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Coma (Mini-Series) (2012)

Lauren Ambrose , Steve Pasquale , Mikael Salomon  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lauren Ambrose, Steve Pasquale, Geena Davis, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods
  • Directors: Mikael Salomon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UTV5A2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dr. Susan Wheeler (Lauren Ambrose, TV’s “Six Feet Under”) is a medical student who grows concerned when she notices a pattern of seemingly healthy patients falling into comas while getting routine surgeries. Her sleuthing puts her career in jeopardy even as she finds a sympathetic ally in a young surgeon (Steven Pasquale, TV’s “Rescue Me”). But as the coma toll keeps rising, she traces the victims to a futuristic recovery facility nearby where she uncovers high-tech medical experiments and unspeakable horrors. She escapes only to be hunted by a crazed psychopath and must return to face ugly truths more shocking than she can imagine.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I'm a fan of Robin Cook's 1977 medical mystery "Coma." It was his first smash hit which almost single handedly introduced a new sub-category into the thriller genre. It's one of the few books that I've reread several times which is not something that I do very often. I also happen to be a big supporter of Michael Crichton's film interpretation starring Genevieve Bujold and Michael Douglas. But I'm not a purist. I'm not one of those people that say a movie should never be remade. When I heard that Ridley and Tony Scott were on hand to produce a new miniseries based on this story, I was quite excited. A lot has changed in science and medicine within the last several decades, so I thought "Coma" was primed for a spiffy new updating. With a big name cast including Ellen Burstyn (who I could watch in anything), Geena Davis, James Woods and Richard Dreyfuss, this was one of my must-see TV events of the year. What could go wrong? As it turns out, a lot!

Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Torchwood: Miracle Day) stars as a med school transfer embarking on a surgical rotation in a new hospital. Her mentor is played by Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) who seems instantly charmed by the young lady. That's not uncommon though. Ambrose is lovely, to be sure, but four guys are smitten with her in the first ten minutes of this two-parter. Anyway, the screenplay doesn't really connect these two in a believable relationship and they share little chemistry, so a void is left in the center of the narrative. There's never any reason to think he'd go out on a limb for this virtual stranger. On her first day, Ambrose sees one coma patient whom she vaguely knows. Naturally, this causes her to get unauthorized access to hospital databases to go through cases of unexplained comas.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A deplorable mishit. September 11, 2012
The Coma mini-series is a deplorable mishit from beginning to end. The original movie was quite good, not great; this just misses the mark in almost everything. Here are some points - there are some spoilers below but do not worry - the movie spoils almost everything from you by itself!
1- Dr. Taylor's suicide - not properly explained and forgotten after a while. Also, I would have guessed such a character, if it was a suicide, would have used a gun or some powerful poison. And if it was a murder, which is not suggested, the hanging would be even more difficult to executed in a house with more persons present at the time.
2- The aggression suffered by dr. Bellows in the parking lot - improperly explained and pointless.
3- The Tom Selleck-wannabe character - stupid all the way! (To understand the Tom Selleck reference, see the original movie.)
4- The privacy computer user id issues - clumsy and full of stupid behavior all the way.
5- Why so many visits to the Jefferson Institute? To kill all pretense of suspense.
6- The subplot with the corrupt police officer - not believable and not resolved properly.
7- The surrender at the end when it was obvious that the bad guys were winning all the way - again unbelievable and not motivated by what went on before.
8- The staged auto accident - really? Was there not a simpler, less risky way to kill the person?

I had some trouble with the A&E airing times also; luckily, I DVR everything so that I do not have to suffer commercial interruptiona and among the multiple recordings of the program I finally found a complete second part. The starting times were off in several of these and not just for a minute.

In short, a major, frustrating dissappointment all the way. And a waste of great talent.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars COMA IS A MEDICAL MISFIRE September 6, 2012
A&E's four hour reworking of Robin Cook's COMA suffers from unnecessary padding like the bizarre psycho stalker subplot) and a lack of strong leading performances. Lauren Ambrose and Steven Pasquale don't have a lot of chemistry or conviction. Ellen Burstyn's looney curator may be her worst performance ever and name stars like James Wood, Richard Dreyfuss and Geena Davis collect paychecks. Makail Salomon's direction uses too many pointless detours and chase scenes that are more annoying than suspenseful. Ultimately, COMA seems an unnecessary retread, making the original seem a classic in comparison.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie Alert November 17, 2012
I wanted to write a review to alert viewers as to how bad this version of "Coma" is! But, others have written excellent warnings. My response to this film was to buy the original 1970's version of Coma. There is not even a hint, in this miniseries, of a plausible reason why the Jefferson Institute would exist. In the original version, the most chilling part was the realization that the Institute could exist in some form!
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2.0 out of 5 stars BATTERY NOT INCLUDED November 3, 2012
If you have seen the original "Coma" and were not in a coma during the first 10 minutes of the film, you should have it fairly well figured out except for some slight nuances.

Susan Wheeler (Lauren Ambrose) is a third year hot shot medical student and now an intern. Her grandfather was the legendary Dr. Wheeler who is remembered by the older staff. She quickly discovers something wrong is going on the hospital, the only question that remains is who can she trust. This should have been a a movie that examines the moral and ethical questions of "death panels", the common good, and embryonic stem cell research. Instead it only glosses over the topic and then inanely makes a mockery of the whole thing.

It is really ashamed because they had good actors to support this script and failed to deliver the goods. They managed to turn scenes which should have been shocking into the mundane.

Made for TV, TV-14
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coma-TV mini series
It was a good vid with a couple new twists that the original movie, with Michael Douglas, didn't have. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Doug Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate thriller, without a doubt!
Watched this on Netflix last night, and talk about an edge of the seat thriller! Yes, I've seen the original film with Michael Douglas, but this one took it to a whole new level,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ravan
1.0 out of 5 stars Coma inducing idiocy
What a mess! Just suffered through this, on tv in the uk-never crossed my radar before, and now i know why. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. C. Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre remake of a very good original classic
I just picked this up because I was excited about it. I didn't know it even existed. I liked the original very much, and thought this would be good because of the great cast. Read more
Published 10 months ago by nolaboy2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Remake
I saw the mini-series and it was not too bad. I liked the details in the story that went way beyond the first movie (which I love). Definitely a great series for our library.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars "Coma" mini-series
It would be a mistake to think that, because you saw the earlier theatrical release of the film "Coma", there's no need to sample this excellent two-part mini-series of the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mark Persian
5.0 out of 5 stars Ibetter than book
I saw this movie on TV and trhis DVD is the samething plus I love watching this kind of movie
Published 22 months ago by wendy
3.0 out of 5 stars The new storyline does have its problems and it seemed as if the story...
Back in 1977, Robin Cook wrote his first published novel "Coma", a New York Time Best Seller that would be made into a film a year later by Michael Crichton. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
5.0 out of 5 stars saw by mistake
I picked up this movie at the video store thinking it was the documentary about people in a coma. I am not a book reader so I never read this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Angel M. Vogel
When the original movie COMA was released to theaters an entire generation was put into a state of panic when it came to undergoing simple surgery. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mark Turner
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And another title with no Blu-Ray release...WHY ?
I have this DVD. just got it recently. I paid 99 cents for it at a closing down blockbuster. It is just mediocre at best, and that's with me being a little generous. The original is far better than this, and it was just a very good movie, not the greatest. I honestly can't see this coming to... Read More
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