Godsend

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Overview

Experimental genetics turn a young couple's grief into outright horror in Lions Gate Home Entertainment's release of director Nick Hamm's Godsend. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is near flawless, with bright colors, solid blacks, and virtually no evidence of edge enhancement or digital artifacting. Audio is offered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and is free of distortion and hiss. For adventurous viewers who may be curious to delve a bit deeper, Lions Gate has seen fit to ...
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Overview

Experimental genetics turn a young couple's grief into outright horror in Lions Gate Home Entertainment's release of director Nick Hamm's Godsend. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is near flawless, with bright colors, solid blacks, and virtually no evidence of edge enhancement or digital artifacting. Audio is offered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and is free of distortion and hiss. For adventurous viewers who may be curious to delve a bit deeper, Lions Gate has seen fit to include a lively commentary track with director Hamm, who is aided briefly by director of photography Kramer Morgenthau in discussing some of the more technical aspects of the shoot. Hamm is obviously very interested in the psychological and moral questions raised in the film, and though he spends much of the time pointing out the obvious to viewers (plot devices such as the child's toy dinosaur are explicitly singled out), it's DP Morganthau whose commentary -- however brief -- will truly be of interest to aspiring photographers. Four alternate endings with optional writer and director's commentary offer a glimpse into the indecision by the filmmakers on how to wrap up the feature, and a few pages of storyboards round out the presentation nicely.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 16 x 9 widescreen (2.35:1); 5.1 Dolby Digital; Commentary with director and director of photography; Four alternate endings with commentary from the director and writer; Storyboards; English and Spanish subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • UPC: 031398163251
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 51,767

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greg Kinnear Paul Duncan
Rebecca Romijn Jessie Duncan
Robert De Niro Dr. Richard Wells
Cameron Bright Adam Duncan
Marcia Bennett Principal Hersch
Zoie Palmer Susan Pierce
Janet Bailey Cora Williams
Devon Bostick Zachary Clark Wells
Jenny Levine Sandra Shaw
Deborah Odell Tanya
Raoul Bhaneja Samir Miklat
Elle Downs Clara Sandler
Merwin Mondesir Maurice
Jake Simons Dan Sandler
Technical Credits
Nick Hamm Director
Mark Bomback Co-producer, Screenwriter
Christopher Briggs Associate Producer
Michael Burns Executive Producer
Marc Butan Producer
Mark Canton Executive Producer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Jon Feltheimer Executive Producer
Stephanie Gorin Casting
Arvinder Grewal Art Director
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Randi Hiller Casting
Niven Howie Editor
Nigel Hutchins Set Decoration/Design
Eric Kopeloff Executive Producer
Doug Kraner Production Designer
Nicholas Lepage Art Director
Suzanne McCabe Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill McMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Mirkovich Editor
Laurie Mirsky Art Director
Steve Mitchell Co-producer
Kramer Morgenthau Cinematographer
Sean O'Keefe Producer
Robert Ortiz Associate Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Cathy Schulman Producer
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Birthday [4:34]
2. Accident [5:25]
3. Reunion [4:12]
4. Wrong [2:13]
5. Research [2:58]
6. Secluded [5:23]
7. Home [5:15]
8. Nightmare [4:56]
9. Zachary [5:13]
10. DNA [4:21]
11. Disorders [6:20]
12. Consequences [3:25]
13. Second Opinion [3:50]
14. Remembering [5:12]
15. Secrets [3:43]
16. Accomplices [3:44]
17. Something Else [3:15]
18. Investigation [2:57]
19. Evil [4:31]
20. Cold [4:08]
21. Failure [3:16]
22. Questions [3:54]
23. 6 Months Later [5:19]
24. End Credits [4:01]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Alternate Endings
         Ending #1
         Ending #2
         Ending #3
         Ending #4
         Play All
         Commentary With Director Nick Hamm and Writer Mark Bomback: On
         Commentary With Director Nick Hamm and Writer Mark Bomback: Off
      Storyboards
         Obituaries
         Closet
      Feature Commentary With Director Nick Hamm and Director of Photography Kramer Morgenthau: On
      Feature Commentary With Director Nick Hamm and Director of Photography Kramer Morgenthau: Off
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
      Spanish: On
      Spanish: Off
   Trailers
      Punisher
      Dirty Dancing Havana Nights
      Shattered Glass
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Beyond Belief (or like Jay Sherman says, 'It Sucks.')

    I must agree that this movie is a waste. It could have been better. The script was boring and uncreative as if the writers woke up late one morning and found a message from the producers that the dead line is in an hour. Basically, the plot and the lines were a work of an amateur. The characters in this movie were the dullest I've seen. They were stupid, if I'm permitted to say. The editing was not too bad, and the direction was forced for fast production. The only thing I enjoyed was the title: Is it God send, or is it God's end? The moral issue of this piece is enlighting to some people, but you'd know about this discussion if you took a biology class, for example. I'm sorry Bobby De Niro, alongside other good actors, got involved in such a travesty. I appreciate the movie trying to make a point. However, the movie failed in proving the claim. Besides, nothing in this film that hasn't been done before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Flawed beyond belief

    This is one of those movies that appears to have a lot of potential to be intriguing and compelling. An attractive, loving couple loses their angelic son in a tragic accident. The eccentric, charismatic scientist offers them a miraculous, if highly questionable, chance to reclaim him. An intriguing plot dominated by some good old-fashioned surprises and a general descent into uneasiness. I'm not going to give away the 'twist', since some of you will want to see it, but I will say this: don't waste your time. You will probably feel ripped off, gypped, and betrayed by the easy cheapness of the 'resolution' of this story, which could have been so much more if the writers had a bit more imagination. De Niro shows up as the obligatory 'savior with a dark side' and phones in his performance. Greg Kinnear is a talented actor and tries his best to hold on. He has a few moments of genuine anguish. Rebecca R-S is surprisingly good as the mom whose idyllic life slowly deteriorates from beneath. But the movie just doesn't work, and we were left with the feeling of having been manipulated into caring for characters in a story that is so flawed as to be laughable, except we weren't laughing: we were so thoroughly annoyed with the whole proceedings that we were not, unfortunately, in the least bit amused.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite the Moral Lesson

    I always thought that cloning would be awesome and fun. I imagined a little army of me hanging out cause i do not have anyone else to hang with. I heard it only costs a few grand a clone and i was saving up. But after this movie I realized that cloning has its downfall. Oh Yeah this is Pacino's best since Godfather 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Is it over yet, Why'd you wake me up?

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Out of Valiums? Rent this movie, it'll do the trick. Nuf Said

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    Posted May 20, 2009

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