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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane
  • Directors: Phillip Noyce
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L9M2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Calm [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Great movie, very suspensful.
Kim
You will really like this movie it you like movies with excitment and suspanse.
Joe B.
Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane and Sam Neill did a tremendous job!
A Huttenbrauck

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Luis Hernandez on September 30, 2000
Format: DVD
What do you get when you mix in an amazing Australian director, a rising Australian actress, a prominent New Zealander actor, and a villainous American actor? The result is "Dead Calm," an intense thriller that will leave you adrift in suspense for 90 minutes.
The story, which revolves around an Australian couple taking a vacation to recover from the death of their young child in an automobile accident, might sound like the perfect movie to relax to on any evening, however it isn't. While sailing Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the South Pacific, the young couple played by Nicole Kidman ("Days of Glory"; "Batman Forever") and Sam Neill ("Renaissance Man"; "Jurassic Park") pick up a castaway played by Billy Zane ("Titanic"; "Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight") who is the sole survivor of a sinking ship.
After hearing his story Neill's character decides to go to the ship and check it out firsthand. That was his big mistake. Soon Zane hijacks the yacht and Kidman, leaving Neill to sink in the ship he fled. The sinister motives for Zane's departure from the ship are later discovered as the movie progresses, however it is Kidman's and Zane's chemistry and performance that make this movie one of the best suspense thrillers I have ever seen.
As usual, Zane, is the ideal villain. I wouldn't be surprised if it was this film that led to Hollywood's decision to cast him as a villain in almost every film he has done since "Dead Calm".
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By K. Jump on May 11, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
When Dead Calm's promotional editor warns you to "Try to Stay Calm," believe me when I say you're not up to the challenge. If this one doesn't shock you, you better get your girlfriend to check your pulse.
The story is simple: Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill hit the ocean for some quality time together to forget the auto accident that claimed their only child. Kidman is barely there at first--she was driving when their son was killed and suffers from overpowering sorrow and guilt. When the couple floats up on a disabled ship with only one surviving passenger--Billy Zane--they take him aboard, unaware that they've just taken in an angel of death. From this point on the terror mounts relentlessly as Kidman and Neill struggle to deal with Zane and the hellfire he brings with him. Eventually separated, the husband and wife must dig deep within themselves just to stay alive.
The great cast makes what could have been a routine B-movie work. Kidman is particularly outstanding as the emotionally vampirized young wife who slowly evolves into a strong woman who can rescue her man when she needs to. Neill, one of the industry's most underrated performers, is stalwart and professional as always. Zane gives Anthony Perkins a run for his money as the psychotic young man who can only destroy what he doesn't understand--everything.
A marvelous dish of cold chills, Dead Calm is highly recommended to anyone who loves a good, intelligent scare.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Dunaway on April 11, 2002
Format: DVD
I could go on and on about this one. One could theorize that the whole movie is actually a product of Kidman's mind. One could bring up the fact that the couple has sailed out to the metaphorical calm waters to get away from the insanity of the things that have happened in their life only to have insanity come rowing a boat out to meet them and now they (specifically her) must learn to deal with that insanity. That's getting a little deep, so I'll stick to what I know.
Kidman and Neill are trying to get over the tragic loss of their child by sailing out to the middle of nowhere to get away from things. They run across a sinking schooner which has only one survivor (Zane). He rows out to them and climbs aboard. Neill, out of curiosity, rows over to the sinking ship to find out what happened. This leaves Zane and Kidman on the boat...alone. I think what I wrote about accepting the insanity is pretty accurate as Kidman, in order to survive, feigns a relationship with Zane when she realizes that her life is in danger. Neill discovers what really happened on that boat and most of his story becomes trying to catch up with Zane and Kidman.
Metaphors aside, this is a good movie. The screenplay is taught. There are no scenes where you think to yourself that this is totally unnecessary. Everything establishes character or advances a situation. Neill's desperate struggle to get to the boat and his resourcefulness are real highlights.
The DVD doesn't really add too much, but I still recommend it for those who care about the quality of picture. It looks awesome on HDTV.
Recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ellis on March 25, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I'm like a lot of people in that I first discovered Nicole Kidman when I caught this gripping Australian thriller on cable. Though I had initially low expectations for both the film and the actress, both delivered the goods and then some. Dead Calm is that rarity amongst thrillers -- a suspenseful, scary film that actually engages the viewer and sticks in the mind after the final credits role.
The plot is admirably simple and straight forward. Sam Niell and Nicole Kidman play a married couple mourning the death of their son (who dies in the film's first few minutes -- though you can see the development coming miles away, both the direction of Phillip Noyce and the performances of Neill and Kidman make the death into a realistic tragedy as opposed to a mere plot device). Looking to escape their grief and save their marriage, they board their sailboat (Neill's character is a Naval officer) and take a vacation from society. After a few days at sea, they pick up a desperate castaway (Billy Zane) who claims to be escaping from a disease-stricken pleasure cruise...
This is a film that works despite of, rather than because, of its plot. Many of the character's actions don't make much logical sense...
In the hands of a lesser cast or director, these flaws would certainly have meant the death of any other film. However, the talent here is all top notch. Phillip Noyce manages to emphasize how isolated his characters are without making the film itself feel overly stagy; the viewer feels the story's claustrophobia without ever feeling cramped themselves. The film's cast does a wonderful job of bringing their characters to life, despite the inconsitencies inherent in the plot.
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