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Waking The Dead [DVD]

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  • Actors: Billy Crudup, Bill Haugland, Nelson Landrieu, Ivonne Coll, Jennifer Connelly
  • Directors: Keith Gordon
  • Writers: Robert Dillon, Scott Spencer
  • Producers: Keith Gordon, Irene Litinsky, Jodie Foster, Linda Reisman, Stuart Kleinman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000057X1E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,368 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Eklund on 1 Sep 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I watched "Waking the Dead" as a series on BBC America, then heard that there was a movie or premiere episode. Due to it's limited availability on, I bought the film through a friend. The best testimony I can give to the quality of the film is that I've seen it several times since I got it. The story is a fresh take on an old idea, which deals with the abduction and murder of a teenage girl five years go. This murder haunts Det. Superindent Peter Boyd. He is put in charge of a new Metropolitan Police program called the "Cold Case Squad". Now 5 years later the perpetrator kidnaps another girl. Boyd knows it's the same man and forces his superiors to let him handle it. I had several emotions for the kidnapper, but in the end all that was left was pity. The movie was well written, directed and acted.
All the actors are fantastic. Trevor Eve is wonderful as Detective Superindentant Peter Boyd. Boyd comes across as a control freak, arrogant, egotistical and sometimes tyrannical. That would seem to make the character unlovable, which isn't true because Boyd is also haunted by the disappearance of his son. His obsession with getting the job done right is a result of that loss. Boyd is definitely a flawed man who has secrets of his own.
Sue Johnston is wonderful as Dr. Grace Foley Ph.d. She is the profiler of the group and has a unigue insite which is described as a "way with the dead". Johnston portrays Foley as an intelligent, strong woman.
Holly Aird is Dr. Frankie Wharton M.D(pathologist). She is also a driven professional. She is brillant, but lacks person skills. In her search for the truth, she sometimes forgets about the human factor. Which Boyd reminds her of, occasionally. Aird also represents Wharton as intelligent and strong.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 2001
Format: DVD
This film was a uniquely sincere cathartic experience. It was truely a beautiful film that was deeply intelligent not really on a cerebral level but certainly on an emotional level. It was emotively provactive to such a large scale. The acting was phenomenal the direction amazing, but it was how the characters related to eachother, the great acting the beautiful dialogue but most importantly the realistic raw emotion that was reflected upon the screen. The emotion was so severe that sometimes it was almost uncomfortable to watch but ultimately fulfilling.
This is a wonderful film that should be watched as it confronts realistically large philosohical ponderings and basic human interaction and ideals.The emotion permeates from the screen to the audiance in flawless waves. A delectably fulfilling profound treat to watch.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 4 Feb 2005
Format: DVD
Things get a little too cute at the end of "Waking the Dead," and while I appreciate the idea of leaving up what "really" happened to the audience, I do not think that this was the film was the one in which to try this particular trick. After all, this movie is not a ghost story, even though the main character is haunted by the dead woman that he loved, but a film that mixes romance and politics to the point where the film's big question really matters and should have been answered more directly.
In 1982 a stunned Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) learns form the evening news that the woman he loves, Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connely) has been killed by a car bomb attack because of her involvement in opposing the corrupt government of Chile and U.S. involvement. We then go back to see how they first met, when he was serving in the Coast Guard, to avoid going to Vietnam, and she was the secretary for his brother, who is running some sort of counter culture magazine. He longs for a career in politics and she wants to bring down the system. Yet when Fielding says he wants to be president some day, she smiles because he clearly means it.
These two characters from Scott Spencer's novel are politically polarized and these differences only grow as the two fall in love. They take turns accompanying each other to important social functions at which the other one become an embarrassment, before Sarah goes off and gets killed for her beliefs. Ten years later Fielding is given the opportunity to run in a special election for a seat in the U.S. Congress, as the handpicked choice of the governor and his chief political hack (Hal Holbrook). This is the first step to what Fielding has wanted his entire life, only Sarah sees it as a betrayal.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Russell on 17 April 2003
Format: DVD
There i was, sitting on the back of a British naval war ship, at 0300 hours, stationed in the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, tempratures of -20 degrees celcius, keeping a watch on the ships gangway, when one of the lads came up and said "here jack, fling that in your dvd player", so i did. I have seen a lot of films in my time, many scary, many sad and many violent, but this is probably the most heart rendering and powerful film i have ever seen, and is the only one where i have had a tear in my eye at the sheer overwhelming intense atmosphere that i felt while sitting there helplessly in front of the screen. I dont know if it was just the location and time, but i believe that this is one of the most outstanding films of its time and i would fully recommend anyone to if not buy, at least watch, this piece of cinematic amazement!!!
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