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Sunshine (2007)

Hiroyuki Sanada , Rose Byrne , Danny Boyle  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Paloma Baeza, Mark Strong
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y7U98C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sunshine" on IMDb

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Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Michelle Yeoh star in this sci-fi film from Danny Boyle. Extras included deleted scenes, alternate ending, web production diaries, commentary by Boyle, and more.

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A novel blend of doomsday thriller and meditative science fiction, Danny Boyle's Sunshine imagines a disturbing future in which mankind must re-ignite the sun or face total extinction. A team of scientists and crew members (played by an eclectic cast that includes Cillian Murphy from Boyle's 28 Days Later, The Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, Rose Byrne of TV's Damages, and martial-arts legend Michelle Yeoh) is dispatched to the dying star, but disaster strikes from almost every conceivable angle; as the crew is whittled down by accidents and psychological breaks, the survivors must discover a way to carry out the mission or seal the fate of the world's population. Alternately exciting and pensive, Sunshine's dichotomous tone may throw viewers expecting a special-effects bonanza (though the film's visuals are frequently stunning), but for those who recall such cerebral '70s efforts as Silent Running and Phase IV, Boyle's unusual take will be refreshing and even fascinating. The DVD includes commentaries by Boyle and Dr. Brian Cox, who served as the film's science advisor; Boyle also lends his voice to a brace of deleted scenes, including an alternate ending (which doesn't improve on the one used in the film). Thorough production diaries cover every aspect of the film's execution, from casting to special effects design, while a pair of unrelated short films by Chris Shepherd and Dan Arnold seems to be included only as a gesture of Boyle's appreciation for these directors. --Paul Gaita

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204 of 218 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this film and enjoyed re-watching it with the commentary by Professor Brian Cox, the scientific consultant for the movie.

Those reviewers who are stating that the science is poor (or even "ridiculous") may not have listened to this commentary. There are some errors, which Cox points out, but the overall idea is not impossible, or even so farfetched as to be 'virtually impossible'.

Professor Cox is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in Particle Physics at the University of Manchester who also works on the ATLAS experiment at CERN in Geneva. In his commentary he mentions discussing with other scientists at CERN about the Q-ball hypotheses and relevance to sun-dying and restarting in the movie. (Incidentally, he seems to believe the existence these super-symetrical (or super-stable) objects will be proven (by CERN) within the next 10 years or so.) His problems with science in the movie tend to be some of the smaller issues (for example - the craft orbiting Mercury a few times, rather than just a 'sling-shot' use).

His statement on what the penultimate scene means to him (even if it only occurs in a 'billionth of a second', or in 'the mind') is wonderful, and really impressed upon me the beauty, wonder, and awe many scientists hold for the universe. I think some reviewers only saw this scene in a literal earth-based perception of time and were put-off by it. Again, it's not necessarily meant to be seen that way. (And as mentioned earlier, Professor Cox's comment on its magnificence is inspiring.)

Another criticism reviewers have mentioned was why so many unstable people were picked for these missions.
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147 of 171 people found the following review helpful
By Jeff
Format:Blu-ray
Most underrated film of 2007. And potentially the best Blu-ray disc of 2008.

Ground breaking director Danny Boyle has done it again with sci-fi action-adventure film "Sunshine." It is something you have never seen before. The film takes place in 2057. The sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. The Earth's last hope lies in the hands of the crew on Icarus II. Attempting to fly to the sun and launch a massive nuclear weapon into it to ignite the fading star. Out of the radio contact with Earth, the mission begins to unravel and they find themselves fighting for their lives and the future of us all.
Fans of other Danny Boyle's films will not be disappointed. His fantastic films include; 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Transpotting, The Beach and Shallow Grave. The films delivers in every aspect. Unfortunately, the advertising campaign wasn't very strong for this round of Danny Boyle's film. And "Sunshine" only played in about 4000 screens. I luckily, found this on playing in a theatre near me when it was released in July 2007 and fell in love with it.
Overall "Sunshine" was a great, great, sci-fi film that would be shown to anyone who enjoys a good movie. I wish the advertising campaign would have been better because this is one film that should not be missed.

