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The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

Simon Russell Beale , Tom Hiddleston , Terrence Davies  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Rachel Weisz
  • Directors: Terrence Davies
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007TR1R22
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Deep Blue Sea" on IMDb

Special Features

- Collector's booklet
- Audio commentary
- Interviews with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
- Terence Davies' Master Class
- Realizing the Director's Vision

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Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life.


4 stars --TimeOut New York

Rachel Weisz is extremely moving. --The New Yorker

Rachel Weisz is incandescent. --Rolling Stone

Rachel Weisz is extremely moving. --The New Yorker

Rachel Weisz is incandescent. --Rolling Stone

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139 of 144 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love hurts November 27, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Like a lot of people who filed reviews, when I saw this for the first time I had no idea what I was getting into. And it starts sloooooowwwwwlllllyyyy. And darkly. And in a manner that leaves room for confusion. All that said, you'd expect a slamming review. Not so. I couldn't give it five stars simply because of those features that would make it hard for a lot of viewers to get into it. But I gave it four because I watched it all the way through, because it grows in power and it grabs you, and not least because it touched me emotionally in the way that good films will.
The film is simple in concept and quite cliched because it's been done 10 million times in films and theater and books. It's the classic love triangle. Sir William (Simon Russell Beale) loves Hester (Rachel Weisz) who doesn't love him but instead loves dashing Freddie (Tom Huddleston), who enjoys her body but doesn't love her. William is an intelligent, accomplished lawyer and mama's boy who married the well bred and very hot Hester but obviously is not a stud.
Hester, who hates the overbearing mama and lacks any spark at all in her personal relationship with Sir William, falls in love with a flirtatious hot stud fighter pilot Freddie (this is the 1950s in Britain when they were the equivalent of almost forgotten rock stars today). And falls into bed and there are a few nude scenes showing them coiling around each other in bed that explain the immediate physical attraction of both. You can't quite get your head around a mental vision of the older, rotund Sir William doing the nasty with the gorgeous Hester. Which explains why Hester is willing to walk away from a marriage to a man that brought her wealth and security and intellectual companionship for the heady hot love of a younger man.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow, intimate, beautiful and sad July 31, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I admit that I fully expected this film to be boring. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find it not only engaging, but the first film I have seen about an adulterous affair that I think actually qualified as a love story. Yes, the film is very slow. But I never found it boring. That is largely due to the powerful performances of the three main actors: Weisz, Hiddleston and Beale. They captivate from the first to the last.

The film has an unusual structure that works well for the themes explored. It opens with Hester about to commit suicide, and recalling via flashback what transpired to get her to this point. Like true memories, they don't necessarily come in clearly, or in order, and it can be challenging for a viewer to follow at first. The movie is ostensibly about the affair between Hester and Freddie, but also subtly addresses the mystery of depression to those who have never experienced it, and cannot understand it. Hester's husband loves her; they have money and privilege, yet she is painfully unhappy because they are no more than friends. Along comes Freddie who, after surviving the Battle of Britain, is living life to the fullest with little thought for tomorrow - and she falls in love for the first time in her life. But, Freddie is unable to give her everything she needs either. It would have been easy to make Freddie the "villain" here, and I am glad the director did not. Freddie is insensitive and occasionally cruel to Hester. Yet, he never misled her on who he is, or what he could be for her. He is as trapped in his life as she in hers. One scene in the museum shows that she can be cruel to him in turn.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If You've Ever Been In A Toxic Relationship..... July 17, 2012
SPOILERS: For those of us who have ever been in a toxic relationship; this movie will resonate with you. No matter historical timeframe or culture this movie will strike a chord within you and you will completely understand the actions of the main characters. I wanted to hate Freddie, I really did, but I didn't. He never lied to Hester about their relationship. There were no false professions of love and adoration. He didn't ask her to do what she did to be with him. Hester could not handle the overall guilt and shame of being in a relationship with him. Freddie had to leave her to save her. In his own damaged way he showed her he loved her by leaving. I gave this movie 4 stars because like a previous review it was dis-jointed in places. Overall it was very good and the acting was superb. Like I said if you've ever been in a toxic, no win, relationship; this movie will have meaning for you. Oh and unlike a previous review you don't have to be British to understand it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kill me now February 4, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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This film is beautifully shot and staged, and the acting is well done. There, those are my only two positive comments. Now, to my criticisms.

As many others have mentioned, the shrieking, beyond melodramatic violin score through the initial scenes made me feel like I wanted to claw my skin off. Someone needs to instruct director Terence Davies that a film score is supposed to draw the audience IN to the story line, not make them wish to run for the nearest exit. We are introduced to the main character, Hester, as she is attempting suicide with every means at her disposal in her squalid post-war flat. In a mixture of flashbacks and real-time, we are shown the situations that supposedly brought her to this point.

For the sake of (unrequited) love and passion, Hester has thrown over her rich older husband (a judge) for an oily, selfish ex-RAF officer. She and her lover are so immature and dim and self-destructive that I can feel nothing like sympathy for either one of them. Hester apparently longs for the kind of ill-fated, all consuming love she read about as a girl in Wuthering Heights or Abelard & Heloise; but WWII comes along and so she takes safe refuge in a sterile marriage to a well-off old man. He loves her deeply, but she treats him like a favorite uncle. Not surprisingly, she's bored and miserable.

We first meet Freddie, now back a few years from the war. He admits in an early meeting in a pub with Hester that "nothing can compare to surviving the Battle of Britain," so it's clear that his emotional intelligence is frozen at that high-adrenaline moment in time; what sexual relationship is ever going to measure up to that high water mark in a chap's life?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie!
Loved this movie.
I suggest watching the interviews located in the bonus section before watching this movie. Read more
Published 1 day ago by J. L.
3.0 out of 5 stars But the acting was great and the cinematography was wonderful
Slow and somewhat depressing. But the acting was great and the cinematography was wonderful. The music, however, almost ruined the whole movie.
Published 2 days ago by Kitten With a W
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Emotional and very well acted.
Published 17 days ago by Denise Blaser
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully directed, impeccable settings and music scores
extraordinary acting, beautifully directed, impeccable settings and music scores. Gorgeous, sad, heartbreakingly human
Published 23 days ago by Selma Mourad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, sad story
A sad story so well acted that it was painful to watch at times.
Published 26 days ago by Pam Lutzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is amazing. Brilliant performances by Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz. A must get for sure!
Published 28 days ago by Kenya Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars leaving no doubt as to why she falls in love with him--then wringing...
Clearly, Tom Hiddleston continues to show his ability to embody, embrace, and project every range of humanistic qualities. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mountain Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep drama about love
A great and deep story about how love can sometimes hurt so much. The dilemma of wondering if you're strong enough to separate from the loved one for his/her own sake. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniela Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars True Characters
I love Tom Hiddleston, and his ability to transform into different characters and emotions was incredible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zoey Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Tom Hiddleston GREAT!!
Published 1 month ago by Maribel
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