Deep Blue Sea: Special Edition

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

When searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a team of doctors and scientists decide to experiment with Earth’s oldest living creature–a shark! Now when I say ‘the oldest living creature’ I don’t mean a shark living today is 65 million years old, but the species rather. As part of a new experiment, they have injected protiens or enzymes inside a shark (actually three) that produces a substance that could eventually become a cure for Alzheimer’s. That’s the basica premise behind Renny Harlin’s new action movie, Deep Blue Sea.

Now all that stuff that was mentioned above, that’s true. That is what the movie is about, but what audiences wanted to see and what we all want to see is a modern day Jaws. I mean come on, how can anyone ever make a movie about a shark(s) without being compared to the grandaddy of them all? Deep Blue Sea has what has become the staple of the last twenty years…put a group of people stuck in some impossible situation, pit them against some incredible foe and there ya go (Alien, Aliens, The Abyss…). Now while the content of the movies differ, the plot is basically the same.

Where Deep Blue Sea differs from the others is that very unexpected things happen. Harlin has a way of creating this tension, and I have to admit that even I jumped out of my seat a few times (even though I knew what was going to happen). With a few stars in it’s cast, LL Cool J (yes!), Samuel L. Jackson (who takes part in the commentary as well) and Michael Rappaport headline this late Summer movie. I’ll tell you that only one of those big name stars makes it out alive (but not who).

So if it’s action and thrills you’re after, look no further than Deep Blue Sea. The plot is simple enough that even I could follow it, the adrenaline pumps throughout and it’s one I recommend.

Video: How does it look?

Warner keeps pumping out these movies with transfers that make you think you’re looking into a mirror. The movie is presented in 16:9 widescreen only with a decent layer switch (right before a star gets it). The colors are bright and vivid, or at least as bright and vivid as greys and blues can be, but no visible artifacting at all. Nice job!

Audio: How does it sound?

Second to none, split surround channels are used almost constantly and there’s an explosion scene that seems to go on forever. The bass kicks in in the first scene and doesn’t end until the final credits. One of the better soundtracks that I ‘ve heard.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Deep Blue Sea is seemingly a bottomoless trench (get it) of extras as well. Aside from a director’s commentary, which is always nice, there are production notes and cast bios (though not of the whole cast, where’s LL Cool J’s man), some deleted scenes with commentary, two featurettes: “When Sharks Attack” and “The Sharks of the Deep Blue Sea”. Also included are a stills photo gallery and a trailer. All this for $20! If you’re looking for a great addition to your DVD Collection, this may be it.

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