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Lady in the Water (Combo HD DVD and Standard HD DVD) (2006)

Paul Giamatti , Bryce Dallas Howard , M. Night Shyamalan  |  PG-13 |  HD DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban, Sarita Choudhury
  • Directors: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Producers: M. Night Shyamalan, John Rusk, Jose L. Rodriguez, Sam Mercer
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU7KAO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lady in the Water (Combo HD DVD and Standard HD DVD)" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep (Giamatti) rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyday magic January 3, 2010
By Irene L
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I think this is one of the most underrated films of the century. The bad reviews baffle me quite a bit because this has become one of my all time favourites. Lady in the Water reminds us of the magic that we left behind as we grew out of childhood. It shows us that we all have a place in life, no matter how trivial we think it is. This is a fairy tale for grown ups.

In addition to being visually stunning in every way, Lady in the Water has just the right balance of action, horror, drama and comedy, supported by a great cast of actors that bring everything to this story.

I am very much moved by this film and it is one of the few that I can watch again and again. If you have just a little fraction left of that innocent, inner child, then you will surely find the magic here as well.
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74 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale Masterpiece July 26, 2006
By AIM
I must admit that my children and myself were the only ones in the theatre laughing at the many humorous moments in the movie. I am not sure why everyone was not enjoying themselves and when I got home and read the many critical reviews posted online I began to understand. This movie is not hitting home with a majority of the viewers, and it is too bad because on first viewing it appeared to me to be one of the best modern fairy tales that I have seen. I believe a part of the problem is that the trailer I saw for the film misrepresents it as a horror film. Then I believe many people are unwilling to go along with the fairy tale premise. This is a fairy tale. It is a bedtime story. So sit back relax and enjoy the story. It is a wonderful modern myth that speaks to larger issues of faith and who we are on a personel level. The movie is wonderfully shot, told, and presented. I enjoyed the way the story unfolds and the many very funny scenes. It is difficult to tell this type of story without losing the audience part way through and I felt Shyamalan did a masterful job of holding things together. This was the kind of filmgoing experience I was hoping for from Terry Gilliam's "The Brother's Grimm" but was horribly dissapointed. If you like modern day fairy tales, like good humor and are not easily confused then I would highly recommend this film. From the negative reviews I have seen and the audience I saw the film with, this film is not for everyone, but I found it a real gem.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady in the Water (Widescreen Edition) March 13, 2010
Format:DVD
An apartment building superintendent named Cleveland who discovers a magical sea-nymph named Story who's been transported to this world and is living in the building's own swimming pool. As this bizarre revelation sinks in, Cleveland becomes enraptured by her other-worldly charm. As he shelters her in his apartment, other inhabitants of the building begin falling into place as representations of characters from an Eastern myth in which these mermaids, or "narfs," co-exist unhappily with more beastly and violent characters. In human reality, the forces of darkness that threaten the heroes of a fairy tale prove to be much more terrifying, and the victory of good over evil is by no means guaranteed. "Lady in the Water" has a wonderful cast, the script is well written and at times funny, the plot is very simple and straightforward but towards the end of the movie is quite touching. This movie doesn't talk down to its audience but its content is fantastical and fairytale-ish. A grown-up "bedtime story" that is fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable.
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143 of 186 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching allegory August 23, 2006
M. Night Shyamalan doesn't do plain movies. As an artists he has his own unique approach of seeing extraordinary tales in mundane things whether its aliens, mythical beasts, ghosts or a mysterious azure pool. This tale is like no other, perhaps can be thought of as a tale of good and evil, of human purpose, common ground and understanding. When a mysterious pale woman with red hair saves an apartment superintendent, who looked like he gave up upon falling into the pool, simply because he didn't see a purpose to living, she brings hope and a sense of purpose to him and other tenants. Together they try to figure out who she is and why she came into their lives.

Story, is the name of the woman, perhaps those who save the Village, recognize her as the blind brave daughter Ivy Walker, takes on another roles this time as a narf, a word that does not really exist in an English dictionary but a word that takes on meaning by the time the movie ends. She is a fairy like creature that is on a mission and needs help from Cleveland Heep the stuttering superintendent who loses his stutter and finds his true calling. She needs to find a safe passage back to her own world, which is guarded by an evil wolf like beast, invisible to all but those who know how to find it. Together all the characters have to decipher the answers behind what she says and in all reality they have to save the modern world. She tells one of them that he will be a great orator and his book will change the world, cease wars and bring peace, she tells another that he can heal; others learn that they will have profound impact on the feuding life and who will improve life around them if they take the risks and do what she says.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
Beautiful movie! Great actors, I love how the protagonist gets his information and how things are not as they seem to be.
Published 2 days ago by Emily H.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these characters
If you like to watch movies about quirky people that you really care about, this is it. M. Night Shyamalan does an excellent job of building suspense, and there are plenty of... Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing film.
It's both the legend of Oannes (a sea-god of ancient Babylonia) and the Dogon myth of the good Nummo Titiyanye and the evil Ogo (La renard pale, the Pale Fox). Read more
Published 13 days ago by Leah Arielle
5.0 out of 5 stars About time
Years ago I bought " Lady in the Water" from Blockbuster where I live. This movie caught my eye, so I got home after a long days work and I couldn't take my eyes off of the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Alicia K's
4.0 out of 5 stars another classic from M. Night
This was another classic from M. Night Shyamalan. IMO, not as good as The Village but quite easy to get caught up in it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Scott Bucholtz
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one!
Not a very good movie. Weird and long. Would not suggest watching it unless you are looking for something to fall asleep on!
Published 25 days ago by Chas
4.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I only bought this because of Bryce Dallas Howard. It's not the best film I've ever seen ,... but it's ok.
Published 27 days ago by CMK
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie at a very high level.
Need to understand the beginning of the movie to understand the whole movie. You can watch over and over again and pick up something new.
Published 1 month ago by Mitchell A. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars ok i guess
everything about my order was great except the movie the movie came in great condition is just that I wasn't that interested in the movie the movie was a poor choice of pick
Published 1 month ago by latisha kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars Just weird...
I really liked the movie 'The Village' so I thought maybe this would be pretty good too. Wrong. It was downright strange. I don't know, maybe you have to be high to appreciate it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lindsey Briggs
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Why do they keep bringing out Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs?
as you already guessed, it's all about more money--greed knows no bounds!! so i refuse to buy any dvd, just rent 'em or use the public library's copies!! so the greedy get no money from me!!
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