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Coma
     

Coma

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Director: Michael Crichton, Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley

Cast: Michael Crichton, Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley

 

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Michael Crichton's Coma was one of the earlier films released on DVD, coming out in 1999, at a time when the format had already (and unexpectedly early) become profitable, but the technology was still new. Warner Home Video tried to be ambitious and generous, but this disc is hampered by the limitations that existed in the format. Each side has a different

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Michael Crichton's Coma was one of the earlier films released on DVD, coming out in 1999, at a time when the format had already (and unexpectedly early) become profitable, but the technology was still new. Warner Home Video tried to be ambitious and generous, but this disc is hampered by the limitations that existed in the format. Each side has a different transfer of the movie, one letterboxed to the non-anamorphic 1.85:1 aspect ratio of the original release, and the other full-screen (1.33:1). The letterboxed version is preferable, maintaining Crichton's original tight image framing, which enhances the feeling of claustrophobia and paranoia one should get while watching the movie. The 113-minute film has also been given a whopping 30 chapters, which break the plot down very neatly. The flaws can be found in the details; the Dolby Digital Mono audio, though clean, has been mastered at an extremely low volume level, which is likely to require viewers to have to drastically turn up the normal setting on their televisions just to get to an acceptable volume -- and that's essential to appreciate the complex and subtle score by Jerry Goldsmith. Additionally, this was an early digital transfer, and while it does run circles around the old laserdisc edition, there are momentary digital artifacts that probably would be avoided on a modern transfer. The only bonus feature is the original trailer, which must be accessed manually along with the main menu -- otherwise, as with many discs of this period, the movie begins automatically on startup of the disc. There are also options for French and English subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
One of medical expert/author/filmmaker Michael Crichton's stronger directorial efforts, this taut '70s conspiracy thriller features a button-pushing premise, lots of disturbing imagery, and an appealing heroine played by the sexy, cerebral Genevieve Bujold. The dogmatism of Coma's feminist themes comes directly from Robin Cook's source novel; the fact that the first victim is a sexy woman seeking an illicit abortion is about as subtle as the film's gender politics get. In one of her biggest hits ever, though, Bujold manages to overcome such stridency by simply playing what she plays best: a woman of steely self-determination, strong intellect, and unselfconscious sensuality. Meanwhile, Rip Torn, Richard Widmark, and Michael Douglas provide an early Hollywood example of pervasive male villainy. Douglas' ambitious, arrogant doctor helped build the template for his enduringly sleazy screen persona. One intriguing lapse in the feisty-heroine-vs.-old-boy-network plot comes in the form of Elizabeth Ashley's crisp, sinister medical administrator; the veteran stage actress turns her small role into the very picture of institutional dread. Although Crichton's script proves more capable of suggesting its conspiracy than explaining it, the writer/director does build an effectively escalating sense of dread. A better visual stylist -- for example, David Cronenberg, who must have had Coma in mind when he cast Bujold in Dead Ringers -- could have turned this material into something even more insidiously disturbing. Nevertheless, Coma is an effective thriller whose vision of medicine corrupted by profit is as chilling and relevant as it is heavy-handed.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
UPC:
0012569504622
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Langauges & subtitles: English & Français

