Fear dot com

Fear dot com

2.3 9
Director: William Malone

Cast: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea

     
 

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The tech noir-thriller Fear dot com comes to DVD from Warner Home Video with a surprisingly thorough presentation. First of all, it's given a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks in both English and French. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. The extras kick off with a feature-length commentary by directorSee more details below

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The tech noir-thriller Fear dot com comes to DVD from Warner Home Video with a surprisingly thorough presentation. First of all, it's given a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks in both English and French. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. The extras kick off with a feature-length commentary by director William Malone and cinematographer Christian Sebaldt. "FearDotCom: Visions of Fear" is a brief behind-the-scenes segment including interviews with actors Jeffrey Combs, Natascha McElhone, and Stephen Dorff. One deleted scene features a man getting killed in a mushroom factory. The disc also includes a widescreen theatrical trailer, cast and crew highlights, production stills, and DVD-ROM enhancements. For a movie that can only be recommended to serious horror fans, Warner has done a remarkable job on this disc.

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Fear Dot Com is the kind of movie in which the characters all share the same brand of web browser, and it uses this unlikely gothic-horror typeface whether they're logging into the deadly website of the title or, in theory, their grandmother's homepage. Fear Dot Com is the kind of movie in which a health department worker (Natascha McElhone) swims down into the depths of a swamp poisoned by chemicals, underneath a decrepit factory, because she suspects there might be "something" there -- and lo and behold, she discovers a body. Fear Dot Com is the kind of movie that laughably botches a potentially chilling concept, but at least it's not an original one -- the movie may have beaten the The Ring to theaters by several months, but it certainly rips off Hideo Nakata's original Japanese version, Ringu, with a killer website substituting for a killer videotape. William Malone's film is a turkey alright, but not because it fails to generate flashes of disturbing imagery that might haunt a person under the right circumstances. What's seen here is, in ways, more fulfilling than the watered down Luis Buñuel footage from The Ring. Rather, Fear Dot Com is undone by a cavalcade of logistical failures and moronic plot contrivances like the ones enumerated above, which totally validate the need for a good continuity editor. Presiding over the whole enterprise is a conductor of operatic psychosis played by Stephen Rea, who prates on with platitudes about "liking to watch" and "the power of the Internet" in an accent that sounds like a madhouse John F. Kennedy. Fear Dot Com might actually kill you within 48 hours -- death by incredulousness, indifference, or sheer disgust.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
UPC:
0085392312320
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length commentary by director William Malone and director of photography Christian Sebaldt; Additional scene: The Mushroom Factory; Experience Feat Dot Com: Visions of Fear; Fear Gallery of production stills; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Star/director/writer film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Dorff Mike Reilly
Natascha McElhone Terry Houston
Stephen Rea Alistair Pratt
Udo Kier Polidori
Amelia Curtis Denise
Jeffrey Combs Styles
Nigel Terry Turnbull
Gesine Cukrowski Jeannine
Michael Sarrazin Frank Bryant
Jana Guttgemanns Little Girl
Anna Thalbach Kate
Chris Bearne Warehouse Attendant
Nils Brunkhorst Prisoner
Emma Campbell Goth-Chick
Sigal Diamant Nurse
Siobhan Flynn Thana Brinkman
Evie Garratt Albino Woman
Dean Gregory Maintenance Man #1
Anjelika Khromova Ashley's Mother
Lex Kreps Tenant
Derek Kueter Officer #1
Mascha Litterscheid Nurse #2
Joan McBride Mrs. Richardson
Elizabeth McKechnie Alice Turnbull
Gordon Peters Rooney
Sven Pippig Henry
Frances Potasnik Nurse #1
Matthias Schweighöfer Dieter Schrader
Astrid Skuyat Alistair's Victim
Kwasi Songui Young Detective
Arnita Swanson Barlow
Anja Van Greuningen Ashley
Isabelle Van Waes Victim
Birthe Wolter Nina Blank

Technical Credits
William Malone Director
Stuart Balcomb Musical Arrangement
Jerome Latour Burckhardt Production Designer
Rudy Cohen Executive Producer
Josephine Coyle Screenwriter
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Limor Diamant Producer
Moshe Diamant Producer
Jan Fantl Co-producer
Frank Hübner Executive Producer
Mona Kino Set Decoration/Design
Nick Adams Sound/Sound Designer
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Nicholas Pike Score Composer
Michaela Quast Set Decoration/Design
Elie Samaha Executive Producer
David Saunders Executive Producer
Romain Schroeder Executive Producer
Christian Sebaldt Cinematographer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
Alan Strachan Editor
Carlo Thoss Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Wiessenhaan Special Effects Supervisor
Makus Wollersheim Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Subway Death [5:46]
2. Unbreakable Case [3:06]
3. Trail of Two Corpses [5:01]
4. Perfect Leads [4:34]
5. Scream Test [2:06]
6. Turnbull's Last Ride [4:44]
7. Intimate With Fear [4:38]
8. Hooked With One Look [5:11]
9. Unfeeling: Bugged [4:28]
10. Bryant's Energy Theory [3:40]
11. Denise's Descent [4:26]
12. Want to Play? [5:31]
13. Alive in the Wires [5:18]
14. Jeannie's File [5:01]
15. Jeannie's Condition [6:35]
16. Basement Terror [5:59]
17. The Doctor's Lair [6:34]
18. Torture Silo [4:10]
19. Her Revenge [4:45]
20. Nobody There [1:57]
21. End Credits [7:35]

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