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Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis. Based on actual events, an American couple board a tour boat to go scuba diving off the coast. But during an unfortunate series of miscommunications and a distracted crew, they are accidentally left behind in cold, shark-infested waters to fend for themselves and find their way back to shore. 2003/color/81 min/R/widescreen.

Special Features

  • Crew Commentary with Director Chris Kentis and Producer Laura Lau
  • Cast commentary with Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis
  • The Indie Essentials filmmaker guide to marketing a move
  • On the High Seas: Making Open Water featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Michael E. Williamson, Cristina Zenato
  • Directors: Chris Kentis
  • Writers: Chris Kentis
  • Producers: Estelle Lau, Laura Lau
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (447 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064AE0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Open Water (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 8, 2005
Format: DVD
What would you do if you were stranded in the middle of the ocean, with hungry sharks circling? Well, in Open Water, we find out what two people in just that situation might do. The film is starkly realistic and haunting in its depiction of this crisis, and plunges to depths you wouldn't expect in a horror film.

Left behind on a scuba diving trip out in the ocean due to a miscount on the boat, the young couple Daniel (Daniel Travis) and Susan (Blanchard Ryan) find themselves in disbelief that they have actually been left out in the ocean. They were here on vacation after all, and worse yet, they were paying for this! At first they try to rationalize their situation, and tell themselves that of course the boat was coming back to get them. But after a few hours, they start to realize that maybe it isn't, and then they begin to wonder what exactly is going to happen. They're too far from land, and the current is carrying them wherever it pleases, and, oh yeah, there are an increasing number of sharks swirling around in the water beneath them.

Open Water is the brainchild of writer-director Chris Kentis and his producer wife Laura Lau, who filmed it using digital video and unknown actors on a minimal budget over two and a half years. When you see the two actors swimming out there in the water, those are real live sharks swimming out there with them, which only adds to the tension that is created.

Kentis's choice of digital video lends the film a documentary-type feel, which is perfect, because a film such as this is better suited using a realistic style, which makes it seem all the more plausible. The actors do a fine job, in that they act exactly as I could see myself acting in the same situation, and I came away from the film thanking the heavens that I have not been, and hopefully never will be. It's about the worst thing I could imagine: being out in the middle of nowhere and nobody even knows it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Danté on February 28, 2005
Format: DVD
There were two players in the script of Open Water, "Susan & Daniel" They both explored the wonderful worlds of what I like to call God's Greatest Creation; "Open Water Diving" via a tropical Island Vacation. Susan and Daniel venture off with a tour of divers miles away from the coast with your "MOST TYPICAL DIVER GUIDES" and I mean TYPICAL. The plot thickens as what I would assume, the PADI Certified Divers go into the buddy up system (two divers per deployment). Now I don't want to throw in a spoiler so let's just say that you'll always have one "Cocky Tour Diver" amongst the crew that's hungry for salt. The tour guides duty is to oversee that the independent divers are displaying divers ethics and responsibilities.

Now I'm going to pause right there!

I said earlier that the Tour guides were "Most Typical" so That fact alone made this movie a Thriller.

Now being that tour guides are so up on their jobs with an awesome display of a muster report, Susan and Daniel decide to cove off approx 1.5 atmospheres deep as independent as an open water dive could be. Well the "BLEEPING" Boat musters up all divers after a 30 min divers deployment except for guess who.....?

Susan & Daniel both realized during a guage check that time had ellapsed and no other divers were in their goggled view, so they emerged to splash water level and low and behold, the divers tour boat was... (zooma zoom zooming) away from the diver down mark.

Now I've dove with sharks before and it's an adrenaline RUSH! However, I've never spent the night with them.

I love to dive so I loved this movie. There were plenty of factual basis in it. Example: It was hard for the boat to see them because there was an overcast and it made the water rough (wavy).

Overall: Some say You All... Some say Y'all either way This Movie is an experience suspence for all diver geeks.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Everett on February 8, 2005
Format: DVD
I know a lot of people said they were going to give out bad votes to people who said they liked this movie. Well, I was one of the people who liked Open Water. I indeed say I know why a lot of didn't. When purchased by Lion Gate's Films, Open Water was distributed as a big budget movie, and that could probably be the help of the exaggerated posters, but I think it brought in a good thrill here and there especially since I had my own experience with a shark when I was little.

Susan Watkins and Daniel Kintner (Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis) are an overworked couple who are trying to find a good vacation they can both enjoy, and where else is there to go on such an occasion that paradise? And naturally, in paradise, anyone would want to go diving out on the irresistable coral reef, surrounded with beautiful water in the open ocean.

But the unthinkable happens to the two when they are accidentally left out in the middle of the ocean by their incompetent tour boat 15 miles from shore. The two try to keep calm within the first few hours presuming the boat will be back, but soon, sharks begin to encircle, and the weather doesn't look too good for the two either. But even after drifting into 1,000,000 square miles of ocean, the couple soon realizes what they always feared: no one even knows they are missing.

Indeed I think it's a very well done movie and worth owning. A lot of people were dissappointed with Open Water because they didn't know it was going to be shot on digital video and on a low budget. They most likely expected a big budget film. The thing about the movie that made it interesting was that it had only a crew of three people not including the actors.
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