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Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Thomas Jane , Saffron Burrows , Renny Harlin  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (656 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport
  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Writers: Donna Powers, Duncan Kennedy, Wayne Powers
  • Producers: Akiva Goldsman, Alan Riche, Bruce Berman, Don MacBain
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (656 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002E233
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deep Blue Sea" on IMDb

Special Features

  • HBO Special When Sharks Attack!
  • The Sharks Of The Deep Blue Sea Documentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery & Storyboards
  • DVD-Rom Features: Online Event

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Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 3-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD

With a voracious trio of mako sharks wreaking havoc, Deep Blue Sea dares to up the ante on Jaws, but director Renny Harlin trades the nuanced suspense of Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster for the trickery of the digital age. In other words, why build genuine terror when you can show ill-fated humans getting torn into bloody chunks? The aforementioned makos have been lab rats in an effort to harvest a miracle cure for Alzheimer's disease from the brains of sharks, but the research has an unfortunate side effect: the sharks get smarter, and they're determined to break out of Aquatica, the deep-sea complex where they've been penned.

Model-actress Saffron Burrows plays the researcher; Thomas Jane pulls double-duty as shark expert and action hunk; Samuel L. Jackson's the corporate sponsor who chooses the worst time for an Aquatica tour; and rapper LL Cool J is nicely cast as Aquatica's cook and comic relief. Michael Rapaport, Jacqueline McKenzie, and Stellan Skarsgård round out the cast, most of whom are turned into shark food as the makos turn Aquatica into a floating junkyard. Harlin takes devilish pleasure in providing sudden, unexpected shocks--no small feat in such a derivative thriller--and as a series of action set-pieces, Deep Blue Sea never disappoints. It's inevitable that Burrows should end up in her underwear like Sigourney Weaver in Alien, but even then the movie offers a credible reason for the strip-down; that Deep Blue Sea can be simultaneously ridiculous and sensible is just another one of its shlocky charms. --Jeff Shannon

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep, but not so wide July 21, 2003
"Deep Blue Sea" is one of those monster flicks that makes an attempt at being an intelligent man's horror film. The genetically-altered, Alzheimer cure-all mako shark idea was a good one, and a little more unique than most creature films, but in essence this is a man-screws-with-nature-nature-screws-back sort of tale. There are a couple of suspenseful moments, and the makos look great throughout the majority of the film. Other reviewers accuse the acting as being standard and weightless, but remember that this is a creature feature and the first rule of this genre is that the creature is the star. I found nothing terribly wrong about the acting, and much like "Anaconda," this film has a token rapper(LL Cool J) who does a good job. The rest of the cast is fairly standard, but none of their performances are that bad. Samuel L. Jackson gives "Deep Blue Sea" a solid actor, and he seemed to enjoy his time on screen in this film. Thomas Jane is another standout who plays the heroic lead, although little is left for our hero to save. Saffron Burrows does an excellent job as the good-meaning, yet slightly mad scientist who you really want to see get bit by a mako.
Overall, this is an above-average flick. It isn't as cheesy as "Lake Placid," and it doesn't make the sharks quite as smart as the raptors of "Jurassic Park" fame, but it takes parts of both of these films and combines them with a little suspense and terror a la "Jaws" and serves up a fish dinner that just about anyone can enjoy.
Also, notice the nod given to "Jaws" during Jackson's initial landing at Aquatica.(Hint: Check that license plate)
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These sharks could blow Jaws outta the water November 1, 1999
By Siren
Format:VHS Tape
At first, I was looking more forward to see Lake Placid, butthis turned out to be much better. The sharks looked great. Surprises everywhere! Just when you think you know what is gonna happen and who is going to make it and who won't, they turn the tables. Jaws was nothing but an overgrown great white who was a maneater. These sharks are genetically altered by humans. It gives a better depth of their intelligence. And unlike Jurrasic Park, it goes even deeper into what can go wrong when you screw around with nature.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mindless Fun January 4, 2000
By A Customer
I came to this movie with pretty low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the plot has major holes, some of the effects are chintzy, and the thing is just too damn long. Still, the action scenes are well choreographed (especially the terrifying helicopter crash) and any movie about killer sharks is going to press a button or two. This one pressed several. Yes, Samuel L. Jackson is terrible, just as he was in The Phantom Menace (it is rare to see an actor who is so equally capable of brilliance and bathos), and the characters played by Saffron Burrows and Thomas Jane, both gifted peformers, are as one-dimensional as LL Cool J's is stereotypical. Of the rest of the large ensemble cast, which includes indie fixtures Michael Rappaport, Jaccqlyn McKenzie and Aida Tuturro, few are allowed to do more than wait their turn to be fish bait. Of course, character development is not the main concern here, action is and, on that count, Deep Blue Sea works quite well. Just don't think too hard about it and you will find an enjoyable way to kill a couple hours.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Jaws look like a relaxing fishing trip. September 28, 2003
By Sweek
This film is increadible, mainly because it has no respect for it's cast. Anyone can die in this film. Someone who's the main character one minute is shark food the next. Although Renny Harlin took the 'special effects' option instead of building up real suspense, it works. There are some real shock moments in this film.
Basically it's Genetic Modification gone bazerk, super intelligent sharks, modified for the purpose of curing a disease, turn against their creators in a frenzy of snapping jaws and red-water scenes. I know, it's not the most in-depth plot review but that's it really, which doesn't matter because the great content makes up for the barely existant story.
The cast is great. Saffron Burrows shows that she is more than just cleavage as the meddling scientist who went too far, while Thomas Jane succeeds as the action hero (Even though he falls down about 50 times) and LL Cool J is surprisingly good as the comic relief/chef. Although he's playing the token 'cowardly character' Michael Rapaport gives a good performance, Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L Jackson are both very talented actors who are good in any film and Jacqueline McKenzie gives more than just a creadible performance, watch the deleted scenes to see her at her best.
I would reccommend this film to anyone who likes a high tension thriller with plenty or guts'n'gore, but it belongs in anyone's DVD collection. It's in mine ;).
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep blue sea December 17, 1999
By A Customer
This DVD was far better than I had hoped for. The special effects were awesome! After watching this DVD I'm not so sure I want to go in the ocean again.If what you like is to watch a shark tear a person apart, then this one is for you! This has become our all time favorite .The more you watch it the better it gets. This movie will NOT disapoint the the person that likes to sit on the edge of the seat. p.s keep your feet out of the water.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Genetically Modified Sharks Out For Vengeance! Comedic Action...
I was not expecting this movie to be a comedy. It wasn't as good as I had hoped, but it's hard to hold a candle to the original "Jaws. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Jillie Pintuck
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie was not viewable... got halfway ...
This movie was not halfway thru, and it just stopped....need to return this one and 2 others for a refund or exchange!
Published 3 days ago by Richard K. Boyer
An experiment turns into a complete nightmare, as the terrifying sharks turn into monsters, in the final results of a test gone wrong. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Geraldine Ahearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good shark movie.
Published 13 days ago by Andrew Arias
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Love this movie
Published 20 days ago by Megan Loel
5.0 out of 5 stars LL Cool J was the icing on the cake
Thomas Jane is an absolutely yummy actor. LL Cool J was the icing on the cake.
Published 29 days ago by Donald Bice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it.
Published 29 days ago by Shirley Mays
5.0 out of 5 stars Love watching it and was packed and ship perfectly
Everything I expected it to be. Love watching it and was packed and ship perfectly.
Published 1 month ago by Michael H Smits
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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