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Below (2002)

Bruce Greenwood , David Crow , David Twohy  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Bruce Greenwood, David Crow, Matthew Davis, Holt McCallany, Dexter Fletcher
  • Directors: David Twohy
  • Writers: David Twohy, Darren Aronofsky, Lucas Sussman
  • Producers: Andrew Rona, Bob Weinstein, Darren Aronofsky, Eric Watson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Below" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • "The Process" featurette

Editorial Reviews

On what should be a routine rescue mission during World War II, the submarine USS Tiger Shark picks up three survivors of a U-boat attack. But for the crew -- trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces -- the unexpected visitors seem to spark a series of chilling, otherworldly occurrences! Starring Hollywood favorites Olivia Williams (THE SIXTH SENSE, THE POSTMAN), Bruce Greenwood (THIRTEEN DAYS, DOUBLE JEAPOARD), and Matt Davis (LEGALLY BLONDE, BLUE CRUSH).

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and sharp DVD March 25, 2003
Format:DVD
Finally saw the David Twohy ("Pitch Black") thriller Below last night and was slightly disappointed, but ONLY because my expectations were so high. I thought it was great - not as good as Pitch Black, but a different kind of movie so a comparison isn't really fair.
At first you get the feeling that the movie can't decide what it wants to be - war? mystery? ghost story? horror? submarine hunt? Then you realize that it WANTS to be all those in one. And it does a very good job of being ALL of them.
There are some excellent, VERY brief visuals in the movie that contribute to the sense of unease and otherworldly. It's the best representation ever of the feeling that you can only catch a glimpse of a ghost out of the corner of your eye.
The sound design (as with just about any submarine movie) is excellent and story-critical. The acting is top-calibre from a relatively obscure cast (Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Matthew Davis, Holt McCallany, Scott Foley, Jason Flemyng, Nick Chinlund). The film is co-scripted by Darren Aronofsky ("Pi", "Requiem for a Dream"). Director Twohy puts in a cameo appearance.
The DVD exhibits one of the cleanest, clearest pictures I've ever seen (in my collection of 1000 DVDs). It rivals the transfer of a more obvious reference disc like "Monsters, Inc.". The sound, although not DTS, is terrific, and you'll want to turn up the volume so you can hear everything from the hull noises to whispering voices. The disc is presented in anamorphic widescreen at about 1.79:1
I highly recommend it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepiness fore and aft February 9, 2005
Format:DVD
When I heard about a horror movie called "Below" set on a submarine during World War II, I knew I had to sit up and take note. I also noticed that Darren Aronofsky wrote the screenplay. If you don't know this chap, he's the guy who translated Hubert Selby's shattering novel about drug addiction, "Requiem for a Dream," to the silver screen. Moreover, "Pitch Black" director David Twohy stepped in to lens the picture. Sounds great, doesn't it? There is as much talent in front of the camera as there is behind it, too. But putting all of that aside, isn't it great when someone makes a submarine picture? We just don't see enough of these movies today, or not enough GOOD submarine pictures. I suspect "Das Boot" sort of ruined the genre for everyone else--that, and the excellent "The Hunt for Red October." Once someone makes an excellent film in any particular genre, all other efforts must inevitably measure up or be considered a failure. "Below" contains many scenes found in other submarine films--the claustrophobia of life in a tin box beneath the waves and the horror of dodging depth charges are two examples that come to mind immediately--but the movie differs by adding a horror twist to the mix.

The troubles start when the captain of the USS Tiger Shark (the submarine in question) goes overboard after sinking an enemy vessel. Now commanded by Brice (Bruce Greenwood), the ship picks up three survivors from a sinking British medical ship on the way back to port. The crew of submariners, always a superstitious lot in the grand tradition of sailors everywhere, strenuously objects to picking up these survivors. Why? Not because they are hardhearted but because one of them is a female nurse and everyone knows a woman onboard translates into the worst of luck. Sometimes superstitions ring true.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the surface, no one can hear you scream March 14, 2003
By A-Train
Format:DVD
Or so the tagline of this movie goes. I like to see hybrids of movie genres. This being a WW II sub film crossed with a ghost story. As one critic puts it, "U-571 Meets Poltergeist." It's a good movie, good story, outstanding performances from a cast of lesser knowns. Two scenes standout as a grand testimony to the direction of David Twohy. 1. Gossip of a female on board travels among the sailors from one end of the boat to the other. 2. A depth charge bounces slowly along the stretch of the sub before teetering on the edge...and we watch in complete suspense. As for the DVD, the transfer is crisp, the audio is incredible (as creaks and moans play an important role in the film), and the special features are good. You get a theatrical trailer, a director and actor's commentary, and a great featurette titled "The Process." A wonderful look into the filmmaking process we watch how rehearsals come to be the real deal. Running only 12 1/2 minutes, I wish it were longer. And 3 really good deleted scenes round out the package. The movie spent a minute in theaters--hopefully it will catch-on in the DVD format.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One! January 25, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I see pretty much every "scary" movie that comes out and this was one of the BEST of 2002! Well acted, well-directed, interesting script, so DON'T MISS IT. Reminds me some ways of Robert Wise's classic 1963 film THE HAUNTING--what you don't see is what gives you the chills!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best WWII submarine movie December 30, 2002
Format:DVD
This is a superb film. It beautifully blends supernatural suspense with an amazingly accurate depiction of the structure and function of the WWII fleet submarine. The producers did their homework on this one. It is a must see for WWII or submarine buffs or anyone who wants to be confined within a tight suspense-filled thriller.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is a great movie, was a good addition to my library, glad i bought it. would recommend this to anyone.
Published 22 days ago by mysticman76
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Below average
The plot to this movie appears solid but lacks luster to convince WWII buffs. Supporting cast does a good job.
Published 1 month ago by Ruben Filimonczuk
5.0 out of 5 stars BELOW
A VERY UNEXPECTED PURCHASE. WAS NOT FOR SURE HOW I WOULD LIKE THIS BUT IT WAS A EXCELLENT SIT ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT
Published 2 months ago by Tab
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and effective ghost story
This is a very good film that I missed when it was originally released. I'm glad a friend recommended it to me and that I finally rented it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars kind of predictable
Actually, I can't really remember this movie. I love submarine movies, but this one just didn't do anything for me.
Published 2 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time favorites
I have loved this movie since day one. Very creepy and spooky without much gore. I've recommended it to several friends who have never heard of this little gem and they all enjoyed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I have not seen this movie in ages, but I do remember enjoying it, in which case I would recommended it.
Published 6 months ago by Abbie Aylward
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Spooker!
Similar in premise to an old Twilight Zone episode where the protagonist was the only survivor on a sunken sub, and the crew wanted him to re-join them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles Stembridge
4.0 out of 5 stars No Audio Commentary
I purchased this to be able to listen the audio commentary that the review sites said was pretty good. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LarryO
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky good time!
Love this movie, What a sleeper. No gore, just plain old fashioned spooky. This will become a Halloween favorite in your video library. I highly recommend .
Published 11 months ago by Jeepin' rocks!
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