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The Messengers [Blu-ray] (2007)

Dylan McDermott , Penelope Ann Miller , Danny Pang , Oxide Pang Chun  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Kristen Stewart, John Corbett, Evan Turner
  • Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
  • Writers: Mark Wheaton, Todd Farmer
  • Producers: Andrew Pfeffer, J.R. Young, Jason Shuman, Jim Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (PCM)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OVLBJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Messengers [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Desperate for a fresh start after a tough two years in Chicago, the Solomon family retreats to a desolate sunflower farm in North Dakota. But the calm of farm life is shattered when 16-year-old Jess (Kristen Stewart) and her 3-year-old brother Ben begin to see nightmarish apparitions throughout their new home -- visions that nobody else can see. As the visions grow darker, they become fear-inspiring experiences and Jess' parents (Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller) start to question their daughter's sanity. Now, Jess must find a way to save her family and win

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Most people have probably heard of the idea that babies and young children can see and hear things that older people can't, or have lost the ability to. That a baby in a crib gurgling and laughing at the ceiling, for example, is actually talking to a spirit there. It's a fascinating premise, whose application to a horror movie is a stroke of genius.

In "The Messengers" a family moves into an old farmhouse where something very bad once happened. Only Ben, the little toddler of the family, can see the supernatural prescences in the house, and he appears more delighted with them than afraid. When his teenage sister Jess also starts encountering unusual occurences - this time of an apparantly non-benevolent nature - she also begins noticing Ben's unusual behavior as well and realizes that he too is experiencing something out of the ordinary; the hard part after that is getting anybody else to take her seriously. The movie utilizes much more atmosphere than action, and the cast has to carry off a lot the show by reacting to very subtle (Most of the time), slow-paced, occurences, in a way that makes it feel real and frightening. The actors and actresses were well picked for their parts, and Kristen Stewart as Jess and twins Evan and Theodore Turner as Ben, playing the characters who experience most of the strangeness in the movie's early, slower-going, parts, are especially impressive. All the production values necessary to make this kind of atmosphere work - the light and shadows, the subtle use of sounds, the camerawork, etc. - are all handled very well too.

In the last one third or so of the movie, as things start to speed up and secrets come to light, I guess you could say that there were too broad directions it could have gone in, that it had to choose from.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw it.....Made Me Jump At Least 10 Times!!!!!!! February 11, 2007
A Kid's Review
I saw this movie yesterday at the movies. I thought it was going to be really scary, but it wasn't too bad. There are just some parts that sort of sneek up on you, and may scare you a little, or a lot. It made me jump at those parts at least 10 times,I would guess. This movie did not leave me scared after and I did not have nightmares or anything like that. It just scared me while I was watching it. When the camera gets upi close with the "messengers", That is one part that always made me jump, and it gave me a case of the chills!!!! I know that it is rated pg-13, but I am 13 and I think that if a kid was mature, they could probably watch it at 11 years, unless they get scared easily. I would reccomend this to anyone 12 and over who does not scare easily. I loved this movie, and I'm getting it on DVD when it comes out!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An amalgam of elements from several better movies August 5, 2007
Format:DVD
Nothing adds up in this movie. It's easy to get excited if you watch the extras feature first and hear all the talk about the unique vision the Pang Brothers bring to 'The Messengers.' But, in fact, this movie looks like all the other recent PG-13 horror offerings, designed to bring in maximum money in the first 3 days of release. There are the dutiful copies of scenes from earlier, better Japanese horror movies (you know, the crawly thing on the ceiling that is filmed in black and white while the rest of the scene is in color ... maybe a jerkily crawling little boy or girl, on the ceiling or on the floor or coming down the stairs. You've seen them in The Ring and The Grudge). There are crows that attack the main characters like something out of Hitchcock ... impressive, but it means nothing. In the end, 'The Messengers' is about a guy who killed his family and is about to kill another one. The little crawly Ring/Grudge monsters add nothing to what is basically a stranger-in-the-house scenario. The ghosts don't even communicate with the world of the living ala The Others or The Changeling. They are there simply to provide a kind of cheap scare in an otherwise very ordinary thriller. There really is nothing unique in this movie that you haven't seen in countless other movies that actually make sense. A great haunted house movie is 'The Others' (or its ancestor 'The Changeling'). A great nature run amok movie is 'The Birds.' A great stranger-in-the-house movie is 'Halloween.' A great family drama is 'Kramer vs Kramer.' Each one provides a truly unique vision, and each ones add up to more than the sum of their parts. Sadly, 'The Messengers' does none of these things.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars House of 1,000 Cliches February 2, 2007
Chances are you've seen a movie like "The Messengers" before; it's a ghost story that makes use of a cinematic setting I call The House that Something Bad Happened In. A few years after this Something Bad happens, spirits make their presence known to the new family that has moved in. If I hadn't already mentioned the title, you might have thought I was just describing the plot of about a dozen other Haunted House films. Unfortunately, you'd be right; "The Messengers" is a completely unoriginal film, recycling every ghost story cliche imaginable. We have the dilapidated, deserted house that has just been sold. We have the long, drawn out shots of characters walking down dark hallways. We have the pop out scares (boy, do we ever). We have ghosts that are sending a warning. And yes, we have the back-story of a murdered family.

But despite the fact that I'm not recommending it, I can't call it a bad movie. This is because, stylistically speaking, it gets everything right. The moments encased in darkness are effectively tense, first by building on and then confirming what we think is going to happen (after a false alarm, of course). The scenes featuring the ghosts only have quick shots, showing enough to be frightening while at the same time keeping their appearances low key. And of course there's the musical score, appropriately combining an eerie children's choir, screeching violin solos, and deep brass undertones. Joseph LoDuca's music for "The Messengers" is a cross between Danny Elfman's scores for "The Frighteners" and "Sleepy Hollow," something that initially bothered me until I realized that such films always use the same musical motifs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie with a good cast
Very good movie with a good cast. Written and acted well. Cool story line, especially if you like trying to figure out scary movies. Not cheesy at all. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it. perfect!! thank you :)
Published 17 days ago by rachel summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good scary movie.
Published 17 days ago by Sandy Cardwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OKAY
Published 25 days ago by ERNEST THOMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great suspense!
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Natural with kids
If looking for a Kristen Stewart film this pre-Twlight days, the story it's pretty basic and if you're looking for a family dynamic this is it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kate Joyner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife loves this movie! Thanks!
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Ramirez
1.0 out of 5 stars incoherent junk
I love a good supernatural yarn, especially when it has some thought and mystery behind it. Alas, this film is just slapdash, throwing elements together that make little sense, so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert J. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok....thx
Published 2 months ago by Suzy E Van Hien-Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average boring scary movie
If you like Hitchcock style movies with a little S. Kings' The Shining and some Grudge thrown in then I guess you'll like this one also. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leon P.
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