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The Ward [Blu-ray] (2010)

Amber Heard , Lyndsy Fonseca , John Carpenter  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabacker
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052DP1TA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Acclaimed director John Carpenter makes his long awaited return to the screen with a thriller about a young woman in a 1960s mental institution who becomes terrorized by malevolent unseen forces. Kristen, a beautiful but troubled young woman, finds herself bruised, cut, drugged with laughing gas. The other patients in the ward four equally disturbed young women offer no answers, and Kristen quickly realizes things are not as they seem. The air is heavy with secrets, and at night, when the hospital is dark and foreboding, she hears strange and frightening sounds. It appears they are not alone. One-by-one, the other girls begin to disappear and Kristen must find a way out of this hellish place before she, too, becomes a victim. As she struggles to escape, she will uncover a truth far more dangerous and horrifying than anyone could have imagined.

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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth....Carpenter still Rules. July 18, 2011
I'll be short and to the point. The film has gotten a lot of bad press. Even horror "aficionados" have jumped off Carpenter's wagon.... My theory as to why? Well, the movie is a basic psychological thriller in the vein of "who is really crazy and who isn't?" That is the best I can do to explain the story without spoiling it for you. Now, many movie goers have tired of this type of film. Even I must admit that these types of horror/thriller films had run their course about 5 years ago. However, the film is well done! It is a rehash of some of the same psychological thrillers of the recent past but it is executed pretty darn well!

This is a John Carpenter film, no doubt. Many of his trademark motifs are present. The camera penetrates space, going down corridors, etc. Carpenter also handles the female cast well and shot them so well that no angle made them appear less than beautiful. And he even finds new ways to put in the old fashioned "stingers" he has become famous for. Guaranteed to make you jump at least once. The film isn't designed to be a who-done-it or exist as a tricky mind screw ala Shutter Island. If you want a good, atmospheric thriller go no further. Will it change your religion? Nah, but it is worth the purchase.

So, hey. Listen up. If you are a Carpenter fan, buy this DVD. If you are a fan of solid direction, buy this DVD. Honestly, the film is well done. Carpenter's best film since In the Mouth of Madness.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from John Carpenter! July 16, 2011
By Dee J.
The first thing I have to confess is that I THOUGHT I knew how this film would end, but was totally surprised at what I had actually been watching (no, I won't give it away, either!) The acting is first-rate and while there is very little gore, the psychological impact of the flick left me thinking that, "yes, John Carpenter has still got it!"

If you are not a fan of John Carpenter's work, you most likely will be after, "The Ward"! I"m looking forward to getting the DVD for the bonus features, too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It's been a long time coming for John Carpenter's return to directing feature-length films. A decade has come and gone since the beloved director gave us the mixed-bag "Ghost of Mars" and the horror genre hasn't been quite the same without him. Aside from directing a few "episodes" of the ill-fated "Masters of Horror" series and cashing checks from a string of remakes based on his work, ol' JC has remained relatively low-profile, making "The Ward," his proposed comeback film, of significant interest to horror fans everywhere.

Unfortunately, it's that same interest that may seriously hamper any enjoyment one might derive from the film. Let's just get the fact that "The Ward" is no "Halloween" or "The Thing" (heck, it's not even a "Big Trouble in Little China") right out of the way. Entering "The Ward" with any preconceived notions about what a John Carpenter film should be in 2011 will almost undoubtedly end in disappointment. Having said that, the man brings the atmosphere and creepiness in full effect, putting on a slick, polished and tightly-paced show that will likely bring a smile to the faces of unsuspecting audiences. Good enough for you?

Modern-day Scream queen Amber Heard plays Kristen, a troubled young girl who is dumped into an insane asylum after setting a farmhouse ablaze. It's not long before a supernatural force inhabiting the mental ward starts stalking her and the variety of girls she shares a home with. Ultimately, it's up to Kristen to put to rest the demon that plagues the ward as well as herself, which appears to be a rather simple task seeing as how this institution doesn't have jack for security. But hey, it's the 1960s, right?

Heard plays the part well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I certainly didn't suspect such a rookie-like ending from John Carpenter, and I have to say that those final moments take something away from an already somewhat weak storyline leading up to it. Perhaps all those years away from directing feature-length films has left Carpenter a little rusty; even apart from the droll predictability of the ending, The Ward just doesn't strike me as the work of a master director. The film succeeds in drawing you into the story, but you never truly bond with the characters and there is very little in the way of real suspense or horror. Carpenter is seemingly content to keep reaching his hand into the same old bag of tricks that every other Hollywood horror director has relied upon for years and years. The Ward isn't a bad film, but it's certainly a disappointing John Carpenter film - derivative, much too predictable, and far too reliant on scare tactics that stopped being scary in the 1980s.

We don't know much about Kristen (Amber Heard) when she is first brought to North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. She's bruised and battered and wearing nothing but a slip - just the way police found her after she burned down a farmhouse for reasons even she can't explain. Even though she doesn't remember anything before the fire, the whole amnesia thing doesn't seem to bother her a bit, though -- she is far too concerned with escaping from the psych ward. I can't say I blame her, really - what with some spooky and hideous looking girl roaming the halls at night and stealing her blanket from her locked room. On the other hand, the place isn't all that bad for a psych ward, especially given the fact that there are only four other girls in the entire ward, none of whom are the drooling zombie type roaming the less restricted halls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too much fun !
I haven't purchased this yet, but it's in my cart so I can keep up with the price changes to get the best deal. WHY does the price change on this title TEN times a day, or more? Read more
Published 1 month ago by ncmoviefan
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
This directed by John Carpenter? This is possibly one of the worst horror films I have ever seen. The acting isn't bad, but the story was too predictable.
Published 1 month ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie was amazing!
Published 1 month ago by carlos bravo
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time And Money On This
Well I think John Carpenter is losing it. I found it to be more of a comedy than a horror movie. All the women in "the ward" are all beautiful like a model. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Double Feature
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
The movie had me fooled all the way up to the end. See if you an guess the ending. This movie is well worth watching. I even bought it.
Published 3 months ago by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter Returns To Greatness!
A magnificent return to form from John Carpenter, a wholly original story, consistent and creepy tone, with decent performances steer this film into classic territory. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DeLoreanfan1
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected a lot more from one of my favorite directors of all time....
This film is nothing special.

Major studios are afraid of giving John money because of the Ghosts of Mars

financial disaster. Read more
Published 4 months ago by FILMCRITIC1987
4.0 out of 5 stars If only a different ending
A pretty decent horror movie, though I feel like they rushed into the explanation of things. Not necessarily the ending (I’ll get to that in a bit) just what is really going on. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shannon OHare
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Carpenter
Carpenter is one of the most creative, original director's I have came across. I enjoy his films more than Spielberg.
Published 7 months ago by steven reed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ward !
One of the best movies I have seen I a long long time . Your will watch it more than once !
Published 9 months ago by James W. Wood
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Any word on Extras?
Thanks- I was searching here for any extras info.
Oct 17, 2013 by Christopher Ness |  See all 3 posts
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