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Product: Deep Blue Sea
Company: Warner Brothers
Review By: Byron Hinson
Price: $20:99

Aspect Ratio Regional Information DVD Disc Details
2.35 : 1

1 : USA
Closed Captioning: CC
Master format: Film
Sides: 1 (SS-RSDL)
Chapter stops: 33
Average Bit Rate: 6
Running Time: 124 Mins


Sound: English Commentary





There are certain types of films that you don't change or mess about with unless it is going to be very good. For example, Indiana Jones is an excellent film, a classic even. With the recent release of the Mummy it showed that it is possible to make a good film in the same genre as Indy and still do well. With Deep Blue Sea, Renny Harlin tries to make a film in the same genre as Jaws....and pretty much succeeds.

The storyline goes a bit like this: Researchers on the undersea laboratory Aquatica have genetically altered the brains of captive sharks to develop a potential cure for Alzheimer's disease. There is one unexpected side effect. The sharks are getting smarter.

The main difference between this film and Jaws is the fact that the researchers are trapped in the lab which is slowly sinking. The way the research center actually begins to sink is quite scary and will send shivers down your spine. The sense of claustrophobia in this film is something that you will notice after a while.

How It Grades
  Picture Quality: 90%
Sound: 92%
Special Features: 90%
Movie Overall: 80%
DVD Overall: 87%


On the visual quality side of things there is some CGI used in the film and generally it is quite good. But there are some places where it is very obvious that it is CGI. Even though the non CGI shark is mechanical it actually looks more like a real shark than the CGI one and It can move independently as shown in one of the special features of the DVD. In terms of the picture quality of the DVD, everything is pretty sound with very little degradation showing up on screen.

All in all this is a good DVD with a lot of special features. Even though there are some gapping holes in the movies with certain subjects not completely clarified, this is a film that you will go back to.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 87%
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? 1 DVD
1 Inlay Card
Special Features Audio commentary by director Renny Harlin and actor Samuel L. Jackson HBO Special "When Sharks Attack!" Documentary "The Sharks of the Deep Blue Sea"
Deleted scenes
Still gallery
The Good Points Exciting & Scary
Some good set pieces
The Bad Points Not a great story
Some plot lines left behind
Memorable Scenes  
Reviewers DVD & PC Setup Pentium II 450
Windows 98 Second Edition
128 Meg SD-Ram
Matrox G400 32MB AGP Graphics Card
DirectX 7a
SoundBlaster Live! Value
17" LG Electronics Monitor
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft Game Pad Pro (USB)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer

DVD TV Player - Pioneer DV-626D
Widescreen TV - Sony KV-28WS2U 28"
DVD-ROM: Toshiba SD-1202


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