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The Reaping [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba, AnnaSophia Robb, Stephen Rea
  • Directors: Stephen Hopkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Portuguese, French, English, Spanish, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U7169W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,615 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Reaping [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Investigative scholar Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) is a debunker of modern "miracles," bringing scientific light to superstition and fraud. But events in tiny Haven, Louisiana, defy even her expertise. There, the 10 Biblical Plagues seem to be reoccurring. And the more she seeks answers, the more she questions her own beliefs. Two-time Academy Award (R) winner Swank headlines this electrifying Dark Castle Entertainment production that reaps locusts, frogs, a river of blood and more - all to eye-filling, fear-inducing, heart-probing, must-see effect.

Customer Reviews

Great special effects.
Steven E. Romer
When you get to the twist at the end and the credits roll you will say to yourself "oh, please.....is that it"??!!!
S. J. Culbertson
I don't know what exactly ruined this movie.
Rocky

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Nelson on September 15, 2007
Format: DVD
Considering the big critics' reviews of this film (which I almost let dissaude me from seeing it in the theatre), I thought it a very pleasant surprise.

Clearly hiring Swank blew the budget, but fortunately, she was fabulous as always (not just looking, but also acting) and carried the film through the drier parts (of which there were few).

On the other hand, the CGI left much to be desired and as to be expected, there's more than a heaping helpin' of it in this biblical plague flick. I guess it wouldn't be practical to dye an entire swamp red but the blatant phoniness of the water-into-blood scenes greatly diminished the awe effect. And the supernatural hellstorm at the end could've been footage ripped wholesale from My Science Project - cutting edge 20 years ago, but Flintstonic by today's standards. Yet, I didn't much care.

The screenplay was well-written and coherent (something that cannot be said of many recent entries in this genre) and even the now obligatory "twist" ending strengthened rather than detracted from the story.

As defined by my "time-check" count, this film pulled a strong zero. And whenever I can make it through 100 minutes of cinema without so much as glance at the watch, something's gotta be right. Not a fantastic film by most measures, the Reaping is nevertheless an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on April 15, 2008
Format: DVD
A supernatural/otherworldy 'good vs. evil' horror movie in the general vein of The Exorcism of Emily Rose - Unrated (Special Edition)The Exorcist - The Complete Anthology (The Exorcist/ The Exorcist- Unrated/ The Exorcist II: The Heretic/ The Exorcist III/ The Exorcist: The Beginning/ The Exorcist: Dominion), "The Reaping" is an underated film, not as scary as 'Exorcist' or 'Emily Rose' but very good nonetheless, nowhere near as campy as its critics say. Its style moves closer at times to suspense thrillers than other movies of its type, and may open it up to be enjoyed by fans of that kind of movie as well as by horror fans.

Hillary Swank plays a former Christian aid worker turned ardent atheist; teaching at a university she now specializes in 'debunking' miracles and other paranormal phenomena. Having achieved some not in certain academic circles, she's contacted by a man on behalf of a small Southern bayou town where a host of ominous and apparantly supernatural events are taking place. Tensions are running high in the community, and the mayor and his colleagues really want for somebody to come in, find a scientific explanation for everything, and hopefully calm the townspeople down, some of whom are starting to think about taking matters into their own hands. What's happening in this little rural corner appears to be nothing less than the ten Biblical plagues re-occuring, and bearing the blame for this is a little girl who lives off in the swamp with her mother, and is believed by some to be evil incarnate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Vitale on July 24, 2008
Format: DVD
"The Reaping" is for the most part a good supernatural/horror film..... That is until the last 20 minutes of the storyline went completely haywire and the over-the-top special effects & the "End of Days" type theme killed the movie.

The Pros: Hilary Swank does a fine acting job in this film. I also liked the initial theme of "The Reaping", where Swank's character, Katherine Winter, is a LSU theology professor who goes around debunking so called "religious phenomenon" with her partner as there is usually a scientific explanation(s) for the religious phenomenon being reported..... Hence, Swank's character along with the help of her partner are then able to debunk the "religious phenomenon". Then Swank's character along with her partner are called to the small town of Haven to solve a lot of inexplicable "religious phenomenon" that have the townsfolk upset. Just when you think that Swank's character along that of her partner are going to be able to debunk these "religious phenomenon" with scientific evidence, the complete reverse happens and we find that the "religious phenomenon" can not be debunked with scientific evidence.

The Cons: The last 20 minutes of "The Reaping" was bad. As I mentioned above, the storyline goes haywire towards the end and the special effects were way too over-the-top.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emi-Bri on April 9, 2008
Format: DVD
This movie actually suprised me. I wasn't expecting much, but it actually turned out to be really good, with a great story line. I orginally bought this just because I know one of the actors who has a minor part in the movie, but I am glad I bought it. It has a sort of suprise ending and it will keep you interested the whole time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MommaMia VINE VOICE on February 25, 2008
Format: DVD
If you are looking for something other than slasher/SAW like films, then this is for you. The story may seem like some other's you have seen over the years, i.e., Rosemary's Baby, etc...but it's a movie that had us stumped until the end...the reviews may not have been good, but it's quality horror, as far as horror goes. I am sick of gore movies with college age, sex-crazed kids being slashed to death. This, at least, has a decent storyline and a surprise ending. I thought it was well done and worth a watch.
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