Event Horizon (1997) [Blu-ray]
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Its name: EVENT HORIZON. The high-tech, pioneering research spacecraft mysteriously vanished, without a trace, on its maiden voyage seven year s earlier. But a weak, persistent signal form the long-missing craft pr ompts a rescue team, headed by the intrepid Capta in Miller (Laurence Fi shburne, THE MATRIX and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III), to wing its way throug h the galaxy on a bold rescue mission. Accompanying Miller is his elit e crew and the lost ship's designer (Sam Neill, JURASSIC PARK); their mi ssion is to find and salvag e the state-of-the-art interstellar horror. Back to electrify-and terrify-is EVENT HORIZON, now as a two-disc Speci al Collection DV D that contains never-before-seen special features, inc luding a five-part documentary on the making of this unforgettable motio n pic ture. Kathleen Quinlan (APOLLO 13) and Joely Richardson (TV's NIP /TUCK) also star in this gripping sci-fi thriller.]]>
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First of all this isn't a perfect film. It is, however very good and worthy of purchase.
Many other reviewers have savaged the film for being too slasher, too weak or open to intrepretation. I would offer many of them were expecting general science fiction not a bloodbath in space. The gore is what makes them take a step a back. The gore serves the story very well. Hell isn't a primrose path.
Many other reviewers have covered the plot in detail. So I'll avoid being redundant in that aspect.
What makes the movie good is that its a taunt piece of space horror. You hit the ground running almost immediately. Pacing and storyline are well done (amazing some people don't get the story details - made perfect sense to me). The set design and visuals are simply sublime. There is good character development. Sam Neill plays Dr. Weir to creepy perfection. The Event Horizon calling to him in his dreams by using his deceased wife is disturbing.
Lawerence Fishborne as Miller delivers a good performance with edge.
The other actors hold the story up well too.
One of the other elements that makes the movie enjoyable is that it doesn't lay it all out for you. Sure, we see the hell the Event Horizon crew endured in limited blips. The movie lets your imagination run wild just how bad things got. I kept wondering to myself - ok its bad, but just *HOW* bad is it? Not until almost 3/4 of the way through do we get some answers as to the fate of the original crew.
The ending also is open to intrepretation - makes you think.Read more ›
The Event Horizon (designed by Dr. Weir) provides the desolate and haunting setting for the movie. The darkness, the unknown and the inability to escape create a real sense of desperation aboard the ship. There is literally nowhere to run in space, which adds to these feelings of dread. The crew slowly begins uncovering the mystery of where the Event Horizon had been for the past seven years. During this phase of the movie, we are shown some horrifying images, conjured by the ship itself. These images play on the fears, memories and even the guilt of the crew members. There are some freakish occurances leading to the ultimate discovery of the truth about the ship and what actually happened to the original crew.
As for the horror genre, this movie represents something different. It's a good departure from the slasher movie or the "teens go on a road trip, break down and are terrorized by a madman" movie... The fact that it is set in space is rather unique and, I feel, works quite well. Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill give great performances. I recommend this movie to horror and sci-fi fans.
You get 2 DVDs. The first disc is where you will find the ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSION. Yes you heard it right...THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSION. Gasp, how can this be, what about the deleted scenes....etc. Well, there are deleted scenes but they have not been put back into the movie, something which will be explained later on.
I already had bought the first DVD release and was looking forward to seeing deleted scenes put back into the movie. This release IS better though as you get a very nice looking anamorphic version and you get DTS which sounds sweet. But this still is the original.
The second disk contains a good making of documentary and some other supplemental behind the scenes stuff however the best part of this disk is the deleted scenes and after listening to the commentary it soon becomes apparent why there wont be a directors cut. Also the quality of these deleted scenes are terrible. The print is covered with pen markers and edit markers and looks like its been made by a first year film student.
You find out that a lot of the "CUT" stuff was actually from different versions of the movie that was used during screenings to help gauge reactions from the audience and could no way be re-integrated into the film.
Also, because this movie was made in the pre-DVD era the studio dumped a lot of the deleted stuff away as it was envisaged that none of this would ever see the light of day again. One example is the deleted crew torture sequence which was to be part of when weir was showing hell to fishburn.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
IN Deep Space A Rescue Mission Finds A Missing Spacecraft That Vanished Seven Years Ago. When They Enter The Abandoned Ship Some Strange Things Begin To Happen. Read morePublished 7 days ago by KURTBERGENTHAL
Dove this movie since it came out all those years ago...where did the ship go?! You'll have to watch and find out. Sam and Laurence do great jobs with their acting ability! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Vincent sprinkel
Excellent Sci-fi horror movie, a must watch for any fan of the horror genre.Published 13 days ago by Mike Hall
An exceptional and often overlooked horror film from the end of the "Clive Barker" and "Aliens" era of R rated horror, Event Horizon has both aesthetic and thematic... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. E
It took me a couple of viewings to appreciate this, but this is essentially Hellraiser in space... and it's actually quite good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by George
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