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What Lies Beneath [DVD]


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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid, Joe Morton, James Remar
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke
  • 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: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R3VVGM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dr. Norman Spencer (Harrison Ford) becomes worried about his wife Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) when she claims to have seen a young woman's ghost in their new lakeside home. He believes she is hallucinating, but Claire insists on the validity of her experience and tries to find out who the ghostly young woman is. So with the help of her best friend Jody (Diana Scarwid), Claire obtains a ouiji board and makes an attempt to contact the dead.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan 2002
Format: DVD
This was one film I thought I could watch at night but had to turn off straight away as I was so scared. I finally watched it during the day and I still almost jumped out of my skin! Brilliant acting, brilliant camera angles and brilliant story. A bit predicatable at the end but the shocks make you forgive all its sins... Just as I thought it was all over at the end of the film, the music started and drove me out of the room again. I dare everyone to watch this on their own. Truly one of a kind.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sep 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Thank God! Finally a really scary film with not a hint of a slasher movie about it. I watched this in the cinema last year when I shared a house with 5 other girls - not one of us slept alone that night. This is a must-see, late at night but not alone. Without giving any of the story away, let me just say this - you'll never look at your bath the same way again...
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sue Lewendon VINE VOICE on 4 April 2004
Format: DVD
I have watched this movie several times now and yet it never bores me, even though I know exactly what is going to happen. I still jump too which I find completely amusing. This is also one of the few films out there that has managed to keep my hubby awake AND interested at the same time!!!
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!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By rachel smith on 10 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
Claire(Michelle Pfeiffer) is married to Dr Norman Spencer (Harrison Ford).They seem to have a perfect life in a perfect house in a perfect location overlooking a beautiful lake.Claire's daughter leaves home for college and Claire feels abit alone and misses her.Strange things start to happen around the house and doors open themselves and she feels something or someone is there.Her strange new neighbours also add mystery to Claires state of mind when the wife goes missing.But things are not what she thinks.Her husband has a highly succesful career and is always working.Claire tells him she is hearing and seeing strange things and he tells her she is basically going crazy.But she is not.She then goes down a dangerous road to discovering what is going on and why.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 May 2009
Format: DVD
Empty nester and retired Cello player Claire (Michelle Pfieffer) is devastated by her daughter's moving away to attend college; the only consolation is being able to begin the second half of her life with handsome scientist husband, Norman (Harrison Ford).

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magdabat on 20 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
The `woman in peril' motif has been a staple of film entertainment since forever and What Lies Beneath is a clear addition to the genre. What separates it from many of its counterparts, however, is the sheer quality of both the story and the picture.

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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