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David Prior produced the extras on this impressive three-disc release of David Fincher's Panic Room, equaling the outstanding job he did compiling the deluxe releases of that director's earlier films Fight Club and Seven. The superb anamorphic widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. The film is graced with three commentary tracks....
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David Prior produced the extras on this impressive three-disc release of David Fincher's Panic Room, equaling the outstanding job he did compiling the deluxe releases of that director's earlier films Fight Club and Seven. The superb anamorphic widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. The film is graced with three commentary tracks. The first features director David Fincher discussing every aspect of the film's production. These stories offer a perfect lead-in to the bevy of extras on the bonus discs. In another commentary, Jodie Foster, Dwight Yoakam, and Forest Whitaker discuss what acting in this occasionally troubled production was like. A third commentary features the screenwriter David Koepp, who is joined by the Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman. Their discussion will provide a great deal of fascinating information for anyone interested in the craft of screenwriting. The two discs of extras truly saturate the viewer with information on every conceivable aspect of the production. From pre-visualization computer work to editing decisions, sound design, scoring, makeup, and beyond, this is simply one of the most comprehensive documentations of a film ever released on DVD. Those with a thirst for filmmaking knowledge will find this disc to be among the best ever produced. The care that went into this DVD is apparent in the menus that begin with a blueprint of the house. When the viewer selects one of the sections, the camera tracks inside the blueprint, where suddenly it stops being the blueprint and becomes images of the actual house. The words themselves are presented in the same distinctive font as the film's memorable opening credits. This is easily one of the most impressive discs of the year.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Anamorphic 2.40:1 aspect ratio; All-new English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio mix; Commentary by David Fincher; Commentary by Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, and Dwight Yoakam; Commantary by writer David Koepp and special guest, screenwriter William Goldman; Six featurettes on the prep phase, from previsualization through testing; Interactive previsualization: Compare the previsualization, storyboards, dailies, and final film in a multi-angle, multi-audio feature with optional commentary; "Shooting Panic Room": An hour-long documentary on the principal photography phase; Makeup effects featurette with Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.; Sequence breakdowns: An interactive look at the creation of four separate scenes in the film; 21 documentaries and featurettes on the visual effects; "On Sound Design" with Ren Klyce; Digital Intermediate and other featurettes dealing with the post-production phase; A multi-angle look at the scoring session conducted by Howard Shore
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
There's not much breathing space in Panic Room, a wall-to-wall experiment in anxiety directed by supreme visual stylist David Fincher Fight Club. The script, by David Koepp Spider-Man, finds a wealthy divorcée Jodie Foster and her daughter Kristen Stewart besieged by a trio of burglars in their new home, an ultra-plush Manhattan townhouse. Fortunately, the house is equipped with a "panic room," a hermetically sealed space in which mother and daughter take refuge, and much of the film concerns the criminals' attempts to gain access to this sanctuary, causing undue panic and claustrophobia for our heroines. Fincher milks the plot's stripped-down simplicity, as a roving camera explores interior spaces millimeter by millimeter, tracking through walls, floors, air ducts, and even keyholes. Ultimately, the film develops into a magnificent battle of wit and will between the prim Foster and the bickering and increasingly violent felons Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam, and Forest Whitaker. Whitaker ultimately anchors the film, evoking a compassionate strength around which the escalating suspense revolves. The result is a virtuoso piece, telling a story that takes place in a single location on a single night, inventively exploring the possibilities of the scenario without losing its simple inexorability.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
As sleek, taut, and speedy as an expensive German automobile, David Fincher's high-concept suspense thriller finds the director at his best, and, more importantly, his most efficient, with little of the narrative muddle and character vagaries that plagued some of his previous work. Fincher has always worn his influences on his sleeve, from Hitchcock to Kubrick to Peckinpah, and while all of the above are referenced in Panic Room, the film is mostly a successful homage to the Master of Suspense himself. David Koepp's tight script allows the director to get right down to business: Once descended upon by a trio of a burglars, Jodie Foster's Meg Altman is pitted against her captors in a variety of set piece situations, each more nail-biting than the last. Though Fincher employs his usual bag of digital tricks to accentuate the spaces of Meg's lavish brownstone, the flourishes never seem gratuitous; the director doesn't forget that simple juxtapositions of glances, framings, and angles convey much more fear and dread than three-dimensional computer animation. Best of all, Koepp and Fincher have whittled the material down to its barest essentials: The characters' backstory and motivation are doled out sparingly over the course of the standoff, and never in an obvious, neon-billboard sort of way. Foster, Kristen Stewart, and particularly Forest Whitaker respond in kind, each actor turning in a visceral, nuanced performance to carry the audience through to the film's grisly end. It's rare that a thriller warrants a second viewing for character interaction instead of a tricky structure or a plot full of red herrings, and Panic Room, thankfully, is that kind of film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • UPC: 043396026094
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Meg Altman
Forest Whitaker Burnham
Dwight Yoakam Raoul
Jared Leto Junior
Kristen Stewart Sarah Altman
Ann Magnuson Lydia Lynch
Patrick Bauchau Stephen Altman
Holt McCallany
Andrew Kevin Walker
Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
Ceán Chaffin Producer
Conrad W. Hall Cinematographer
Judy Hofflund Producer
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
David Koepp Producer, Screenwriter
Gavin Polone Producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1: Feature
1. Chapter 1 [2:35]
2. Chapter 2 [3:58]
3. Chapter 3 [8:49]
4. Chapter 4 [5:00]
5. Chapter 5 [5:22]
6. Chapter 6 [1:06]
7. Chapter 7 [5:08]
8. Chapter 8 [10:30]
9. Chapter 9 [5:33]
10. Chapter 10 [2:58]
11. Chapter 11 [4:47]
12. Chapter 12 [3:56]
13. Chapter 13 [5:07]
14. Chapter 14 [:40]
15. Chapter 15 [2:52]
16. Chapter 16 [1:00]
17. Chapter 17 [2:30]
18. Chapter 18 [1:23]
19. Chapter 19 [1:24]
20. Chapter 20 [2:56]
21. Chapter 21 [1:58]
22. Chapter 22 [7:01]
23. Chapter 23 [6:26]
24. Chapter 24 [5:32]
25. Chapter 25 [3:07]
26. Chapter 26 [:58]
27. Chapter 27 [1:12]
28. Chapter 28 [7:46]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1: Feature
   Commentaries
      Cast Commentary: On
      Cast Commentary: Off
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
      Writer's Commentary: On
      Writer's Commentary: Off
   Subtitles
      Subtitles Off
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
   Audio Set Up
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Previews
      Panic Room
      Taxi Driver
      Close Encounters of the Third Kind
      Midnight Express
      Lawrence of Arabia
      Dr. Strangelove
   DVD Credits
Side #2 -- Disc 2: Special Features
   Production
      Shooting Panic Room
      Make Up Effects
   Pre-Production
      Prep
         The Testing Phase
         Safe-Cracking School
      Previsualization
         Creating the Previs
         Previs Demo With Commentary: On
         Previs Demo With Commentary: Off
         Habitrail Film
         Multi-Angle Featurette
            Angle 1: Storyboards and Dailies Cut
            Angle 2: Previs and Final Film
            Audio Tracks: Production
            Audio Tracks: Peter Ramsey Commentary
            Audio Tracks: Finished
            Audio Tracks: Colin Green Commentary
Side #3 -- Disc 3: Special Features
   Visual Effects
      Introduction
      Main Titles
      Thru Bedroom Door
      The Skylight
      The Big Shot
      Through the Railing
      Giant Dust
      Thru Wall and Floor
      The Hose
      Propane Gas
      The Explosion
      The Flashlight
      Slow Motion
      X-Ray Floor
      Safe Shavings/Digital Squibs
      CGI Gun and Cell Phone
      Arm on Fire
      CGI Propane Tank
      Headwounds
      Fluttering: Bonds and CGI Leaves
   Scoring
      Main Titles
         Orchestra
         Composite
      Sealing the House
         Orchestra
         Composite
      The Phone Call
         Orchestra 1
         Orchestra 2
         Orchestra 3
         Orchestra 4
         Composite
      Altman
         Orchestra
         Composite
   Sound Design
      On Sound Design
   Digital Intermediate
   Super 35 Technical Explanation
      Index
         Intro
         Spherical Formats
         Anamorphic
         Matting
         Widescreen on TV
         Super 35
         3-Perf
         Common Lines
         Conclusion
      Begin
   Sequence Breakdowns
      The Phone Jack
         Script
         Storyboards
         B-Roll
         Dailies
         Tests
      End of Junior
         Script
         Storyboards
         B-Roll
         Dailies
         Tests
      Hammer Time
         Script
         Storyboards
         B-Roll
         Dailies
         Tests
      Burnham Surrounded
         Script
         Storyboards
         B-Roll
         Dailies
         Tests
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    David Fincher Makes A Throw-Back 80s Thriller...

