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The Signal [Blu-ray] (2007)

Anessa Ramsey , Justin Welborn , Dan Bush , David Bruckner  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress, Sahr Ngaujah, AJ Bowen
  • Directors: Dan Bush, David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001662FLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Signal [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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This film is the horrific journey toward discovering that the most brutal monster might actually be within each of us. A sci-fi/horror/thriller that imagines a world where everyday anxieties become the catalyst for inhuman terror. All forms of communicati

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Attempt to Adjust Your Set--We Are in Control February 26, 2008
"The Signal" is the work of natural independent filmmakers, and it shows because they focus on actual storytelling instead of unimportant details. You watch it without analyzing anything--you just let the story happen, and you take it for almost everything it's worth. The surprising thing is that it achieves all this despite being a supernatural thriller, a genre notorious for trying to explain everything; here's a story that explains virtually nothing yet still manages to be both understandable and frightening. The basic idea seems unnerving enough, if a little too reminiscent of Stephen King's "Cell": in the fictional city of Terminus (whose very name must be symbolic), a signal sent through television sets on New Year's Eve makes anyone watching it irrational, paranoid, psychotic, and homicidal. This signal, wherever it came from, distorts perceptions of reality and makes the victim see things that aren't there and understand things that make no sense. As a result, people kill each other left and right for no apparent reason. They have The Crazy in their heads.

In the midst of this chaos are three main characters caught in a bizarre love triangle, and this is fitting since the film is divided into three distinct sections, or in this case, transmissions. The first, called "Crazy in Love," introduces us to Mya (Anessa Ramsey) and Ben (Justin Welborn), who are secretly having an affair. Ben awakens in the middle of the night and notices his TV, which he thought had been turned off; not only is it on, the screen shows nothing but patterned white static, as well. Then Mya awakens, and when she realizes what time it is, she hurriedly dresses and heads for home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The three segments were directed by three different people, and the shifting gears are very, very noticeable. The first segment is violent and disturbing without much humor, followed by a second act which becomes broadly (although darkly) comic and then shifts sharply back to disturbing and violent, and the tone of the third segment is back to more or less straight horror/apocalypse.

I thought the uncertainty about who is affected by the Signal and who is not, and the fact that different characters are affected to different degrees, was a very interesting direction and adds a lot of paranoia to an already paranoid situation.

Overall, this had a fresh and creative feel, and was well worth watching. Do watch the extra vignettes that were shot for the DVD, portraying some scenes that occur at other locations in Terminus, not involving the characters of the main film. They are more in the darkly comic vein, particularly the scene with the husband, wife, and children in a minivan.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obviously, the Work of a Diabolical Genius, or Three! February 27, 2008
On New Year's Eve 2007, regular programming has been indefinitely interrupted.

A signal is being transmitted to every TV, cell phone, and radio. This transmission has a powerful effect on anyone who watches it or listens to it. It strips away self-control, plays on your paranoia, and makes even the most brutal of murders appear rational. Three people--a wife, a husband and a lover--all deal with this feral disorder in three, very different ways. This film brilliantly and brutally tells each of their stories. After the various transmissions of The Signal, chaos, murder, and mayhem ensue.

Usually, when you are about to watch a low-budget horror movie, your excited anticipation at watching a new horror flick is very often marred by a bit of dread. Almost invariably, the viewer is going to have to overlook bad acting, stilted dialogue, and clichéd plot twists. Unfortunately, these pitfalls have come to be synonymous with moderately-financed movies. Having said this, now and again, a movie comes along which changes your mind about low-budget filmmaking. The Signal is one such movie, the acting is superb, the writing is innovative and compelling, and the dialogue delivers many a quotable line:

"Do you have `the Crazy?'"
Transmission 1 - Crazy in Love, directed by David Bruckner.
This part of the film tells us the story of Mya, the wife, and her story becomes, by far, the darkest part of the tale. This section is shot in such a way that it has a voyeuristic quality to it. The viewer does not feel as if they are watching a film, but rather, that they are observing Mya, as the initial effects of The Signal are startlingly revealed.

"You're not my husband, you're a homicidal maniac.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Artistically Top Notch June 28, 2013
By lois
This film is insane. It is bizarre, whacky, hilarious, confusing, and emotionally evocative. As one of my favorite film critics says "Once you get past 'What the F***', it's a fun place to be."

If you're in the mood to sit down and watch a standard narrative, you will be disappointed. This film turns conventions on it's head, and in my opinion, very successfully. During the film, you will struggle to find answers, but the fim strategically gives you NONE. That is the point.

This film is more of a thrill ride than a catharsis seeker. Be prepared to abandon everything you know about cinematic storytelling, and absorb this film's fantastic elements that make it so evocative.

You will see great art direction, great cinematography, and FANTASTIC editing.

This film is one of a kind.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Take it From Me, Don't Waste Your Time !!!
One of the worst movies I have ever seen! I'm not sure why Amazon is even promoting under Prime Membership. Just beyond horrible.
Published 6 days ago by Cseanr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 9 days ago by Stoney
1.0 out of 5 stars Have time you need to waste?
Published 15 days ago by Pattyb52
3.0 out of 5 stars There has never been anything like this before
Very strange movie. Original, yes. There has never been anything like this before. Likely, no. No realistic at all. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jackie Garrymore
1.0 out of 5 stars Look for something else to view
Stupid plot, gory beyond end, and a waste of time! Nothing more to say here.
Published 28 days ago by Thomas P. Barrett
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Boring, and makes no sense
Confusing Boring, and makes no sense. They kill each other and the face is full of blood a minute later they wake up with almost no blood.Waste of time
Published 1 month ago by Sebas Lancome
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't look into the TV!!!!! 3.5 Stars.
In the city of Terminus, a mysterious signal is being transmitted through any communications device that is causing people to go crazy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie A. E.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by K. Boyett
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the crazy
Do you have the crazy? Fun ride from start to finish, The Signal throws us in the midst of chaos and the world around our main characters slowly unravels in a horrifying and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Parrotchic
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie was surprisingly well done.
For those who like to think a little about the human condition, this is a surprisingly good movie. The opening seemed a little disconnected from the rest of the movie nevertheless... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eddie
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