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Dark Water (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Jennifer Connelly , John C. Reilly , Water Salles  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Pete Postlethwaite
  • Directors: Water Salles
  • Writers: Rafael Yglesias
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Water (Unrated Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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"'Dark Water' is the scariest ghost story since 'The Sixth Sense'!" -- Clay Smith, Access Hollywood

"A stylish thriller that rewards the patient viewer with an emotional punch..." -- Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight

"After seeing 'Dark Water' you may never turn on a faucet again." -- Pete Hammond, Maxim

"Hands down, the year's creepiest, most unsettling thriller." -- Todd David Schwartz, CBS Radio

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Far more terrifying than what was seen in theaters, this special unrated version of DARK WATER is a thoroughly absorbing, suspense-filled thriller starring Jennifer Connelly. Dahlia Williams (Connelly) and her 5-year-old daughter are ready to begin a new life together. But their new apartment - dilapidated and worn - suddenly seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and other strange happenings in the deserted apartment above send Dahlia on a haunting and mystifying pursuit - one that unleashes a torrent of living nightmares.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Water is Creepy and Murky February 6, 2007
The ever reliable Jennifer Connelly gives another very convincing performance in this atmospheric film. The supporting cast is perfect and believable. The direction is clever and well-paced, but not heavy-handed for this genre. The scriptwriters created terrific characters and believable plot twists in this very suspenseful and eerie film.

This is another well-adapted and even improved version of the original Japanese horror flick, but it isn't in the same vein as The Grudge although it is influenced by it. It is much more subdued and darker than that film and is more character driven. Some may not like this slower, more deliberately paced chiller, but that is what gives it momentum and suspense. I think it's very well-paced for the genre it falls into which is the traditional haunted house kind of film.

This film is worth owning, but not having seen the film in the theaters, I have no clue what was added to this "unrated" edition of the original PG-13 theatrical release. I can say that I found nothing objectionable in it as sometimes happens with these "unrated" releases. Less shocking and intense than other Asian horror imports or influenced films, but that made this a fun popcorn film for me and my family as there is no bloodshed, violence, sex, or nudity in this film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What would you give up to keep your child safe... January 16, 2007
Dahlia (Connelly) is a newly divorced mother in a bitter custody battle with her ex (Scott) over their daughter Cecilia. Dahlia finds an apartment on Roosevelt Island. The apartment's cramped and the building on the neglected side but the school is excellent. The ex threatens to sue for custody unless she moves to his neighborhood. So Dahlia is trying to find a lawyer, get the plumbing in the upstairs apartment, which is leaking into her bedroom fixed, and deal with Cecilia's sudden development of an imaginary friend, and finding a new job.

Dahlia suffers from severe and frequent migraines and her ex is charging that she is mentally unstable and unfit to care for their child. Finally, getting a lawyer she begins to take charge of her life. She tries to find the source of the water leaking from upstairs and learns that the family moved out and the daughter has the same name as Cecilia's imaginary friend. The lawyer takes each issue at face value as Dahlia seems to be degenerating into insanity.

The audience can see things going on that the major characters don't see and so you're left wondering what is going to happen next. The film is dark and creepy but far more psychologically creepy than scary for most of the film. Of course, just when you think things may turn out okay there are several twists that pull the rug out from under the viewer. But this is a bleak film about love and family -- it may be hard to watch not for the violence, horror, or whatever but because in spite of the supernatural aspects it hits close to the heart for many people with less than ideal family situations.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anti-climatic Wash-up July 5, 2008
Dark Water is great at manufacturing tension using a contemporary project (apartment) complex as the source of shadows, dim and yellow light, strange noises, and black-colored water. The tension is level almost from the beginning of the movie until the end, and rarely is there a scary moment to break it. Even the comic relief of the daughter is unintentional as she plays with her toys in the bathtub -- although she steals this scene, it is due to her personality, not the script.

This film is largely plotless. It's also not entirely a character sketch, as many plotless movies can be. For a horror movie to be a character sketch is risky and quite interesting. For a horror movie to have no plot is downright suicidal. The movie fails mostly because it lacks a believable sequence of events. The relationships between the characters are well-developed and the cast is quite good, but there's nothing for them to do. Look scared, be scary, but why? And the utter non-ending is truly thoughtless -- the film ultimately has no regard for the audience.

I suspect that much of the problem has to do with translation. Not Japanese to English, but rather Japanese sensibility to Hollywood sensibility. Something is missing here, a finger on something important. After all, the best horror movies are about our worst fears. Who is afraid of dark water stains?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Water September 3, 2006
Perhaps horror movies should return to the gothic countryside fixer-upper. "The Ring" and "The Grudge" took place in a city setting, and managed to eek out a chill or two. However, this movie fails to break any new territory. Worse, the plodding pace just failed to keep me interested to the end.

Dahlia (Jennifer Connelly) is in the midst of a bitter divorce with husband Kyle (Dougray Scott). Caught in the middle is daughter Ceci (Ariel Gade). Dahlia insists on moving into a building where weird things are constantly happening. The excitement builds and builds (a little tongue-in-cheek here) as the movie moves between events caused by people and events caused by something that the movie only reveals at the end. Thrown into this plot goulash is Dahlia's childhood. Dahlia's mother abandoned her. We see periodic flashbacks to help us understand Dahlia's actions.

There are a bunch of problems with this movie. First, too much stuff is going on which means absolutely nothing. The guy in the elevator meant nothing and he failed to advance the plot. Yes, he did provide information about the elevator going up to the tenth floor and he did note that someone kept obliterating the writing on the elevator buttons. Big deal; we already knew that information when he showed up.

The teenage boys appeared menacing, but the movie wastes yet another opportunity. I could go on, but I would spoil the whole movie for you, in the event that you decide to watch this snoozer.

The movie did finally wake from its slumber and provide us with a few tense, generally predictable, moments. However, those few moments were insufficient compensation for the nearly hour and a half wait.
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