    I don't know what it is with this film that gets film-buffs excited. Sure it has that suspense (which is overdone) like back in the Hitchcock days, sure it might have great actors (who overplay their roles), and an awesome dirctor (From Fight Club to this?). Maybe I was expecting a little too much, but this film was absolutely horrible. I don't like writing bad reviews, since Films aren't for all tastes. I love a great suspense/thriller, for crying out loud I'm a David Lynch Freak and that's as much as suspense/thriller you can get, but for crying out loud, this whole idea makes me laugh; a mother and daughter move into a new place which for some stupid reason has a PANIC ROOM which saves them from any bad things happening and on the night they move in, they're being robbed and proceed to get full proper use of their new Panic Room. I don't know when and where one of these actors or director David Fincher said, "oh boy, I like this idea." This is already getting ridiculous. So now the whole movie is just them protecting themselves from the perps. The only real scene in this whole film is the arrival of the police at their home and that's it. Like I said in the Headliner, this is just a throw-back to me, it's too plain and doesn't really have that "it" factor. If the characters were to have not made it in the end, maybe I would've liked this more, but the idea, the story, the entire film as a whole is dreadful and is not a reccomendation to those who love David Fincher, which I do, I would go with his earlier thriller "The Game," which is much more compelling and the story is much more of a ride than this mess. So take the risk of watching this, I'd say watch this if you're into the older classics of Suspense/Thrillers, this film has that quality to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Panic Room

