere in the household. While I am not generally a fan of Ms.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Allen McLaughlin on 19 Oct 2002
Format: DVD
I must say that the slow pace of The Others did threaten to put me off watching after the first ten minutes or so, but I was soon captivated and spellbound by this very unique and original take on the classic ghost story.
It's interesting to watch such a haunting and ultimately sad tale set within this genre and for the normal goodie/baddie, dead/living viewer sympathies to be messed around with in such a creative manner.
The cast were superb, but top marks to the director for serving up such a chilling air of suspense and mystery. A real good old fashioned "don't watch alone" style thriller. No blood, guts or gore involved in this movie, just noiresque photography and lighting together with a constant sense of wondering what's happening, make The Others a classic of it's kind.
Very impressed to find out this was largely a Spanish production too. How did they make sunny Spain look so gloomy ?
A much more subtle and captivating approach to this subject than The Sixth Sense, Altogether a better film.
You must watch it!
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