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Dead Calm [DVD] [1989]

4.3 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar, Joshua Tilden
  • Directors: Phillip Noyce
  • Writers: Terry Hayes, Charles Williams
  • Producers: Doug Mitchell, George Miller, Terry Hayes
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D34K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,571 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Tense psychological thriller in which John Ingram (Sam Neill) and his wife Rae (Nicole Kidman), alone on a sailing trip, rescue a young man (Billy Zane) from his disabled ship. He claims to be the sole survivor of a food poisoning attack, but when Ingram boards the ship he discovers that something far more sinister has been going on, and that his young wife is in considerable danger.

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There are several occasions when this rousing Australian thriller from 1987 should have ended with a well-placed shot from a speargun or a stronger knot of rope, but you don't think about these small details when you're being scared out of your wits. In a role that catapulted her to international stardom, Nicole Kidman plays a young wife who has joined her husband (Sam Neill) on a yachting trip to recover from the tragic death of their son. Far out to sea, they encounter a sinking ship with one survivor (Billy Zane, 10 years before Titanic) but inviting him aboard turns out to be a very bad mistake. While Neill attempts to salvage the sinking boat, Kidman is fighting for her life against the psychotic Zane--a villain so creepy that you eagerly look forward to his demise. By the time that moment arrives director Phillip Noyce has resorted to a typical slasher-movie climax (proving that no boat should be without a flare gun) but until then Dead Calm is a nail-biting thriller that's guaranteed to keep you in a state of nail-biting suspense. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very edgy movie with Billy Zane excellent psychopath/murderer very well portrayed who entraps Sam Neil and Nicole Kidman when he leaves his schooner and has sanctuary on their boat, and the fight for survival begins. Well worth a watch.
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A film I thoroughly enjoyed, exciting plot where I wasn't sure how it would end. Just the right amount of tension!!
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The suspense of this movie is incredible. Zane is excellent in the movie as the nutcase castaway. Nicole is young and attractive and right for the role. All actors are believable. A simple film that only involves 3 people that most reviewers here have raved about..must be good. This film keeps you on the edge of your seat. The sex scene where Zane attempts to sleep with Kidman and succeeds may be disturbing to women. Kidman stupidly leads him into thinking there is an attraction between them so ends up having sex with him. The scene is hot and intense as she at last minute tries to get away but fails. Thrillers rarely get any better than this. To sum it up in short. Pyscho meets a couple at sea. Pyscho does what he wants as they do. The director knew how to keep the viewer interested and I wonder if he does a good job as this in other films he has done. All actors were picked well for this film and do a good job. The actors are just as important as the director. They mixed extremely well together here. The movie is a classic and should be bought if you like your thrillers exciting and not boring.
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This is a truly intense thriller packed with so many twists and turns that it's totally compelling from beginning to end. Staring Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman, the plot revolves around a couple who spend some time sailing in the Pacific to help them get past the death of their son. They soon come across a sinking boat and pick up a stranger who turns out to be a homicidal maniac, played excellently by Billy Zane. The situation rapidly becomes impossible for the couple as they must rise to the challenge. The atmosphere in Dead Calm is very haunting and incredibly restrained. The setting is perfect for a movie of this genre. The ocean is seemingly endless and completely empty. Dead Calm is one of those movies you don't forget. The suspense and tension make this film a powerful and outstanding entertainment. Definitely a must see.
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Great horror thriller set mostly in the Pacific Ocean fine performances from Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane. Rae & John Ingram rescue a distraught young man Hughie Warriner from a crippled schooner, he claims he's the only survivor the rest of the schooner's crew having died from some mysterious disease. Leaving Rae alone with Hughie John Ingram rows across to examine the stricken boat to discover the mutilated remains of the other crew members, a rather cryptic video recording of the previous events on the schooner (shot by Hughie himself - several attractive "broad minded" girls & a guy called Russell Bellows who sounds a bit of a bully) and also the ship is slowly sinking! Meanwhile Hughie takes possession of the Ingram's yacht forcing Rae to come with him, Billy Zane gives an extraordinary performance making Hughie a mixed up and sometimes sympathetic Psycho (what made him the way he is, is never explained in the course of the film). Rae after loosing her little son at the beginning of the film now has to fight to stay in touch with her husband ,determined to succeed she manages to keep things calm and even seduces Hughie at one point to keep him deluded (although there is a suggestion she finds Hughie attractive - Hughie couldn't be more different to her Navy Captain husband). The only slight fault with the movie is the finale - but you need this kind of ending after such a tense terrifying drama.
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This film dating from 1988 is, on the face of it, a straightforward thriller. Essentially the plot features a couple enjoying a sailing holiday in deserted waters who attempt to rescue a fellow sailor from a stricken craft. This proves to be a terrible mistake and one that is the basis of a tautly conceived and executed plot supported by fine acting from the trio of cast. The brevity of the film does not make the error of over-extending its remit.

However, this review is not intended to discuss the actual film as by now it will have both its supporters and detractors. Entering into those conflicts is not the purpose of the review which is aimed squarely at the many supporters of this film.

Essentially, for all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.

For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.' The film, which is so concerned with close characterisation frequently portrayed at close range, benefits considerably from this enhancement of reality.

The degree of improvement experienced from this BD will also inevitably depend on the replay equipment used. The following technical information is intended to be a guide to aid in assessment.

The screen used for this review is only of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch television screen.
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