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Chuck Russell's supernatural thriller Bless the Child comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary recorded by director Russell and special effect creator Joel Hynek, interviews with the cast and crew, the ...
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Chuck Russell's supernatural thriller Bless the Child comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary recorded by director Russell and special effect creator Joel Hynek, interviews with the cast and crew, the theatrical trailer, and television promotional spots. Whatever one thinks of the film, this is a very good disc from Paramount.
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Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer; Original TV spots; Exclusive cast and crew interviews; Commentary by director Chuck Russell and visual effects supervisor Joel Hynek
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A taut supernatural thriller that unfolds in contemporary urban settings, Bless the Child pits Academy Award winner Kim Basinger against dark forces plotting world domination. Basinger plays a devoted nurse whose drug-addled younger sister gives birth to an autistic baby girl and then abandons her, leaving Basinger to raise the child. At the age of six, her adopted daughter adorable Holliston Coleman manifests unnatural abilities that convince cult leader Rufus Sewell that she is his sect's long awaited "chosen one." Director Chuck Russell Nightmare on Elm Street 3 ratchets up the suspense by having Sewell kidnap the young girl for participation in an unholy ritual. Basinger's pursuit of the child generates many tense moments, culminating in a climactic confrontation that unleashes demonic powers. Russell's skillful steering of inherently melodramatic situations keeps Bless the Child from drifting off course. Jimmy Smits contributes a fine performance as an FBI agent steeped in occult lore, Ian Holm is predictably effective as a renegade clergyman, and Christina Ricci is superb as a frightened cultist who risks her life to help Basinger. The DVD features audio commentaries by Russell and effects supervisor Joel Hynek, plus interviews with the cast and crew members, and theatrical trailers.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
Bless the Child is an ecumenical suspense story, directed by Chuck Russell with an attempt at the hushed elegance of The Sixth Sense. Despite a few chills, the movie is more like The Exorcist or The Omen with a happy face drawn on its soul -- the first suspense film of the Touched by an Angel era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • UPC: 097363279648
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Basinger Maggie O'Connor
Jimmy Smits John Travis
Holliston Coleman Cody
Rufus Sewell Eric Stark
Angela Bettis Jenna
Christina Ricci Cheri
Michael Gaston Bugatti
Lumi Cavazos Sister Rosa
Dimitra Arliss Dahnya
Eugene Lipinski Stuart
Anne Betancourt Maria
Ian Holm Reverend Grissom
Technical Credits
Chuck Russell Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Davey Executive Producer
Clifford Green Screenwriter
Ellen Green Screenwriter
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Alan Heim Editor
Lis Kern Executive Producer
Elis Lam Set Decoration/Design
Owen Langevin Sound/Sound Designer
Stratton Leopold Co-producer
Michael Madden Set Decoration/Design
Peter Menzies Jr. Cinematographer
MVFX Special Effects
Mace Neufeld Producer
Peter P. Nicolakakos Set Decoration/Design
Captive Audience Prods. Makeup Special Effects
Robert G. Rehme Executive Producer
Tom Rickman Screenwriter
Matthew Rowland Asst. Director
Carol Spier Production Designer
Christopher Young Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Merry Christmas [:32]
2. Difficult Diagnpsis [2:52]
3. Special Abilities [5:51]
4. Bad Dream [1:23]
5. New Dawn [1:51]
6. Slaughter Of The Innocents [5:13]
7. Silence [6:04]
8. Lessons [:57]
9. Dentist Appointment [6:47]
10. Easter Eve [:37]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   PLAY
   SET UP
   SPECIAL FEATURES
      THEATRICAL TRAILER
      EXCLUSIVE CAST AND CREW INTERVIEWS
      COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR CHUCK RUSSELL AND VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR JOEL HYNEK ON
   SCENE SELECTION
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie

    i loved this movie , as of right now , this is one of my favoites!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Laughable Attempt at ''Horror''

    I was unable to find one drop of originality in this movie. It was a paint-by-numbers horror movie with the proper amount of religion themes and self-sacrificing characters. The single high note was Rufus Sewell, who has an intensity that even the horrible dialogue and predictable plot couldn't smash. This movie was in post production for 6 years before Basinger got it released.. maybe she should have let it die or go straight to video. :)

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