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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Come To Mama!" - Deep Blue Sea on BLU RAY
In sunny daylight a small sea-biplane heads towards a supposedly disused refuelling station for World War II submarines. The circular steel structure bobs unassumingly on the surface on a calm ocean with 8-foot titanium fencing all around its circular perimeter. On board the seaplane are Marine Biologist Dr. Susan McAllister (Saffron Burrows) and the head honcho at...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Super Sharks - a predictable film but with some very unpredictable moments!
This isn't the greatest film ever, the special effects vary from impressive to dodgy at various points in the film, the plot feels like it has all been done before and seems to be a series of predictable events designed to add tension, scare, and build on the obligatory love interest.

The film is formulaic; you know that there's going to be an `expert in the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Come To Mama!" - Deep Blue Sea on BLU RAY, 5 Aug 2011
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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In sunny daylight a small sea-biplane heads towards a supposedly disused refuelling station for World War II submarines. The circular steel structure bobs unassumingly on the surface on a calm ocean with 8-foot titanium fencing all around its circular perimeter. On board the seaplane are Marine Biologist Dr. Susan McAllister (Saffron Burrows) and the head honcho at Chimera Pharmaceuticals - Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson). Both are trying to salvage a medical experiment (for conflicting reasons) that will be closed down in 48 hours unless it yields a commercially usable product.

Once on the AQUATICA FACILITY - Russell Franklin looks in wonder (and a little fear) at three massive Mako Sharks holed up in large pens - nicknamed by the biologists as GEN 1 and GEN 2. Dr. McAllister and Dr. Jim Whitlock (Stellan Skarsgard) have been feeding these ancient killing machines hormone therapy in order to try to find a cure to the degenerative destructiveness of Alzheimer's disease. McAlister's father died from it and she's driven to find a cure no matter what (perhaps even break a few International Laws on Gene Therapy in the process).

But something odd is happening. A shark-wrangler called Carter Blake (Thomas Jane) has noticed that the huge beasts suddenly seem smarter and are displaying behaviour that is too advanced to be normal. The three GENS are hunting in a pack, synchronizing attacks on underwater wire alleys divers use to cross from one part of the pen to the next.

Then a storm comes in overnight and an Ambulance Helicopter that is supposed to take a wounded Dr. Whitlock to safety is dragged by its winch into the facility's control tower and all Hell breaks loose as the fuel tanks topside blow. The survivors down below realize that unless they can get to the surface - they'll drown. But what if the sharks are trying to get there too?

"Deep Blue Sea" is a fabulous little thriller with shocks and nibbles a plenty. Throw in LL Cool J and his talking parrot as the comedy element - Saffron Burrows looking delicious in wet suits - and Thomas Jane looking all manly as he saves the day - and this little number rocks.

The set pieces are great - the sinking facilities - shafts filled with water - biology bays getting creamed - the stand-offs with the genetically modified munching monsters in kitchens and corridors - the threat they represent if they get out to the open sea - it's all very clever stuff and well presented. So come the end when Saffron calls out Mister Nasty and his unfeasibly large set of gnashers (dialogue above) - your nerves will have been given a good gnawing over and you'll be cancelling that snorkelling holiday to Marbella.

The BLU RAY picture quality is handsome and a big improvement on the DVD I've had all these years. It's defaulted to 2.40:1 (16 x 9) and therefore fills the screen. Even in the dark night sequences and indoor shots - the clarity is great. The mighty 5.1 surround soundtrack has huge punch - especially when crashes, bangs and wallops happen (which is a lot).

AUDIO is DTS-HD Master Audio English 5.1, Dolby Digital Castellan Spanish 5.1, French 5.1 and German 5.1. SUBTITLES include English, Bulgarian, Castellan Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian and Swedish.

The EXTRAS include a Feature-Length Commentary by Director Renny Harlin and Actor Samuel L. Jackson, two featurettes "When Sharks Attack" and "The Sharks Of Deep Blue Sea" and Deleted Scenes (with optional Director commentary).

Reasonably priced and better than a slap across the face with a wet mackerel - treat yourself to Renny Harlin's watery wonder. And stop feeding your goldfish spinach...watch Samuel L. Jackson's fate in "Deep Blue Sea" and you'll now why...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's daft, but it's fun, 16 July 2014
This review is from: Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
A pretty good cast fill this entertaining yet unchallenging monster flick.

While the film makers crank up the tension in a rather simplistic way, we're treated to a terrific display of stereotyping and the sort of lines that make the whole thing a lot of fun.

