Stay Alive - The Director's Cut (Widescreen Edition)
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The blood runs deep in this extended director's cut of STAY ALIVE, the mind-bending thriller about a killer video game. The real world and the game world gruesomely collide when a group of friends play STAY ALIVE, a mysterious underground videogame that kills the gamer whose character dies in play. In a death-defying race against time, the survivors must solve the mystery of the game while desperately trying to stay alive. More spine-chilling gore and action, plus all-new never-before-seen material -- including a new character and subplot -- push this version way over the edge of what could be seen in theaters.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : THV05102600DVD
- Director : William Brent Bell
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : September 19, 2006
- Actors : Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, Jimmi Simpson, Milo Ventimiglia
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Hollywood
- ASIN : B00005JOWW
- Writers : William Brent Bell & Matthew Peterman
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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At his friend's funeral, the main character Hutch (Jon Foster) hooks up with game novice Abigail (Samaire Armstrong). This allows ample opportunity for the other gamers to inform her, and therefore game novice viewers such as myself, of a lot of game technicalities and jargonese. However the strongest and most interesting characters are the irreverent Phineas (Jimmi Simpson) and his feisty sister October (Sophia Bush), and the extremely clued-up, very serious, nervy Swink (Frankie Muniz) who is definitely the gamer friend to have as the horror of their situation unfolds. The acting is effective although some of the characters could be better fleshed out. I especially like the juxtaposition of Samaire Armstrong's innocent wonderment and Jimmi Simpson's irreverent mockery, for example when the group first play Stay Alive. Frankie Muniz plays one of his most likeable characters in Swink, he would also surely get a world record for fastest line delivery? Apparently this is the last movie shot in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. There's a superb atmospheric orchestral music score. Unfortunately no special features apart from optional subtitles.
I really enjoyed this film. Okay it does get a bit silly in places, but I loved the idea of an ancient evil using a piece of modern technology as a portal to return to the physical world. I also liked the way that the game starts to encroach more and more into reality, where death could be facing our protagonists as the Countess regains her power. Its very enjoyable, if a bit silly at times. I thought the cast did well as a whole, with Frankie Muniz the stanout for me as nervous, geeky Swink.
The segments where we see the gamers playing Stay Alive are also very stylish.
A very enjoyable film. 4 out of 5
I was quickly engaged by a film in which these kids must find out why their mates are getting killed,who is killing them,how it is all happening,how to stop it,oh and one more thing they must do...stay alive!