Film itself: *****

"Sunshine" uses a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 which is a great choice for the Fox Classic. This film has great visuals, mainly scenes in outer space. Without giving too much away, the last 20 minutes of the film are amazingly done and the visuals should be nominated for an Academy Award. The transfer to Blu-ray is very well done. When I saw it in the theatre, I was worried about some of the segments of the film because they are darker and could cause the screen to be grainy.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, heart felt, and outstanding February 10, 2008
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I posted a response to the one and only review of this film. Well, that wasn't good enough, because I left this movie so captivated by it that I was recommending it to friends right and left. To see the first review be so negative, so ethnocentric, so religiously stymied was difficult for me. So here you are, looking at a review written just because I disagree.

How American of me.

The acting was subtle and well balanced, unaffected and natural. The director seemed to understand where to put things, as directing goes, and he worked his cast very well, using the script and the players to a serious advantage so that they all produced an artistic work.

As to the story - this seems to have been written by someone who loves to study people as much as any anthropology major, and who sees the complexity in the enormous spectrum of human nature. We're all the same, but we're really not. That's the fun of Us, and that's the beauty of this film. There are some difficult moments, and if I find a fault here, it's that too much was edited out. The little tiny clues that would help the viewer to fully understand (read: not too much guessing) is only available as an extra on the DVD, and probably won't be found on the unbox version, since they don't sell anything but the movie itself. It's a pity. This film is enriched by the extras on the DVD and should be seen to fully appreciate the film (although not strictly necessary).

So please, take a chance and see this movie. If you're adventurous you'll see a great adventure and won't be disappointed, all the way to the end and further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is different as a Sci-fi not in story ...
This movie is different as a Sci-fi not in story but in pure cinematic quality. I am no expert but when a movie is as engaging as this without the excessive use of violence, sex,... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kevin Mock
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sci-fi movies out there to date
One of the best sci-fi movies out there to date. Every aspect of this movie seemed like a real probability especially the mission to the sun itself. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Cbad Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie though
Does anyone know how to turn off the picture in picture commentary? The disc will not let me switch this to off. Can't watch the movie because it keeps interrupting it! Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jessibel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Love this sort of psychological thriller. GREAT effects!
Published 20 days ago by Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies. Probably close to best sci fi ever made
Published 22 days ago by Jason Rumbaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film showing the realities of space and the struggle ...
The first half of the movie deserves a 5 star rating, but the second half a 3 star. I averaged that to a 4 star overall. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Koveh Tavakkol
2.0 out of 5 stars last chance mission to save humanity -A non-stop string of poor...
I am stripping this movie of its Sci-fi status and declaring it 100% Thriller/Horror. One star for a sci-fi and maybe three if you are expecting a thriller/horror, so I'll let it... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kevin
2.0 out of 5 stars laughable
Putting aside the questionable science (and yes, it is questionable, despite what the 'consultant' for the film may have said in the commentary), this film simply sucks. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill the Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Kickstarting a Nuclear Furnace 300 000X the Volume of Earth
Space is so damn spacious, and yet there are so few truly great semi-realistic SF films. 'Sunshine' is one of them, and in my opinion, one of the very best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Corey Lidster
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless sci-fi
This is great sci-fi here, in the vein of the original Alien movie. A crew of very believable, very human characters setting off on a mission, plunging themselves into a deep... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Binky Chottorrhœhia
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Why the hell did they combine the reviews?
I agree. I can see why they might do something like that--when a movie has no Blu-Ray-specific reviews, it can be nice to at least read a review about the CONTENT of the movie. But they should be in a separate section clearly labeled "reviews of other versions"--especially when you... Read More
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PIP on Sunshine BD
I'm having the same issue with the Sunshine BD I got from Netflix. This feature is called "A Brilliant Vision" and it plays by default every time I start the movie, and I can't select the option to turn it off. I have a Sony BDP-BX57 player with the latest update.
Jul 13, 2010 by D. Biesiadzinski |  See all 88 posts
Will Amazon Say When They Have The Fixed SUNSHINE discs?
The one I ordered on December 15, 2011 ends with "82."
May 22, 2012 by J. Ferguson |  See all 3 posts
Great Movie, but where is the soundtrack?
i can't wait for the soundtrack. the music is so amazing.
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