Sahara (Blu-ray)

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Better than Expected

on 5/18/2012

"Sahara" had less than a stellar turn out at the box office upon its initial release and I happened to let it slip by my radar at the time. I had read the novel upon which the film was based and thought it stupid but fun and I expected the film to be about the same but with more emphasis on the former than the latter. Well I was a bit wrong on that score. Sure, "Sahara" isn't going to win awards for smarts but hey this is an action adventure film and it doesen't pretend to be anything but that. Fortunately thats what makes this film stand out from a lot of others of its kind. Its concerned only with providing good old fashioned actioneer fun; nothing more and nothing less and it succeeds quite well with those simple ambitions. All in all "Sahara" is great old fashioned escapist entertainment and is not meant to be taken too seriously. So, my recommendation is to pop some popcorn and put this disc in for an evening of solid action entertainment. Read More

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Product Overview

Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer (Matthew McConaughey) and his wisecracking buddy (Steve Zahn). But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor (Penelope Cruz), they find themselves on the ultimate treasure hunt. Soon the three are in for the ride of their lives as they cross the blistering North African terrain, pitting their skills against ruthless enemies bent on world destruction.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 203119062
UPC 097361182841
UPC 14 00097361182841
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Civil War
Desert
Doctors
Mysteries
Scientists
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Dirk (Matthew McConaughey) and Al (Steve Zahn) have been friends since kindergarten, having also gone through college and the Navy together. The two now work for a former admiral traveling around the world and salvaging treasures from the sea with the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). In his spare time, Dirk is obsessed with the 150-year-old mystery of the Texas, an Ironclad battleship that reportedly disappeared from Richmond, Virginia during a Civil War battle and turned up in Africa. When a Confederate coin--allegedly one of only five minted--surfaces in Mali, Dirk and Al plan to travel there from Lagos, Nigeria on the admiral's yacht to investigate. Meanwhile, in Lagos, Dirk meets Eva (Penelope Cruz), a doctor for the World Health Organization (WHO) who believes that there is a plague building in Mali. Since the WHO is unable to find another way into the war-torn country, Dirk and Al give Eva and her colleague a lift up the river. Once in Mali, Dirk, Al, and Eva quickly find themselves embroiled in trouble as she pursues the source of the disease. Meanwhile, Dirk and Al search for the Texas.^Based on a novel by Clive Cussler, SAHARA is a rollicking thrill ride through exotic locales, including everything from high-speed boat chases to helicopter pursuits to jeeps racing through the desert to camel rides. A warlord and a greedy French businessman prove to be formidable villains for the trio. McConaughey fits the bill as gentleman and adventurer Dirk, while Zahn holds his own as likeable sidekick Al. Cruz is feisty as independent Eva. Director Breck Eisner's theatrical feature film debut also features William H. Macy as the admiral.
Reviews
New York Times "Amid its madcap derring-do, the movie inserts clear, simple alarms about environmental protection, African despotism, global interdependence and bureaucratic cowardice." 04/08/2005 p.E13
Chicago Sun-Times "[With] entertaining action sequences. Dirk, Eva and Al have an amazing series of close calls in the desert..." 04/08/2005 p.28
Uncut "[A]s the breathtaking scenery does its work, you're irresistibly entertained..." 05/01/2005 p.134
Sight and Sound "Matthew McConaughey is a charismatic lead. His double-act with Steve Zahn's sidekick Al is nicely droll..." 06/01/2005 p.71-72
Directors
Breck Eisner
Actors
Penélope Cruz
Matthew McConaughey
Cast & Crew
Andrew MacRitchie - Editor
Breck Eisner - Director
Clint Mansell - Original Music By
Clive Cussler - Based On Novel By
John Kay - Original Music By
Matthew McConaughey - Actor
Penelop Cruz - Actor
Seamus McGarvey - Cinematographer
Stephanie Austin - Producer
Steve Zahn - Actor
Thomas Dean Donnelly, et. al. - Screenplay
William H. Macy - Actor
William J. Immerman - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 097361182841
UPC 00097361182841
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Sahara takes the action/adventure story to new heights of preposterousness. In a way, that's not a bad thing, since it allows a certain level of guilty enjoyment. You're never expected to take anything in the movie seriously, because the characters and filmmakers don't. They're constantly directing knowing winks and nods at the audience, as if to reassure us that they know the story is stupid, but, hey, dumb can be fun sometimes. And there are times during Sahara when this approach works. Maybe 50 minutes worth of times. The problem? The movie is 127 minutes long.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Sahara has its moments. It features the best use of Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" on a movie soundtrack that I've ever seen, and Cruz bursts to life in one action scene after boarding a moving train from a galloping camel. McConaughey helps her up and her enthusiastic response makes it seem as if she actually performed the stunt, and, what's more, thoroughly enjoyed herself. At least someone did.
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Reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review McConaughey, despite alarmingly orange makeup, does justice to the role, a hard-drinking, shipwreck- hunting senator's son with a 007 way with the ladies. There's a lot of Pitt in Cussler, who has discovered more than sixty shipwrecks and started the National Underwater and Marine Agency, the nonprofit group that Pitt works with in the movie. Zahn, despite looking and sounding more like a surfer dude than the book's brawny Italian stallion, pushes for laughs and gets them. And Cruz, despite her still-indecipherable English, gets in more fem-warrior licks than Cussler ever wrote for the doc. Subplots abound involving slavery, gold and nuclear-waste pollution on its way to the U.S. But there's no disguising the fact that Sahara has all the heft of marshmallow.
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Macy,William H.
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...fun and casual, full of genuine laughs and thrills.
Philip French, The Guardian ...a cross between a Bond movie and an Indiana Jones adventure...
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer The casting is so strong and the overall filmmaking flair of the movie is so captivating...it works.
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