Frequency

Frequency

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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 ScienceSee more details below

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Overview

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.
All Movie Guide
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.

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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:
909

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

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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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