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geneviève Bujold Dr. Susan Wheeler
Michael Douglas Dr. Mark Bellows
Elizabeth Ashley Mrs. Emerson
Rip Torn Dr. George
Richard Widmark Dr. Harris
Lois Chiles Nancy Greenly
Lance Le Gault Vince
Hari (Harry) Rhodes Dr. Morelind
Gary Barton Computer Technician
Frank Downing Kelly
Richard Doyle Jim
Alan Haufrect Dr. Marcus
Michael MacRae Chief Resident
Betty McGuire Nurse
Tom Selleck Sean Murphy
Charles Siebert Dr. Goodman
William Wintersole Lab Technician
Sarina Grant Woman in Elevator
Ernest Anderson First Doctor
Harry Basch Second Doctor
Maury Cooper Doctor
Joni Palmer Dance Instructor
Joanna Kerns Diane
Kay Cole Sally
Benny Rubin Mr. Schwartz
David Hollander Jimmy
Dick Balduzzi First Maintenance Man
Gary Bisig Second Maintenance Man
Mike Lally Security Man
Duane Tucker First Man in Shower
Paul Ryan First Technician
David McKnight Man in Elevator
Robert Burton Pathology Resident #1
Ed Harris Pathology Resident #2
Joe Bratcher Surgical Resident
Martin Speer Surgical Resident
Roger Newman Surgical Resident
Lois Walden Nurse
Tom Borut Dr. Cowans
Philip G. Brooks Dr. Richards
Kurt Andon First Cop
Wyatt Johnson Second Cop
John Widlock Norman
Del Hinkley Second Man in Shower
Michael Mann Second Technician
Gerald Benston Anesthetist
Paul Davidson Surgical Resident
Amentha Dymally Nurse
Sharron Frame Nurse
Sue Bugden Nurse
Susie Luner Nurse
Gerald Berns Security Guard
Edward C. Higgins Security guard #2
Don Torres Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Crichton Director,Screenwriter
Albert Brenner Production Designer
David Bretherton Editor
Sam Christensen Casting
Joe Day Special Effects
Martin Erlichman Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Bill Griffith Sound/Sound Designer
Ronald R. Grow Asst. Director
Gerald Hirschfeld Cinematographer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Michael J. Kohut Sound/Sound Designer
Yvonne Kubis Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry V. Lojewski Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Eddie Marks Costumes/Costume Designer
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
William McGarry Asst. Director
John Riordan Sound Editor
Joyce Robinson Casting
Aaron Rochin Sound/Sound Designer
Don Schoenfeld Makeup
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Ernie Smith Special Effects

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits. [2:00]
2. A hard day's spat. [5:13]
3. Pre-procedure jitters. [2:08]
4. The wrong result. [6:32]
5. How could this happen? [5:06]
6. Questions. [3:24]
7. Incidence of coma. [3:30]
8. Harris' precondition. [3:30]
9. Medicine isn't perfect. [1:43]
10. Lousy luck. [2:54]
11. The doctor minds. [3:07]
12. Influence needed. [1:42]
13. Great murderers. [3:46]
14. Not fair. [4:18]
15. Inspecting OR 8. [3:03]
16. A weekend off. [2:02]
17. The Jefferson Institute. [2:10]
18. Mrs. Emerson. [1:49]
19. A tip. [1:28]
20. Looks like an accident. [1:43]
21. Making a connection. [5:31]
22. On the run. [2:58]
23. The amphitheatre. [3:53]
24. Bodies everywhere. [2:54]
25. Betrayed. [3:23]
26. Institute tour. [5:05]
27. The real story. [3:40]
28. Intruder detected. [3:29]
29. Ride on the roof. [2:16]
30. A difficult position. [6:00]
31. Message for Mark. [3:07]
32. Caught sometimes. [5:52]
33. Lights out. [:57]
34. End Credits. [2:24]
Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits. [2:00]
2. A hard day's spat. [5:13]
3. Pre-procedure jitters. [2:08]
4. The wrong result. [6:32]
5. How could this happen? [5:06]
6. Questions. [3:24]
7. Incidence of coma. [3:30]
8. Harris' precondition. [3:30]
9. Medicine isn't perfect. [1:43]
10. Lousy luck. [2:54]
11. The doctor minds. [3:07]
12. Influence needed. [1:42]
13. Great murderers. [3:46]
14. Not fair. [4:18]
15. Inspecting OR 8. [3:03]
16. A weekend off. [2:02]
17. The Jefferson Institute. [2:10]
18. Mrs. Emerson. [1:49]
19. A tip. [1:28]
20. Looks like an accident. [1:43]
21. Making a connection. [5:31]
22. On the run. [2:58]
23. The amphitheatre. [3:53]
24. Bodies everywhere. [2:54]
25. Betrayed. [3:23]
26. Institute tour. [5:05]
27. The real story. [3:40]
28. Intruder detected. [3:29]
29. Ride on the roof. [2:16]
30. A difficult position. [6:00]
31. Message for Mark. [3:07]
32. Caught sometimes. [5:52]
33. Lights out. [:57]
34. End Credits. [2:24]

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Coma 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
As time has gone by, and "coverups" are everyday now, this movie still works. People now really believe some people are greedy, even if they eschew the religious concept of Evil. A thriller worth the name.
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bellal70 More than 1 year ago
I got the movie because I read the book. I liked the movie but it left out alot of what was in the book. I recomend the book, but the movie was intertaining.
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