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Joanna mills, a travelling businesswoman, begins having nightmares of a murder that occurred 15 years ago. Soon she is drawn to an old farmhouse, where the murder took place.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 203936275
UPC 025192867620
UPC 14 00025192867620
Format DVD
Release Date 2/27/2007
Rating Rating
Keywords
Supernatural
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note In 2001 British director Asif Kapadia's debut feature, THE WARRIOR, a lyrical, beautiful movie set in the Himalayas, was named Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards. For his second film, Kapadia headed to Hollywood for the suspenseful horror flick THE RETURN, written by first-time screenwriter Adam Sussman. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Joanna Mills, an aggressive young woman who works as a successful saleswoman in the trucking industry. She pushes hard to go after a big deal in Texas, even though she had previously deemed the state off limits--something that happened to her when she was a little girl has kept her away from her hometown for many years. Filled with fear, trepidation, and determination, she goes back to Texas, even visiting her estranged father (Sam Shepard). As she sees familiar places, she has frightening flashes of deja vu, remembering bits and pieces of a tragic incident involving an ex-con (Peter O'Brien), an unseen man, and a bad traffic accident. The visions haunt her dreams, sending her back to her childhood (where she's played by Darrian McClanahan). Reunited with an old friend (Kate Beahan), Joanna tries to move forward, but her unfinished past keeps dragging her back. Kapadia keeps things at a slow, suspenseful pace, every scene adding another piece of the plot--as well as a touch more mystery. Gellar, who has also starred in such horror films as THE GRUDGE, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, and SCREAM 2, plays Joanna with an involving sense of dread that is echoed by Dario Marianelli's score.
Directors
Asif Kapadia
Actors
Sam Shepard
Darrian McClanahan
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Cast & Crew
Aaron Ryder - Producer
Adam Scott - Actor
Adam Sussman - Writer
Asif Kapadia - Director
Claire Simpson - Editor
Dario Marianelli - Original Music By
Jeff Knipp - Art Director
Kate Beahan - Actor
Marc D. Evans - Executive Producer
Roman Osin - Cinematographer
Sam Shepard - Actor
Sarah Michelle Gellar - Actor
Steve Joyner - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 62028676
UPC 00025192867620
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 86 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review Sarah Michelle Gellar finds herself experiencing visions related to another woman's unsolved murder years earlier in supernatural drama "The Return." Time-killer chiller reps an undistinguished U.S. debut for U.K. helmer Asif Kapadia, though the undernourished script may be most at fault. Forgettable PG-13 pic will particularly strike fans of harder-edged recent horror pix as much ado about not much...With its bleak settings and drained color palette, "The Return" is more self-consciously somber than the script's logic gaps, uninspired character writing and general familiarity can justify...Aussie TV star O'Brien has presence, though the pic doesn't do much with it (and doesn't bother changing his character's appearance at all for 15-years-earlier flashbacks).
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Reviewer Dennis Harvey
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Asif Kapadia's The Return is a visually sumptuous but emotionally stillborn thriller that may be a bit too modest for its own good. It's the kind of film that would have worked well as the bottom half of a double bill in the 1940s - the story is slight but intriguing, and though the movie doesn't make much sense, it has style to burn and a few truly scary moments. Unfortunately, the concept of the B-theatrical feature has been more or less dead for over 50 years now, and The Return feels anticlimactic in the age of more ambitious recent horror releases like The Descent and Hostel...subtlety isn't always a virtue in a thriller, and Kapadia's low-key approach gives way to lethargy in the movie's final third.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Shepard,Sam
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter ...emphasis on subtle atmospherics rather than cheap scares...
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club ...haunting...the violence of the past bleeds into the present.
Kyle Smith, New York Post The minimalist style keeps the suspense warm.

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