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The Net (Special Edition) (1995)

Sandra Bullock , Jeremy Northam , Irwin Winkler  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller, Diane Baker, Wendy Gazelle
  • Directors: Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,999 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Net (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • HBO Special: "Inside The Net"
  • Exclusive featurette: "The Net from Script to Screen"

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Bullock Film June 28, 2003
Sandra Bullock stars in THE NET, a suspenseful thriller that will leave you at the edge of your seat. She plays Angela Bennett, a woman who is cut away from reality and the world and works from home as a computer virus detector. She comes across a disk which has a glitch that allows hackers to get into the FBI system. She takes a vacation and has a one night stand, with the man who is after her disk! Soon she finds her identity has been erased, and is forced to take on the identity of Ruth Marx. Soon she discovers this Ruth Marx has a criminal record, and must go on the run to protect herself and try to win back her identity. Dennis Miller plays her ex therapist and lover, who is a bit of a comic relief in the movie. The movie is fraught with mystery and suspense, as the story unfolds you'll find yourself hooked until the very end, when Bullock's character unravels the mystery and regains her life. THE NET is a movie that isn't as well regarded as some of her other hit movies like WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, MISS CONGENIALITY or SPEED, but it fits right among them as one of her best. She plays the part really well, of a woman who is terrified to find out that she has lost her identity. A must watch.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Captivating Movie; One of Sandra's Best December 7, 1999
By Mark
The Net is a great movie. Keep in mind that this movie was made in 1995, which is the Dark Ages of the internet. No, it is not the most technically accurate movie, but it is not suppose to be. It's a movie. One may classify it as sci-fi, and what is GOOD sci-fi... something based on reality, but stretches scientific reality a little and asks "What if this were to happen?"
I think Sandra does a wonderful job in this movie. Within a relatively short period of time, you genuinely feel for Sandra's character and are concerned for her.
This is wonderful movie, with a captivating plot, solid acting, good direction, and is just plan fun to watch.
And by the way, Enemy of the State came out 3-4 years after The Net... and while I liked Enemy, I love The Net. Another good movie in this arena is No Way Out... Check it out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Identity Crisis November 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The Net combines elements of techno paranoidism, action, and reverses the usual gender roles. The result is a little uneven, but still worth watching.
The premise is that an isolated, but brilliant, software engineer (Angela Bennett played by Sandra Bullock) has her identity stolen, when she stumbles across a conspiracy involving trap doors in a software security system used by many federal, state, and private databases.
Although stolen identities are a hot topic in today's issues, the ability to steal someone's identity is proportional to the how isolated an individual may be, and this theft is made easier because Angela's life is very isolated. She works out of her home and communicates primarily over the telephone and internet. There are lots of people who would like to meet her, but she puts them off.
The technological portion of the film that is interesting shows how a person, who depends on computerized output, can be murdered when someone else fools with the data bases. This happens over and over, as the conspiracy attempts to isolate and kill Angela.
The action part of this film involves most of the cliches common to this type of genre. We get the chase in the crowd, on the merry-go-round, in the darken street (several times), on the freeway, at the bridge crossing, on the boat, in the amusement park, and finally on the catwalk. The first couple of times are OK, but after a while it begins to get tired.
Fortunately the film is saved because it reverses the usual gender roles. Like true action heros, no one suddenly appears and SAVES Angela. Everyone she tries to get help from are either killed or isolated. In the end Angela saves herself using the same wits and knowledge that made her a much sought after engineer.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Not exactly designed to be reassuring about computers and technology, the film's premise is that a hacker group has infiltrated the nation's computer systems and is behind major terrorist attacks. Sandra Bullock is excellent as a computer expert who is unwittingly helping the bad guys until she finds out what is going on....and then she's on the run for her life as the terrorists try to get to her before she exposes them. While I think Sandra Bullock is at the top of her form in this one, I think Jeremy Northam hasn't gotten nearly enough credit for his role as Devlin, the romantic stranger/hacker/bad guy. You'll get a kick out of Dennis Miller, too, as Bullock's ex-boyfriend who nearly comes to her rescue. I have only one quibble about this film. If you pay attention to Bullock's mannerisms, you'll notice that there's rarely a scene where she isn't fiddling with or playing with her hair- tucking it behind her ears, pulling it back in a pretend ponytail, brushing a strand off her forehead. What is THAT all about anyway? I felt like saying, "Get a haircut already!"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CYBER SUSPENSE November 22, 2004
THE NET was one of the first movies to parlay our fear of lost identity via the internet, and it is a strong, suspenseful film. Sandra Bullock is excellent as the young woman who finds her whole identity changed, and her life in grave danger. Jeremy Northam departs from his usual good guy roles to play the devilishly evil Jack Devlin, the man after Bullock's disk and life. Dennis Miller does a good job in a supporting role as Bullock's psychoanalyst and former lover. The lovely Diane Baker (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Strait Jacket, Best of Everything) makes a nice cameo as Bullock's mother, suffering from Alzheimer's. Baker's performance is understated and demonstrates why she was such a staple in the 60s studio movies. Mark Isham donates a nice score, and Irwin Winkler's expert direction keeps THE NET moving and involving.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars No one tha likes technology should miss this movie
OK, it is fun to watch Bullock 20 years younger when she was a darling.
I guess she was one of the first super fantasies for geeks, in a movie
that talked about networks,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Suntsu
4.0 out of 5 stars First time user of this movie feature, and love it.
I have to watch this movie for a writing assignment, and this has made it much easier to review with my lap top. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie!
This has been a favorite movie of mine for years. I am so glad I found a copy and bought it.
Published 14 days ago by Donna Halvorson
3.0 out of 5 stars Italian import Blu-ray is not worth buying.
Blu-ray is not really better than the DVD, except for some special features which the DVD does not have. Read more
Published 18 days ago by deewani2
5.0 out of 5 stars Her BEST early movie
The best early Sandra Bullock movie. High suspense and justice does prevail in the end. She does excellent acting in the high suspense and high tech (for its' time) movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with special features
Highly recommended for any Sandra Bullock fan! A real treat for those of us who remember 'dial up' days and the start of the internet as we know it now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Filling up my DVD library - some movies are replacements for all the VHS ones I have as I need to downsize. Love Amazon availability to get older movies
Published 2 months ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Net
Fabulous movie. Regradless of whether or not you are a Sandra Bullock fan, this is classic, wholsome thriller stuff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Copeland
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie for my wife. She is a Bullock fan. Good price. Add this to her collection. Good quality for a replacement for the regular dvd.
Published 2 months ago by arthur
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving, but Sandra Bullock looks hot using 90s technology!
I recently saw this movie for the first time since it came out. Sandra Bullock is a computer specialist who comes across a government conspiracy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Garcia
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