    This is an awesome movie and one of my favorites. It has the 2 gals who hide from three burglars who break into their new found home on the night they move in. By any means necessary they try to get into their hiding place the "Panic Room." Then there's a twist ending. Good suspense and camera work was good too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    full of suspense

    jodie foster does an superb job as a mother with her daughter held hostage in their new house, but taking refuge in a state-of-the-art panic room. You must see this edge of you seat thriller!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There are not enough stars to rate this film.

    This film is absolutely wonderful. Jodie Foster is not the only one that delivered a wonderful performance (as the other reviewers have made it out to be). Jared Leto gave a great performance as Junior. He was very very (darkly) funny in my opinion. Dwight Yolkam gave a wonderful performance as the real "bad guy" (Raoul) of the movie. Kristen Stewart did a great job as Sarah (and by the way not really in this movie, but Kristen is very very very beautiful). And the BEST preformance in the whole movie in my opinion is Forest Whitaker as Burnham. What a beautiful performance he gave! He was the one that REALLY kept my eyes on the screen the most. He was the good guy-bad guy of the film, and was so wonderful in his part. This movie was so great from such a small cast and simple storyline. And though Forest is my favorite character in the film, Jodie Foster DOES also deliver an unforgetful performance as Meg. This movie DOES deserve its R rating. There is some very strong violence in this film. A character gets his hand stuck in a metal door. Someone is stabbed with shots over and over in the back. Someone is hit over and over with a large flashlight in the face. A person is slammed in the head with a sledge-hammer. A man is caught on fire and graphically shows the burn marks. And two characters are shot in the head. There is also VERY strong and VERY constant language and much of it is name-calling. It is mostly the robbers that ALWAYS swear at each other and call names, usually meant in a mean-spirited way. I am very surprised that this movie was not much much more popular than it was. If you like a movie because well... it is good and not just because it has alot of show-off special effects...If you can just enjoy a good movie when you see a good movie you will like this movie. I HIGHLY reccomend this movie. It is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best thrillers of 2002

