Mercury Rising

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Overview

This DVD edition of the action thriller Mercury Rising gets the deluxe treatment, with plenty of bells and whistles for fans of the DVD format. Mercury Rising: Special Edition has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on HDTV monitors. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while two alternate tracks, dubbed into French and Spanish, are in Dolby Digital Surround. Optional ...
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Overview

This DVD edition of the action thriller Mercury Rising gets the deluxe treatment, with plenty of bells and whistles for fans of the DVD format. Mercury Rising: Special Edition has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on HDTV monitors. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while two alternate tracks, dubbed into French and Spanish, are in Dolby Digital Surround. Optional Spanish-language subtitles are included, as well as closed captioning in English. In addition to the feature film, a wealth of bonus material has been included, including a short documentary on the making of the film, a chapter of production notes, a commentary track from the director, biographies of the key members of the cast and crew, production stills, a link to the film's official website, and the original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

Feature commentary with director Harold Becker; "Watch the Mercury Rising" original documentary featuring interviews with director Harold Becker, cast members Bruce Willis, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens, and producer Brian Grazer; Theatrical trailer; Production photographs; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Despite its star power and bulging budget, this is not your typical Hollywood action suspense thriller. Instead, it's a shade darker with a well-written script rife with conspiracy conjecture. Bruce Willis' pairing with a child prodigy actor was perhaps a foreshadowing of 1999's immensely successful The Sixth Sense. The young Miko Hughes gives a remarkable performance as Simon, Willis' autistic charge, and he and the Hollywood star work well together. While the story is not without holes, the film's bullet train pace offers little time to ponder them and the plot culminates cohesively. Alec Baldwin wades deep into his hard-boiled character and does particularly unforgettable work in a priceless tete-a-tete scene he shares with Willis. Harold Becker's keen adaptation of Ryne Douglas Peterson's Simon Says is also of great help to the film, as is Becker's use of the murky streets of Chicago, which underscores the shadowy content of the narrative. When all is said and done, Mercury Rising is a thoroughly plausible suspense thriller in which the stars don't outshine the story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1999
  • UPC: 025192044922
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,091

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Art Jeffries
Alec Baldwin Nicholas Kudrow
Miko Hughes Simon
Chi McBride Tommy B. Jordan
Kim Dickens Stacey
Robert Stanton Dean Crandell
Bodhi Elfman Leo Pedranski
Carrie Preston Emily Lang
L.L. Ginter Peter Burrell
John Carroll Lynch Martin Lynch
Peter Stormare Shayes
Kevin Conway Lomax
Kelley Hazen Jenny Lynch
John Doman Supervisor Hartley
Richard Riehle Edgar Holstrom
Kim Robillard Motorman
Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director
Jeff Adam Set Decoration/Design
John Barry Score Composer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Karen Fletcher Set Decoration/Design
Brian Grazer Producer
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Industrial Light & Magic Animator, Special Effects Supervisor
Karen Kehela Producer
Ric Kidney Executive Producer
Nancy Klopper Casting
Lawrence Konner Screenwriter
Tom Mack Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Andrew Menzies Set Decoration/Design
Maria Nay Set Decoration/Design
Paul Neesan Co-producer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Owens Special Effects Supervisor
Maureen Peyrot Co-producer
Mark Rosenthal Screenwriter
Steve Saklad Art Director
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
Michael Sersen Cinematographer
Joseph M. Singer Executive Producer
James F. Truesdale Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. The Inside Man (Main Titles) [3:14]
2. Out-Of-Line [5:30]
3. Simon [:56]
4. The Magic'S Gone [1:30]
5. The Puzzle [:07]
6. Mercury Is Falling [2:57]
7. The Nine-Year-Old Threat [4:56]
8. The Compromised Killing [:47]
9. A Missing Kid [3:34]
10. Simon And The Stranger [3:34]
11. Ultimately Responsible [:50]
12. The New Doctor [2:51]
13. The Ambulance Chasers [4:27]
14. Between Trains [3:40]
15. Strangers On A Train [4:11]
16. Tommy'S House [4:29]
17. Nobody'S Kid [1:11]
18. Simon Is Going Home [1:46]
19. The Untraceable Number [:30]
20. E=mc2 [2:29]
21. The Baby-Sitter [2:39]
22. To Protect The Code [3:00]
23. Simon'S New Friend [1:30]
24. In Over Our Heads [1:50]
25. A Place To Stay [1:29]
26. His Last Will And Testament [1:51]
27. A Deal For The Patriot [1:51]
28. The Takeover [1:41]
29. Changes In Plan [2:35]
30. On The Edge [1:22]
31. The Fallen Patriot [2:49]
32. A Friend Of Simon Lynch [3:30]
33. End Titles [:27]
0. Watch The Mercury Rising
1. Watch The Mercury Rising
2. Finding And Training Simon
3. Finding A Cast
4. Preparing A Thriller
5. Shooting In Chicago
6. Yesterday'S Fiction - Today'S Truth
7. Production Stories
8. Working Together
9. Post Production
10. Creating The Effects (Ilm)
11. Music
12. Wrap Up
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Audio Commentary With Director Harold Becker
      Deleted Scenes
      Production Photographs
   Language Selection
      Spoken Language
         Audio Commentary With Director Harold Becker
      Captions And Subtitles
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Typical Bruce Willis action movie

    I'll buy any Bruce Willis action movie, and this is one of those. Not as much a shoot-em-up as Die Hard, but you get the idea. Bruce Willis as the good guy, protecting the innocent, in this case an autistic kid. Willis is his usual don't-do-it-by-the-book character. The kid is, by the way, played by a very fine young actor who does an excellent job with that difficult role. Alec Baldwin does a great job as the bad guy. So for action movies, this is a good one. Not a total roller-coaster ride, but it moves right along and has a good plot and good acting. I admit that it's over the top as far as believeability, but it's a MOVIE! It's by Hollywood! If you're looking to escape into something like that, then go with this one.

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