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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 203368027
UPC: 012569829695
UPC 14: 00012569829695
Sales Rank: 2286
Category Keywords: Fantasy  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Film by M. Night Shyamalan.
Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep (Giamatti) rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.Running Time: 109 min.Format: BLU-RAY DISC

"If the ultimate goal is entertainment, then Lady in the Water enthusiastically rises to the task.  Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"...genuine menace and suspense...  Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
"...well made and affectingly acted...  Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Editor's Note
M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, THE VILLAGE) continues his mission to revive the ancient art of storytelling--which he has diagnosed as a dying art--melding aspects of the fantastic with the mundane, and bringing to life a mythology of his own concoction. Paul Giamatti (SIDEWAYS) is Cleveland Heep, the depressed caretaker of an apartment complex in suburban Philadelphia called the Cove--a location from which the film virtually never strays. He tends the homes of a host of loveable eccentrics, including Jeffrey Wright (SYRIANA) as a single dad, Sarita Choudhury (SHE HATE ME) and the director himself as brother-and-sister roommates, Bob Balaban as a cynical film critic, and Cindy Cheung as a college girl Cleveland befriends. When Cleveland is pulled from the pool by a mysterious young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard, THE VILLAGE) after a nasty bump on the head, he quickly discovers her true identity as a narf, one of an ancient race of water beings whose attempts at communication with humans have long ago ceased. As Cleveland attempts to return her to her world, uncovering the intricacies of the story from which she emerged and protecting her from the beasts that seek to thwart her, she helps him and many of the other residents find their true purpose in life, reaffirming the meaning it holds for them. Though the tale borders on overpopulation with many thinly drawn characters, and Shyamalan's own role is overtly reflective of the ego he is so often accused of, the tale manages to stimulate the imagination nonetheless. It achieves this by invoking universally affecting elements of myth and magic, and mesmerizing viewers with stunning photography by Wong Kar-Wai (CHUNGKING EXPRESS) regular Christopher Doyle.

Features

Video Features Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/19/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 82969
Video UPC UPC: 00012569829695
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Lady in the Water - DVD
By: Edward Perkis Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 1/18/2007 11:19 PM
Although expanded to feature-film length, the core story still comes across as something flimsy and half-formed, as though it was being made up on the fly by someone nightly in their daughter's bedroom. Plot holes and barely understood characters are the rule of the day and try as he might, Shyamalan the director can't make a go of what Shyamalan the writer has given him....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bob Balaban
Video Cast Info Bryce Dallas Howard
Video Cast Info Cindy Cheung
Video Cast Info Freddy Rodriguez
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Wright
Video Cast Info Joseph D. Reitman
Video Cast Info Mary Beth Hurt
Video Cast Info Paul Giamatti
Video Cast Info Barbara Tulliver - Editor
Video Cast Info Christopher Doyle - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Video Cast Info M. Night Shyamalan - Director
Video Cast Info M. Night Shyamalan - Writer
Video Cast Info Sam Mercer, et. al. - Producer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"Mr. Shyamalan has a nice way with actors, a fine eye and an actual vision of the world." 07/21/2006 p.E22

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Zooming in, Giamatti and Howard are technically perfect..." 09/01/2006 p.33

Ultimate DVD
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hanks to superb performances, it's pretty engrossing. Howard draws you right in, there's no way not to empathize with Giamatti..." 09/01/2006 p.208

Sight and Sound
"One of Shyamalan's admirable traits is that he never just homages earlier work, but always thoroughly overhauls his sources. There are traces in LADY IN THE WATER of TWILIGHT ZONE writer Rod Serling's tales..." 10/01/2006 p.65

Variety 6 of 10
Although Shyamalan indicates in the storybook-style animated opening sequence that the story is derived from ancient myth, his perplexing creation stimulates a nagging sense that he's simply making it up as he goes along. (This is apparently the case, as the production notes say the idea "began as an impromptu bedtime story for his two young daughters.")...If Shyamalan's earlier works hinged on a clever twist or big surprise (think "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable," and, less successfully, "The Village"), "Lady" telegraphs its intentions from the outset...Tech credits similarly fail to impress, including the fleetingly glimpsed creature effects, which, given the marginal level of suspense, hardly seem to justify a PG-13 rating. - Brian Lowry

San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
"Lady in the Water," written, directed and co-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, has the strengths and weaknesses of a one-man show. The movie is full of creative and imaginative turns, and Shyamalan finds audacious ways to tell his story. The most audacious thing Shyamalan does is that he mainly tells the story, literally, rather than shows it, starting with an animated sequence that lays out the terms of the tale in the first minutes. That a movie so riddled with relentless plot explanation can work as well as this one does comes as a revelation...With his work beginning to seem as insular as the communities he's imagining, Shyamalan really needs to try directing someone else's screenplay. But Shyamalan does inject some humor into "Lady in the Water, which is something new for him. - Mick LaSalle

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