Don't Say a Word

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Overview

Tense thrills and action mix in the gritty suspense drama Don't Say a Word starring Michael Douglas and Brittany Murphy. Fox has done a very good job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. All aspects of this transfer look very good, from the evenly saturated color schemes to the deep, dark black levels. No edge enhancement, shimmer, or digital artifacting is spotted anywhere on this disc. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English (as well as 2.0 in French) and DTS Surround in English. Both ...
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Overview

Tense thrills and action mix in the gritty suspense drama Don't Say a Word starring Michael Douglas and Brittany Murphy. Fox has done a very good job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. All aspects of this transfer look very good, from the evenly saturated color schemes to the deep, dark black levels. No edge enhancement, shimmer, or digital artifacting is spotted anywhere on this disc. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English (as well as 2.0 in French) and DTS Surround in English. Both the DTS and Dolby 5.1 soundtracks are full and bombastic with surround sounds utilized during much of the film. All aspects of these tracks are clear and free of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. This edition of Don't Say a Word is chock-full of extra features. Starting off the disc are two commentaries: one feature-length commentary with director Gary Felder; and a second with actors Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Oliver Platt, and Brittany Murphy. While the director's commentary is insightful and runs the length of the film, the actor's commentaries are broken up in sections so each actor can give some information about their character or thoughts on the film separately. Taken as a whole, these commentary tracks are very thorough and informative. Next up are three sections: "Preproduction," "Production," and "Post-production." In the "Preproduction" section there is a screen test for actress Brittany Murphy and two insightful storyboard-to-scene comparisons. In the "Production" section is a featurette called "You Are There" which takes a behind-the-scenes look at three separate sequences narrated by the director. Also included are some screening room dailies which show how a scene is comprised of multiple takes or shots, and a set tour with production designer Nelson Coates that features Coates walking the viewer through many of the sets used in the film. In the "Post-production" section, there is an interview with director Gary Felder discussing filmmaking and what works best as a director, "Thriller Themes" which is a short spot about the music in the film (featuring composer Mark Isham in a few brief scenes), and "Inside a Scene: Trench Sequence," a feature that looks at how the end scenes was filmed and why the use of computer graphics was necessary. Also included on this disc are some deleted scenes which don't add much to the proceedings, a short making-of featurette that includes many clips from the film, and some vital statistics on the cast and crew. Finally, there is a DVD trailer for the Michael Douglas drama Wall Street. Strangely, there is no theatrical trailer available for Don't Say a Word anywhere on this disc. This DVD is filled to the brim with special features and should leave fans speechless.
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Special Features

