Sphere

Sphere
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: Behind-the-Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Dustin Hoffman - Star, Samuel L. Jackson - Star
    • Trailers:
      1. Original Theatrical Trailer
      2. TV spots (3)

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Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 04/01/1998
"...Fresh....Witty...and packed with possibilities..."
New York Times - 02/13/1998
"...Acted in a no-nonsense style by a stellar cast....Mr.Hoffman's cool authority is well used here, as are Mr. Jackson's muscular intensity and discreetly mocking air..."
Box Office - 04/01/1998
"...The set-up is intriguing....Levinson keeps the action moving at a fast clip....The film also benefits from its eerie deep-sea setting and some smashing special effects..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

When a spaceship is found 1000 feet below the Pacific Ocean it is carbon dated to be over 400 years old. A crack team of scientists are deployed to the site. They discover how to enter the sphere. Once they come out they hold strange powers of manifestation. Based on a novel by Michael Chrichton.

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When psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) wrote a report for the government on how to deal with extraterrestrial life forces, he didn't expect his recommendations to be used. Now that a secret government agency is investigating what may be an alien spaceship that has been discovered partially buried on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, Norman finds that the plan he outlined is being put into effect and that the team he named in his report has been assembled. In addition to Norman, there is Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson), a mathematician; Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber), a physicist; and Beth Halperin (Sharon Stone), a biochemist and Norman's old flame. Led by the secretive Barnes (Peter Coyote), the foursome undergoes a crash course in diving and living under the sea in a naval habitat and begins investigating the mysterious vessel, discovering a huge glowing sphere made of an unidentifiable substance with a shimmering, almost liquidlike surface. As the investigation continues, a series of strange, horrific events leads the team of scientists to doubt each other's sanity and motives. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Based On A Novel | High Seas | Mystery | Science-Fiction | Spaceships | Theatrical Release | Thriller | Undersea

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: February 13, 1998.
  • Filmed at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA, and San Francisco, CA.
  • Director Barry Levinson had previously collaborated with novelist Michael Crichton on DISCLOSURE.
  • Levinson had been interested in directing a science film for years and was drawn to Crichton's story because it reflected many of the themes prevalent in Levinson's other films, such as betrayal, friendship, and loyalty.
  • SPHERE marks Levinson's fourth film with actor Dustin Hoffman, who also appeared in RAIN MAN, SLEEPERS, and WAG THE DOG.

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  • Sales Rank: 21,812
  • UPC: 085391533122
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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