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What Lies Beneath [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Audio commentary by Director Robert Zemeckis
"Constructing the Perfect Thriller" featurette
Cast/Crew biographies and production notes
2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen (16:9)
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
What would Hitchcock have done if he had had modern digital effects? The answer is almost certainly: something very like What Lies Beneath, Robert Zemeckis' technically accomplished supernatural thriller that pays open homage to Suspicion, Rear Window and Psycho, to name but three. Michelle Pfeiffer delivers one of the finest, most nuanced performances of her career as a woman in an ideal relationship whose perfect life begins to unravel with terrifying consequences. Harrison Ford plays sympathetically against type as her husband who may or may not be telling her the truth. Although made in the middle of his filming Cast Away, while the director waited for Tom Hanks to shed some pounds, this is no quickie throwaway picture. Zemeckis loads this character-driven story with genuinely scary suspense, using subtle camera moves, mirrored reflections and red-herrings in a classic Hitchcockian manner--the difference here is that he has access to the most up-to-date digital effects and employs them with characteristic imagination, creating seemingly impossible camera angles that only enhance the tension. The Production Design is equally carefully considered, as even the idyllic household setting with its pristine bathroom is gradually transformed into an object of terror. Composer Alan Silvestri's score winds up the drama several notches further with an appropriate Bernard Herrmann pastiche.
On the DVD: The principal attraction of this disc is the pin-sharp anamorphic picture and 5.1 soundtrack--superb picture and sound quality contribute greatly to the enjoyment here, since Zemeckis is one of the few contemporary directors who remains acutely sensitive to the composition of each and every scene. The brief featurette is a little misleadingly titled, as it's essentially a profile of Zemeckis' career with a few comments about this film thrown in for good measure. The rather dry and uninvolving commentary is by Zemeckis with producers Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke. --Mark Walker
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It tells the story of Claire, (Pfeiffer), and Norman Spencer, (Ford), who live a very comfortable life in their beautiful country house. They see their only daughter off to college at the start of the film and then everything goes pear-shaped.
Norman is a Professor of science and is working very hard on a project at the university. This means that Claire, who is feeling quite emotional at the sudden loss of her daughter, is left alone quite a bit. She begins to see and hear things that she can't quite believe are real. For instance, she is scooping the dog's ball from the lake and sees something just below the surface of the water. The front door seems to know just when she's going to open it and does it for her, and then of course there is the bath that won't quit running itself!!!
Norman begins to think that all this is some kind of delayed trauma from the daughter's departure and also from a car accident that Claire had a year ago. But Claire sees things about the neighbours behaviour that convince her that the husband has killed his wife.
All in all this film has you on the very edge of your seat from start to finish. There is a great rapport between the two leads and a few twists and turns that keep you guessing right up to the end. This is exactly what a thriller should be made of and I for one will never tire of it.
This is great stuff so do yourself a favour and buy it!!!
This film was filmed and directed really well and it worked.I did not know what was going to happen and the story was not predictable in the least.It has a sexy and kind of floaty feel about it and it is very easy watching.When the scary bits come you are in no way expecting most of them.Michelle was great as the confused wife and Ford was ok but Michelle topped his performance.I have watched this dvd about 4 times now as it never gets boring.
The dvd has a good selection of special features including Audio commentary and the making of the perfect thriller,trailer.Sound is in 5.1 surround and picture and sound and soundtrack are spot on.
Almost immediately after her daughters departure and the loneliness begins to settle in, strange things start to happen around the house. Electrical equipment begins to turn off and on, doors open on their own, and the dis-embodied presence of a pretty green-eyed blonde has begun to make herself known.
Convinced that new neighbour has murdered his wife in cold blood, and feeling somewhat neglected by her husband's insane work at the University, she begins fill her time by desperately trying to piece together clues to find the truth behind why she is suddenly being haunted.
She may discover more than she bargained for.
Michelle Pfeiffer plays Claire Spencer, a discontented Vermont housewife who begins to feel haunted in her lakeside home and after a few spooky encounters comes to fear that her apparently sinister neighbour may have murdered his wife. The more seriously Claire begins to take her concerns the more anxious her husband, a geneticist on the brink of great acclaim (played with the usual laconic charm by Harrison Ford) becomes for her sanity, until eventually the rift between the two exposes a far more alarming reason for the `young, blond presence' in their house.
While not as darkly disturbing as similar ghost story The Gift, What Lies Beneath is as much a study of what underpins a relationship, and how quickly this can be betrayed and unbalanced, as a goosebump-inducing vision of what could be lurking at the bottom of the lake. The performances are faultless, the lakeside setting is used to perfection and the occasional use of gentle humour makes the story and characters even more likeable. If gory horror is not your thing then this spooky treat is perfect for Halloween shivers.
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Although not yet viewed the item delivered was as described in its advert.Published 4 months ago by Pete Donohoe
excellent film , superbly crafted by zemeskis , it keeps you on the edge of your seat as the plot developes very happy with product top marks again fabulous production .Published 5 months ago by joan rogers
So this film was made because Zemeckis had nothing to do while Tom Hanks lost weight for Castaway. If this really is the case, I wish Hanks does more of these roles, because the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Corey Newcombe