Scene-specific commentaries by stars Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Famke Janssen, Oliver Platt; director's commentary by Gary Fleder; deleted scenes; "Making Of" featurette; set tour featurette; film scoring featurette; screening room dailies; Brittany Murphy screen test; storyboard-to-screen comparisons; cast/ crew bios
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Michael Douglas brings his trademark intensity to the role of a desperate father trying to rescue his kidnapped daughter in Don’t Say a Word,, a taut thriller distinguished by unusually fine performances. Douglas plays Nathan Conrad, an accomplished psychiatrist assigned to the case of Elisabeth Burrows Brittany Murphy, a young catatonic whom Nathan suspects of guarding an important secret. And he’s right: Elisabeth alone knows the whereabouts of a valuable jewel lost by thieves following a bungled heist. The robbers kidnap Nathan’s daughter and give him a strict deadline for unlocking his patient’s mind and extracting the needed information. Director Gary Fleder Kiss the Girls introduces us to Nathan, his invalid wife Famke Janssen, and precocious daughter Skye McCole Bartusiak in leisurely fashion but picks up the movie’s pace when Nathan begins treating Elisabeth, and then he races headlong toward a spine-chilling climax. Murphy’s performance brilliantly suggests the repression of conflicted emotions in a troubled mind, and veteran thriller star Douglas minimizes the effect of improbable plot twists with his persuasive portrayal of the embattled shrink. Thanks to him, Don’t Say a Word emerges as both suspenseful and believable -- the most important qualities for a thriller to possess. In addition to a full-length commentary by director Fleder, the DVD offers scene-specific commentaries by Douglas, Murphy, Janssen, and other cast members; Murphy’s screen test; several deleted scenes; some of the unedited dailies; three making-of featurettes; and storyboard-to-screen comparisons.
Los Angeles Times
Don't Say a Word is smart, stylish and, most important, satisfying. Kevin Thomas
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • UPC: 024543034056
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / DTS
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Dr. Nathan Conrad
Sean Bean Patrick B. Koster
Brittany Murphy Elisabeth Burrows
Skye McCole Bartusiak Jessie Conrad
Guy Torry Martin J. Dolen
Jennifer Esposito Det. Sandra Cassidy
Shawn Doyle Russel Maddox
Victor Argo Sydney Simon
Conrad Goode Max J. Dunlevy
Paul Schulze Jake
Lance Reddick Arnie Carter
Famke Janssen Aggie Conrad
Oliver Platt Dr. Louis Sachs
Technical Credits
Gary Fleder Director
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Nelson Coates Production Designer
Jeffrey Downer Executive Producer
Nana Greenwald Co-producer
Gyles Isham Score Composer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Patrick Smith Kelly Screenwriter
Andrew Klavan Co-producer
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Anne Kopelson Producer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Armen Minasian Editor
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Tony Peckham Screenwriter
William Steinkamp Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. The Robbery (Main Titles) [1:04]
2. The Psychiatrist [7:00]
3. Elisabeth [:04]
4. Uninvited Guests [2:03]
5. The Conrads [1:01]
6. The Floater [3:14]
7. Where's Jessie? [3:47]
8. We Have Your Daughter [:32]
9. By Two Hands [1:12]
10. Emergency [:06]
11. No Percentage [3:21]
12. Counterfeit Schizophrenic [3:22]
13. A Talk With Elisabeth [1:06]
14. The Visitor [1:49]
15. The Croft Connection [:10]
16. Go Back.... [4:25]
17. Beneath the Surface [1:04]
18. Part of the Deal [1:36]
19. Daddy's Smart Little Girl [2:53]
20. Security Breach [2:06]
21. Aggie's Battle [:03]
22. The Way It Happened [1:53]
23. New Rules [:04]
24. To Hart Island [:15]
25. Face-to-Face [2:48]
26. The Number [:01]
27. Grave Error [2:47]
28. Cognitive Distortion [:32]
29. A Father's Fight [3:04]
30. Conrad's Justice [2:28]
31. Going Home [:28]
32. End Titles [2:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Languages & Audio: English 5.1 Dolby
      Languages & Audio: English DTS
      Languages & Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Commentaries
         Director Gary Fleder's Full Length Film Commentary
         Scene-Specific Commentary - Michael Douglas: "First Meeting" & "Lost Child"
         Scene-Specific Commentary - Sean Bean: "Heist" & "The Trench"
         Scene-Specific Commentary - Famke Janssen: "The Phone Call" & "Escape"
         Scene-Specific Commentary - Brittany Murphy: "Connection" & "Subway Nightmare"
         Scene-Specific Commentary - Oliver Platt: "Office Intrusion" & "Confrontation"
      Cinema Master Class
         Pre-Production - Screen Test: Brittany Murphy
         Pre-Production - Storyboard to Scene Comparisons
            The Bank Heist
            Potter's Field
         Pre-Production - Producing Workshop With the Kopelsons
         Production - You Are There
            Hospital
            Subway
            Dock
         Production - Screening Room Dailies: Aggie Escapes
            Angle 1
            Angle 2
            Angle 3
            Angle 4
            Angle 5
            Angle 6
            Angle 7
            Angle 8
            Angle 9
            Completed Scenes
         Production - Set Tour With Production Designer Nelson Coates
         Post-Production - Conversation With Director Gary Fleder
         Post-Production - Thriller Themes
         Post-Production - Inside a Scene: Trench Sequence
      Deleted Scenes
         Scene 37: Bridgeview Psychiatric Hospital Hallway
         Scene 91: Conrad Bedroom - Aggie E-Mail Scene
         Scene 244: Warehouse Anteroom
      "Making-Of" Featurette
      Vital Statistics
         Michael Douglas
         Sean Bean
         Famke Janssen
         Brittany Murphy
         Oliver Platt
         Gary Fleder
         Anne Kopelson
         Arnold Kopelson
      "Wallstreet" Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Say A Word

    Outstanding movie. Intense psychological thriller keeping the viewers glued to the screen. Amazing performance by Brittany Murphy as traumatised teen, Elisabeth Burrows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Say a Word

    Thriller about father's kidnapped daughter, to get her back he must help kidnappers through traumatized girl while being pursued by a detective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Say a Word

    All I say is interesting story that was come up for the movie. Alright of a movie though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very well done

    This is a very exciting movie. It holds your attention and is very exciting. Even though michael douglas's acting is excellent, the performance that stands out to me is brittney murphys. I think the movie would have been a lost without her in the cast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very good

    I really enjoyed this movie.

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