"If he's so smart, how come he's p***ing into the wind?"

"The brother never makes it out alive"

And so on. The story is simple, mostly fairly predictable, and has a few twists and turns, jumpy edge of the seat moments and surprises.

Tom Jane as ever does a sound job, and all the cast are good value.

Hey, no classic here, but it's good undemanding fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good transfer of an older action classic, 13 Sep 2010
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Lois Lane (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
If you are a fan of this film, then the blu ray disc is a worthwhile upgrade. The picture quality is much improved over the DVD and many scenes are super clear. The audio quality is also a big improvement with a robust DTS MA 5:1 soundtrack that excels in all the right places and offers clean, well balanced dialogue.
The great thing about the DBS is it doesn't take itself too seriously and there are a few moments for laughter between the awesome action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Super Sharks - a predictable film but with some very unpredictable moments!, 14 Nov 2007
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This review is from: Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
This isn't the greatest film ever, the special effects vary from impressive to dodgy at various points in the film, the plot feels like it has all been done before and seems to be a series of predictable events designed to add tension, scare, and build on the obligatory love interest.

The film is formulaic; you know that there's going to be an `expert in the field', a funny guy who will do something to save a life / lives, a romance between two people who initially seem to not get on - and all of these do happen.

The science seems flawed, and the super-sharks sometime seem a bit too super. There are cringe-worthy scenes which have been designed for teenage lads to say "cool" to (the cook is trapped in an oven, the shark turns the gas on, the cook is the epitome of cool and escapes just before he blows up the shark). People have compared this to Jaws (for the sharks obviously), The Towering Inferno (there's explosions and a feeling of claustrophobia), and Under Siege (there's a chubby cook who might save the day).

**BUT** to give merit where it's due, for all it's predictability, there are some fantastic surprise moments...

...It does break with convention in some pretty big ways. You presume that certain characters will live, but not all of those do! Samuel L Jackson is the big Hollywood name in this film and he ends up as fishfood pretty early on, in fact, his screen time is probably less than that of any other character! This is a master stroke and the viewer knows that anyone could end up dead at any time. This scene has helped give the film a cult status, as it is often referenced in other works, for example; Clerks - The Animated series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPRISINGLY GOOD, 11 Jun 2000
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This review is from: Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
This was a surprisingly good movie! Now don't go expecting a deep and intelligent movie cause it isn't and it wasn't meant to be. This is an original popcorn movie.
The DVD extra's are good enough and are satisfying.
Don't think to much while watching this movie just go with the flow and it's going to be a blast. Oh by the way the scene where the (always excellent) Samuel L. Jackson begins an all American speech about "courage" and "working together" and then turns to shark lunch is just classic!
A must have!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genetically enhanced Jaws for the new century!, 23 Jun 2000
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G. King "gk100" (York) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
There's been a lot of warnings in the media about genetically modified crops of late, but at least they don't devour people whole. The GM-sharks in this film certainly do, and in chompingly graphic detail.
The plot is fairly straightforward; Saffron Burrows and her team of scientists have only 24 hours to persuade Samuel L Jackson, her main backer, that their work on shark's brains will help all mankind cure Alzheimer's disease.
Sam and Saffy take a trip to her oceanic research base where everything goes swimmingly, until the sharks suddenly get clever and start working together to plot the downfall of all aboard the research base.
The film quickly mutates into a cross between Jaws, Titanic and Jurassic Park, and sharks start pursuing the intrepid team, with the intention of picking them off one by one. The film's a bit more gripping than Titanic (and certainly not as long), and the sharks are less crap than in Jaws.
There are a few surprises along the way, including a creditable performance from 80s hip-hop star LL Cool J, as the base's cook (although why no-one was worried about his parrot putting droppings in everyone's tea is still a mystery to me). The biggest surprise of all, which will have you guessing right up to the end, is who ends up as shark nibbles and who ends up escaping. A good action movie, but don't expect anything deep from 'Deep Blue Sea'
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't try to actually understand this one, just enjoy it, 7 Aug 2004
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About a half-hour into watching "Deep Blue Sea" I gave up on asking myself what the hell the people who made this movie were thinking. Then there is a scene where Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson), who once survived an avalanche, gives an inspiration speech to everybody still alive at that point in the movie. His words are punctuated in such a way that I knew we were not in Kansas any more and decided not to question anything that happened in the rest of the film. This proved to be a wise decision because what director Renny Harlin has created here is not so much a movie as an amusement park ride.
The explanation for what Harlin was thinking is provided on the special features, where it becomes clear the director wanted to make a movie where he could use modern animatronics and computer generated effects to show graphic shark attacks. The idea was to play with bigger and better toys than Steven Spielberg had when he made "Jaws." Of course, doing so sacrifices the cinematic artistry of Spielberg's film, but that is fine because Harlin is not playing in that ballpark.
There is a plot to the film. Scientist Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) has come up with a way of using the brain tissue of sharks to concoct a way of fighting Alzheimer's disease. The research is underwritten by Franklin's corporation at a giant deep-sea research station, where we have a shark wrangler (Thomas Jane), a cook who is a self-styled preacher (LL Cool J), and an assortment of entree items in the form of Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard, Aida Turturro, and Jacqueline McKenzie.
But all that matters is that McAlester is playing Dr. Frankenstein and in making the brains of these sharks bigger, she has also made them smarter. Her motives for doing so are quickly forgotten because these super smart sharks want to kill every human being in the station and that is what this movie is about. I bet you can guess who is actually going to survive the slaughter, but that does not detract from the enjoyment of the film either because the fun with "Deep Blue Sea" is enjoying, if that would be the proper world, the way in which the sharks put the bite on the humans.
So, if you know going into this movie that it is about a bunch of super intelligent mako sharks eating a bunch of human beings, then you can dismiss all of the scientific explanations and exposition as just prologue. You do not have to understand it and you can probably get away with even paying attention to it, because once the shark attacks begin that is all that is going to matter with this film. This is not the thinking person's shark attack film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Blue Sea is the action/horror film of the year, 4 Oct 2000
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Deep Blue Sea is pure enjoyment at its best. It has everything you could want from a popcorn movie, action, horror and comedy.
It combines good solid scares with thrilling action and top class special effects.
It is not even worth comparing with Speilbergs "Jaws" as the two films are completely different.
Extreme formalist director Renny Harlin(Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight) shows that as well as being able to marshal action masterfully he can also create scares.
Although plot, characterisation and realism suffer from this combination of special effects and action, it still makes for one hell of a ride.
This film is certainly better than all the Jaws sequels ad it is a brave move by Warner Brothers to invest so much money in a subject matter and director who have limited success in the past.
In conclusion a good film, so role on Renny Harlin's next film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disengage brain, disregard science, enjoy action, 14 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
What you have here ia an above-average action movie with some cool scenes and some atypical characters from across the actiuon and horror genres.

