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Edge of Your Seat Collection (Kiss the Girls / Along Came a Spider / Double Jeopardy)

4.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Kiss the Girls
Coming after The Silence of the Lambs and Seven, this thriller about a collaboration between two serial killers feels like a pale attempt to cash in on the success of those earlier, better films. That's a pity, because this film certainly has its strengths--particularly in the central performances of Morgan Freeman as a forensic detective and Ashley Judd as a would-be victim who escaped from one of the killers. Director Gary Fleder demonstrates visual flair and maintains an involving undercurrent of tension, but as this adaptation of James Patterson's novel approaches its climax, familiar elements combine to form a chronic case of thriller déjà vu. It's altogether competent filmmaking in the service of a moribund story of competing psychopaths, and by the time the serial killers reach the home stretch of their twisted contest, the movie's dangerously close to Freddy Kruger territory, with a finale that could've been borrowed from any dozen similar thrillers. --Jeff Shannon

Along Came a Spider
After an obligatory prologue in which its detective hero suffers a tragic professional setback, Along Came a Spider sets about its business of luring the viewer into its nefarious plot, relying on the magician's technique of misdirection to reveal a double-whammy surprise. The clever, late-coming plot twist is a bit too mechanical but effectively unexpected, making this a satisfying prequel to the hit thriller Kiss the Girls--based on the first of James Patterson's Alex Cross detective novels--and a welcomed addition to a promising movie franchise. It's no better or worse than a good vintage episode of Peter Falk's Columbo, adhering closely to the mystery-thriller's time-honored traditions, but with Morgan Freeman settling comfortably into his role as seasoned sleuth Alex Cross, familiar formula is given fresh vitality.

When a senator's daughter is kidnapped from her high-security private school, the kidnapper (nicely played by the underrated Michael Wincott) draws Cross into the case, knowing that the psychologist-detective's involvement will bring high-profile publicity. Cross partners with the Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) who botched her assignment, but wait... the movie's got a rabbit in its hat... and that rabbit has an ace up its sleeve... and director Lee Tamahori (who brought similar intensity to The Edge) handles the sleight-of-hand with slick precision, dispensing just enough information to keep the viewer off guard without resorting to cheap manipulation. Don't look for much depth of character here, but Along Came a Spider is well served by everyone involved. It's the movie equivalent of a bestseller you'd impulsively buy at the grocery-store checkout, and on those terms it succeeds. --Jeff Shannon

Double Jeopardy
Young Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd) is happy as a clam, and why not? She's got a loving, successful husband (Bruce Greenwood), an adorable son, and an island home to die for. One morning, after a romantic sailing expedition with her husband, Libby finds herself covered in blood. Her husband's missing, the boat resembles a murder scene, and there's a knife on the deck. One might stop right there and call for help; Libby, however, takes matters--or, more specifically, the knife--into her own hands, and the moment she does, there's the Coast Guard. Faster than you can say frame-up, Libby's been charged with murder and jailed, with her young son stripped from her custody. It's all cut-and-dried, except for one thing: Libby's husband isn't dead, and she's about to track him down. And thanks to the Fifth Amendment's double jeopardy rule, she can't be charged twice for his murder.

Double Jeopardy has a singularly seductive revenge premise and, in Judd, one of the most seductive leading ladies to grace the silver screen in recent years. So then why does this thriller feel like it came from the bottom of the Lifetime television movie barrel? Instead of taking a gritty, hard-boiled approach, the film plays up all of Libby's mushy emotions--tellingly, the director here is Bruce Beresford, whose best film, Driving Miss Daisy, is as far from thriller territory as you can get. No matter how stoically or deviously Judd plays her, Libby comes across as a soccer mom with a slight taste for blood. Only in a few scenes, specifically when she tracks her wily husband to his new identity in New Orleans, does Judd get to strut her stuff, stealing an evening gown and crashing his charity auction. Most of the time, though, this thriller offers only a smattering of suspense. Well, at least like Libby, the filmmakers can't be condemned twice for the same crime. With Tommy Lee Jones duplicating his Fugitive role, as Libby's conscientious parole officer. --Mark Englehart


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Product Details

  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Michael Wincott, Monica Potter
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford, Gary Fleder, Lee Tamahori
  • Writers: David Klass, David Weisberg, Douglas Cook, James Patterson, Marc Moss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBLSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Edge of Your Seat Collection (Kiss the Girls / Along Came a Spider / Double Jeopardy)" on IMDb

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Money well spent. Even though I already owned all three I bought this to reduce the number of DVD cases on my shelves. All three movies are exceptional thrillers. "Kiss the Girls" involves women being kidnapped and tortured or killed and the attempt to find them by Forensic Detective Alex Cross played by Morgan Freeman once the victim played by Ashley Judd escapes. "Along Came a Spider" is about a young school girl being kidnapped and the investigation by Morgan Freeman that as Retired detective/Author Dr. Alex Cross follows it. It is a pretty good story that will keep you guessing who is involved. "Double Jeopardy" is about a woman played by Ashley Judd accused of killing her husband and going to prison and after she is out she finds he is alive, so she plots her revenge. Tommy Lee Jones plays her parole officer. I highly recommend this set. Good Quality DVDs with one normal size DVD case. Plenty of replayability. If you enjoyed these catch "Bone Collector", "Murder of Crows", and "Shoot to Kill". - C. Luster
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By DP on February 6, 2010
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A great value for the $. 3 movies for the price of 1. How can you beat that?
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By M. Nunn on November 1, 2007
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I bought this to add to my Morgan Freeman Collection. One of the great Hollywood actors who always entertains. This is a nice group with some good co-stars.
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This is a great collection to group together, and each movie is A+. Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman are at their usual best. This set features a repackaging of the original individual releases in thinpak format. For collectors, individual case artwork is the original release versions, again, just in a thinkpak format. The new photoshop images are only for the outer box slipcase pictured here. If you like bad movies, this is not the set for you.
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I love James patterson books, so I knew I would enjoy his suspense in these movies. They are not for the faint hearted, that's for sure, but they met and exceeded my expectations. I like it when the good guy wins.
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I've really enjoyed these movies. I was a little hesitant, because I usually hate watching movies after I've read the book, but these were really good! Highly entertaining! I would highly recommend!
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The service was fast, the dvd's were in excellent condition, and the two movies we viewed
"Kiss the Girls ",and "Along Came a Spider" were the greatest movies we saw in a long time.
Well worth the money we paid for all three.
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love the Alex Cross story lines Morgan Freeman fills the bill as the detective cross and Ashley Judd always plays a vulnerable but empowered woman due to the circumstances she's in to over come...need more movies with storylines that depict a strong female lead character...a positive role model fro younger women is so desperately needed on the big screen
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