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The Descent (Original Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Shauna Macdonald , Natalie Mendoza , Neil Marshall  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring
  • Directors: Neil Marshall
  • Writers: Neil Marshall
  • Producers: Christian Colson, Ivana MacKinnon, Keith Bell, Paul Ritchie, Paul Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: Lions Gate Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (582 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IHY9TS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Descent (Original Unrated Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Neil Marshall and the crew
  • Commentary by director Neil Marshall and the cast
  • "The Descent: Behind the Scenes"
  • "DescENDING" - An Interview with Director Neil Marshall
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Stills gallery
  • Cast and crew biographies

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One year after a tragic accident, six girlfriends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians for their annual extreme outdoor adventure, in this case the exploration of a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes, and there's no way out. The group splinters and each woman pushes on, praying for another exit. But there is something else lurking under the earth. As the friends realize they are now prey, they are forced to unleash their most primal instincts in an all-out war against an unspeakable horror - one that attacks without warning, again and again and again.

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115 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spelunking Through The Gates Of Hell December 4, 2006
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You've got a pretty tight group of girlfriends. You're a pretty tough girl yourself. You do a lot of adventurous stuff that usually includes mostly just your girlfriends.

After a year's hiatus due to a terrible family tragedy, you decide it's time to hook up with your girls and shake the bad memories on a spelunking outing.

You head to a remote area of the Appalachian Mountains to some charted caves recommended by a spelunking guide, according to one of your group members. You embark with 6 friends into the caves from the highpoint in the mountain...down...down...down through the bowels of the mountain in search of an exit at a lower point.

Then two of a plethora of bad things happen. A tunnel that you came through is sealed off leaving you only one way to go...down. And your partner reveals the reality that a guide didn't recommend the caves at all; she thought it would make the excursion more adventurous in unexplored caves. There is no charted way out.

Think that's a problem? How about shining your light down the next tunnel where you see an eerie human-ish looking figure crouched in the dark peering back at you?

The Descent has chills. There's high suspense. It goes without saying that there are good old fashioned jump-out-of-the-dark scares (they are in a cave!). No special effects needed here to generate excitement. The creatures are well designed and scary.

The story flows very well. The acting is better than the average Horror flick. And Director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) keeps a better than average flow of twists and turns coming.

Do indeed see it if you're into the genre. The Descent is one of the movies on my Amazon Listmania List, "15 Flicks Guaranteed To Leave A Permanent Impression".

Note: The US theatrical version had a lame ending compared to the original UK version. The US DVD release gives you the option of which ending you'd prefer to view. Go with the original.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Climb Aboard For "The Descent" December 9, 2006
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I'm not typically accustomed to going "gaga" over horror films. It's not that I don't like them, I love them--but truth be told, it's hard to find genuinely good ones. I'm entertained by lots of the gory, splatter films that have recently dominated the box office. Usually, however, it's a matter of accepting the limitations within these films and getting whatever enjoyment you can out of the scenarios. It's been a very long time since I thought of a current horror movie as a 5 star event, so nothing could have surprised me more than "The Descent."

The preliminary setup is a good one. Our heroines begin to explore some unknown, uncharted cave systems and quickly become trapped. Now our ladies must use their resourcefulness and intelligence to try to get out. The dynamics start to play out between the women--good and bad--and a real fear for survival starts to set in. We are squarely in a man versus nature psychological thriller atmosphere. It recalls for me "Open Water"--a film whose horror is about helplessness and being stranded, not about sharks.

But just as soon as I was sure where I was headed, the rug was pulled out. The last third becomes a monstrously bloody battle for survival. It is so well choreographed, I was sucked in wholeheartedly. And far from being victims--our heroines exhibit intelligence, brutality, resilience, loyalty and a real survival instinct. We've got some real female empowerment going on! For pure horror, this film goes out with a real bang.

I was completely blindsided by this one. There's a good screenplay, a credible backstory, appealing actresses, great cinematography and nice effects.