    This is one of the best thrillers ever made. Jodie Foster delivers her most unforgettable performance yet since ' The Silence of the Lambs'. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    This movie is so good. I loved it. Jodie Foster is awsome. Two thumbs up for this one. I could not get enough of it. Iwt was one of the best movies i have seen in years. It is definatly worth seeing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jodie foster is awesome

    This was one of my fave movies!!!!** It was intense but yet not scary! Great movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best film of last year!!

    this film waz amazing,me+my friend saw it twice in the cinema!!now i own it on dvd,jodie foster has done it again!just amazing,you have to see this film to belive it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JODIE FOSTER ANOTHER GREAT MOVIE !!!

    THE MOVIE WAS INTENSE ...AND EXCITING JODIE FOSTER AT HER BEST AGAIN...OF COURSE I SEEN THE MOVIE ONCE..AND PLAN TO BUY IT VERY SOON SO I CAN HAVE ANOTHER COLLECTION OF JODIE FOSTER A GREAT ACTRESS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doesn't disappoint.

    Jodie Foster has done it again. This is a great movie, riviting, keeps you glued till the end. The entire cast is perfect and believable. Jared Leto is a bit too much and you're actually glad when he makes his exit. And kudos to whom ever cast Kristen Stewart (Sarah Altman) as Jodies' daughter in the film. Finally a child actor who doesn't act like child trying to act. You can actually sit through any scene she is in and not squirm in your seat (ex. JaKe Lloyd: S.W. Episode 1) Keep an eye on this one. Highly recomend this one to who ever is just tired of the same bad, cliche movie on the rental selves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exceeds expectations

    Isn't it great when something exceeds your expectations? I kind of expected paranormal psychobabble, given the title. Thankfully, not a ghoul in sight! Instead we're treated to a simple, strong and believable plot that doesn't miss a beat. Visual effects and camera work are first class. The DVD itself is topnotch - excellent high definition film transfer with lifelike DTS and Dolby 5.1 sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jodie Foster Weaves a beleivable Motherthly performance

    Jodie ranks among the greatest (or IS the greatest) in one of the most original Suspense Drama's of the year. Her performance is as powerful as that of The Silence of The Lambs, Nell, and Taxi Driver. In a realistic setting, Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) is trapped inside the Panic Room and must save herself and her Daughter from the trio of theives outside. One hell of a good movie that leaves the audience in a shocked interest as Jodie parades across the screen in the most absorbing performance of the year. Read my other reviews in the suggested titles. ---Joe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beautiful thriller

    Wow! What else can I say about this movie?? It's a work of art - a piece that will keep you locked in your chair in suspense until the very end. The actors truly mastered their characters in this film. I saw this movie in the theatre three times and can't wait to buy the DVD - I'd recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jodie Foster's Awesome!

    This movie was everything I hoped it would be. Jodie Foster is an amazing actress. The movie was action packed and held you in your sets until the end.This movie doesn't disappoint, buy it with confidence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    '' One of the best psychological supense thrillers! ''

    David Fincher is truly the Master of Suspense in this film. He gets right down to business: Once descended upon by a trio of a burglars, Jodie Foster's Meg Altman is pitted against her captors in a variety of set piece situations, each more nail-biting than the last. Neither does he forget that simple juxtapositions of glances, framings, and angles and moves through an area convey fear and dread ever more, building tension. Best of all, Fincher has whittled the material down to its barest essentials: The characters' backstory and motivation are doled out sparingly over the course of the standoff, and never in an obvious, neon-billboard sort of way. Foster, Kristen Stewart, and particularly Forest Whitaker respond in kind, each actor turning in a visceral, nuanced performance to carry the audience through to the film's grisly end. It's rare that a thriller warrants a second viewing for character interaction instead of a tricky structure or a plot full of holes, and Panic Room, thankfully, is that kind of unique and elegant thriller of a movie.

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