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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.

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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.


Studio Paramount
SKU 203119062
UPC 097361182841
UPC 14 00097361182841
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
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Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Macy,William H.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
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
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle 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 works.
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Better than Expected on May 18, 2012