SignsDirector: M. Night Shyamalan, Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones
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Disney's "Vista Series" DVDs were touted as the next big line of Special Edition discs, and titles such as Pearl Harbor and The Sixth Sense reflected that, so what's the deal with this release of Signs? Though certainly not a horrible disc, it falls short in many ways. The image, which is 1.85:1 and anamorphic, is good, but flawed. Grainy shimmering shows all to often, especially early in the film. Darks are solid though, with no sign of breakdown or blocking. Color, though relatively muted in the film, comes across pretty well. The 5.1 Dolby Digital EX track suffers also. For such a blockbuster, so much more would be expected. While dialogue is clear, nearly the entire track is focused up front, with little separation. Surrounds are only used sparingly at best and lack any real imagination. Where the disc really falters is the supplemental features. Not that what's offered isn't good, but for a Special Edition series, there just simply isn't much. The highlight is a very comprehensive 58-minute documentary on all aspects of making the film. Director M. Night Shyamalan extensively discusses everything from pre-production, to set design and visual effects, to the scoring of the film and it's world premiere. Interviews with composer James Newton Howard, producer Frank Marshall, and others flesh out the process of making this film. A real treat on this disc because it's so bad (and Shyamalan admits it himself in an introduction) is the inclusion of a minute from his first "creature" movie, Pictures, which he made as a teenager. It's simply awful, making it very funny. Rounding out this disc are five deleted scenes running about eight minutes and a storyboard-to-film comparison with angle function and multiple audio options. Again, what is offered for extras is good, they just don't reach far enough.
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Mel Gibson||Graham Hess|
|Joaquin Phoenix||Merrill Hess|
|Cherry Jones||Officer Caroline Paski|
|Rory Culkin||Morgan Hess|
|Abigail Breslin||Bo Hess|
|Patricia Kalember||Colleen Hess|
|M. Night Shyamalan||Ray Reddy|
|Lanny Flaherty||Mr. Nathan|
|Marion McCorry||Mrs. Nathan|
|Rhonda Overby||Sarah Hughes|
|M. Night Shyamalan||Director,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Keith P. Cunningham||Art Director|
|Larry Fulton||Production Designer|
|James Newton Howard||Score Composer|
|Kathleen Kennedy||Executive Producer|
|Richard King||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Tod A. Maitland||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Douglas Mowat||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ann Roth||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John Rusk||Asst. Director|
1. Opening [2:09]
2. The Crops [5:18]
3. Contaminated Water [4:25]
4. A Monster Outside [8:41]
5. Breaking News [5:05]
6. Probing [3:35]
7. "Is That Him?" [1:22]
8. Bo's Baby Monitor [4:42]
9. Evidence [4:10]
10. Fourteen Lights [9:21]
11. Research [4:12]
12. Ray's Confessional [4:12]
13. Disturbing Footage [1:34]
14. One Trapped in the Pantry [6:53]
15. Invasion [3:44]
16. Family Meal [3:10]
17. "It's Happening" [2:25]
18. Locked in the Basement [3:37]
19. Distant Memory [7:13]
20. Swing Away [9:50]
21. Winter/Closing Credits [6:57]
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Making Signs: A Commentary by M. Night Shyamalan
The Effects of Signs
Last Voices: The Music of Signs
Graham and Merrill
Flashbacks: Scene #1
Flashbacks: Scene #2
Alien in the Attic and the Third Story
Storyboards: Multi-Angle Feature
Begin by Selecting a Scene to View
Graham, the Knife, and the Pantry
Graham and Merrill Chase the Unknown Trespasser
5.1 Final Mix
5.1 Score Only
5.1 Effects Only
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English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
English for the Hearing Impaired
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M. Night Shyamalan broke out with his first film, The Sixth Sense, a movie that may very well prove to be both his best and most popular. There are worse fates that creating a cultural touchstone in film your first time out. He followed this with what some thought of as the disappointing Unbreakable. In that line of thought, I must agree that his movie about comic book superheroes looked anything but super. But most of that can be attributed to the cinematographer. In its defense, part of the point was to have the film look mundane. It was about a person who discovers that he's a superhero. It's only a surprise to him if his life looks plain and ordinary, like everyone else's. SIGNS cinematography is much better, more in line with Shyamalan's first film, but in all other ways, plot, pacing, characters, it's a weaker film. Many reviewers have complained about the emotionless nature of M. Night's characters, and he fairs no better here. There are no characters in this film, just caricatures. There is "the brainy kid" who is also "the kid who won't forgive one parent for the other parent's death." Not that the child's a bad actor, but he's a Culkin. And let's face it, all the little Culkin Clones make you think about beating the crap out of Joe Pesci on Christmas Eve, not their character. Then there's "the cute kid' who is also "the kinda creepy kid." Unfortunately, Kinda Creepy Kid was already done, and much better, by Haley Joel Osment, in Shyamalan's own The Sixth Sense. Next, we have Gladiator's ever-creepy Juaquim Phoenix, not as Mel Gibson's son, but as his brother. Now, I'm not saying it's impossible, but it is distracting. I'm sure