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Frequency
     

Frequency

4.7 34
Director: Gregory Hoblit

Cast: Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel, Andre Braugher

 

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The DVD of Gregory Hoblit's supernatural surprise hit Frequency includes a widescreen, anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital and Surround Audio, and a respectable amount of extras. Commentary tracks by Hoblit, writer/producer Toby Emmerich, and actor Noah Emmerich add insight into the creative processes behind Frequency, while the documentary "The Science

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The DVD of Gregory Hoblit's supernatural surprise hit Frequency includes a widescreen, anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital and Surround Audio, and a respectable amount of extras. Commentary tracks by Hoblit, writer/producer Toby Emmerich, and actor Noah Emmerich add insight into the creative processes behind Frequency, while the documentary "The Science and Technology Behind Frequency" explores the scientific basis behind the film's premise of heightened solar activity allowing a man to talk to his long-deceased father. Likewise, the disc's animated gallery of sunspots and solar flares provides a unique perspective on the film. Another audio track isolates Michael Kamen's score and presents his commentary on the music; the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features, such as script-to-screen comparisons, and the film's original website round out this substantial, entertaining DVD.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
With a nod to movies past, Frequency synthesizes style and fright to create a thriller for the ages. A freak occurrence in the aurora borealis rewrites the future for John Sullivan (James Caviezel), a policeman still recovering from the death of his father (Dennis Quaid), a heroic fireman, 30 year earlier. Using his father's old ham radio one night, John connects with a strangely familiar man -- eerily, but unmistakably, his father. This fantastic connection inadvertently alters past, present, and future for both of them, as father and son must reunite to stop a serial killer who has targeted John's mother. Quaid brings his usual charm to the fatherly role, and Caviezel, best remembered for his breakout role in The Thin Red Line, makes a great, moody foil. Screenwriter Toby Emmerich's script is tight and multilayered, allowing director Gregory Hoblit to successfully revisit the psychological terror he mastered in Fallen and Primal Fear. With great ease, Hoblit juggles an amalgam of genres -- thriller, science fiction, and family drama -- recalling the uncanny fantasy of The Twilight Zone and Field of Dreams as much as the suspense of Backdraft and The Fugitive.
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Frequency is sometimes referred to as a "tearjerker for men," since it deals movingly with the bonds between a father (Dennis Quaid) and son (Jim Caviezel). But a more complimentary gauge of its power is to compare it to Back to the Future. That's because both films require a major suspension of disbelief for the viewer to swallow the otherwise preposterous time travel conundrums at their core. Once the viewer accepts the framework -- that a rift in the space-time continuum could allow Caviezel to talk to his dead father, 30 years in the past, over ham radio waves -- the enjoyment that follows is pure and unfettered, because the movie stays true to the rules it establishes. Both leads turn in earnest, energetic performances, and the script doesn't fail them. It's the small elements of a cleverly devised time-twister story that really resonate. For example, in one memorable scene, Quaid hides a key piece of evidence that may help his son solve a murder in the floorboards of the house where Caviezel still lives. "Moments later," Caviezel digs it up, covered with dust and cobwebs. Sports fans and New Yorkers will appreciate the nostalgic 1969 the film conjures, when everyone in the borough of Queens was electrified by the "Amazin'" Mets and their appearance in the World Series. It's a tall task to ask any film to duplicate the sublime experience of Back to the Future, but the fact that this is even in the ballpark, so to speak, is a real testament.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0794043505829
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
5,530

Special Features

Widescreen version of the film; 5.1 Stereo Surround; 2.0 Stereo Surround Sound; English subtitles and closed captions; Deleted scenes; Original documentary: "The Science and Technology Behind Frequency" in 5.1 audio and enhanced for widescreen TVs; Feature-length commentary with director Gregory Hoblit; Feature-length commentary with actor Noah Emmerich and writer/producer Toby Emmerich; 5.1 isolated score with composer commentary by Michael Kamen; Theatrical trailer; Animated solar galleries; Script-to-screen dynamic index; Original web site; "Lord of the Rings" web browser, wallpaper, and screen saver; Fully-playable demo of Sierra studios "Ground Control" game

