Sphere (Blu-ray) PG-13

A thousand feet beneath the sea, the blackest holes are in the mind...
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 8, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) English

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 58,496
Ultimately, the explanation we've been waiting for turns out to be just that: an explanation. Full Review
Washington Post
Jan 8, 2018
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Given its situational premise -- outer space goes underwater -- Sphere is filled with visual potential, yet Levinson can't tap it. He's just a whole lot more comfortable trying to tame the human software than the technical hardware. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Apr 12, 2002
Rating: 2/4 -- Packaged as a smart psychological drama, it gradually dissolves into a badly edited action thriller, albeit one obscured by a cast of top notch talent.
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Rating: 1/10 -- Word 'pointless' is the one that should be attributed to this whole film, one of the worst to come from Hollywood in past decade and one that would test patience and temper of the audience like few others.
rec.arts.movies.reviews
Feb 2, 2004
An empty shell.
Variety
Aug 5, 2008
...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...
Box Office
Apr 1, 1998
Rating: 2/4 -- The central idea for Sphere is an intriguing one, but similar concepts have been much better executed on episodes of Star Trek, which makes one wonder why movie writing is allowed to be so bad. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Product Description:

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.

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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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  • UPC: 883929064380
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