there's at least 20 years difference in age between Gibson and Phoenix, and on screen it looks more like 30. Brothers? The theater-of-reality is blown in the first scene. Phoenix's character is an ex-minor league baseball player, for no apparent reason except that it's a convenient plot device when it comes time to beat the bad guy in the last reel. He doesn't play baseball anymore, despite the fact that he holds the minor league record for the longest hit, at 507 feet. With an arm like that, why isn't he playing ball in the big leagues, much less not playing at all? The only reason given is that he also holds the record for the most strike-outs. Sounds like a man who played in the majors in Cleveland for a decade, called Jim Thome. Someone should have told M. Night that the top 8 hitters in major league baseball all had more than 100 strike-outs each their last two seasons each. And that even back when Babe Ruth was the home run leader, he was also the holder of the record for the most strike-outs. So it just doesn't add up. And don't forget the town sheriff who's a woman and may be a love interest for the male lead. The only problem with her is that we just had a town sheriff who's a woman and may be a love interest for the male lead, in The Mothman Prophecies. And Laura Linney actually had the opportunity to add a little thing called DEPTH to the character. The actress here is just another cardboard cut-out, that ultimately could've been cut completely from the film without anyone noticing. But the award for cardboard cut-out character and winner of the prestigious Kevin Costner Wooden Indian Actor Award goes to Mel Gibson. For the first time in film, the man is emotionless, joyless, and humorless. He plays a reverend who's lost his faith because his wife died in a car accident. One problem with this is that we saw this character ALSO, just a few years ago when we watched Harvey Keitel play a reverend who's lost his faith because his wife died in a car accident. Again, with the unfortunate result that the THEFT of this tired, Stock Character was also A bad choice, as that even in that "We-Know-We're-Making-a-B Movie" film (From Dusk Till Dawn), Keitel was much much better. We never believe that Mel Gibson has lost his faith
Actually, "Sixth Sense" is not Night's 1st feature film,"Praying with Anger" is. His first feature was shot entirely on location in his native homeland"India", at the tender age of 19 or 20. His 2nd full feature was titled, "Wide Awake", shot in the fall of 1995 on location in Philadelphia at the age of 23. His 3rd feature, "Sixth Sense" was shot on location again in Philadelphia at the age of 25. Mr. Shylaman is considered a veteran in the industry as he went on to produce box office no draws every two years. He usually makes Philadelphia his home for film making and discovering local and regional talent and that I like him for. Am I a fan of his work? "Not Really", most of his genres are the same as he tries his luck as a mystery writer, he is just ok in my book, I would not say brilliant, except for "Sixth Sense". Where he produced what I beleive a masterpiece, his best, only on that one. With the production of his 1st two features, I think Mr. Shylaman would be best suited with writing scripts for family or comedy genres. If he notices the "Signs" I believe he will rise further as one of the top ten if he takes a couple of step back and re-think his approach.
i have this movie on dvd and i think it is a truly awesome move. the part that i thought was really scary was when The little girl Bo wanted to watch tv, and as the dad was coming back the living room with the t.v. the alien got Bo's brother and was inhailing poison into his nostrils!!! That part really scared me. Anyway i loved this movie from the time i first saw it!! thanks for making this movie a great one
This movie and all the extras you get from the DVD version, is Awesome... it has you jumping at all the right times... M. Knight is the BOMB.... we loved it..
. . .in this movie big as a crop circle - cheifly why would H20-challenged aliens choose to come to this planet, mainly water, to stalk beings mainly made up of water (not to mention the humidity of PA in summer, dew on the corn, etc., etc.)? BUT - it is suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It confirmed my thoughts on alien visitation: ''they want to eat us'' and brought up the question: ''what would you do if it DID really happen?'' I jumped more than a few times. Saw it in the theatre with my two teenage sons - one said ''sucked big time'' the other gave it a ''did not suck'' - I liked it.
Don't get me wrong, I really did like this movie, but the plot left a little to desire. Moreover, by the end of the film you almost wished for more action--''just show us already!'' will be on the tip of your tongue about an hour into the film. Despite that, the suspense level was good and keeps you on your toes. Not a masterpiece, not a thrill ride, but a good film nonetheless.
Signs is a creepy, suspenseful, and sometimes moving picture with the acting talent of Mel Gibson as Graham Hess, a former pastor who turned from his faith after his wife was killed in a car accident. Joaquin Pheonix plays Gibson's younger brother, and two young actors, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin, play Gibson's 2 children, and give great Performances as well. I enjoyed how Shyamalan made the movie scary by just showing limbs of creatures or builds tension by the sounds of pounding of aliens on doors, other than just showing us the aliens the whole movie. And I loved the way the film ended. This film altogether is exceptionally acted and directed. Just amazing.