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Frank Sullivan
James Caviezel John Sullivan
Andre Braugher Satch DeLeon
Elizabeth Mitchell Julia Sullivan
Noah Emmerich Gordon Hersch
Shawn Doyle Jack Shepard
Jordan Bridges Graham Gibson
Melissa Errico Samantha Thomas
Daniel Henson Johnny Sullivan (6 years)

Technical Credits
Gregory Hoblit Director,Producer
Rob Albertell Asst. Director
Jeffrey Steven Authors Asst. Director
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Carraro Producer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Paul Bryan Eads Production Designer
Toby Emmerich Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Patricia Graf Associate Producer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
John Kasarda Art Director
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Howard W. Koch Producer
Howard W. Koch Producer
Beth Kushnick Set Decoration/Design
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
David Rosenbloom Editor
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Richard Saperstein Executive Producer
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [7:00]
2. October 10, 1069 [4:06]
3. October 10, 1999 [5:22]
4. On the Air [5:27]
5. The Ball Game [1:35]
6. History Lesson [1:47]
7. 30 Years Ago [7:37]
8. The Buxton Fire [10:49]
9. Catching Up [10:14]
10. Repercussions [6:40]
11. "Something Happened" [3:51]
12. Hunting the Nightingale [6:15]
13. Suspect and Victim [5:45]
14. Evidence [1:45]
15. Skeletons in the Closet [2:10]
16. Under Suspicion [:45]
17. Detained [4:34]
18. Last Flight of the Nightingale [3:07]
19. Safe at Home [10:09]
20. Return of the Nightingales [4:30]
21. The Sullivans/End Titles [2:22]

