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When a spaceship is found 1000 feet below the Pacific Ocean it is carbon dated to be over 400 years old. A crack team of scientists are deployed to the site. They discover how to enter the sphere. Once they come out they hold strange powers of manifestation.
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: R
Release Date: 8-FEB-2005
Media Type: DVD

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From yet another derivative science fiction novel by Michael Crichton comes this equally derivative and flaccid movie, in which three top Hollywood stars struggle to squeeze tension and excitement out of material that doesn't match their talents. You're supposed to find awe and mystery in Crichton's story about a team of scientists and scholars who discover a 300-year-old alien spacecraft deep on the ocean floor, but mostly you feel that this is all much ado about nothing. The exploration team consists of a psychologist (Dustin Hoffman), mathematician (Samuel L. Jackson), biochemist (Sharon Stone), and an astrophysicist (Liev Schreiber), and when they enter the alien ship they discover a mysterious sphere inside. What they don't know is that the sphere has the power to manipulate their thoughts and perceptions, and before long the scientists' undersea habitat is a veritable haunted house of frightening visions and creeping paranoia. Who can be trusted? What is the sphere's purpose, and why is it on the ocean floor? Sphere makes some attempt to answer these questions, but the film is a mess, and it leads to one of the most anticlimactic endings of any science fiction film ever made. There are moments of high intensity and psychological suspense, and the stellar cast works hard to boost the talky screenplay. But it's clear that this was a hurried production (Hoffman and director Barry Levinson made Wag the Dog during an extended production delay), and as a result Sphere looks and feels like a film that wasn't quite ready for the cameras. Though it's by no means a waste of time, it's undeniably disappointing. The special edition DVD includes audio commentary by Hoffman and Jackson and a behind-the-scenes featurette, Shaping the Sphere: The Art of the Special Effects Supervisor, exploring the alien ship's design and creation by special effects technicians. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Documentary "Shaping the Sphere: The Art of the Visual Effects Supervisor" (Video 1.33 : 1, Dolby Digital 2.0)

Product Details

  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote, Liev Schreiber
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Michael Crichton, Kurt Wimmer, Paul Attanasio, Stephen Hauser
  • Producers: Barry Levinson, Andrew Wald, Michael Crichton
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 079073639X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,552 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sphere (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Great Movie with good special effects for the time.
G. Riegert
There just HAS to be a fascinating backstory to what went wrong and if someone would film the backstory, THAT would be a good movie, I'd bet.
D. W WISELY
Crichton's novel was equally confusing, but not as blatantly as the film version.
Michael Butts

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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on August 24, 2002
Format: DVD
The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft. The following civilians are recruited: psychologist Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman), biochemist Dr. Beth Halperin (Sharon Stone), mathematician Dr. Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson), and astrophysicist Dr. Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber). They are the best of best, smart and logical, and the perfect choice to learn more about the spacecraft. But even their intelligence may not be able to comprehend and understand the strange and terrifying events which start to take place after they discover a strange, golden, and perfect sphere on the craft. Things become worse as they are stranded at the bottom of the ocean without any means of escape. That's when they receive the first transmission...
I had heard from my father and sister that "Sphere" was very good and extremely well made so I decided to first check out the reviews on it. I was a little surprised to see such mixed reviews, one half saying how horrible and cheesy it was, while another half was proclaiming how wonderful, exciting, and worth watching it was. So what else was I to do but see for myself what "Sphere" is like? Which I did and I thought it was an excellent film.
I myself have never read Michael Crichton's novel "Sphere" (I guess that's next) so I cannot say whether the movie is true to the book or whether the book was better than the movie or vice versa. But I myself found the story very intriguing, from the mysterious origin of the spacecraft and the sphere to the events which take place in the crew's habitat.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on September 4, 2005
Format: DVD
Sphere is one of the few modern science fiction movies that's not really just another horror movie. As an sf fan, I've been disappointed over and over when a movie advertised as sci-fi, about space or ocean exploration, turns out to be another knock-off of "It The Terror From Beyond Space." (That was fine the first time, when the result was Alien).

--Spoiler Alert--

Sphere does take a turn in the Horror direction, but not far enough to disappoint me. The premise is like "Galaxy Of Terror" under the sea. It's about a team of scientists, including Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson, led by top secret Peter Coyote to investigate a spacecraft found under the ocean. They quickly discover it's a spacecraft from Earth's future, apparently temporally displaced (dis-timed?) to Earth's past - but with a clearly alien artifact on board: The sphere. It seems the sphere enables or causes some of the team to manifest their fears in their undersea base.

However, it remains closer to true sci-fi than pure horror. The ideas have all been done, in classics like Forbidden Planet, where Dr. Morbius manifests the monster from his Id through alien technology, Voyage To The End Of The Universe, Galaxy Of Terror, and even the old pulp story "Time Wants A Skeleton" by Ross Rocklynne, and so on. Here it's all arranged in a well-constructed plot, kept moving with fast action, kept believable by the competent actors. And if you prefer Horror movies like Leviathan, the remake of The Thing, etc., you probably won't be dissapointed either.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2004
Format: DVD
I think it can be pointless to compare the movie to the book, in all cases, because they're two different pieces of work. The movie is "based' off the book almost always; it isn't an exact representation, and how could it be? Reading a book is an entirely different experience than watching a movie. The book is amazing. So is the movie, in my opinion. I thought the cast and the acting was stellar, and I was always enthralled and caught in suspense. I think the ending is beautiful, not anticlimactic. Why does the ending of a science fiction thriller always have to be a huge climax? This is a unique ending that wraps everything up in a very simple way. This will always be one of my favorite movies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam on October 2, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is the first review I've written, because I prefer to keep my opinions to myself in general. However, this film (and specifically the BluRay transfer) is excellent. I've always been a fan of the story, but I forgot how well executed the movie was until I saw it again on BluRay. Excellent video transfer and great sound mixdown really highlight how well-made it is. This is one of a handful of disks I use to show off my home theater setup; and for less than 10 bucks, there's really no reason not to have it in your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
While I do own the Standard DVD version of this film, this review is not a disc to disc comparison and while the film gets 4 stars from me for the movie, my 3 stars relates only to the actual quality of the transfer from Standard Def to its Blu Ray encode. There are already a great many reviews here providing a summary of the plot, opinions on acting,etc. Therefore, this review will only focus upon the actual quality of the transfer of 'Sphere' to Blue Ray.
Keep in mind that the quality of what you see and hear also depends upon the quality of TV monitor you are using and its accompanying home theater processor and speakers. I have a pretty high end, esoteric system and am judging the Blu Ray off of that.

VIDEO QUALITY....
The transfer is certainly clean as I noticed no dirt, artifacts or scratches on the Blu Ray, however, I would bet a paycheck that it was in no way remastered. The film has a somewhat soft and filmic focus with fairly natural coloration and no exaggerations in the saturation. Blacks are deep enough though small details tend to be lacking. It is not a bad transfer, it is just not a whole lot better than the Standard Def version. Mbps rates averaged in the mid to low twenties. 3.1 stars

AUDIO QUALITY....
You can always count on the audio of a film to be given the short shrift of the budget. While a lossless Dolby True HD 5.1 audio is what is used, the audio is primarily steered towards the front audio stage. I also noticed that the audio levels were set fairly low and had to up the volume on my surround processor to a higher level than normal for my system. The rears and surrounds get almost nothing in terms of foley fx. While the music score is spread nicely across a stereo front audio stage, there is nothing encompassing about it.
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