- 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.
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.See all Product description
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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.Read more ›
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What an edgey but great film, billy Zane plays a dishy but crazy psycho on board. Very intriging., xxxPublished 15 months ago by Missy E