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Format: DVD
Sku: 40148349
UPC: 025192113727
UPC 14: 00025192113727
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Keanu reeves turns up the heat as a stone cold serial killer playing a sadistic game of cat and mouse with a burnt-out fbi agent.

"A superb thriller!  Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper At The Movies
"Strap yourself in! Enjoy the ride!  Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Editor's Note
A stylish thriller that recalls David Fincher's SEVEN, THE WATCHER is set in the urban landscape of modern Chicago. The story follows Los Angeles transplant Joel Campbell (James Spader), an ex-police detective who has relocated to Chicago in order to escape his past. It appears that a dangerous serial killer, David Allen Griffin (Keanu Reeves), has formed a special emotional attachment to Campbell, luring him to Chicago in order to continue their deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Each game commences when Griffin sends Campbell a picture of a young girl, giving Campbell 24 hours to track her down before she's murdered. After three tragic failures, the stakes are upped when Griffin kidnaps Campbell's beautiful psychiatrist, Polly (Marisa Tomei), mimicking an earlier event that drove Campbell to Chicago in the first place.

THE WATCHER is a commentary on modern society's effect on people: making them crudely unable to notice the peripheral people in their daily lives. First-time director Joe Charbanic shoots his film like a music video, using elliptical editing, slow motion, and a postindustrial soundtrack that greatly reflects the Chicago music scene. As the tortured detective, Spader possesses an internal fire that gradually builds in intensity as the film progresses.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/15/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 97 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 21137
Video UPC UPC: 00025192113727
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
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Chris Ellis
Video Cast Info Ernie Hudson
Video Cast Info James Spader
Video Cast Info Keanu Reeves
Video Cast Info Marisa Tomei
Video Cast Info Robert Cicchini
Video Cast Info Michael Chapman - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Joe Charbanic & Jeff Jensen - Director
Video Cast Info Marco Beltrami - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Elliott Lewitt, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Clay Ayres - Screenplay
Video Cast Info David Elliot - Screenplay
Plot Summary
In this chilling mystery-thriller, FBI agent Joel Campbell and serial killer David Allen Griffin go head-to-head. Griffin stalks the streets of Chicago for his victims, photographing them and sending the pictures to Campbell before he kills them. This cat-and-mouse activity drives Campbell nearly to the point of insanity, just as it did when both killer and detective were living in L.A. playing the same game. Campbell fled to Chicago and Griffin followed. Now that the battle has changed locations, THE WATCHER asks, will Campbell be the victor--or just the next victim?

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...A thoughtful screenplay by David Elliot and Clay Ayers give a strong supporting cast plenty to chew on..." 01/01/2001 p.61

Los Angeles Times
"...Meticulously crafted....Intelligently plotted and well-acted by James Spader, Keanu Reeves and Marisa Tomei..." 09/08/2000 p.C12

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 5 of 10
...Keanu Reeves is surprisingly effective as a killer, with his easygoing charm and charismatic smile hiding a cold-blooded interior.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Spader,James
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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