Samuel L Jacksons presence is (as always) a bonus and the acting of LL Cool J is suprisingly good and you can see him progressing his acting skills that would eventually give him a lead role in NCIS Los Angeles. Saffron Burrows is on auto-pilot and Thomas Jane puts himself forward for more films that require more action than actual acting. Having said that, in this type of film, acting is not exactly an essential part of the film-making process.

The science in this is not entirely unbelievable, and is, for the most part, given in snippets through the first half of the film and not overplayed. There are some notable scenes, specifically in the kitchen with the chef and the parrot, and whilst there are no big twists that will baffle you, the end is not entirely as expected.

So if you just want to watch an action movie with sharks, Sameuel L Jackson and some decent effects, sit back, disengage brain and cheer for the bird.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Blu Ray. Brilliant Film, 29 Aug 2012
Deep Blue Sea on Blu Ray. Well, the first thing is, has it really been 12-13 years since this was first released? Wow! Time does fly. I remember when this first came out - I was kind of Shark mad, thanks to a childhood friend whom is now my best friend, and this film was just 'ours'; we loved it and (I) still do... not so sure about him anymore...

Anyhow, I shall talk about the Blu Ray transfer.

Picture: 9.5/10. The picture is a real upgrade over the DVD counterpart and the best thing is that you can notice this right away. Everything just looks super clear and pure, crisp gorgeous. Honestly, the picture quality of the transfer really surpassed my expectations. Everything, whether it be backgrounds, characters' faces, explosions or underwater footage, it's all just wonderfully upgraded now on the Blu Ray. Well worth the money and, in turn, the upgrade.

Audio: 7-8/10. The audio, in my view, is slightly questionable, especially in the region of character dialogue. In some scenes, it is a little difficult to hear what characters are saying. However, once the action really gets going, the audio then improves greatly so, overall, it isn't a big problem.

To conclude, I picked this up just yesterday (at the time of writing) for a pretty good, cheap price and I was amazed at the value of this for my money. As I mentioned above, the picture quality really surpassed my expectations, making Deep Blue Sea a wonderful addition to my growing Blu Ray collection. So, without further ado, add it to yours!

Thanks for reading this review. I hope it helps.
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