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Frequency 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. It's suspenseful, and it makes you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is now my all time favorite. The story is really about is the need for a son who loved his father to have him to love and guide him through his life. It is about how people, parents, can affect our lives, and how losing them can keep us longing for them years later ( in the case of the son in this movie, 30 years). See the movie -- I haven't seen a movie that touched me this way in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very emotional film that deals with my favorite theory about filmmaking, “What if…?” What if an atmospheric phenomenon pushes the Aurora Borealis down from Alaska right over NYC in 1969 and thirty years later the same phenomenon occurs again? What would happen? Well in this case an NYC Firefighter Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) is able to communicate with his son John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) in 1999, while he is watching the “Amazing Mets” play in the 1969 World Series by way of a HAM radio set. John thinks it is a joke as his father has been dead for thirty years and Frank thinks the guy is a nutcase and breaks off contact with him. When the strange occurrence stirs memories within John, he tries to get his Dad back to tell him how to avoid the accident that kills him. Frank listens and pays heed and does avoid the accident, but there are dire consequences for their toying with time. Those consequences also wreak havoc on John’s life in the future as he is an NYC Homicide Detective investigating a number of murders dubbed “The Nightingale Murders” and are linked to a case that began when his Dad was still alive. This is one of those rare films that actually works better on a weak premise. Obviously no one thinks something like this could be possible, but the idea of a second chance I think appeals to everyone. It is quite a tearjerker too, especially the happy-sappy ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is really great. It's mysterious, dramatic, and exciting...a big rush! You need to see it. It's also emotional and somewhat mind-boggling. It can be a little hard to follow, but I love it!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I remembered seeing bits and pieces of it when it was on TV, years ago. Then I forgot about it and heard there's a TV show. Then saw the movie after a very long time and its a really good suspenseful, well paced movie. I do remember the basic plot and the acting was also pretty good.
cdp6161 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this movie every time I watch it. A sweet little movie that the whole family can be touched by and feel good afterwards. Love the Garth Brooks song. It sounds like it was written expressly for the movie. I catch it whenever its on. So glad that so many others feel the same way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an incredibly beautiful, tear jerking, thought provoking movie - something to behold with your entire family. I normally hate baseball, and I hate sci fi, yet I somehow loved this movie. I could watch it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so intense. Although, completely unrealistic, it had you at the edge of your seat the whole time wondering. I loved it and watched it more than a dozen times. It still makes me say, what if? Anyway, I do have a complaint - where is the soundtrack? I loved the song at the end by Garth Brooks, but can't find it anywhere. Any answers?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was awesome!! I can't believe that it didn't get as much attention as it did. I know several people who pretty much hate most movies, but they loved this. Everyone that I have talked to that has seen it loved it. I'm about to purchase this on DVD, for this is one I'll tell all my friends about!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie. It really made me think a lot and stirred up many different emotions. It really does need a sountrack. After all what is a movie without the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would enjoy this movie because I thought it would be too far out but it was really great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On a lark, my fiancee and I rented this movie because the one that we wanted at the video store was sold out. I couldn't believe what an outstanding movie this was! Both of us were completely riveted: what a great sci-fi thriller! I thought that Jim Cazaviel was great as ''Lil Chief'' and was that part written for Dennis Quaid or what? The acting was superb, the script was well written . . . this was definitely one of the best movies we saw this year. Too bad it was such a sleeper; they ought to re-release this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one is a great one that slipped through the cracks. It makes you wonder could this really happen, and if it did what would you do. I agree with reveiwer from sept WHERE IS THE SOUNDTRACK!!! But I did find the Garth Brooks song its on his new cd Scarecrow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the theater, it was rated PG-13. However, I found it very interresting. There are a few querks in the movie that make you think but it shows an active ''split-screen'' format of what happens in the past relating to the future. I enjoyed it and i'm waiting for it to appear on my laptop screen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why Frequency didn't get more attention that it did, I haven't got a clue... This movie is excellent in every way. The script, the directing, the acting all conjure up for a great nail biting thriller with plenty of twists and a tinge of emotional backing from Field Of Dreams and Backdraft. Yes, it can be hard to conceive the story at first - so pay close attention! I loved the way the characters and the subtleties of the family were brought to the screen... I thought this was a perfect role for Quaid. And while it does evoke an emotional ending, it's not nagging on your heart strings all the way through... It also contains some good funny moments too. Yahoooooo. =) A well recommended feel good movie. Great for when you get lost in the day-2-day, and you're trying to figure which way is up... The DVD packs excellent bonuses with deleted scenes, scientific theories and audio commentary. The music of Michael Kamen and Garth Brooks is great 2.. What more can I say - Stop reading and go buy it! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found myself in tears as I watched a father and son fight for each others lives. This movie is much more than a thriller and a quirky SF kind of movie with time ''travel''. It's a truly heart warming tale about good people winning everything that matters to them which is to be with each other, play baseball and try to do a little good in this world. Not a bad story line and done in a very entertaining and surprising manner. I think this is a classic. 5 stars definitely. Great movie to see as a family or with your wife after having a tough time with your kids and wondering what it's all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In all the reviews I read for this movie they all said things like it was impossible and it could never happen, and I say so what. I mean get over it. When you let the rationale side of your brain take a breather and stop nitpicking the impossiblities in this movie it's then that you realize what a wonderful movie this is. It tears at your heart and then fills it back up again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frequency kept me on the edge of my seat. This has got to be one of the best written movies that I have ever seen. This is one movie I will watch over and over. There should be a soundtrack CD available
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so moving to me. It really makes you think about things and it was obvious the writer thought things through. I especially liked the scene where John talked to himself as a child. the scenes where father and son realized who each other were were so amazing. Imagine being able to communicate w/ your child when they are 30 years old. I would have so many questions. I just loved this movie. I'm buying it for myself and for my parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
why did this movie not get rave reviews when released?! this is a really fascinating, edge-of-your-seat movie - - great acting, plot, everything!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting movie with a twist. It started and then there was the end. So watch it twice or three times to enjoy. Dennis Quaid is charming as ever. By the way a soundtrack would be great so lets work on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best movie made. I loved it. I think that it had a great story line. It may have not been realistic, but it kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It had a happy ending. It didn't leave you feeling depressed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We went to see this movie because most others were sold out - what luck! This is definitely the sleeper movie of the year 2000. It's nice to come out of the movie theater and feel as though you got your money's worth. I just got a dvd player - and this is going to be my first dvd.
trojan____girl18 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my mom's birthday and she absolutely loved it! Great movie and great customer service when I bought it as well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie but is there a soundtrack? Where can I get that great Garth Brooks song played at the closing credits?