Sanctum (Blu-ray)

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Master diver frank mcguire leads a team-including his 17-year-old son-to explore the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on earth. But when a tropical storm cuts off their only escape route, the team must work together to find their way through an uncharted and dangerous labyrinth.


Studio Universal
SKU 220725161
UPC 025192073557
UPC 14 00025192073557
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/24/2012
Rating Rating
True Story
Editors Note
Note An intrepid team of explorers gets trapped in a complex underground cave system when a tropical storm makes it impossible to escape the same way they entered in this claustrophobic adventure drama from director Alister Grierson and executive producer James Cameron. Inspired by actual events, SANCTUM tells the tale of Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh), a master diver intent on being the first to explore the Esa-ala cave system in the South Pacific. Shortly after Frank descends into the caves with a team that includes his teenage son, Josh (Rhys Wakefield), and expedition bankroller Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd), a massive storm collapses the entrance to the system, forcing the adventurers to plunge deeper into the darkness in search of an alternate exit. With supplies quickly dwindling and water levels rapidly rising, Frank and his team surmise that their best hope for survival is to follow an underground river thought to empty into the ocean. But given that few explorers have ever even dared set foot in the Esa-ala system, no one quite knows for sure whether they're racing toward freedom, or another dead end.
Los Angeles Times "The premise is strong with SANCTUM....Director Alister Grierson and cinematographer Jules O'Loughlin combine location shooting, digital effects and a considerable amount of soundstage and water-tank footage." 02/04/2011
A.V. Club "[I]t's easy to get caught up in the action....It's full of stomach-clenching settings, from vertiginous drop-offs to claustrophobic squeezes." 02/03/2011
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's plenty of atmosphere and awe....Frightening enough to steer you away from spelunking in an underwater cave in the forests of Papua New Guinea." 02/02/2011
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The] scenes of gushing torrents, plunging bodies and subaqueous rockslides [are] given a a visceral jolt....It's ethereal imagery like this that sustains fascination." 04/01/2011
Dan Wyllie
Richard Roxburgh
Ioan Gruffudd
Alice Parkinson
Cast & Crew
Dan Wyllie - Star
Richard Roxburgh - Star
Ioan Gruffudd - Star
Alice Parkinson - Star
Rhys Wakefield - Star
Allison Cratchley - Co-Star
John Garvin - Co-Star
Andrew Hansen - Co-Star
Sean Dennehy - Co-Star
Nea Diap - Co-Star
Nicole Downes - Co-Star
Christopher Baker - Co-Star
Cramer Cain - Co-Star
Chris Anderson - Stunt Coordinator
Brian Pearce - Special Effects Supervisor
David Hirschfelder - Composer
Paul Pirola - Sound
Paul Pirola - Sound Re-Recording
Simon Christidis - Photography
Marc VanBuuren - Post-Production Supervisor
Andrew Wight - Screenwriter
Wade Savage - Assistant Director
Jules O'Loughlin - Director of Photography
Gail Kane - Hairstylist
Gail Kane - Makeup
Rob Mackenzie - Sound Re-Recording
Tom Wild - Production Manager/UPM
John Garvin - Screenwriter
Rosslyn Abernathy - Production Manager/UPM
Suzy Whitefield - Set Decorator
Bliss MacGillicuddy - Hairstylist
Bliss MacGillicuddy - Makeup
Wizzy Molineaux - Hairstylist
Wizzy Molineaux - Makeup
Iloura - Visual Effects Designer
Alister Grierson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00025192073557
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Sanctum is loosely based on an experience of co-screenwriter Andrew Wight, although the details have been amplified to fit the movie experience. It's about the survival struggle of five characters who become trapped by a flood deep beneath the earth in New Guinea's Esa-ala caves while exploring deep underwater pockets and trenches...The strength of the film lies in its ability to wring tension from even seemingly mundane circumstances. After all, this is essentially a movie about characters climbing through dark spaces and diving deep under water. Nevertheless, the sense of danger and urgency rarely lets up, even when the end is (apparently) in sight...
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader ...this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up.
Jami Philbrick, Movieweb An underwater thrill ride. Suspenseful!
Sandie Newton, CBS-TV Mind-blowing and jaw-dropping.

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