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Excellent job of bringing all the loose ends together at the end of the movie. This is a thriller and not for those easily frightened. I loved it.

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Shymalan has produced another masterpiece. While not entertaining in the typical sense of the word, it is an intense, thought-provoking piece of superb cinema. This is what movies SHOULD be like. Flawless production values, top-notch acting, a polished script, and Shymalan's superb direction sucked me into the film, and I became genuinely involved with the characters. This is the only movie I've ever cried watching, and one of maybe three that ended leaving me genuinely inspired. Highly recommended.

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Awesome movie!

by talcots on 1/8/2003

Excellent job of bringing all the loose ends together at the end of the movie. This is a thriller and not for those easily frightened. I loved it. Read More

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Meditation on Faith in Guise of Sci-Fi

by Seminarian on 4/11/2003

This film has something of almost everything: suspense, horror, and sci-fi. Yet the central theme of this movie has nothing to do with any of that. It's about whether faith in God can be maintained in a world filled with apparent randomness, suffering, and painful losses. "Signs" isn't a great sci-fi film, but it is thought-provoking. Mel Gibson does a fine job as a former priest who has lost his faith and can no longer minister to anyone, not even to his own family. . . until transformed and renewed by a terrifyingly close encounter. Read More

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Product Overview

Story of the hess family in buck county pa who wake up one morning to find a 500 foot crop circle in their backyard. Emotional story of one family on one farm as they encounter terrifying last moments of life as the world is invaded.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40175484
UPC 786936197594
UPC 14 00786936197594
Format DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Alien Attacks
Alien Invasions
Aliens
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Farms
Supernatural
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note It's contaminated. That's what pint-sized Bo (Abigail Breslin) says about every glass of water that she tries to drink, then rejects. This is just one in a long list of strange occurrences that are changing the lives of the Hess family. Things go awry when Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), awake early one morning to find the dogs barking and the children--Bo, and her brother Morgan (Rory Culkin)--wandering bleary eyed in the corn fields. They discover a pattern of perfectly carved crop circles left the night before. Trying not to overreact, Graham ignores the media frenzy that has permeated all television and radio stations, and even shrugs off the oddly familiar information that Morgan reads in his book about extraterrestrials invading earth. The real challenge for Graham is to find the faith he needs to pull himself, and his family, through this unexplainable series of events. SIGNS is the long-anticipated film from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE), a suspenseful and uniquely chilling family story.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "...Shyamalan's great gift is the creation of atmosphere, the conjuring of spooky, unseen menace....SIGNS is a tribute to Shyamalan's gifts..." 08/02/2002 p.C1
USA Today "...Skillfully made....The movie keeps you watching..." 08/02/2002 p.12D
New York Times "...Mr. Shyamalan is a master of control, with a sure grasp of the classical filmmaking lexicon. His suspense sequences build slowly and elegantly, and his is adept at evoking dread through shifting camera angles and careful manipulation of the frame..." 08/02/2002 p.E1
Entertainment Weekly "...Lushly ominous....It's a high-octane doomsday vision built almost entirely around our sense of anticipation..." 08/09/2002 p.43-4
Chicago Sun-Times "...SIGNS is the work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air..." 08/02/2002 p.29
Premiere "...The movie offers several nicely turned pop-out-of-your-seat moments..." 09/01/2002 p.16-17
Sight and Sound "...A terrific suspense movie..." 10/01/2002 p.51-2
Total Film "...SIGNS turns out to be a primally petrifying experience....A very intimate and emotionally astute portrayal of a family under threat..." 10/01/2002 p.120-1
Directors
M. Night Shyamalan
Actors
Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix
Cast & Crew
Abigail Breslin - Actor
Joaquin Phoenix - Actor
Mel Gibson - Actor
Rory Culkin - Actor
M. Night Shyamalan - Director
Barbara Tulliver - Editor
Cherry Jones - Actor
Frank Marshall - Producer
James Newton Howard - Musical Score
Kathleen Kennedy - Executive Producer
Larry Fulton - Production Designer
M. Night Shyamalan - Producer
M. Night Shyamalan - Writer
M. Night Shyamalan - Actor
Patricia Kalember - Actor
Sam Mercer - Producer
Tak Fujimoto - Director of Photography
James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Keith P. Cunningham - Art Director
Michael Showalter - Actor
Tak Fujimoto - Cinematographer
Ted Sutton - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 27899
UPC 00786936197594
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs" is the work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air. When it is over, we think not how little has been decided, but how much has been experienced. Here is a movie in which the plot is the rhythm section, not the melody. A movie that stays free of labored explanations and a forced climax, and is about fear in the wind, in the trees, in a dog's bark, in a little girl's reluctance to drink the water. In signs...The genius of the film, you see, is that it isn't really about crop circles, or the possibility that aliens created them as navigational aids. I will not even say whether aliens appear in the movie, because whether they do or not is beside the point. The purpose of the film is to evoke pure emotion through the use of skilled acting and direction, and particularly through the soundtrack. It is not just what we hear that is frightening. It is the way Shyamalan has us listening intensely when there is nothing to be heard. I cannot think of a movie where silence is scarier, and inaction is more disturbing...In "Signs," he does what Hitchcock said he liked to do, and plays the audience like a piano. There is as little plot as possible, and as much time and depth for the characters as he can create, all surrounded by ominous dread. The possibility of aliens is the catalyst for fear, but this family needs none, because it has already suffered a great blow.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Just when it seemed that every shelf in the "alien visitors" library had found an occupant, M. Night Shyamalan has uncovered an unused one for his own use. Although Shyamalan's Signs includes plenty of clues and cues from previous movies about the arrival of our stellar neighbors, his overall approach is radically different from the ones taken by Independence Day, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Contact, or other similar fare. By limiting the number of special effects shots and treating the film more like a horror movie than a science fiction spectacle, Shyamalan creates a claustrophobic atmosphere and keeps the tension level high. There were times during this film when I was strongly reminded of Panic Room...Like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, Signs is not easily pigeonholed into a single genre. It gleefully crosses boundaries and defies classification. In many ways, it is Shyamalan's most accomplished film to date. Unlike The Sixth Sense, it doesn't rely on bamboozling the audience. And, irrespective of its flaws, Signs is more satisfying than Unbreakable. Despite the financial success of his two previous outings (combined, nearly $1 billion worldwide), no one is yet ready to reserve a place in the director's hall of fame for Shyamalan, but, based on the evidence available in Signs, he is maturing nicely.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Gibson,Mel
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up!
Good Morning America A suspense-filled Twilight Zone thriller.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times ...Gibson does some his best acting...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...dry humor, jarring shocks...moments of breathtaking mystery.
Rolling Stone A dazzling white-knuckler.
Susan Stark, Detroit News ...smoothly and stylishly blends scares and substance.
CNN Thrilling. Frightening. Heartbreaking. Funny and deeply moving. You will have to see it twice.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post A beautifully crafted, white-knuckle, roller-coaster ride of old-school filmmaking...
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald ...the evil cousin to Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

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