And for those who don't cry somewhere else. This movie is not about aliens, it is about one man reclaiming his faith and I was thrilled to see a mainstream hollywood film dealing with this without sounding preachy. It was very entertaining and quite suspenseful. Really enjoyed this film.
I thoght it was the best sifi movie ever i sow it in the at the movies 4 times the rest of you suck
This is a horrible film for the most part. The only thing redeeming about it is that there are a few laughs. The only mystery in the film is why it made so much money. Not suspenseful at all and the ending is so ridiculous it is funny. The director is an unbelievably bad actor and should stay behind the camera. The worst film I saw in 2002.
When I read reviews for Signs, I was expecting to be so scared that I would need to make up excuses not to look at the screen because I was so scared. When I saw a preview for the movie on TV (the scene with the alien on the roof) I was totally freaked out. So I was expected to be scared when I entered the movie with my friends. There we sat for two hours, waiting to be scared. Whent the movie ended, I sat there in sorta disbelief...what had I just seen? I wasn't scared at all! It may have been suspenseful in maybe two or three scenes but I felt it dragged on and wasn't very good at making you jump out of your seat. Nevertheless, I still thought it had good suspense (the closet and cornfield scenes) but I guess I didn't like it because of the faith aspect. Maybe it's because I'm not a religious person that I didn't like it. I also thought the special effects weren't convincing, the alien was obviously CG. So overall, I came into the theater with high expectations and left a little disappointed.
I soooo loved this movie. It is funny, scary, and awesome!!! I thought it was really scary when the aliens were coming into the house and when Mel Gibson chopped the fingers off the alien.
Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix are outstanding in this movie. I had to have seen it a few times before i figured out what the film was about, but, overall, it is way above 5 stars
The only reason why I gave this misleading and often at times complicated film two lousy stars is due to the fact that most of the time I love the directors other works including the Sixth Sense and Unbreakable and that the special affects in the movie were fairly good. The only part of the film that held my attention was when the news channel showed the home video of the alien. Aside from that, this film was most definitely not what the previews made it out to be. Lets just say that if you ever saw the movie trailer, it spoiled all the fun.
I love this movie, it is funny, scary, and suspensfull. It would be a 5 star movie, but i thought some of the editing could have some work. Otherwise the acting was good, the scars where good, and the laughs are good, i recomend it.
i don't see why other reviewers have got so excited about this. Ive just attempted to watch it on DVD and to be honest i felt like turning the machine off mid-way through. The director can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants a scary movie, or a sad weepy sentimental flick so that Mel Gibson can deal with the loss of his wife. Ok some of the aliens are a bit creepy when they are scrabbling about the house, but that really begs the question. Like i guess aliens who arrive in super-douper space ships would be a bit more tooled up when they arrive to take over earth - like they are afraid of water for god's sake !!! The ending is also ridiculous if not actually downright silly. Save your money buy somthing else.
I loved this movie. All the actors were great and I knew it was scary because when I let my dogs out after the movie, I was a bit afraid to open the door!
A suspenceful movie mixed with a little bit of comical dialogue. This was definitly a great movie. I don't normally like alien movies but this is definitely an exception!
A great combination of relationships, spirituality, science fiction, and comedy. Joacquin Phoenix is terrific as Mel Gibson's brother.
I liked the movie especially where at the ending there was the alien and he put that gas in that kids nose, and they thought that the alien killed him, but he didnt breath cause of the asthma attack. It was so kool.
I loved this movie! Mel Gibson did awesome. It's scary too. It also has a good point on christianity. So I encourage you guys to see this!
Signs is about the Hess family encountering terrifying invaders from just outdoors of the earth. Morgan, the son, has asthma, and Bo, the daughter, hates 'contaminated' water. Merill, the uncle, was a former baseball player, making a record of hitting the ball 507 ft. away! And Graham, a man whose life and faith is torn apart when his wife dies. Anyways, once you see it, you'll have to buy it. All of these charaters in the family add up in a twisted, horrifying moment in their lives.
''Signs'' is M. Night Shyamalan's 2002 feature, following his dissapointment ''Unbreakable'--which I kinda liked--of 2000. Signs is extremeley well crafted and scary. Tak Fujimoto's photography brings out some of the darkness in the setting as well as some of the light. The surprise ending is not as good as the ones in ''The Sixth Sense'' or ''''unbrakable'' but the ending is still good. So now the question is there, does Shayamalan scare the living heck out of the viewer? Yes. I hardly ever get scared in a movie--save for Kubrick's ''The Shining'' and though this movie is no Kubrick, Shyamalan is still a very-good director and he can tell his story just fine.