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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

 (aka "Tentacle")

Directed by Stephen Sommers
U
SA 1998

 

Buckle up for edge-of-your-seat excitement with the explosive hit Deep Rising! A band of ruthless hijackers seize the most luxurious cruise in the world only to find that all the passengers have mysteriously disappeared, but they are not alone. Something terrifying is lurking just out of sight – behind every deck and passageway: a deadly force from the unexplored depths of the ocean that begins to snatch the horrified intruders one by one. Treat Williams (Prince of the City) and sexy Famke Janssen (X-Men trilogy) lead a group of survivors who must overcome incredible odds in their breathtaking battle to escape the doomed ship alive. Written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) and featuring a stellar cast that includes Anthony Heald (The Silence of the Lambs), Kevin J. O’Connor (Color of Night), Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans), Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard) and Djimon Hounsou (Amistad).

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Stephen Somers wrote and directed this $50 million science-fiction action-thriller. Set in the South China Sea, the story has been described as a cross between The Poseidon Adventure, Alien, and Die Hard. On the maiden voyage of the luxury liner Argonautica, pickpocket Trillian (Famke Janssen) is caught stealing jewels and locked up. After the ship's communication system is infected with a virus, the ship collides with a massive underwater object. When John Finnegan (Treat Williams) and others board the Argonautica, they are surrounded by death. Survivors Trillian, builder Simon Canton (Anthony Heald), and others talk of sea monsters, but Hanover (Wes Studi) doesn't believe them -- until the fanged, squid-like creature (designed by Rob Bottin) extends its huge tentacles and makes its presence known to all. Filmed in Vancouver and the northern Pacific under the working title Tentacles.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 30th, 1998

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Review: Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Also available in a Blu-ray 2-pack from Mill Creek, in 2012

  

Distribution Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:46:21.875     
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-rays

Disc Size: 42,607,685,471 bytes

Feature: 31,923,443,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.58 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2402 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2402 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1580 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1580 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino Lorber

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-rays

Disc Size: 42,607,685,471 bytes

Feature: 31,923,443,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.58 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Director Stephen Sommers and Editor Bob Ducsay
• Interview with actor Wes Studi (8:23)
• Interview with actor Kevin O'Connor (14:17)
• Interview with actor Anthony Heald (13:16)
• Interview with second unit director Dean Cundey -Interview with VFX John Berton (ILM) (11:48)
• Interview with VFX Van Ling (Banned from the Ranch Entertainment) (16:50)
• Interview with Brad Proctor (SFX/Make-Up) + Doug Morrow (SFX/Make-Up) (9:25)
• Interview with Cinematographer Howard Atherton (14:05)

• Animatic Final Sequence (7:43)
• ILM Behind-the-Scenes Extras (Animatic Sequence/Creature1 (18:59), 2 (3:45)/DR Tests (2:04) /Breakdown (2:24)/ Mason (3:28)

• Animated Gallery

• Trailer (1:25), Puppet Master Trailer (1:45),  Rawhead Rex Trailer (1:05)
• Newly Commissioned Art by Jacob Phillips
• Reversible Blu-ray Art
• Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase


Blu-ray Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Kino have brought the late 90's science-fiction horror Deep Rising to a stacked 'Anniversary' Blu-ray edition - an inferior package was released in 2012 by Millcreek in a two-pack with The Puppet Masters HERE. The Kino is on a dual-layered disc with a very high bitrate. It looks very consistent - has some inherent softness and the creature effects are more transparent by today's standards being made in the formative years of digital F/X, but colors look true, and the film's very dark interiors are strong without noise or artifacts. It is in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and detail in the film's frequent close-ups looks very pleasing. Thumbs up to the image quality.

Kino Lorber provide the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround or a 2.0 channel (both 16-bit) tracks in the original English language. The film is rife with effects and the surround exports some decent separation and impacting depth. The score is by the great Jerry Goldsmith (The Illustrated Man, Breakout, The Mephisto Waltz, Seconds, Hoosiers, The Blue Max, Breakheart Pass, The Omen) and it sounds impressive in the lossless adding to the film's building tension and ever-present suspense present in the second half of the film. Kino Lorber add optional English subtitles (see sample below) on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Kino don't scrimp on the supplements starting with an audio commentary by director Stephen Sommers and editor Bob Ducsay who discuss making a 'monster movie', other cruise ship films made at the same time, and the extensive effects among other topics. It certainly has value and the participants are laid-back and informative. There are many new interviews, done by Kino, including 9-minutes with with actors Wes Studi, 1/4 hour with Kevin O'Connor and 13-minutes with Anthony Heald as well as almost a dozen minutes with second unit director Dean Cundey, VFX John Berton, VFX Van Ling, Brad Proctor (SFX/Make-Up) + Doug Morrow (SFX/Make-Up) plus cinematographer Howard Atherton covering all their expertise in creating the final product. There are a handful of Animatic sequences showing the final, 2 on the creature etc., an animated gallery as well as trailers. The package has newly commissioned Art by Jacob Phillips on the cover as well as reversible art and as a limited edition has O-card slipcase.

Deep Rising is an exhausting ride that carries a fever pace through a darn effective horror. It has a super setting on an ocean liner and doesn't let up with the heavy gore and effects. It has some creature-feature conventions with rare clear views of the always attacking beast. The Kino
Blu-ray has plenty of value with a strong a/v and extensive extras including hours of interviews and the filmmaker's commentary. Absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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Also available in a Blu-ray 2-pack from Mill Creek, in 2012

  

Distribution Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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