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Coma [Blu-ray] (2012)

Genevieve Bujold , Michael Douglas , Michael Crichton  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn, Richard Widmark
  • Directors: Michael Crichton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NPXP2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Before he created "ER" Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Twister) adapted and directed (his debut behind the camera) this chiller from Robin Cook's best-seller about a sinister medical conspiracy. Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas and Richard Widmark star as doctors caught in its web.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Burke and Hare all over again! November 14, 2002
After his success with the 1973 sci-fi thriller "Westworld" director Michael Crichton followed up with 1978's "Coma". In the earlier film he dazzled us with a fantastic futuristic vacation resort that turns against it's patrons. Here Crichton depicts the medical care system as a treacherous terrain where some patients may fall victim to odious conspiracy's.
Most people quite naturally experience an overwhelming fear of being defenseless and vulnerable while at the mercy of a hospital staff when they are admitted for surgery. Crichton explores this tendency of ours to suffer anxiety and apprehension at this prospect without being exploitative. He carefully crafts a believable scenario and we soon become caught in the same tangled web as the lead character Dr. Susan Wheeler, played marvelously by Genevieve Bujold. Wheeler is a bright, strong willed, liberated woman who supports herself and can withstand a challenge from her current boyfriend Dr. Mark Bellows, well played by Michael Douglas. Crichton received both critical praise and public criticism for the movie's portrayal of such an emancipated heroine, a role which has fortunately become more standard in the years that have followed.
When Wheeler's friend Mary is admitted to the hospital for an abortion Mary expresses her fears to Wheeler who assures her it is a routine operation and that she shouldn't feel a need to worry. Something does go wrong with the operation however and Mary falls into a coma, shortly afterward she dies. This event doesn't seem possible to Wheeler and out of curiousity she reviews Mary's medical records and notices inconsistencies and inquires about them.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You won't fall asleep during this thriller October 29, 2002
Writer/director Michael Crichton's second film was an adaption of Robin Cook's bestselling novel. Michael Douglas plays the role of the heroine while Geneviene Bujold has the hero's role in this role reversal thriller. This was made prior to Douglas becoming a break out star. There are a number of fine performances including a great turn by the always interesting Rip Torn.
The extras are slim; we get the trailer and both the widescreen and standard versions of the movie. No director's commentary or observations from the cast; no "making of" documentary (or promo fluff piece for that matter). Which is a pity as this fine thriller does deserve better but then that was SOP when DVD's started coming out.
You can't argue with the price nor with Crichton's direction. He really never got any better than this as a director (although there are a couple of films like The Great Train Robbery that hold up to this and Westworld). Crichton isn't a great film director (he's a better writer) but he gets the job done. Coma will keep you guessing.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL EXECUTED THRILLER February 25, 2004
I discovered by chance that this 1978 thriller with Michael Douglas was written and directed by Michael Crichton, who was himself a qualified medical doctor, but this film would have one believe that he had no love lost for his original profession (as would "The Andromeda Strain".)
Coma despite being an "old" movie by many standards, is surprisingly fascinating on DVD. Crichton gets good performances from the whole cast, with Genevieve Bujold, in particular, reminding us of what a fine actress she can be. As a doctor suspicious of certain goings-on in her hospital but disbelieved by everyone around her, she shows courage and determination (without ever losing her femininity) which is welcome in a female lead. She finds herself forced to question her own sense of perspective, even her sanity, as she struggles to uncover the mystery of comatose patients that surround her.
There's one sizeable twist towards the latter half of the movie, but you generally know what's going to happen. The beauty of this movie is in the overall execution -- it's VERY well done.
Recommended rental. Especially for the medically inclined.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good, entertaining medical thriller February 17, 2004
For a period in the 1970s, it looked as if Michael Crichton was on his way to becoming a film director instead of the author of popular science-thrillers that he is principally known as today. He had a hit with the robot science-fiction meets the Western flick with "Westworld" in 1973, and he followed it up with this medical thriller in 1978. Based on a book by another M.D.-turned-novelist, Robin Cook, "Coma" is an entertaining suspenser with some good performances and nice pacing, helped immensely by Crichton's expertise on the medical profession and the politics of working in a hospital.
Unfortunately, "Coma" is one of those films that's good enough to make you wish it could have been even better. You feel satisfied with the viewing experience, but feel that the movie could have pushed itself even farther and turned from a good film into a very good film. The potential is certainly there, with a fun conspiracy plotline (Why are supposedly healthy people at a Boston hospital falling into irreversible comas? What is the purpose of the freaky, mysterious Jefferson Institute to where the coma patients are being shipped?), its level of paranoia (no one believes heroine Genevieve Bujold's suspicions -- or perhaps everyone around her is in on it), and Crichton's perfectly realistic representation of medical jargon and the workings of a busy hospital (a prelude to his television creation, E.R.). Many of the performances are excellent as well, especially Michael Douglas as Bujold's ambitious doctor boyfriend, Richard Widmark as the chief surgeon, and Elizabeth Ashley as the nearly robotic and incredibly frightening head of the Jefferson Institute. Rip Torn also pops in for a brief but noticeable role as the gruff head of anesthesia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Also Genevieve Bujold was great in this as well
Michael Douglas looked so young. I guess this was shortly after his Streets of San Francisco gig on tv. Also Genevieve Bujold was great in this as well. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rosanne Balison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting and true.
Published 9 days ago by Rebecca Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars great performances of the actors
Thrilling!!!! great performances of the actors!
Published 21 days ago by Karin
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Riveting Thriller! "No Decision Is Easy, Sue..."
There are so many things about this movie that I like. The above quoted title was uttered by Dr. George and he also says: "Medicine is a great social force, the individual is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very we'll done
It was easy to get this old movie from these guys. Good prices, good selection and was sent in little time compared to others . I definitely recommend this business Thanks
Published 1 month ago by caneta
5.0 out of 5 stars Coma
very suspenseful, well done & well acted. Tom Selleck had his first part. I was on the edge of my seat!!
Published 1 month ago by J. Pojawis
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
it's an older movie, so not up to date as far as things that happen in hospitals...but a good movie...I love Genevieve in this
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Its boring
It is an older movie and simply is not capable of entertaining the youth of today. It does give some insight on the medical world, however.
Published 3 months ago by mark williams
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
I love this movie and the book, the only one of Robin Cook's writings that I do like.
It is so suspenseful, and reminded me of a Nancy Drew mystery, which I still love at age... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Starrs
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Robin Cook!
I've always liked Robin Cook, and medical dramas and thrillers. It's a good story, with a great cast! Coma is a classic!
Published 3 months ago by Aliciaps
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