"The Descent" may not be the "best" movie I see this year--but as a pure adrenaline rush, I promise you it will be one of my favorites. KGHarris, 12/06.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Very best Horror Films I Have Ever Seen! December 12, 2006
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Neil Marshall's "The Descent" completely lives up to the hype! It is one of the bloodiest horror films to ever play on the big screen for sure. It is the definition of claustrophobic & it is truly one of the most jump out of your seat scariest big screen horror flicks since Ridley Scott's "ALIEN". Just more proof that the great horror films & the great horror film Directors are comeing from the world of independent films. Even though the concept isn't so fresh it seems that everything else about it is. The cave creatures are brilliantly gruesome & realistic(great make up/efx). Even with all the mostly dry & un-original remakes out there,the last 8-9 years has still produced some of the best horror films ever & "The Descent" is truly the final seal of approval that we horror movie fans will look back at the turn of the century as a great era in horror movie history let alone movie history in general. If I'm Alive 20 years from now I will be so glad to say I saw this one in the theatre. A masterpiece!

***UPDATE*** Coming from someone who saw the American theatre ending,IMO the original UK ending that comes with the widescreen unrated original cut is excellent & just as good if not better than the shortened American theatre version.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Women and Blood mix well..... April 10, 2007
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So this was a rather interesting film. I'd say that it was probably one of the most enjoyable films that I've seen in recent weeks. It provided an interesting location, mind-bending ending, and a unique cast of all females that react reasonably in the face of danger. What else really made the grade for this film?

Plot: Ok, so it's not the most original plot I've ever heard of. A bunch of girls go caving, and lurking in the darkness is an evolved human, evolved to live perfectly in the dark. Cavemen gone crazy more-or-less. Still, the plot might lack some ingenuity, but they brought it out in a way that seems to master this form of the story. I've seen other cave movies before, but they weren't put together like this one was. In fact, they did a good job of explaining almost every aspect of the adventure in a true, realistic manner. You felt like the character had no choice and made responsible efforts in their quest to survive. The ending is somewhat of a give and take piece, it lets your imagination run for a bit, as it's more symbolic rather than direct, so you'll have to take away your own thoughts of the film, but I think that this makes it leave a lasting impression.

Atmosphere: So this was another thing that I enjoyed. This movie boasts some excellent camera work. If you're at all claustrophobic, this movie will probably scare the h"ll out of you. They did a great job using the darkness and lighting the scenes effectively and mysteriously. They also used red flares, and green glow sticks in specific sequences, which gave a nice stylized look to the overall film.

Effects: There was quite a bit of gore in the film...some of it better than others.
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Does the DVD have both endings?
No, this is the original UK cut of the film which includes the original ending. For the US version you'd have to purchase the "R" rated edition although knowing Lion's Gate they'll probably try and double dip folks.
Dec 28, 2006 by Wayne Klein |  See all 11 posts
The Descent: book version
The book doesn't have anything to do with the movie. They share a title. Neil Marshall's script was an original script and he was completely unaware of the novel (which is why it differs so signficantly).
Dec 30, 2006 by Wayne Klein |  See all 7 posts
how is this available on dvd, if itsjust released ?
it's been released in the UK where the movie originated, but only on region 2 dvd so it won't play on most players sold in the US
Sep 6, 2006 by M. Stowe |  See all 5 posts
Where's the WIDESCREEN??
According to the Lion's Gate website and The Descent's official website, the DVD will contain the original ending with the US alternate ending. Additionally, there will be a Widescreen version of the Unrated edition, so I can't explain why Amazon does not have an option for the widescreen Unrated... Read More
Nov 28, 2006 by Sky |  See all 6 posts
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Yes, right under the button to pre-order the dvd. If you wait for it to be released, the price will go up that day. Does anyone know if they will release or sell the widescreen version? Is there a widescreen version for the us? This is a great movie and I would like to pre-order.
Nov 17, 2006 by R. Trimmer |  See all 3 posts
Could anybody tell me if it has spanish audio? Be the first to reply
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